27 setembro 2016

Bonjour Lisbonne: o testemunho do Jordan

Bonjour Lisbonne.
Je m’appel Jordan, j’habite á Roujan, un petit village á côté de Montpellier en France.
Une fois l’obtention de mon diplome de tourisme,  j’ai décidé de parcourir l’europe pour apprendre différentes langues et cultures, mais aussi pour grandir, on va pas ce mentir. Partir seul dans une ville qu’on ne connais pas, qu’on ne parle pas la langue, ça peut faire peur. 

Et c’est avec beaucoup de chance que j’ai pu me retrouvé ici, á Lisbonne, une ville magnifique, enfin de réalisé un service volontaire européen de 10 mois.
Dés mon arrivé dans la ville, une personne qui travail chez spin est venu me cherché, elle ma tout de suite rendu a l’aise, elle m’a expliqué le fonctionnement du logement, du metro, de l’association, etc etc. Ce sont des gens trés accueillant, souriant et qui te donne envie d’apprendre et de vivre ici.

J’aime ce concept de volontariat dans un pays différent que le sien, je trouve qui’il n’y pas mieux pour apprendre une langue.  Nous effectuons nombreuse tâches social, des échanges intercuturels, des activités de cuisine ou nous pouvons apprendre et échangé different repas typique de certain pays.  En s’y peut de temps,  j’ai pu rencontré plein de gens d’origines différentes. J’ai pu visiter la ville, découvrir la nourriture portugaise, qui est délicieuse.  

Je suis ici depuis une semaine, il m’en reste 39, et je compte bien en profité au maximum de chaque seconde passé ici. C’est une expérience hors du commun que je conseil vivement aux jeunes á la recherche d’aventure. 

26 setembro 2016

O SVE do João na Suécia!

Tanta gente, tantos momentos.
O meu tempo na Suécia tem sido brilhante, ofuscante, pesado, transformador e muito divertido! :)

Estou a fazer o meu período de  voluntariado numa pequena associação no Sul da Suécia chamada IFALL.
Trabalhamos com grupos de refugiados e comunidades locais em 2 cidades (Örkelljunga e Klippan) e desenvolvemos maioritariamente actividades de ocupação de tempos livres. Trabalhamos tanto como jovens como adultos, homens e mulheres. No fundo, promovemos espaços de reflexão, partilha e encontro para todos (O lema da associação é "Integration För Alla"), sem requisitos de papéis, vistos de residência ou complicações (a burocracia é um problema na Suécia... ).

E o que posso dizer sobre o meu tempo aqui?

Várias coisas! Em primeiro lugar, trabalho com pessoas muito especiais!
Tenho aulas de Sueco todas as semanas com dois voluntários da IFALL (o Stig e a Birgitta), que todos as semanas se juntam a nós no terreno de livre vontade e com enorme dedicação!

O Stig e a Birgitta, os nosso professores!

Uma das nossas aulas, com a cadela Nina, membro honorário da IFALL!

Also, tenho a possibilidade de desenvolver as minhas ideias e projectos!
Durante o mês de Julho desenvolvi um workshop de Fotografia em parceria com o Município. Os resultados foram espectaculares! :)

Uma vez por semana visitamos a cidade de Klippan, onde temos um segundo grupo de jovens refugiados. No geral vamos para jogar futebol e voleibol (o desporto é uma língua universal! Cristiano Ronaldo é a resposta mais comum quando lhes digo que venho de portugal! xD). No resto dos dias ficamos em Örkelljunga, onde há sempre muito que fazer!

Aula de Judo em Klippan.

Uma outra parte do meu trabalho aqui envolve os projectos de intercâmbio e formação. O local onde vivo situa-se junto a um lago, rodeado de natureza e com uma vista espectacular e é o mesmo local onde a IFALL desenvolve estes projectos. Partilhei este espaço com vários grupos e passei momentos muito especiais aqui!

Sobre o meu tempo aqui posso dizer que foi rápido, muito rápido.

Mas valeu muito a pena!


13 setembro 2016


The plane is doing circles above the Lisbon. One circle and another and another and... “Ladies and gentleman there is no place on the airport. We are flying to Porto.” That´s nice, I am few minutes in Portugal and already I will visit two cities. What is more, traffic jam on the airport. That´s interesting. Later it was confirmed by number of tourist I passed by every time I had a walk. But first what I will remember from the plane was Atlantic. Blue, dark blue, calm. Huge. Never ending line of water. And only near the coast calm ocean was changing into white waves while dancing with the coastal beaches. 
Me in the middle :)

So I am here. Lisbon. Still can´t believe it. I had this city on my bucket list. Someday, somehow I would visit Lisboa, I thought. Everything started a year ago when I decided that I would like to participate in EVS. Meanwhile I took part in two Youths exchanges in Romania and Cyprus. I was searching for a particular EVS which suits me more and where I can offer the best of me. I was very picky with the projects and I found only two which interested me but that time I wasn´t chose. So I decided to work abroad until I find a proper EVS for me. After working in Greece and Cyprus I went back to my country Poland and saw the advertisement about EVS (European Voluntary Services) in Lisbon. I was sure this is what I want to do and where I want to do it. This is it!

With every year I know myself better, so I know that I feel the best when I am surrounded by nature, culture, people, water and viewpoints. Viewpoint is the thing I need to live. Is like an air for me. I can´t survive without it. Lisboa has it all. Is like a place giving you that balance of city and nature. It is just amazing that you can have a walk with billion tourists in the main street and within few seconds find yourself in miradouro being on your own. Love that feeling. Makes you take a distance to things in your life and put your thoughts in order or simply inspire you. 

And exactly I am taking every from each of these. Spending first evening with my new friends from organisation, eating dinner cooked in a beautiful old kitchen covered by azulejos – typical Portuguese tiles, drinking sangria and after going to listen to live music performing by one of unknown artist. Amazing viewpoint in front of the river, sunset, people around. Can´t describe it. Just breathe the atmosphere.

Here are many free entry, open air events, so of course I would die not taking part in any. For the beginning my flatmates and I went to listen to Fado. And some love it. Some not ☺ I was on the bright side which means that the music and the voice of the singer astonished me. Add an intimate light and square surrounded by tiles covered tenement houses and it starting to be a bit spiritual, going down deep in to your soul.
However Lisbon is not only calm and sentimental, it is also lively and vivid at the same time. Having two days off I decided to take a short trip on the Carcavelos beach. First time swimming in the Atlantic Ocean! Now I know that one part swimsuit has a purpose. Wave are so strong that you don´t know what to do first, hold your pants or try not to go under the water. No matter what, waves are fun! All nations, all skin colours, all languages, all ages – everybody has fun with Ocean and waves. And it is a great chance to surf which is also on my bucket list!
Lisbon is other world and I love it!

08 setembro 2016

O testemunho da Ingrid

Hello! My name is Ingrid, I’m French and I am currently doing an European Voluntary Service in a Centro de Artes e Formação in the Escola Básica São Vicente in Lisbon. It’s an organization that takes care of the free time of the kids after school.

Me in a red dress on the right :)

I fell in love with Lisbon two years ago and heard about EVS during my last year of master when I was studying in Strasbourg. One of my teachers was the coordinator of European programs and youth mobility for the Alsace Region and talked to us about it. Thanks to him I started to look for EVS opportunities in Lisbon!

EVS is a unique opportunity, first of all a great human experience! My first three months here has been amazing. The project in the school started at the beginning of the summer program. I had the incredible chance to go visit Lisbon and discover great places. We went to the beach, museums; we also did sports, outdoor activities, paddy papers and many more!

It is a challenging experience to work with children in a foreign language. This total 
immersion made me progress in Portuguese really quickly! I was really surprised to see how welcoming and generous were the children with us. In September when the school starts again I will do activities with the kids in English and create an online journal with them. The team is great and make me feel really part of the project!

EVS is also a great chance to make new friends and share your culture and experiences with people from all over Europe! I love the life in Lisbon; it is an amazing and beautiful city, with so many things to discover and with an incredible energy! Lisbon is a special city with its light, colors and landscapes to get lost into. Portuguese people are really generous, I can’t wait to see and learn more about Portugal! I am really happy to be part of this adventure!

O testemunho do Luca

O meu projeto correu bem: se é isso que querem saber. Començou hà um ano e chama-se Boutique plus. Ajudei na gestão dum espaço cultural em Carnide chamado Boutique da Cultura.

Pensava que nunca ia dizer estas coisas -que pensava sò as pessoas velhas dizem-, mas o tempo, com a idade a passar, passa mais rapido, e enterei-me que è muito importante escolher as esperiencias certas para nao gastà-lo (quando for possivel).

Este, depois antes de mesmo terminar, posso dizer que foi um bom ano: as dificultades que enfrentei mostraram novas maneras de comportar-me e de pensar; os momentos bons ficaram fortes no lugar onde estão guardadas as minhas memorias,para eu lembrar quando for preciso escolher. 

No dia 2, para terminar com beleza (assim dizemos em Italia) vou començar uma viagem para regressar ao meu pais de carro e tirar um tempo para dignar esta esperiencia da reflexão que precisa para ser bem guardada.

Boas escolhas a todos.

Espreitem o blog Us+ criado pelo Luca e pela nossa ex-SVE Carolina onde nos contam as suas peripécias até Itália.

02 setembro 2016

Olá Lisboa! - testemunho da Lavinia

Quando, dois anos atrás, depois de acabado o meu Erasmus em Coimbra, saí de Portugal, já sabia que não seria um ”Adeus” mas só um “Até logo”, e assim foi.

Depois da graduação, tive a possibilidade de fazer um estágio no estrangeiro com o Erasmus + e com certeza escolhi fazê-lo na cidade pela qual me tinha apaixonado dois anos antes: Lisboa.

Depois de muitos dias de pesquisa na internet para escolher um lugar onde fazer o meu estágio finalmente encontrei uma associação na qual me imaginava e na qual gostava de trabalhar: a Associação SPIN. Aqui encontrei pessoas fixes e amigáveis, num ambiente internacional e com vários projetos interculturais.

Durante o verão trabalhamos com intercâmbios interculturais como o “Live it Lisbon!”, um projeto criado para, através do voluntariado, ajudar o Bairro Padre Cruz, um bairro social onde trabalhamos.
Uma das coisas mais divertidas do projeto, para mim, é o workshop de cozinha intercultural, que eu e o Marco, o outro rapaz italiano, temos, preparando com os voluntários comidas características de todo o mundo...ensenhei aos meninos como cozinhar Bruschette e Suppli’, uma comida tipica da minha região! uma oportunidade para partilhar e aprender para todos! Outra coisa de que gostei muito do projeto foi encontrar muitas pessoas por todas as partes do mundo e partilhar esta esperienÇa com eles.

A minha primeira metade deste percurso de formação foi tão positivamente cansativa, engraçada e intensa que gostaria de recomendar esta experiência a todos aqueles que queiram “crescer” e viver uma experiência da vida que é única.


19 agosto 2016

Best decision ever made!: o testemunho da Elena

Hi, my name is Elena and I am a spanish girl currently living in Lisbon and developing an European Volunteering Service, EVS from now on, within Spin Associação. 

This story begins during my last year of university when a friend of mine told me about this program, almost 4 years ago. From this moment I was completely sure I was going to take this opportunity when I could and I finally got it! From the day I was selected, things have been going easily developed... but not fast! It has been a long way for me to finally be here, almost a year. Nevertheless, you do have to know that my case is not the common one. I just wanted to tell you my experience for you to know that, even if it took me that long, believe me: it worth every day that I spent!  

As someone that has been changing residence very often, I know that it can be difficult to fit in a place from the very beginning. Well, that is definitely not the case in an EVS. Before I came, both sending and hosting organizations were there to solve any question every time I had any concern. I arrived to Spin to work as an european volunteer two weeks ago and, so far, it has been better than I thought. I am happy with my role within the team, it is exactly how we were talking before I came. I studied Advertising and PR and I am doing tasks related with it: this will definitely be very useful for my professional career in the future. 

But more than that, an EVS gives me the possibility of growing in a personal way too. Since I came I have met many wonderful people from all over the world, I am already able to understand some portuguese, I have seen many beautiful places, in and out Lisbon, and this is just the beginning of 9 months…. doesn’t it sound exciting?

I am already sure that the decision of making an EVS within Spin is one of the best I’ve ever made. I feel blessed with all the things coming next and ready for everything!