Read the stories of those who took the opportunities!
9 de Junho de 2017.
During my EVS arrival training I met great people and I learnt more about myself and my needs. I talked a lot about the idea of volunteering, stereotypes and interpersonal communication. These last are for me the most interesting. Here are the things I have learnt: 1) Be open, patient and break the barrier! Even if your English (or other no native language) is bad, never stop to communicate with people. If that can help you, use new technologies (google translation), gestures or just try to draw. You´ll be surprised how easy it is to meet someone new who became your friend. “Between what I think, what I want to say, what I believe I say, what I say, what […]
5 de Junho de 2017.
A full day of hiking in the mountains – from Pico do Areeiro to Santana. Eventually. During my first month on Madeira I already had a chance to see the marvellous panoramic views offered by Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak of the island. I enjoyed the experience so much that I even mentioned it in my previous journal entry – together with Beata we hitchhiked a car going from upper Funchal directly to the top of the mountain, but since it was already quite late and we also had other plans for that day, we decided not to go for that 7-kilometre-long trail to Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest. Not just then. It was only a month later, on […]
1 de Junho de 2017.
The Portuguese language is official in 9 countries of the world, around four continents. Approximately 250 millions of people speaks this language. After Brazil the countries where the Portuguese is used are Mozambique, Angola and Portugal. Contrary of a lot of people thinks the Spanish isn’t the closest language. The origin of this comes from the Galician-Portuguese that was spoken in the old Kingdom of Galicia and in the north of Portugal. With the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal back in the 12th century, and the consequent expansion to the south of the Iberian Peninsula and later on to South America and Africa, the Portuguese became international, there was the beginning of it importance. An aftereffect of this global […]
29 de Maio de 2017.
Taking part in EVS opens so many doors for those lucky enough to take part but it can also open you up to derision from those who don’t understand the concept of what we are doing. Many believe that this is just a paid holiday, something to do while putting off the inevitability of finding a ‘real’ job and ‘settling down’. While I will admit that this hasn’t been the most straining 10 months of my life, I like to believe I’ve gained much more here than I would have at a regular 9 to 5 job. This experience is not about the monetary benefits but the enrichment you find from time as a whole, seeing new things and meeting […]
26 de Maio de 2017.
… is what many tourists ask, thinking living abroad would instantly bless you with perfect language skills. And to be honest: not only tourists think that. I also kind of did, thinking living in Madeira, working with locals and hearing Portuguese all around me, I would playfully pick it up. The only way of language learning I had experienced so far was by regular classes back in school. Lessons twice a week, being tortured with grammar tests, neatly copying vocabulary from the text book, reading articles… I think everybody knows what I mean. These classes gave me a good base and I kept learning and practicing these languages abroad. Meeting people from all over the world started making me curious […]