10 julho 2020

O testemunho da Veronica No. 1 (Junta de Fregusia do Lumiar)

I’m in Lisbon since the 1st of March, unfortunately I’ve arrived here exactly two weeks before the quarantine 
started. I can’t say to have been very lucky. During the quarantine sometimes it’s been hard. I couldn’t wait to start this new experience and, of course, the reality is totally different in comparison with my expectations. But despite this inconvenience I can say that I’m very happy to be here and share my time with other volunteers.


During this period I focused myself in studying Portuguese and improving my English. I also started doing sport and other activities, like painting and drawing, to relax in a such stressful situation. The positive side of this lockdown is that I had the opportunity to know better my flat mates and get friends.


When the lockdown finished we have been starting to go out and discovering new beautiful places in Lisbon, but also trekking in the nature. In June we also did beautiful trip in Alentejo and In Algarve. It’s been very nice!
I’m doing volunteering in Junta de Fregusia do Lumiar, a structure where we do many activities of after school and recreation for kids from elementary school. In May I finally started doing some activities with my hosting organisation on smart working. It’s nice having contacts with my colleagues and with kids, but I really can’t wait to meet them by person and implement and increase our activities!


After a very fresh and rainy spring, the summer is finally arrived and I’m enjoying and when I’m not working I enjoy my days to the beach around Lisbon with my friends. I’m having fun and I’m happy to have found this group of beautiful people!





08 julho 2020

O testemunho da Jeasmine No. 1 (SPEA)


Hi 😊
I am Jeasmine from France and I started my volunteering with SPEA (Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo 
das Aves) in Lisbon at the beginning of march.  Everything went super fast because I knew I was coming only five days before flying to Portugal, and I was super exited of this radical lifestyle change and above all incredibly happy to return to Portugal, to Lisbon! 
The first week I have met my flatmates, they were very nice, and they explained me everything I needed to know about the house. I am sharing the room with another volunteer, Veronica from Italy, and even though it is a particular experiment sharing a room for a long time and that I was a little bit scared about “what if we don’t get along AT ALL ??”, I am super happy that’s her because we get along wonderfully and I am sure that we are going to be very good friends ! We had the time to know each other better and had already really good moments together!


 Also this first week, we went to the Miradouro Santa Catarina, that has an amazing view on the river, the bridge 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei, and there I met some other volunteers. We also went to the beach, that is pretty close to the city center and really easy to access! <3 We had our welcoming day where we get to know some other volunteers more.


The next week was the beginning for me with SPEA, I was sooo exited!! On the first day I get to know all the team and the afternoon I went to Moinho do Sado to count shorebirds. And back to the office I was told that I had to do 14 days of quarantine before going back to the office but finally the general quarantine and state of emergency started and I decided to go back to France has we didn’t knew how long it was going to last, and I was doing telecommuting so it was okay. I spent April, May and June in France, working from home with SPEA. We also had an online on-arrival training in April. It was very cool, we met other volunteers, had fun and it made us felt less alone. 😊

By June I was a little frustrated and sad not being in Portugal living at 100% the volunteering life experiment, but now that I am back I am being more optimistic and  I can’t wait to do my best and enjoy the adventure !



06 julho 2020

O testemunho da Ksenia No. 3 ((Associação Spin)



Pois, chegaram ao fim estes 9 meses, e parece que era o tempo mais tranquilo e despreocupado da minha vida. Mas tudo tem o seu tempo, e agora é a hora para eu fazer mudanças e trazer mais estabilidade e mais equilíbrio à minha vida.'

Não quero dizer adeus a nenhumas pessoas que se tornaram próximas a mim durante essa jornada. Espero mesmo que dê para ter novos encontros com elas no próximo futuro. 



E, com certeza, não digo adeus a Portugal, o país que não deixa de me encantar, pasmar e admirar. Vou sentir saudades e vou lembrar-me sempre destes detalhes, que em conjunto representam a minha experiência:
  As janelas e varandas com roupas coloridas penduradas em cordas;
 
O cheiro a bacalhau (amigo fiel) nos supermercados;
 
Os cães que correm felizes ao longo da costa;
 
A água geladinha do Atlântico;
  As pessoas desconhecidas que te cumprimentam quando passas por diante delas (fora de Lisboa);
 
Os motoristas de táxi que cantam ou assobiam umas melodias alegres;
 
As ruas estreitinhas, tão acolhedores e cheias de vida;
 
Os gatos que olham para ti das janelas;
 
O vento salgado do oceano e esse sabor do sal nos lábios;
 
O playlist da Padaria Portuguesa;
 
Cafés cheios, pingados, meias de leite e abatanados;
 
Os hikes com as minhas companheiras simpáticas ou sozinha;
 
Neblinas misteriosas;
 
Jacarandás em flor, que fizeram as ruas ainda mais esplêndidas.
E assim por diante... Enfim, valeu a pena! Obrigada por tudo :)