One of the five avenues of service of Rotary is Youth Service, which includes the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programs (YEP). More than 80 countries worldwide and over 8,000 students participate yearly in Youth Exchange Programs, which are administered at the regional level by Rotary Districts and at the local level by individual Rotary Clubs.
AIRC is strongly committed to youth and education, and therefore very active in YEP.
Rotary Youth Exchange Programs comprise:
- Long Term Exchanges (LTE), where students attend school and live with 2 or 3 different families in the host country.
- Short Term Exchanges (STE), which vary in length from several days to several weeks, usually during school holidays.
- New Generation Exchanges open to students aged 18-25. These exchanges are of 3-6 weeks and include professional activities.  
- International youth camps or summer camps (SC).
Depending on the camps, these are for young people aged 15 to 25. Typically 12 to 18 students, each from a different country, will attend a summer camp, which usually lasts 10 to 15 days. The purpose is to foster understanding and peace internationally, while participating in cultural and physical activities. Camps are organized by Rotary Districts and clubs, who invite students from Districts in other countries. Students must be selected and sponsored by their local Rotary club.
AIRC has been very active in this area for many years, with numbers of sponsored students constantly raising, to reach 11 for 2016.

Manchester SC 2016, Rita and Maria.

Norway From Coast to Mountain SC 2016, Alexis.


- Are currently supporting UNIR by providing dental checks, treatment as needed and hygiene for their clients.

- Support innovative treatment for Autistic children at the Almancil group of schools consisting of “Surfing for Autistic Children”.

- Support Banco Alimentar (bi-annual food drives).

- Support ASCA .


- Organise again for 2016/17 school year an inter-schools cookery competition starting in November, the final details to be agreed with the schools (in collaboration wit RC Silves).

- Will award the Almancil school with a Best Student Trophy and the student with an appropriate prize.


7 June dinner meeting.

18 June Concert of Music from around the world at Cine Teatro, Loule. 19:30H

A very Special Concert is being held on Sunday 18 June at the Cine-Teatro in Loulé to raise funds for the building of a new crèche at Associação Social e Cultural de Almancil (ASCA). The crèche will provide places for up to 147 children up to the age of 5. The project is due to start this year and will cost in the region of 1m euros excluding equipment. To raise funds for this ambitious undertaking, the Câmara Municipal de Loulé has kindly made available the Cine-Teatro Louletano and the event is being organised by Almancil International Rotary Club in celebration of the Centenary of the Rotary Foundation.

The Concert’s theme is ‘Music from Around the World’ and has been designed to appeal to adults and families featuring a variety of music put together by the very talented Music Director of the São Lourenço Singers, Joyce Whitelaw. In addition to the singers, also appearing will be Algarve based poet, Felisbela Bartolomeu with Argentine Tangos performed by dancers from Escola de Dança João Deus, accompanied by Bulgarian violinist, Krasimir Dzhambazov and Scottish pianist/singer, Joyce Whitelaw.

The performance will start at 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm). Tickets cost 7.50 euros. Tickets will be available at the box office or by calling 289 414 604 e-mail: cinereservas@cm-loule.pt. More information on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/almancilintlrotary


28 May AIRC Rally & Fellowship Lunch.

Solidarity and fellowship for a good cause. Proceeds in favor of the new ASCA project - nursery / preschool! Thank you Alice and all the participants.


School prize-giving ceremony

at Escola EB 2/3 Dr Antonio de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.  

AIRC has for a number of years supported the cookery courses at the school and, more recently, surfing lessons and paddle tennis for some of the children with special needs.  “This school has become very important to our club” said Incoming President Claire Busbridge.  “This year I wanted to do something special to recognise a pupil who has worked hard and achieved a high standard during his/her time at school”  

A pupil from among more than 1,000 students from year 1 to year 9 plus students from the vocational courses was selected as the best student of  2015/2016. The winner was was Rebeca Teresa Gago, a year 9 student.  Rebeca was presented with a cheque for 150 euros donated by a club member, together with a plaque commemorating her achievement.  “I hope to continue this scheme and make it an annual event” said Claire.  “I believe it important to acknowledge and reward pupils who work hard at their studies and are a credit to their school”.

In the photo AIRC President Hermes Alberto Rebeca Gago AIRC Incoming President Claire Busbridge



Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) has, for the first time, sponsored a GNR officer to spend time with a police force in the UK.  Frederico (Freddie) Fragoso was recommended by AIRC Chair of Community Services Peter Hinze to represent his unit at the Loulè GNR station by spending 4 days with Heddlu Gwent (Gwent Police) in Wales staying with Gaynor and Colin Hart in Nelson, a small town in the Rhymney Valley.  Colin is a retired Police Officer and Gaynor is a serving Detective Sergeant.

During his time with the Gwent force Freddie went on regular patrols, visited the holding cells and observed officers dealing with members of the public. “We hope to arrange a reciprocal visit to Loulè with a member of the Gwent Police force in the near future” said AIRC President Hermes Alberto.

Rotary Algarve Schools Cookery Competition

Organised jointly by Peter Hinze of the Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) and Alan Winn of the Silves Rotary Club, the competition now in its fourth year began in earnest in January with teams from four schools in the Algarve, two from Agrupamento de Escolas Silves Sul, and two teams from each of Dra Laura Ayres School in Quarteira and Escola EB 2/3 Dr Antonio de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.

A team from Algoz representing the Silves Sul group and a team from Dra Laura Ayres Quarteira were awarded joint First Prize.


Massive participation of our Quarteira INTERACT at our Christmas Market yesterday. Thank you all for a great job. The Interactors, led by their dynamic president Carolina, have raised money to support SheltexBox and local homeless people.

Our "Surfing the Difference" projects well underway. Session 7 in Quarteira:

Ten students reported on their summer camps 2016 at our October 5th meeting. A life changing experience for all.


Maria and Rita, happy camper returning from 2016 summer camp in Manchester.

June 29 Handover from President Uschi to President Hermes. More photos on our Facebook page.


-Loredana is in Germany.

-Ionelais in Italy.

-Adrian Chang is with us.



Last month seven club members and two of our “summer camp” students once again helped the Food Bank ( Banco Alimentar) by volunteering 3 hours of their time. Initial feed-back indicates that this was another successful food drive. Thanks to all who participated.

Our Gala Dinner April 29th

was a great success. A big thank you to all who helped and participated.


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