Volunteers’ testimonials

Read the stories of those who took the opportunities!

9 de Julho de 2017.

Gadgets during your stay

I wondered what is really important to take with me. I wanted be sure I take everything I need. Before my arrival to Madeira I was searching in a google some information about climate on the island to prepare the appropriate clothing and footwear. When I was preparing my suitcase I was thinking in this way: on Madeira is ocean and mountains, so I have to be prepared for sunbathing and hiking. I will work as a guide, so I need comfortable shoes and sun cream. Yeah, sun cream… Definitely need to get a cream with a high filter, like UV 50. I just FORGOT I´ll be on the same level as Morocco and unfortunately I bought cream with UV […]
30 de Junho de 2017.

Rise of a hero

Hero that Funchal deserves – origin In the two previous entries of mine I wrote about some hiking and hitch-hiking experiences I had during my first two months on Madeira. Why such topic? Convenience, I guess. Telling a real-life story has always been easier for me – usually less of an intelectual effort than coming up with a plot or a subject – so I found those texts fast and easy to write. Now… now in all my self-justifying, self-warming, feeling-good-about-itself laziness I think those texts… can actually have their importance. In early May, when we opened my foto exhibition in the Jesuits’ College, I had a few local people telling me that in just two months I had explored […]
26 de Junho de 2017.

Já tenho saudades

10 months on Madeira is a good amount of time. Still, I already know what I’ll be missing when leaving. … the easiness of switching between landscapes: I mostly spend my weekends hiking and camping in different corners of the island. And everytime I head out of Funchal, I am amazed by how easy it is to come from one surrounding to another, how some meters of altitude can change the vegetation and how different the Westcoast for example looks to the Southcoast, even though I only moved a couple of kilometers. And if ever you find yourself in a foggy corner of the island, you can be almost sure to find a sunny spot on the opposite side of […]
23 de Junho de 2017.

Home away from home

The other volunteers are here to comfort me when I’m down or share moments of joy. When you have your ‘student years’ far behind and suddenly you need to move in to a dormitory, you can feel a bit panicked. Accustomed to single bedrooms in quiet neighborhoods, I was definitely concerned with my living situation during EVS. Sharing a bedroom with two other girls and not having a proper kitchen is not how I imagined my late-late twenties to be. Luckily I’ve been blessed with two lovely roommates and I guess it says a lot, that we still like to hang out and travel together, even though we already share a room and workplace. So it turned out not to […]
20 de Junho de 2017.

Non-formal education in Madeira

This month, I and two of my colleagues were in Guimarães, learning and enjoying. In my case I learned another point of view of my stay here in Madeira and this point of view is related to how I’m learning as I’m enjoying Madeira. -One example of this is my adaptability that it has improved in both the biggest to the smallest things, adapting to a new country, new city, new food and new culture, adapting to the customs and culture of each one who is around me all the time. -Another quite good example of this is something that I called “exchange of patience”. It’s because sometimes you have to be patient and sometimes they have to be patient […]