Promoting Napoleonic routes in Portugal and Spain

Hi everyone!

My name is Elena and I am collaborating as an IVY volunteer in the NAPOCTEP Project (https://napoctep.eu/) at the Finnova Foundation in Brussels. Unfortunately, due to measures to tackle the COVID-19 in Belgium, telework became compulsory again only a few days after my IVY experience started.

The objective of NAPOCTEP (Napoleonic routes through Spain and Portugal) is to enhance and transform the cultural heritage issued by the Napoleonic era into a quality, innovative and sustainable tourist product that can create wealth and employment in Castile and Leon and central Portugal areas threatened by depopulation.


The project covers the Central Region of Portugal (Beira and Serra da Estela) and the western Spanish provinces of Castile and Leon region (Salamanca, Zamora, Valladolid, León, and Avila), and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF under the programme Interreg V A Spain – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020. NAPOCTEP is expected to last two years (2019-2021) and has already achieved one of its purposes: to be included in the "Destination Napoleon” (https://www.coe.int/en/web/cultural-routes/destination-napoleon) Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

As a journalist specialised in international relations, my main mission is to contribute to the communication of the project:

  • Contribute to content creation for the website and social media platforms: writing posts and translations, creating visual and promotional material, and community management.

  • Assist in the NAPOCTEP website management.

  • Produce press releases, newsletters, and communication reports.

  • Assist in the organisation and coordination of events.

  • Support the communication planning and strategic communication of the project.

  • Provide support in any other task related to the development and promotion of the NAPOCTEP routes.

Being a passionate traveller, my work in NAPOCTEP allows me to be involved in a very stimulating European project that brings together not only cultural and sustainable tourism experiences but also initiatives to promote innovation in depopulated areas in central Portugal and Castile and Leon –my own region–, a matter to which I am very committed.


I have always been particularly interested in the EU regional policies and management of EU projects so I am truly grateful to the Interreg Volunteer Youth programme for the opportunity to keep adding enriching experiences to my professional path: Thank you! ¡Gracias! Obrigada!

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