CERES Project EU fieldwork coord. Aljezur, Algarve, Southwest Portugal

EU fieldwork coord.


coordinator training

This 4 day training course in Aljezur will enable educational visit coordinators to plan and manage field work and off-site activities.  The course will help HEI teaching and non-teaching staff to gain (and share) innovative ideas, forge new contacts and to promote the values of field work within their institution. The course will help organisations to fulfill Health & Safety obligations for off-site visits, including journeys abroad.



The course is thematic and interdisciplinary.  Short, contextualised presentations provide a theoretical framework and underpin practical activities in the field like site visits, workshops in groups, activities for learning and sharing of best practise as well as experiences of teaching in the environment. Interactivity is key. Participants will be invited to report their own experiences and share their opinion with others.


The most import prerequisite is an enthusiasm for field work and experiental learning. The course is equally for novices who have not lead an off-site activity before and experienced colleagues. A significant component of the course syllabus will take place outdoors in the beautiful environment of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.  Attendees will receive by email the month before their arrival: documents with general aims of the course, a detailed timetable, venue, directions, general information about the area and a pre-course questionnaire about dietary requirements.

post training

The training provider will create a Facebook page where field trips conducted by course participants will be shared and discussed. This page will be linked to other relevant pages to encourage peer networking.


 fast facts

  Planning and logistics
  Field exercises, projects
  Off-site health and safety
  Insurance and legal liability
  Risk assessments

  dates :

  Thursday - Sunday: 4 days
  Friday - Monday: 4 days

  fees :
  include accommodation,
  all meals, local travel,

  number of participants :
  5 - 12

  activity level :

  prerequisites :
  No academic prerequisites.
  Medium level of fitness.

  application deadline :

  Please contact us for help
  with funding applications.

course itinerary

Day 1:  Morning: Concept mapping  Afternoon: logistics

Introduction to the course and the area. Presentation of team members and participants: home institution, subject area, aims of the participants, material to share with the group.
Overview presentation: local geography, geology, biology and socio-economic aspects of field sites. 

Site visits: Arrifana harbour, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira beach.

Concept mapping: field work in the context of HE eduction, challenges and opportunities.
Logistics workshop: accommodation, transport, facilities, budgeting, fundraising: pros and cons of different arrangements. Budgeting.
Day 2:  Educational tools and how to use them: Field exercises and project work
Workshop: project planning, field exercises and research design.
Introduction to field equipment: availability, portability, use, cost and practicality of student's use on local field-projects.

What works and what doesn΄t: demonstration of a range of trial projects and field exercises.

Workshop: Participants identify exercises to fit their course aims and target groups; experimental approach, material requirements, time constrains.

Day 3:  Educational tools and how to use them II: Site visits and guest speakers
Workshop: choosing subject specific field sites.

Case study: educational visit to (depending on group preference) Monchique water bottle factory, Monchique quarry, dolphin watching tour Sagres, Surfboard factory Vila de Bispo, Lagos market, harbour and science museum.

Concept mapping: aims and objectives of site visits. How to select sites, find and approach providers abroad?

Planning of exploratory visits.

Guest speaker Bernado Caruso: "the history of the local area and development of sustainable tourism". Critical evaluation of the talk from an educators perspective.

Day 4:  Off-site health and safety and the legal frame work
Seminar: field work legislation and H&S management surrounding off-site activities, followed by an open discussion. Presentation of the British Standard 8848: Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities, outside the United Kingdom.
Case studies: Re-visit of project sites, practical risk assessment, identifying appropriate procedures to deal with both minor and major incidents in the field by an experienced first-aider.
Summary, feedback, evaluation, hand out of certificates

Please be aware that the schedule may vary. Weather conditions and the preferences of the group will shape the daily schedule. Please try to be flexible and understand that working in nature cannot be 100% predictable.

details and prices

The Fieldwork Coordinator Training runs for four days either from Thursday to Sunday or from Friday to Monday. Accommodation will be provided in the CERES Villa. The course is fully catered with a luscious all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast (enough to prepare a packed lunch for a day in the field), snacks, coffee and tea during the day and an evening meal (mostly organic and with locally sourced ingredients, vegetarian option available). 

•  Workshops     •  Accommodation included     •  All transport included    •  Certificated       •  Fully catered   
•  All course materials included       •  Carbon offset contribution    

On completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

4 day course (all inclusive)
(EU Erasmus+ grants available)

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