European Cooperation for Social Responsibility - SHOUTOUT4SDGs

SHOUTOUT4SDGs: Making the UN Sustainable Development Goals explicit within Higher Education and the world of work.

Help us build some on-line learning materials around the amazing story of cork oak and the links to the UN SDGs.  Come on our intensive study programme for Higher Education students.  Erasmus+ all expenses paid visit to Portugal, 23-27 September 2019.

We’re seeking applications from students studying any subject at any University to participate in a 5-day Intensive Study Programme between 23 – 27 September 2019 in Coruche, Portugal (about 1 hour drive to the north-east of Lisbon). To apply you must be an undergraduate, postgraduate or 2019 graduate.  All skills and backgrounds are welcome – you might be an English student, a geographer, a physicist of a biologist – a historian or a sociology student (this list could go on…) – everyone has something to contribute and we’d welcome your views and input.

This is part of our SHOUTOUT4SDGs project, which aims to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals explicit within Higher Education and the world of work. All you have to do is fund your journey to the point of departure from the UK. Everything else is paid for by the Erasmus+ project.

The main project website is here and we’ll be adding new learning material to this as the project progresses.

You will join our project leaders and other students from Universities in Italy and Hungary and host country students from Portugal. There will be 6 students from each country: 24 in total.

Virtual mobilities are also available, where you join in via Skype and do some teamwork for the project from home. You can then join us in Hungary in 2020 on the next mobility if you like.

The Programme

We’re asking students to come to Portugal and help us develop some on-line learning materials that tell the story of cork oak from tree to wine bottle(!) and how this story links to the UN SDGs.

When in Portugal we will visit the cork oak forest, hear about how the cork is harvested, hear about how it is made into wine bottle corks and other items. We also hear about how it fits into the local economy and politics of the area and the pressure on the habitat and biodiversity in the context of global climate change.

As cork is a renewable resource, it’s story links nicely to Sustainable Development (UN SDGs) and we want to make those link explicit in our learning materials.  We’re asking the student group to help us decide on the best way we can tell the story to students who will come after.

Before we go to Portugal, successful applicants will be sent links to cork information (short videos and reports) which they can watch/read as background.

The project is a partnership between Ambios Ltd (UK) the Barn Owl Foundation (Hungary) and AmbiosPT (Portugal), as well as the University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Evora (Portugal).  The Universities of Southampton (UK) and ELTE (Budapest, Hungary) are also associated with the project.

Day 1: Travel to Coruche, arrival late (11pm+) sleep!

Day 2/3: Get to know each other, hear the objectives & workshop concept. Field trips followed by workshops.  Briefing on the cork oak story, hear about the habitat, the cork, the manufacturing process and the ecology.  Workshop activity thinking about what learning materials to gather to show others.

Day 4:  Activity and action  workshops and Skype with virtual mobilities

Day 5: Final feedback, conclusions, summary and any actions required.  Depart for home – Thanks for all your help.


  • Experience working directly on implementing the UN SDGs
  • Working in an educational context – suggesting and preparing on-line learning materials for others
  • Visiting the stunning cork oak forest habitat
  • Sustainability – a real practical example
  • Teamwork
  • Networking with students, professionals, industry, educators and politicians
  • Working within a wider European context
  • Communications skills
  • Cultural exchange: Hungary, Italy, Portugal, UK
  • Superb C.V. experience

Accommodation and Travel

You will be staying in a small, local hotel. Meals and local transport will be provided.

Due to complex logistics, we will have to fly to Portugal 🙁 on 23 September, returning on 27th.  We are currently working out the logistics.  You will have to cover the cost of getting to the point of departure (a late evening flight from London Heathrow is most likely). Everything else is paid for by the Erasmus+ project.

How do I apply?

Apply here by 09:0030 August 2019.

Skype interviews will be the following week.

If you have any fellow students who might be interested they can apply as well. The 6 can come from any university OR from the same university  –  6 students keen on Sustainable Development and building learning materials!

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