23 de Outubro de 2017.

Live in Sumy for two months

The European Voluntary Service allowed me to travel, make new friends, learn and explore new personal skills, like autonomy, team work and communicate in several languages. Hi, my name is Yara. I´m 22 years old and I´m from Portugal. I heard about this European Voluntary Service in Sumy because of my colegue from another volunteer project in Portugal related with refugees. So, after his propose in two days I decided to come! Honestly, when I analyze previously my decision I´m thinking about enriching my knowledge about the political situation of Ukraine and collecting some informations about Ukranian refugees because I´m doing my masters about this thematic; visit my family because I was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and travelling, since it […]
23 de Outubro de 2017.

Irreplaceable

My project is sadly getting close to an end and it got me thinking about different aspects of my life here in Madeira, that I won’t be able to continue back home. First of all – nature and weekly hiking trips. Of course we do have amazing landscapes, mountains and forests in Poland too, but it’s not as easily accessible for me there as it is here. Never in my life I have been hiking as much as I do in Madeira. Secondly, the ocean. The atmosphere of living so close to it is irreplaceable. The salty scent, the sound of waves, the feeling of space you can only understand it if you’ve experienced that. It’s such a privilege to […]
16 de Outubro de 2017.

Meeting great people

During three months, which is the period that I spent in Madeira, I explored part of the island in the weekends with some of my other colleagues. I had the opportunity, by hitchhiking, to meet a lot of people from the island. At the moment, most of the people that gave me a lift were Venezuelans, the second community of the island. Thanks to that I realized we mustn’t trust always in the media and there are people that agree and people that don’t agree at all with the socialism, most of them disagree just with the application of this ideology by the Venezuelan government and the current economic situation of their country. Anyway, they came looking for a better […]
9 de Outubro de 2017.

Was the European Union a bad idea?

As a pro-European, and even though I am well aware that some people are sceptical about this whole idea, I want to believe that the European Union can only be beneficial to its member states. I studied European Structural and Investment Funds and I thought that it would be interesting to see what the EU have done for Madeira. The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are the European Union’s main investment policy tool: 454 billion euros have been allocated from the EU budget to be invested in more than 500 programmes. Together with national co-financing of 183 billion euros, the total investments amounts to at least 637 billion euros. With this budget, the ESI Funds have become increasingly […]
5 de Outubro de 2017.

Romance with the Mountains

I am in the middle of my EVS project and I feel hungrier and hungrier of discovering Madeira and people all around me. Is so many views to see, kilometres to walk and topics to talk about. My brain has already registered many gorgeous memories, mostly during my free time when I was among the nature, especially in the mountains. As said Peter Croft, Canadian rock climber and mountaineer: There is such good stuff in the mountains. This stuff is free and you can take it for free. Rock star says that his first love is guitar, Sailor´s heart belong to the Ocean, and I can say that Mountains are my lover. As a teenager I was very active scout, […]