Guiding principles of the Association
All of our Camps are developed in spaces selected by their rich nature and culture, planned with the utmost pedagogical and safety standards, and each Camp with their own set of objectives.
- To potentiate child and youngsters’ extensive development;
- Promoting cooperation, team spirit and helping one another, appealing to their sense of justice, reciprocity and solidarity with a humane logic;
- To Foster autonomy, initiative and creativity in youngsters, appealing to active participation in different activities;
- Providing our participants with the tools to develop their personal and social skills, promoting their critical judgement and responsibility;
- To entertain and provide leisure moments;
- Develop human relations and solidarity between participants;
- To captivate and sensitize participants to cultural activities;
- To develop artistic expression, drama and musical sensitivities;
- To showcase places of historical and cultural relevance;
- To raise awareness and care for the Historical and natural Heritage of Portugal.
Guiding Principles of the Pranima Holliday Camps:
- To stimulate and promote integration, participation and relationship between all participants in our several activities;
- To develop actions/activities aiming for a personal and social developmental process of our participants;
- Fostering inovation and creation;
- Development of human relationships of solidarity between participants (cooperation, respect for your fellow).
- Promoting active engagement of our participants, motivating them into action, assuring that all are the protagonists of different actions as an integral part of a bigger group;
- Promoting trust and safety for an effective participation;
- Understanding their experiences, motivations, capacities and needs.
- Fostering equality, respect and acceptance;
- Establishing equalitarian relationships between elements, recognizing their liberties and autonomy;
- Educate for personal and social emancipation.
- Innovate programs and activities;
- Ensure the production of new activities, and build the capability to find new solutions.
- Promote the safety of all participants in all activities, and look after their well-being.
- Personal development:
- Provide fun moments of leisure;
- Promote well-being and physical development;
- Promote positive healthy habits.
- Raise awareness for environmental issues through games, actions and activities;
- To captivate our participants and raise their awareness on cultural activities, and their importance in the world today;
- To introduce places of significant historical and cultural importance;
- To create awareness and care for the historical and natural heritage.
- Development of artistic expression, drama and musical capacities.
Pranima does various types of activities for youngsters and children, divided into Kids Camps (ages 6 to 14) and Camps (from 13 to 21 years old). In both these age groups we have the following:
Pranima Kids’ Day Camps:
- Activities throughout the day;
- Occurring mainly in urban areas such as Lisbon and Oporto;
- Daily pickup and drop-off location for participants;
- 5 working-day shifts;
- Activities and workshops specifically designed for children.
Overnight Camps (for both age groups):
- Based on a fixed location, where the participants spend the night, allowing them to explore the location better, it’s inhabitants and customs, in a fun-filled adventurous environment with permanent animation, monitoring and activities;
- Includes a camping experience spanning a few nights close to the location of the Overnight Camp.
Pranima Travelling Camp:
- The Pranima Travelling Camps are based on a concept of mobility and multiple activities that allows participants to know several locations, with direct influence on the activities provided and integrated in local communities;
- The participants will be lodged in several places and will practice different activities depending on where the camp is located that day;
- The means of transportation between Camp locations will be bus, boat, train, airplane, depending on where the camp is travelling.
Pranima International Travel Camp:
- The Pranima international Travel Camps are based on a concept of mobility and multiple activities that allows participants to know several locations, with direct influence on the activities provided and integrated in local communities;
- The participants will be lodged in several places and will practice different activities depending on where the camp is that day;
- The means of transportation between camp locations will be private bus driven by a professional driver dedicated exclusively to our camp, boat, train, airplane, depending on where the camp is travelling.
Associative Structure in our Camps
Pedagogical Counseling (Monitoring and Supervision);
After the planning and creation of the structure of the camp, the Pranima board of Directors will accompany the work of the pedagogical team, with the following method:
- Defining and guiding the pedagogical team;
- Supervising the camp functioning;
- Handling all Logistic arrangements such as transports, food and subscriptions;
- Acquiring educational material;
- Budgeting and management.
- Defining, along with general coordination, the pedagogical team and its’ structure;
- Dynamization of activities developed by the pedagogical team;
- Managing the shift budget;
- Guidance and support of the pedagogical team;
- Guides and supplies framing for junior Monitors/Animators undergoing internship.
- Look after the well-being and safety of the participants;
- Stimulate participation and integration of kids and youngsters;
- Stimulate integration of participants in both small and bigger groups;
- Contribute to the correct performance of interning Monitors/Animators.
- Practicing the body of knowledge they learned in the Training for Trainers program (training of instructors), articulated with the rest of the pedagogical team and the General Coordination.
Rights and Duties of the Participants:
Pranima assures a set of rights inherent to the participants.
Participants are entitled to:
- Transports to and from;
- Participation in all activities included in the camp;
- Access to medical care, whenever necessary;
- Pedagogical team comprised of one coordinator and one monitor/animator for every 6/8 participants;
- Support monitor, when necessary;
- Safety and Quality;
- Specific training for all Coordinators and Monitors/Animators;
- Constant monitoring of the participants;
- Constant communication and contact (mobile phones and/or Radios);
- Support vehicles when needed;
- Specialized insurance for several activities;
- First aid constantly available to be supplied by a monitor trained for such instances.