ESN Castelo Branco activities


A portuguese family near a Christmas tree posing for the photo. 4 people standing up in the upper line, 3 adults sitting and a little girl on the bottom line. The last person sitting down on the bottom line, right corner is an international student.

Christmas with Portuguese Families

24/11/2019 - 26/12/2019

Porto, PT

The project Christmas with Portuguese Families aims to encourage Portuguese Families to host International Students in their homes for the Christmas Holidays, but also to inform the International Students that were staying in Portugal for the Holidays, that they could experience them in a very special way, by taking part in the Christmas Night and Day of a Portuguese Family. This project started because there were a lot of international students staying in Portugal for these holidays because they were not able to travel to their home countries, and it could mean they would end up spending this special time of the year alone. With this initiative, we can tackle this issue and provide them with a unique experience during their time abroad! Christmas with Portuguese Families, while being managed by ESN Portugal allows local sections without the capacity to develop this activity locally to join the project and give more opportunities to their international students, by providing the local sections with all the emails, communication package and materials needed to implement the project. This national project also had the objective to reach international students who study in a city or Higher Education Institution without a local ESN section.

ESN Portugal and 15 other organisations

Skills & Employability

Students raising hands during a workshop

National Recruitment Campaign

15/01/2020 - 04/02/2020

Portugal, PT

The main goals of this campaign were to increase the number of applications for volunteering in ESN in the local sections across Portugal and, as an added bonus, across the network; to provide the local sections of ESN Portugal with material for this mandatory recruitment process; and to increase the visibility of the Federation and the Local Sections towards the local communities.  

ESN Portugal and 15 other organisations

Education & Youth

Volunteering promoting the Erasmus+ program

Glocal Conference & Training


Castelo Branco, PT

The main goal was to start setting the discussion of youth as actors for the Sustainable Development Goals. With the different externals and as well tackling the field of communication, the participants were given different perspectives of the SDGs. Through the participation of the National Agency, they were able to understand for which SDGs Erasmus+ contributes, more specifically mobility in higher education. With the participation of SPEAK Portugal they were able to understand how this social company contributes to the agenda and their core activities. With JE Portugal they were able to understand the functioning of the organisation and how as youth we can become entrepreneurs and contribute for the SDGs with business. Finally, about the workshops happening in the event, the participants had the chance to assess their communication, in the individual and in the NGOs fields, and how important it is, a global citizen, to know the facts and communicate them, taking into account the side effects.

ESN Portugal and 1 other organisation