It has been a long time since the last time I shared my experiences and thoughts with all of you. In my defense, I will say that my time had been quite limited the last months and my computer has gone through very, veeeery difficult moments. Now he is getting better, no worries 🙂
Last time I spoke about OPTO and how A-M-A-Z-I-N-G it was for me. In the middle of my silence, my colleague has also writen down a super nice post talking about a moment that is coming close for me as well: the farewell (I strongly recommend you to read it, especially if you are in “that” moment too, or just to see what it feels like to finish a voluntary service).
Let’s come back to OPTO and what happened after it: weeks of activities with kids, having a lot of fun. I went to Albufeira and Olhão, for the Semana da Criança and we carried out super cool games with the kids, all of them with a scientific base. Their faces when you explain to them why things happen like they do….Are PRICELESS! I promise 🙂
After that, I went to Alte to assist one of my colleagues of the CCVAlg. We did a “drawing electronic machines” using recycled materials and small batteries so they could move! Is it not amazing? It was the first time I worked with things involving electricity (low intensity, nothing dangerous) and I “adorei” it!!
We also had a Chess Tournament (see me as the Queen in the pictures xD) and a the first Colóquio Internacional Marés de Histórias, with the association AJUDARIS. Did you know them? They carry out really nice projects with kids. Here you have their website, in case you want to know more: http://www.ajudaris.org/site/
Then, after all these amazing weeks and funny activities, another of the remarkable moments during my EVS arrived: MID-TERM TRAINING. This time I went to Serra da Estrela. Another useful experience, full of learning and new people.
And then, just a week after my Mid Term, thanks to ECOS I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Young European Forum for Social Cohesion in Berlin. The opportunity came to me randomly, but I took it. And here, dears, is one of the things I have learnt so far during my EVS: BE ACTIVE AND GRAB THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT APPEAR IN YOUR WAY!! DO NOT BE SCARED!! Fear or shyness wont lead you to have great moments, the contrary! If I had not been brave and active, I could not have gone to Berlin which would have been a pity, because the experience was marvellous and Berlin….What can I say? I was really looking forward to visit it because, even though I was in Germany for my Erasmus, my city was quite far from the capital and I did not have the chance to go there!
We were there for three days, talking about different ways for fostering and promoting Social Cohesion while Building Bridges in a world of biodiversity. I met a lot of new and very interesting people, which gave me the possibility to strengthened my network (today: the most important tool you have to improve your employability). Besides, I learnt a lot about Social Cohesion and how important is for the correct development of more open, inclusive and free societies. Last, but not least, I saw a lot of strength amongst us: very powerfull people, creative and really stubborn, working together in different countries to achieve the same thing.
So, as you can see, the last two months have been quite strong for me: full of things, new experiences, new people, a broken computer, a broken camara (I am still trying to get over this loss…) but, above all: a lot of constant learning!!!
Thank you for reading and see you in the next post!