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, […]
12 de Setembro de 2017.

Live consciously and be happy

Last year I made kind of an experiment with a friend of mine. In the moment when we should say goodbye and we didn´t know if we will ever see again, we created a “time machine”. We wrote there our current life quotes, things what makes us happy at this time and also plans, wishes and expectations for the next months and for later on. I kept piece of paper with his notes and he kept mine. We promise to Skype exactly next year and see how our plans are going. The time machine was aimed to show if we live passive or we follow our ideas to be happy. The effect is charming, because even if I made some […]
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 […]
9 de Junho de 2017.

Communication in a team work

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 […]
2 de Maio de 2017.

Simple life on Madeira

If you feel that your comfort zone is actually a stagnation, just pack your backpack and go for an EVS. I remember my first impression when I arrived to Funchal in the middle of the night, almost month ago. It was three things: fresh air, flowers everywhere and sound of the Ocean. The same day I left my friends, family, job, country … my world, but I had this exciting feeling that is not the end but the beginning of something new and an amazing. The next day I met other volunteers and then I was absolutely sure that was good decision and I arrived to my little paradise. Here, for me every day is a celebration. When I go […]