Who we are
PIC number: 948037649
Organisation ID: E10207576
We are an international team of talented people with the objective of bringing the best results to the European projects that the organization participates in, with all its partners.
Come as a guest, Stay as a Friend.
Nuno Varajão Barbosa
In his book “Mensagem”, in a poem entitled “O Infante”, the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa begins by saying “God wills, man dreams, the work is born”. On May 14th, 2012, God wanted me to be the founder of Mobility Friends, in the city of Barcelos, home of the Rooster, the symbol of Barcelos and Portugal. So the man, who was chosen to do this, dreamed. He dreamed that Mobility Friends would be an international reference organization in the promotion and implementation of International Mobility Programmes, that Mobility Friends would be the largest host organization in Portugal, that Mobility Friends would have its accommodation, that Mobility Friends would be a Training Centre, and that Mobility Friends would train and educate young people and adults in human values and active citizenship in society, preparing them for the challenges of the future and contributing to their economic and social growth and development. And the work was born. It was born, because over 11 years, the choice to professionalize human resources, the quality of internships, job shadowing, training courses, cultural visits, transfers, and the permanent availability of Mobility Friends’ enterprising staff to provide a good stay for our friends, always accompanied by a smile, have been fundamental in welcoming more than 28,000 friends, making Mobility Friends an international reference in the Erasmus+ Programme. The Mobility Friends Campus, located in the city of Barcelos, with a capacity for around 150 beds, is a must for enjoying Erasmus mobility in a unique intercultural and multicultural environment. The novel Collector’s Home, located in the historic city centre of Braga, is another Mobility Friends dream come true, allowing us to increase our capacity to welcome more friends. Over the 11 years, the cities of Barcelos, Braga and Póvoa de Varzim have become insufficient for the continuous requests of our Friends, so we have broadened our horizons by organizing mobilities in the following cities: Porto, Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Portimão, Funchal – Madeira Island, Ponta Delgada – São Miguel Island – Azores, in Portugal, Vigo in Spain, Radom, Wroclaw and Minsk Mazowieski, in Poland and Varna in Bulgaria. We would like to thank all the local partners, sending organizations, and all the 28,000 participants for choosing Mobility Friends, because with everyone’s participation, the dream has become a reality. Knowing that the Erasmus Program is for young people and adults, it is one of the most excellent flagships of the European Union, we want to increase the number of participants, partnerships, and projects that continue to contribute to building an Erasmus Generation, with a better future, through education and training, providing new opportunities for new participants, especially those with little experience in the field. Welcome to Mobility Friends and make your dreams come true. Come as a guest to enjoy Portugal, and stay as a friend.
Mobility Friends is a modern training organization, mobility partner, headquartered in Barcelos in the District of Braga, founded in May 2012, specialized in three areas:
Development and management
Under different EU programs on mutual interest, multiculturalism, and interculturality topics. As a host and sending organization, promoting lifelong learning, offering participants from all countries the opportunity to have career guidance and/or work experience to improve skills, gain knowledge on how to start a professional career, and achieve success.
Through the offer of training courses for young people and adults, with pedagogical practices and methodologies, and innovative tools in accordance with a specific quality reference for training, certified by DGERT (the Portuguese entity responsible for the Training Entities Certification System), in the areas of education and training listed below:
- Training of teachers and trainers in technological areas
- Personal development
- Foreign languages and literature
- Computer sciences
- Electronics and automation
(certificate nº 4122/2021)
Offering accommodation, meals, recreational and educational activities at the Mobility Friends Campus, and tourist services such as cultural visits and entertainment, cultural and social activities.
Mobility Friends works in close cooperation with various local, national and foreign partners, including educational institutions, universities, municipalities, qualification centres, associations, NGOs, research centres, consulting companies, SMEs, etc.
We have an international team of talented people with the aim of bringing the best results to projects and all activities that the organization participates in with all its partners.
Promoting and implementing international mobility programs, training and educating young people and adults in human values and active citizenship in society, preparing them for the challenges of the future and contributing to their economic and social growth and development.
To be quality reference in the field of Mobility, Training Vocational and Tourism, recognised at international level by families, private and public organizations and educational institutions
Striving for diversity and social inclusion in order to build an open and plural society and create equal opportunities for young people and adults. Sharing knowledge, skills, professional and cultural experiences.
Provide the best experiences and results to all participants and partners who are involved in our activities.
We work with groups of all ages, from both higher educational and vocational courses, young students, employed and unemployed adults, teachers and technical staff in a whole range of areas from different countries not only from the European Union but also from all over the world. We also received groups with participants with special educational needs.
In the framework of work placements, technical and professional visits, cultural visits and language courses, our hosting activity for 2021-2027 is organised according to the Erasmus+ Programme.
Mobility Friends is an international team from Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Azerbaijan and Croatia, that is available to cooperate with all countries, companies, schools, universities and their participants, all the time. We have human resources with a high level of qualification and professional experience. Our staff mainly consists of young, professional, energetic and creative entrepreneur employees.
Local municipalities, private and public organisations from several business areas, private and public schools and universities, are also the targets with whom we work. Some examples are: the City Hall of Barcelos, Braga and Esposende.