We grow communities.
Through our projects we function as a think tank that unites people around important and often sensitive global topics. Managed since 2009 by Aventura Marão Clube, Casa da Juventude is one of Amarante’s most active and innovative cultural centers. We have come a long way since we started as a youth project focused on sports and healthy living. Over the years we have been developing projects in the areas of art, theatre, cinema, human rights, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
In numbers it all looks like:
- 2.2 million euros in european funding invested in Amarante
- +2500 international participants for short-term projects and trainings
- +1000 locals sent to participate in projects and trainings abroad
- +90 european projects organised
- +50 locals sent to volunteering missions abroad
- +100 international volunteers attracted to Amarante
… and much more to come in the future so stay tuned.
We try to source our food from local or regional producers and introduce this culture to our commmunity. But we don’t stop there. We built Amarante’s first biodynamic garden in the beginning of 2015 and will continue to spread the word about the benefits of eating and growing local through our weekly Bio & Fair market.
Our dedication to being sustainable is in all aspects: financial, ecological, social.
It is an ongoing process and as the saying goes ”Practice makes perfect.”
Being fair is more than just a one-time declaration. It’s in our everyday and in our every move.
Not only are we a valuable local partner to many schools, kindergartens, and places such as Cercimarante and Santa Casa, but we are also a promoter of a #Fairness mindset that we want to spread across Portugal – the appreciation of Fair Trade as a tool of bringing justice to underprivileged people around the globe. To open the first Fair Trade Shop in the country in late 2000 was the first declaration for a bigger goal – turn Amarante into the country’s first Fair Trade Certified Town.
Last but not least, we are dedicated to dialogue. Through our many mobility and volunteer projects, youth exchanges, and cultural events we try to bring the world to Amarante.
With different skills we work as one team to make CJ a meeting and reference point. It all started with one single step when European Voluntary Service took us to another country and today here we are, working with people from all over the world. But we are not alone — it takes a whole orchestra to play it.
Management and Coordination
Youth Work and European Projects
Bar and Reception
In a house all foundations are important. Ours it’s not different! Professionals to their bones, they will never leave you hungry or lost. Ever. You can normally see them in different combinations behind Bar do Girassol and the reception.
Amarante, brought together with its river and mountains, creates a unique sight which is popular amongst visitors and loved by locals. Divided by the river Tâmega and surrounded by the Marão, Alvão and Aboboreira mountains, the city is truly worth visiting when traveling in the north of Portugal, since it is located just 60km from Porto. Amarante is a perfect destination for both lovers of the outdoors — it offers trekking, kayak, mountain biking, trail running, rowboat, fishery, golf, camping and swimming in the river; as well for those searching for cultural and religious values thanks to its rich history, monuments, traditions and popular festivities.*
*the city festivities best known as “Festas do Junho” by the locals, honouring S. Gonçalo (the city’s patron saint), take place every year during the first weekend of June.