Volunteers’ testimonials

Read the stories of those who took the opportunities!

23 de Novembro de 2017.

The portrait of a nightmare

Once I had a very weird dream, I was in another country, outside of home and alone. This was my dream I woke up at 9 in the morning, and immediately I realized that I wasn’t in my bed, or my room, or my house and suddenly I saw through the window (in this strange room there were 3 beds and 1 window) and I saw that I was even further of my country, just there in the middle of a big square there was a flat that I didn’t recognize it was green and red and with some weird symbols in the middle, suddenly someone entered in the room there was a very tall man with the palest skin […]
20 de Novembro de 2017.

The urge to see the world

One thing that I have understood since I live on this tiny island is why people get addicted to travelling. I started going abroad not long ago, when I could afford it. So when holidays came, I would always try to convince a friend to go with me and find the cheapest flights or Airbnb. There was no real purpose or reflexion behind this, only the will to go somewhere outside the country where I was born. But then I had the opportunity to go live abroad for the first time in my life, and my view of things completely changed. Time flies, and to know that I am in Madeira for 10 months pushes me to make the most […]
16 de Novembro de 2017.

I am addicted to …

I am addicted to do walks among the nature with a breathtaking landscapes. Even if life here goes slowly, I try to spend all my free time very active instead of lie flat on the beach only. I am not good if I miss one weekend without doing any hiking trail. You do something for the first time, and then repeat again and again and that´s how you are addicted then. My first time with THAT drugs was on the first weekend of April. It was first hitchhike-experience (on the Island), viewpoint on Pico do Arieiro, hiking from Porto da Cruz to Machico with the camping on Prainha Beach, then hiking to São Lourenço and hitchhike with very old school […]
13 de Novembro de 2017.

Danger! Danger!

A short guide to putting yourself in danger Even though Madeira has, if I’m not mistaken, around 2000 kilometers of levadas, not all the trails are open and not all the trails are safe to explore. This is an important thing to keep in mind. Before going for a hike, you should always check if the levada or vereda you’re about to walk is in good conditions and offers safety. And if somebody says the trail is dangerous – you don’t go. Should be obvious, right? Well, wasn’t for me. So some weeks ago I found this one levada on a map, Levada do Curral do Castelejo. It was marked on the public communication map of Funchal, one they give […]
6 de Novembro de 2017.

Experiência gratificante

O SVE teve um grande impacto na minha vida, tanto a nível pessoal como profissional. Ter acabado a licenciatura e ter vivido sempre na ilha foram dois dos motivos que me levaram a fazer SVE, uma espécie de preparação pessoal para o futuro: viver sozinho ou compartilhar apartamento com outras pessoas num outro lugar. Candidatei-me a todos os projetos em Espanha, mas sem resposta. Mais tarde fui informado acerca de uma desistência de um projeto numa província de Barcelona, Espanha, e voltei a candidatar-me. Embora não tivesse muitas esperanças de ficar selecionado, uma vez que estudei artes e o projeto estava relacionado com pessoas descapacitadas, fui aceite. Foi um experiencia muito gratificante. No início estava um pouco receoso, era uma […]