25 setembro 2017

One Wild Life

Aqui podem ler mais testemunhos dos participantes do curso de formação One Wild Life, que decorreu de 15 a 25 de Julho de 2017 em Sintra.

Katja Jezeršek, Eslovénia
The biggest treasure that I got from the OWL course were the people with whom I lived throughout the course and with whom I shared the experience. I am immensely thankful for their honesty, openness, braveness and willingness to share their thoughts, insights, feelings, experiences, struggles, questions, doubts, pain, joy, happiness, love, talents, music and knowledge with me. Used to being alone quite a lot, it was challenging for me to be surrounded with so many people, but I learned something very important. It is easier to find privacy in the midst of a community that find company in the midst of solitude. The combination of guided introspection and reflection on our past actions or reactions, stands and visions plus intensive community living created a space in which I was challenged and provoked enough that I felt some discomforts, fears, insecurity. It was very precious to see those Achilles heels of mine which I am normally avoiding and trying to forget about them. The space held by facilitators and the whole group was safe and compassionate which helped me express, face and challenge my weaknesses. 
Apart from learning the shady side of me, I also discovered a lot of joy that I did not know before or I almost forgot about it, especially when we were singing together, dancing, improvising, playing. I felt that we created a space of trust and acceptance where I could very freely express myself. I was amazed in how unique and beautiful way each participant contributed to the whole. Here I became more aware of the fact that the most beautiful things come out when we act from our true selves. This is a bug encouragement not to be afraid of being different and unique, to stand out from the crowd and on the other hand not to struggle to be unique. If you act from your core, you will always be unique and impressive. SO acting from your true self is your responsibility. This is something I would like to share with the youth I work with. I would like to encourage young people to connect to their selves, recognise their real needs and dreams and express them in a assertive and respectful way. I learned a lot of techniques of creating a space in which self expression, imagination and dreaming is encouraged (sharing circle, magic objects, tibetan bells, candles, guided meditations, activities which were focusing on different senses, singing, drawing, creating the map of life, free writing, if nothing would stop me, etc.). What I can easily incorporate into my work with the youth in summer camps is the hero journey. It can bring the experience of the participants of our summer camps to a higher level. I will probably also use the activities we were doing on our last day of the course (walk with eyes closed and others whispering encouraging words and final sharing circle with the wool string). I liked the concept of the course, diving in and climbing out and I think the timeline made sense. I am grateful to the organisers and facilitators for creating this space full of encouragement and opportunities to learn and grow, and i am even more thankful to them for leaving us the freedom to take or reject all the content of the course. I would not hesitate even for a second to recommend the course to the others. And I am not loosing hope that we might organise a OWL volume 2 one day! 

Pim van Luijtelaar, Holándia
A very intense training course which took me in a new chapter in my life. I learned a lot about myself and this helped me a lot in this new stage where I am right now. Finding myself, my own authentic vocation! That also made me to find a new way of working with kids and juveniles that struggle with their lives. During the training course i experienced this change inside myself, and what i think, is the best way to help these kids and juveniles. what is it that i really like and love to do? What is it that i really opens my heart and creativity? Starting at myself, and not so much: what other people would like to see (prejudices)! I got to know myself much better, (helicopter view) looking at my life from different points of view, sharing my life story with others and listening to others stories. It was a very confronting training course! implementing al the new information (finding your authentic vocation and starting at the motivation from kids in a Judicial residential setting) wasn't so hard for me cause I already went trough it by myself, I gave a little presentation for my colleagues and tel them about my experiences. I'm training colleagues to implement in the kids and juveniles there lives: finding things and goals in there life, starting from there own motivation, how to vibrate positivity at every moment and live at the moment! 

Alícia Rendo, Espanha 
This training course has changed my life, and my perspective to see the world. Now, I'm sure of my authentic vocation. Thanks for all, hugs and kisses, Ali 

Liudmila Gasina, República Checa
One Wild Life was a great opportunity for me to meet amazing people who are eager to bring changes into this world. People who can ignite the hearts of others during their own coach sessions or just in a usual conversation. The conditions of the projects literally brought us together giving food for thoughts about who we are, what we can do and how should we do it. At the end we were more than just 26 people living together in wild environment - we became a community. Things which I took from the project are incredibly important for me as a personality: I learnt how important it is for me to stand my ground and have my own boundaries. How my own past affected me and what an important part of my life it is. I learnt to accept myself and let me be who I am. Also I got aware of my capabilities both personal and professional ones.

11 setembro 2017

O testemunho do Jesús

Olá a todos!
O meu nome é Jesús Martinez e por um ano participo no programa SVE com SPEA. Neste artigo, vou tentar transmitir minha maravilhosa experiência como voluntário durante toda minha pequena e intensa história e, portanto, tentar despertar esse verme para alguns jovens indecisos.
Você sabe? Para mim, uma das maiores vantagens de ser um voluntário é que você pode combinar várias paixões ao mesmo tempo: viagens e conservação da natureza.



Desde há nove anos, tive minha primeira experiência como voluntária. Eu era uma jovem adolescente com muito desejo de abandonar minha terra Las Hurdes e por isso comecei a pesquisar vários empregos não remunerados com dinheiro, mas com muitos outros bens não materiais, e é assim que eu cheguei no Estreito de Gibraltar, 17 anos, minha mochila, um grande medo do desconhecido e grande motivação no corpo, disposto a passar centenas de horas no sol contando os milhares de aves Planadoras que vão para a África no grande show de migração.
O meu EVS começou em setembro de 2016, um bom momento para chegar a Lisboa e a Portugal, o início foi um pouco difícil, especialmente devido ao número de novos nomes, e muitos deles repetiram que me faziam duvidar todos os dias e o problema de a comunicação que, apesar de ter vivido em Coimbra, não havia desenvolvido plenamente minha capacidade linguística.


Mas, pouco a pouco, essas barreiras saltaram e tudo se tornou mais fácil.
Lembre-se da semana no Farilhão que faz o acompanhamento do aninhamento do Painho, cheios de frio! Mas certamente valeu a pena, é um grande privilégio poder ficar por alguns dias em uma reserva que poucas pessoas podem entrar e também ajudar a tornar as populações dos animais que vivem lá.
Que grande projeto o Rupis, e que bons tempos cortando o monte abaixo das linhas elétricas, embora ainda existam momentos que não são apreciados (encontramos muitas aves mortas) Mesmo assim Eu tenho que dizer que sinto orgulho de que ao realizar este trabalho e que muitas aves serão salvas de uma morte quase certa.


Depois deste ano, são todas as palavras de agradecimento pela experiência adquirida, a quantidade de coisas aprendidas, as pessoas boas que conheci tanto dentro como fora da associação, amigos e memórias que, apesar do tempo passar. Tenho certeza que nunca vou- me esquecer.


Jesús

O meu querido cor de laranja

São algum dias que acabo o meu projecto sve na Spin e só dois dias que regresei na Italia e dexei a querida Lisboa. Foi um ano intenso cheio de lembranças, cheiros, emoçãos e musicás novas e parece quasi impossivel tentar de dar forma com as palavras.
Posso tentar de fazer um resumo através do cor de laranja. Primero porque as coisas mais linda no meu caminho na ruas de lisboa foi encontrar os alvores de laranja, assim como nunca vou econtrar um sumo de laranja natural tão saboroso e baratto fora do Portugal! Durante um dos muitos pequeno almoços que tive nos bar da cidade.


A equipa de trabalho no escritorio não poderia ser melhor: antes de chegar na Spin não imaginava a possibilidade de um espaço sem competição entre a equipa mas só reispeito e collaboração. Em este ano aprendi como as relaçoes entre a equipa pode fazer a differençia, isso não significa que o trabalho para de ser cansativo mas ter bom collegas da a força e energia para ver tudo em maniera positiva! Para mi foi um momento increivel quando no meio do meu projecto sve chegaram as novas voluntaria sve Petra e Ana: ainda lembro da minha alegria de ter duas rapiragas com os cabellos laranja comigo no escritorio. A elas devo muito para o meu periodo na Spin.


Cor de laranja é tambem o cor da associacão Spin e não posso não lembrar da nossa estagiaria Vânia que nos delicio com a comida e contos da sua terra, parecia de viajar em São Tome; do Michał que chego da Polonia mas a sua terra real tem que ser o planeta Arte; do Babis e da Camilla!


A nossa tutora Inês ainda lembro da primera entrevista que fiz contigo e do primero dia da minha chegada onde na casa com todos os volonturios colocaste a musica da banda orquestrade, em este ano fiz uma lista da tuda a boa musica que colocaste no escritorio! Pois Aneta mudo a minha ideia sobre os limites de força: a sua capacidade de dedicar-se nos projectos 24h/24, o timbro de voz acuta e especialmente a força de dizer sempre que achas!
A nossa equipa tem tambem a Raquel coordenadora dos projectos de mobilidade europea de envio, depois de 3 meses tive a increivel opportunidade de apoiar o seu trabalho e ver a importancia de organização, precisão e força de vontade que precisa para trabalhar nesta aerea!


Enfim quem tem a opportunidade de trabalhar na Spin va a econtrar o coração laranja da associação: a super presidenta, mulher e mãe Sara Segurado. Uma combinação perfeita de professionalidade e ottimismo; a quantidade de motivação que nos da é uma fonte de energia interminavel e ecologica!


Durante o meu projecto sve não tudo correu bem e algumas vez tive problemas mas que eu aprendi e claro isso vale especialmente pra mim que as nossa emoção e motivação pode mudar o contesto e dar a possibilidade de nos focar nas coisas boa em vez de olhar sempre para as coisas que faltam ou não funcionam. Cada pessoa tem um caminho differente o meu aprendizagem maior do meu sve foi ter a forças de não ir embora dos problemas mas tentar de ver isso em manera lucida, pedir ajuda se possivel e tentar em caso uma solução. Depois de este ano aprendi as coisas que gosto e que não gosto, a minhas attitudine positiva e onde tenho que melhorar e a importancia de comunicar com os otros em vez de tentar de resolver tudo sozinha!


Obrigada a todas, ja sinto muita saudade!

Michela

O testemunho da Roberta

It’s already my 10th month here in Lisbon. My heart is full of emotions, someone already left, someone else is almost leaving, but right now I’m pretty sure to be in the right place to grow up in different ways. Volunteering in the Junta de Freguesia de Carnide is allowing me to discover what I really want to do in my life. Volunteering at Junta de Freguesia means that you pass through really different kind of works. What we prepared, and planned during autumn and winter became “real” starting from Spring. We realized many many projects and events in different neighborhoods that belong to Carnide, in partnership with other organizations of the area, and always with the involvement of the whole community.


For example, we organized 3 community moments, the “Dia do Vizinho” to celebrate one simple thing: relations between people. Each day of the “Dia do vizinho” took place in 3 different neighborhoods. In all these three moments we worked in synergy with a lot of association with theatre shows, traditional dances, children activities, sports activities and of course traditional foods! We also had an event for children and families, “Feira de Expressões”, making sure they were having a lot of fun, while wearing traditional and also mascots costume (You can’t imagine how much you can learn being a mascot, giving love and hugs to children). We realized four different “Caminhadas solidárias”-solidarity walks- to promote a healthy life style with a 4 km footpath in Carnide area and to involve participants in solidarity actions. During the organization of events, we ask for the participation of inhabitants and for the participation of all the entities. In august we realized the "Festa do Migrante", to involve all the different cultures present in a same neighborhood . During reunions with our partners we collect experiences to understand potentialities, necessities and to find strategies to motivate all the people to participate, with the collaboration of each organization/association of the Freguesia. We try to give education of citizenship, articulate plans and dynamics to create contacts. We created moments of sharing, moments of solidarity. Each action is a participative action based on cooperative and social responsibility for a sustainable development to support social programs in different areas and make impact in the quality life of the community.


I received a lot of trainings in the social area, having formal meetings with some social assistants, psychologists. You never stop learning in Carnide! I’ve been also mentor in the “Animações de verão o”, a program organized by JFC for children and young to pass summer days having fun at the beach, swimming pool, radical activities, parks, museums. I realized how much important is playing games in our life. You learn how to work in teams, you better know yourself and the others and all of this having so much fun! All of this working side by side with my tutor, who is also a Social Assistant. There is one day per week where we give free social care to people of Carnide area, providing people with bad living and/or working conditions, people who suffer of isolation, with information that helps them to get out of a sticky situation, and get back to being themselves.


Even if sometimes can be really frustrating to be in this role, my tutor has been there for me every day, I never felt alone, she gave me a strong basis of formation in each area, she explained me since the beginning what seemed to be simple for everybody and for me was really difficult to understand due to differences in the language, in the culture and in the organization. She gives me daily support, she gives me a hug when I need and some strict rules when necessary 😊 We create a great relationship to work together and to spend a lot of hours together making fun also in demanding situations.

Also, I really like being in such a collaborative environment with people who also care about people wellness. All the workers in Carnide do such a challenging work that to achieve important things for the sake of the community, they never stop to give me support, to smile every day, and a nice environment where to learn, and having fun at the same time. I learnt from all of them the power of values such as the community responsibility, solidarity, involvement of the community, participation, perseverance.


But EVS is much more, EVS is full of experiences. I met wonderful people thanks to my project, and thanks to Spin. I feel lucky to have met these wonderful people that shared their stories with me. We visited together so many beautiful places, and travelling around helped us to deeply know each other, to build a strong friendship that won’t end with the end of the EVS, because you can’t forget who you share this wonderful experience with. The EVS is a self-growth learning phase, and a way to deeply meet diverse cultures, a way to build bridges. EVS experience, with its ups and downs has been a great challenge and an amazing opportunity to expanding my roots as a bridge from one side to another, trying to embrace two different cultures, to accept differences and leaving those differences. It helps you learn to look things from a distinct perspective, choosing to see those differences to learn. EVS offers to aid you in finding how you can contribute in making the world a better place. And of course, thanks to the great “Associação Spin” for helping and making my year a wonderful year 😊 


Roberta

O testemunho do Jordan

Já!!!
E sim ... Já faz 10 meses aqui e para mim parece só um mês ... Que posso dizer de minha aventura? Penso que há só uma palavra para descrever = FIXE! Tive muita sorte de poder participar neste voluntariado aqui na Lisboa. 


Eu conheci muitas pessoas de toda a Europa, de todo mundo! Muitas culturas diferentes, e tudo isto foi maravilhoso, poder fazer uma diferença entre os países estrangeiros e minha França.


Aprendei muitas cenas diferentes, cozinhar coisas diferentes, falar outras as línguas, trabalhar sobre diferente coisas que eu não estava custumado, um ano rico em descobertas.



Muitas lembranças que nunca vou esquecer de tudo na minha vida. Muitos amigos que vão ficar perto de meu corarão.



Um grande obrigado para SPIN! Obrigado a todos!! ❤💙


VIVA LISBOA, VIVA PORTUGAL!!!

O testemunho do Babis


08 agosto 2017

O testemunho da Fran

Hi, I'm Fran! I come from south of France. I am doing an EVS in Portugal for one year.
I arrived in Lisbon on June 1st, the first day of the Festas de Lisboa, which take place throughout June. As soon as I arrived, I had the chance to party every night and meet many new people. I live in an apartment with many other volunteers like me, and the building in which I live has 3 apartments like mine, filled with young volunteers from all walks of life and all nationalities, so it really a “Spanish hostel” as we say in France. Even though I was already used to living with many flatmates, it was a big change for me because I usually live in a small village, where there are few new people to meet. Living in a big city like Lisbon and learning a new language is a challenge for me, but I am ready to take it up! For the moment I really like the city and its inhabitants, in the same way that I like the people with whom I live and work.


I work in an association whose mission is to study and protect the birds of Portugal. Having studied ecology and having often worked on birds, I am like a fish in the water. I like the work that is done, it is every week different, and many of my missions take me to go to the north of the country, which allows me to visit places other than the surroundings of Lisbon. I will say that until now the experience is very pleasant and rewarding and I recommend to all to do an EVS in Lisbon!


Fran De Coster