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Friday, 16 February 2018

Las emociones y sensaciones vividas por Joao en su Formación de llegada




Esta es mi primera entrada en el blog desde mi regreso de la formación de llegada de los voluntarios europeos que ha ocurrido en Baños de Montemayor, en la provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura), y la cual escribo con sentimientos mixtos. 

Por un lado, es bueno volver a Ourense, a la ciudad que me acogió en el último mes y que a poco y poco estoy sintiendo como una nueva casa; por otro siento un pequeño apretón en mi corazón por haberme despedido de las personas que conocí en este viaje y que sé que llevaré conmigo para el resto de mi vida. Aún no procesé toda la mezcla de emociones que he sentido en esta ultima semana y escribo con alguna dificultad, pero aquí va.

Después de un viaje muy largo y cansado, llegamos a Baños, un pequeño pueblo en las montañas llenas de nieve. No se veía a nadie, incluso el albergue estaba a oscuras y parecía desierto y mi imaginación me transportó para una película de terror, en que solo faltaba la clásica imagen de las “hermanas gemelas fantasmas” cantando una canción en un tono aterrador. Pero muy pronto las formadoras y los otr@s voluntari@s llegaron y la atmósfera cambió.

No tenía expectativas sobre la formación y también no sabía exactamente lo qué esperar. Quizás hablar de los derechos y deberes de los voluntari@s, información general sobre SVE y nuestros proyectos, pero fue mucho más que eso. Las formadoras transformaron o que podría haber sido una aburrida lista de contenidos a interiorizar en un aprendizaje completo, de mente y cuerpo, emoción y razón; y que nos aproximaron como grupo, convirtiéndose en una verdadero aprendizaje no-formal.
A través de dinámicas y juegos creativos nos fuimos conociendo y compartiendo nuestras expectativas, comprendiendo que no estamos sol@s en nuestros miedos y eso nos dió fuerza para superar nuestros retos.

Sentí una inmensa complicidad con las personas de la formación. El grupo era increíble y me sentí incluído en el grupo y amigo de tod@s, pudiendo hablar y sentirme conectado con todo el mundo. Ahora que pienso en eso, creo que la elección de este albergue tan pequeño y aislado fue deliberado, precisamente para que nosotros eligiésemos quedarnos juntos. En otro local, un con mucha más grande vida nocturna, habría sido muy más fácil separarnos y no nos conoceríamos tan bien, agradeciendo a la Organización este detalle logístico.
También agradezco la maravillosa visita al Parque Nacional de M
onfragüe y por la fiesta de despedida de Carnaval.

Fue una semana maravillosa y, a pesar de haber sentido mucho triste por separarme de las personas increíbles que conocí, sé que algunas se quedarán en mi vida y en mi camino por mucho, mucho tiempo, y que creceremos junt@s.

Esto no es un adiós, es un hasta pronto! Vos echo de menos mi amigos.









Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dende Marrocos a Ourense con Sustinea para o meu SVE


Before everything...

My name is KOUTHAR EL ABBASS Im from Morocco, Im 24 years, I have obtained a scientific Baccalaureate deploma and Deug, Im a student at the university in biology fieled and I new member of THE TRAIN-OF FUTURE, I have always wished to volunteer and participate in charity works and when I heard about project MIRANDO AL FUTURO of SUSTINEA I got so excited and improvised to join in.
I m so excited for that I will get my chance to know new people from different countries and of course learn a lot of thing and recognise more about other cultures

Before I come here I was so confused and afraid about will happen especially it is my first time I get far from my country and my family but I arrived here and I met the good people [Cindy, Rebeca, Inma, Susana y Paulo], new friends, new family... and the others volunteers [Joao from Portugal] and [Franco from Italy]

I took my breath they were so nive to me , so gentle, I did not fell like i am a stranger
Really I so happy with them and I will do all my best to help them and be the person they expect.

The next day when I come I went out with the other volunteers Joua an Franco we have visited beautiful places as [ The bridges ,Burgas and Chavasqueira ect...] I visited other place but I forgot their name.

It was my first time I saw them directly really so beautiful :)



Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Benvido Franco, o noso voluntario italiano!







My name is Franco, 28, and I’m from a small town from northern Italy, located 
in an alpine valley next to the lake of Como.


I arrived here in Galicia about ten days ago, and I was immediately impressed by all the forests and fields I saw during the journey by train from Santiago to my destination: Ourense!

Was incredible to see so much green in winter, that usually for me means that is everything frozen!!


At the station I met Cindy, João and Susana waiting for me; I feel welcomed since the first steps through the town, reaching my new house. I was involved since the first days in the works and team of Sustinea, and I think that during the springtime I’ll spend more time outside for the activities we’re planning now.
During these days I’m discovering the city and the local food also!


We did together a trip through the Ribeira Sacra, an hidden natural treasure with canyons
Then at night in Castro Caldelas we participated in “Festa dos Fachós” that is one of the oldest traditional celebrations in Galicia. This begin with a procession and the burning of straw; fire is one of the main symbols of this celebration, probably evocating a purificative event.
After that, this celebration continues in the square of the town with music and dances, accompanied by the sound of gaita, that is a type of backpipe.


I’d really like to see other places where those ancient traditions are keeped alive, like during the events that are part of “Entroido” that is the name for Carnival celabration here in Galicia. We’re going to be there during the next month!


Franco

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dando la bienvenida a nuestro nuevo voluntario Portugués!... Welcome Joao!!!




Hola!


Mi nombre es João y son el nuevo voluntario Portugués que estará en Sustinea durante 9 meses con un proyecto de SVE llamado “Mirando al Futuro”.

A mis 25 años, y después de terminar mi curso de Psicología, decidí que sería importante para mí tener una experiencia internacional y conocer una nueva cultura, gentes y lengua.

Buscando en la plataforma de EVS encontré el proyecto “Mirando al Futuro” de Sustinea que inmediatamente me fascinó porque, aunque mi formación académica es mayoritariamente en Psicología, la conservación por el medio ambiente es un problema urgente a tratar y una verdadera pasión a nivel personal, y aquí creo que puedo desarrollar ideas y proyectos que me permitan juntar ambas cosas.

Antes de viajar a Ourense, no conocía casi nada acerca de la ciudad. Solamente conocía el nombre de la ciudad, Ourense, porque mi padre me trajo (una t-shirt) como recuerdo, cuando él viajó a Galicia hace muchos años, busqué un poco de información antes de mi viaje.

Sabía, por ejemplo, que el río Miño atravesaba la ciudad ( y que, por consiguiente, la ciudad tenía muchos puentes), que Ourense es la única provincia sin costa en Galicia, que es una ciudad muy montañosa y verde y poco más.
No quise buscar demasiada información para permitir que la ciudad me sorprenda y experimentar todo como una tabula rasa, sin prejuicios previos y dejándome envolver por su ambiente.

Llegué a la noche y estaba muy cansado del viaje, pasando cerca de diez horas en los autobuses y no pude ver mucho de la ciudad a mi llegada. Sin embargo, las personas de Sustinea fueron muy amables y me ayudaron a llegar al piso donde viviría, a instalarme y a tratar de las cosas indispensables para mi vida en Ourense. Empecé al día siguiente mi expedición por la ciudad con un paseo por la paseo fluvial y puede ver las termas naturales que se quedan cerca del río, algunas aves/pájaros que no reconocí instantáneamente y los puentes. Tantos puentes y tan diferentes! Me fascinó el Puente del Milenio, cuya arquitectura es muy extraña, pero todos tienen un cierto encanto.
A pesar que el tiempo es muy diferente de Lisboa (dónde hace sol casi siempre), me han gustado mucho estos primeros días en Ourense, no solo porque la ciudad es bonita, sino que también porque el personal en Sustinea es muy amable y divertido, y creo que voy a aprender mucho con ellos y ellas, no solo en términos ambientales y de conservación, pero también personalmente y por las experiencias que vamos a tener.
Me siento tranquillo y a la espera de las experiencias que la ciudad me reserva. Van a ser 9 meses y las añoranzas van a aparecer eventualmente, pero me voy a concentrar en aprovechar todo esto al máximo, conociendo personas e integrándome en la cultura gallega.
Me siento muy agradecido por tener esta oportunidad y hasta ya!

João

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Huge Summer - Ruken

For me this year the summer started almost at April with the first swim at Océano Atlántico (my first swim at an ocean) and thanks to the weather at Ourense it is still summer. Almost a 7-8 months summer! At this great summer we weren't able to meet I know but a lot of things happened, a lot of things happened so fast..



The first thing I would like to say is Ourense was a bit (?) dead and veeery hot! The streets were like from "the walking dead" series..June passed calmly with the works of Sustinea, the temperature at Ourense..We had the Environment week activities like "Adopta unha Arbore" and campaña "Cazacabichas" which was about the cigarette butts at the ground and how we want to have a clean and it was a really successful project with the youngsters and locals and town hall.



At July we had our mid formación at Málaga, Mollina and after that 2 weeks of vacations was waiting for me at the south of Spain. I wanted to go Seviĺla, Granada, Cádiz, after Valencia and Barcelona..When the formación time has come I was a bit exicted to meet friends from the first formacion that we couldnt see each other because we were at different parts of Spain and also meeting new people and making my cheer up, because at June I was at the moment of missing my home and family so I bought a ticket to istanbul for september to visit my family, because at summer we had summer camps and travels and the tickets were so expensive..Before I came here I didn't realize that 9 months was long.
So then the formacion!



The mid formacion was almost about 100 volunteers from all around Spain and Europe, It was nice to ne with people who lives the similar things with you, away from their home and experiencing different things all the time, trying to be in the community etc.,It was short, nice and fulfilled with really helpful mentors and nice people. We were talking about our EVS experiences, how we are handling at the mid of the EVS process, problems if we have and how we can handle with them..there were lots of different perspectives and ideas after Friday my vacations at Andulucia was starting with my Italian friend I can just say we had a really good time, meet lots of people and fell in love with Granada..




When I came back from this amazing trip at Spain, summer camps was going to start. I was going to experience working as a monitor for the first time at a camp at Muiños, south of Ourense, at the natural park at the border with Portugal. There was 20 young people from all over Spain, Russia, Italy and Turkey which are very interested about nature, environment and natural sports. It was nice to be with these people at the nature, working at nature. I was dutied to work at accessibility of Muiños ( the ways to the mills) and I am happy that the people at the group they were very enthusiastic and I believe at the end we had a really good job, other than we were swimming, kayaking, hiking, cycling and playing..It was a really nice experience for me I believe I gained lots of nice people. At the same time were having this traditional festival of Sustinea which was very cool with costumes, artesanas, traditional Galician culture..


After the camps I went to visit Barcelona and Valencia.. Barcelona is a city like they have told, really nice and dynamic but I dont know how it would have been to live there. Then I came back and after a bit office works I packed my bags for to visit my family again for this I took my ticket to Amsterdam stay a few days and then to Istanbul! Everything happening so fast but I loved the dynamism in this! I missed my family so much so it was nice to see them at my 6th month, then I had 3 months left..



After that I came back we started to continue with "Cazacabichas" and weekend excursions at Muiños..


Now I am back and everything seems passing so fast, now I have almost 1 and a half month left, all the memories are coming my mind, the beginning, my friends here that we have to leave and what will I do now?







Wednesday, 11 October 2017

EVS - the international gateway into the world.

It was a long time ago when i've wrote my last blog about what's going on with me and what's going on with my EVS project in general. I passed lots of experiencies which i'll try to discribe and share with YOU and i hope that it will put more light on my actions!

With our organisation - Sustinea - in the last months we did a various projects which i really enjoy and i have to say that it really openned my mind more then before and enriched myself.

During the summer we orginised a camps for the youth people in natural parks. I worked there as an monitor, or lets say, more as a supporter of the other monitors especially because of the language obstacle with which iam  still struggling a little bit but step by step iam reaching the improvement in Spanish every day.

 The camps are awesome in many ways. Creating the various types of the activities - individual or group ones, having fun whereever we want to - its amazing that it just depends on us, on every individual, with which idea we will come up and spontaniously its getting manifested in a blink of an eye. I want to just give one example of many. I was a person in a charge of a archering. The concept of activity was boring at the start for the youths so afterwards i came up with a funny bet. ¨If you will hit this apple and the arrow will go trough, the opponent person has to go to the dinner dressed in the clothes of the girl ( you can imagine how tight it is) and eat without a hands.¨ Suddenly they spent an 3 hours of trying to hit the appple and they were succesfull so we had a ridicolous moments during the dinner. :)


As well we had a different types of a camp which were just during one weekend and we are still having them. From my point of view there are too short but anywaz, everytime we are having a great time, we are recognizing a new people and we do a interesting activities for example as canoing, climbing etc.


The next topic is our ecological garden and the project "Rural para todos", right now at this moment we are after the time of the harvest which nourished ourselfes a lot. We picked up a huge amounts of tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins... and plus, everythung in bio quality. Novaday we have to prepare the soil for the wintertimes and we are going to start with the winter plantation.


For the first time i was able to observe and to be the part of the organization of the  historical event which Sustinea invented and orginized. It brought us back into the year 1809. In this period of time, Galicia was occupied by the french soldiers of Napoleons army and afterwards on the year 1809 they fought against each other. The ambient of the village where this whole event happend was perfect. It was a event with a big E. Lots of markets, traditional food stores, dancing exhibitions or even music concerts. In one word - magnificent!



The next project which we just freshly finished was a "Cabicha" one. Every friday we used to go to the streets of Ourense dressed as a hilarious alien creatures trying to convince the locals to not to throw the filters of the cigarettes on the ground. As well we fullfilled a "Cabicho metro" - a huge tube made of a glass full of the rests of cigarettes which we placed in front of the town hall.


Honestly i could write an half of a book here and i would like to avoid it so the last things which i would like to share was the mid evaluation training which happend near Malaga in a small town called Mollina. We spent there almost a weeked which was full of a great activities, we shared different kinds of issues with another volunteers, we had a fun - of course - during the night or even the days and we had a chance to explore the south of Spain with all of his beauty.

The last thing which i want to say is that iam falling in love with Spain more and more and i would like to stay here forever if it will be possible.



Stepan from Czech - #chico#checo#loco

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Time, please... by Steve (Czech)

Time, please... it would be really nice if you will slown down for a while. Almost 2 months are behind us. After i wrote the last blog i experienced so many things so, lets try to put my ideas together and create something meaningful and not boring. :)

"So boring again, please stop..."
Before two weeks we went with my flatmate Ruken and with our friend Linda to Santiago de Compostela.

We was invited with another volunteers by our EVS friends (Tanya and Anastasia) whom we met on arrival training in Coruña.


 The city is really amazing, i felt in love with its atmosphere. On every corner of the street they are artists (playing on different instruments especially guitar, but also they played on typical and traditional instrument as bagpipes...)

We went throught whole old town, we visited a main square, catedral etc. and the girls said us lots of important informations about history of Santiago.
"Destiny recommended me to study engineering, no way... please!"

 I really approciated staying in the main park near centre, its pretty huge and the gardens and views on the city there awesome. I would like to do there yoga everyday :(



Views from the park :)



We stayed 1 night in S. de C. so we had also opportunity to explore the night life - it was quite crazy, but we survived!

On Sunday before we left i met a bboys dancing in the streets and it made me so happy to know more breakdancers beacuse now i have a option to train with them. 

Yea, and thanks to girls one more time for baptism in the fountain! I really enjoyed it and i guess that Aga too! And last thing... Prepare for the payback in Ourense! :D



In the next days Sustinea hosted about 30 volunteers from Italy, Spain and Portugal for a 1 week. Naturally we got involved in the program. For example i did a yoga and breathing workshop for them and Ruken teached them how to make theyr own clay jewellery :) It was really interesting to be in the role of a teacher. I have to say that i really improved my communicion skills at this meeting. During this weekend we had the easter holidays so it was on us, if we will take part in this program. Personally i really enjoyed to stay in my free time with another voluneers, to know them more and to share my points of view or whatever... Especially i really enjoyed a trip to Cañon de Sil - it was outstanding and magnificent!


As the title pointed, the days in the office and allotment  are passing so fast and sometimes i really would like to stop the time. We did such a nice job together on our allotment and we can really see a big progress day by day.

The last weekend was pretty hard for me. I become sick and for a whole weekend i stayed in our apparment in my bed. I had a fever, infection in my troath, breathing was painful... I made ginger tea with lemon and honey almost every 2 hours and it really helped me - "Muchas gracias mi Dios Jengibre!"

This monday i went to doctor for the physical examination. Quite strange but also funny was that on reception they think that Czechoslovakia still exists - what?! Really?! :D

Nowadays i feel much much better, i hope that next week i will be fit for a travelling and exploration of a new places! :)