21 de Julho de 2017.

Old ones & new ones

Upon the arrival of new volunteers, I realized that I am the “old” one now. When I got here, to Funchal, four months ago, I could count on the help and experience of volunteers that got here several months before me. I perceived them as my “mentors” when it comes to practical stuff regarding living in the residence and getting around the city. They showed me the fastest route to work, where to buy vegetables and of course what does the word “poncha” mean. And their help was even more appreciated when it comes to free-time activities. Like finding great camping spots, recommending hiking trails and levadas, bars, museums and other attractions. Of course I’ve learned and discovered a lot […]
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 […]
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 […]
30 de Março de 2017.

Living outside

So the main point of all this experience is growing as a person, as individual human being, make from yourself better at solving difficult situations. Starting from the beginning, living outside of your parents home isn’t as easy as it looks. First of all you have to adapt to new situations that were completely covered in the easy parental environment. Take care of a lot of different things that you never expect. In that moment you realize how it’s going to be the rest of your life, in the way that no longer will be the easiness of home. Now you have to make the home by your own, trying to keep the “traditions” that in your original home you […]
27 de Março de 2017.

Living in the Residence

My first thought was that it was in an amazing location, within spitting distance of the ocean and with many restaurants and beautiful buildings surrounding it. There would be no difficulty in finding somewhere to spend my evenings. The term ‘university residence’ conjures up many different pictures to different people. Having been exceptionally lucky during my own time at university in regards to accommodation and having heard other people’s horror stories about their own times it was with some trepidation that I came to live at the university residence here in Madeira. I discovered that I would be sharing a room, something I hadn’t done since I was a child. Fortunately for me these girls were absolutely lovely and very […]