The Journey

Once again, your summer breeze and bohemian scent brought me here; this time in Porto.  I missed so much this semi-chaos, with your glossy mosaic and cubic stone, narrow and extremely steep streets, crowded, agitated, cars and people walking along the street, the fresh smell of the laundry hanged on the windows. This city is a labyrinth of streets, stairs with very small hidden markets. . Just a little bit and I’m getting into the vibe.

And Even If I have had some last minute changes in the airport, somehow I managed to arrive earlier than expected. Here, the tribe is waiting for new adventures, with wide open arms under the sunlight. So far, the nest is peaceful and warmly, with late awakenings, morning rituals and lazy breakfasts. Today we are all right.  Tomorrow we are not the same. We change from day to day, from one hour to the next, as the wind blows, depends on what we hear, how we wake up that morning, or how we fell asleep the evening before, depends on who we meet and where, there are many things that make us have another thought. From now on, we must make room for the unexpected.

 

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That 1 issue I have here

It’s been almost two months since we got all four of us, the lovely foreign volunteers, together in our GAIAC penthouse. Unlucky for me, I got here already a little bit ill and inhabiting a new home, where  keeping the heat inside the house is quite a challenge, I was having a very unhappy time health wise. I will always be amazed by these houses with  windows without a proper isolation from the cold winds and heavy rains. Not even going to question also the lack of the central heating.. The way the Portuguese people survive their humid winters is constantly wearing dozens of layers of clothing both inside and outside, and making decisions about whether to turn the heating on or having a reasonable electricity bill [I’ve been told that Portugal has the second highest electricity prices in Europe]. Sometimes people who are geographically located at least above Portugal are having a hard time to believe me, the spoiled princess, who is passing palm trees on her way and whining about having hard times in a +10 °C degree winter with no snow.. : D

Maybe it wasn’t the best approach to start my first post with complaining about Portugal, I love this country so much, but this issue has just been on my mind constantly, I just can’t seem to get over it – why would you torture yourself like that, my dear, Portugal ? In nowadays, it’s not like the technology is not there, it’s not like the materials are not there [if we can waste resources to import many useless products from Asia, why not to bring windows from Central Europe that are practical not only in the summer time?].

One Portuguese person expressed their opinion, that finally gave me some logical explanation behind this phenomenon – Portuguese people are kind of in denial that it’s cold in the winter. Omg, yes, that is it ! Apparently, it used to be a lot warmer all year long, but due to the global warming the climate has changed in the last years, and in a way many people are having a subconscious resistance towards admitting this change and improving their homes for winter time.

With this blog post I can now finally conclude this topic for myself [at least for some while] and just be thankful that ”Abriláguas mil” passed. My health is alright and I am about to enjoy a warm May evening in Porto with music, a glass of wine and a good company.

Até logo !

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preparing europe

and so it is, my dear friend, that after a month at the edge of the continent, in the land of  schizophrenic skies and endless black and white cobbles, in the city-catalogue ‘buy your bridge today’ and under our wuthering heighted roof, i write to you.

the times find us in the midst of preparations. the annual celebration has arrived and we, as a forgetfull spouse on the eve of an anniversary, rush to remember all the reasons why we continue in this union. but you know better than me the problem with anniversaries; full of big words. so, i thought we might try something different for a change. this time, take a step back, and look at the little things that possibly link us together. a glimpse at the minuscules for some, for others the fundamentals.

i’d say the natural elements come first. the water, its masses, and the strikingly similar effect it has had since ever and everywhere on the humankind. we gather around it, busy little beings going about our busy little chores, we cherish it, we build our greatest constructions by its side, begging it to mirror in its eternal blue our accomplishments.

then comes music. and the instruments that seam to have been stolen from your village, but in truth they were made somewhere far away. and the lyrics that turn from incomprehensive murmur to a song in a way that would make all the good-natured filologists of the world abandon their futile work.

and afterwards are the habbits and the tastes and the gestures. the tiny smirk when someone tells you that this or that is typical from here. we know better, my friend, now don’t we? and of course nothing is exactly the same, every thing a little bit different in its way, each person is a culture (at least a friend of mine believes so. i believe him too).

and lastly, there come the almost imperceptible. a face of a friend appearing in the middle of an unknown crowd, only to become a stranger after a moment. a street you swear you have walked before. a colour so familiar, it must have been from that shirt you wore constantly for two summers in a row. oh, have you seen our colours?

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On the 9th of May it is Europe’s Day. We’ll be around ; )

Azulejos workshop” in three different techniques

Azulejo is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework. It is found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes.
Duringmy EVS experience this was the main theme of my project and, after some research, I have adapted some production techniques to laboratories to properre in schools.

Those that are best suited to the laboratories are:

ARESTAS ( or Cuenca): Hispanic-Moorish decorative technique (late fifteenth and early sixteenth century), in which the drawing was engraved in the raw clay, through a mold that left salient reliefs or edges that avoided the mixture of colors.

For this type of azulejos it is possible to use two different kinds of materials, salt dough and DAS; but in the school is better only DAS because it does not need to be prepared before. This technique it consists in giving the tile a three-dimensional decoration.

Instruction: After giving the mixture the shape of a tile, you can create your own decoration engraving with a toothpick (for a negative shape) or adding material (for the reliefs). One day is needed to let the work dry, after which you can start painting.

 

ALICATADO: Composition Ceramics resulting from the combination of fragments of mosaic of various colors, cut out of pliers from colored plates, which “fit” forming geometric figures.

For this laboratory it is better to try to use only recyclable material like (coffee, egg shells, orange peels, jeans…). For the base it’s good to use a cardboard, because it is resistant but at the same time it is easy to glue the material.

Istruction: First of all you need to draw the decoration on a thick cardboard. After that you can choose the materials based on the colors decided.
It is possible to use different types of glue for different materials.

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SEMI-INDUSTRIAL: pattern tile in which the inks were applied by means of brush on a stamp. Characteristic of the production of the second half of the 19th century, it was widely used in the decoration of sides of buildings.
With this workshop it’s possible to recreate the molds that can reproduce the decoration on the tiles several times, maybe changing colors, maybe adding some details by hand.

Istruction: For this it technique, is necessary to build the stencils previously. It is better to take plastic sheets for the molds because they can be used several times.
Draw with a pencil, the decoration, in negative, on the plastic sheet (better than not too difficult) and cut it. After that, apply the stencil on a sheet of paper of the same size and stop it with adhesive tape.
Use acrylic colors or watercolors and with a sponge, dab on top of the stencil. In this way the decoration will be more precise than the use of the brush, that could drool at the end.

 

 

Appreciating a small city, appreciating the little things

After waiting for this training for four months, the EVS volunteers finally got the perfect six day preparation, well, not for the start, but on how to continue their EVS journey.

Arriving in Viseu, a small city in the heart of Portugal, we encountered not only the perfect hosting conditions and a great place to live, but also a great team of trainers that taught us what is a team. Even though the hostel was the first amazing thing that we enjoyed when we arrived, it was the charm of the city that finally got us, with it’s beautiful canals, parks, historical buildings and original museums.

But enough with practicalities, because the on-arrival training was about uncovering your personal desires, thinking about your future and making connections. In another sense, I will summarise it as a ‘speed dating ‘ tutorial. Not because eventually you will get boyfriend/girlfriend at the end, but because you meet in such a short amount of time people with whom you will start beautiful relationships. Very lovable ones because you are connected by the same type of life experience in that time and because those days are about giving, receiving and cherishing ourselves. You will remember them for a longer time than a crush met on a speed dating!

The job that the three trainers were doing in working on with our chemistry as a group was incredible. Even though at the end of each day we were completely exhausted, each day it was worth it.

Even if most of the ‘get to know you’ games I knew already and we were also using them in the school, playing with the kids, all the volunteers were interesting people to discover so boredom was quickly forgotten when playing.

For me, the most enjoyable activity was the workshop day, when, each of us proposed an activity for 30 min during which he felt that he can be a resource for  the others. So I attended two workshops on movement that helped us relax and explore the other participants in another way and a workshop on French language where we started karaoke-ing on popular French songs. I opened a discussion about New Wave of Romanian Cinema and the influence of communism on it, everything taking place in a comfortable cinema that the youth centre had, so I had a marvellous experience sharing a part of one of my favourite Romanian movies ‘Tales of the Golden Age’ and connecting it with the audience.

I already miss being in Viseu with everybody, but the good news is that in March we have our next training so most probably we will encounter the others during it.

World heritage: castles and pizzas

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UNESCO’s world heritage sign on the ground, in front of the entrance of Sé do Porto

All over the world, through the centuries people have created numerous outstanding monuments of their achievements, intelligence and creativity. Architectural and art masterpieces enrich if not confirm the identity of every place and nation. Apart from their historical importance, they are also the main landmarks and the urban highlights for every local or visitor, playing an important role in our everyday life, even if it is not always consciously noticed.

UNESCO is a global organization that among other activities protects and supports a number of natural and man-made sites that are considered to be of major importance, significance, uniqueness and originality for the world history and heritage. The criteria of this UNESCO’s list are quite strict, but also open to a wide variety of totally different cases. To be included in this list, it is a confirmation of the high importance for any place, but also a good reason to visit this it.

Portugal has fifteen sites on this list, each of them for special reasons. The one closest to us is the historic center of Porto, with the Luis I Bridge and the Monastery of Serra do Pilar in Vila Nova de Gaia.

The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history.

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Some kilometers northeastern from Porto, the small and picturesque town of Guimarães, with its Castelo, the old city and the historical events connected with the place, is also included in the same list.

The historic town of Guimarães is associated with the emergence of the Portuguese national identity in the 12th century. An exceptional well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town, its rich building typology exemplified the specific development of Portuguese architecture from 15th to 19th century […].

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Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveiras in Guimarães

If we travel south, less than two hours by train from Porto, the old city of Coimbra hosts the oldest University of Portugal and one of the oldest and most well-known ones in the world. The buildings, the baroque library and the black uniform of the students (by the way a tradition not exclusively at Coimbra’s university, other institutions have also similar traditions), remind of the Harry Potter movies and also provide a very special character to the whole city. So the University has been also enlisted in World Heritage List.

Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages.

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All the cases above are more or less about buildings. But except for sites or concrete and visible heritage elements, some cultural achievements and traditions are equally important. Let’s see just two of them that have been enlisted last year in the special list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the nonmaterial list of UNESCO. Both of them are for different reasons somehow connected with our project.

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The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples […].

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The first one is the traditional and authentic Italian pizza from Naples. We have one volunteer from Italy and we also tried some of this pizza in an open event that took place last month in the center of Porto, celebrating and promoting the recent acceptance in the list. We had to wait something more than half an hour in the queue just for grabbing a small slice of pizza, but we also gained our ten seconds of fame since the local television channel was around for the event.

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At last but not at least, last year the Greek music kind “rebetiko” joined the same list too. We have one Greek participant in the project —me— and some of us also enjoyed in October one contemporary dancing performance that was inspired by rebetiko, at Teatro Nacional São João in Porto.

Rebetiko is a musical and cultural expression directly linked to song and dance […] Rebetiko songs are now a standardized repertoire in almost every social occasion involving music and dance.

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Informational material and the ticket from the performance “Private Song”, concept and choreography by Alexandra Bachzetsis

All the examples above are from my personal EVS experience and are to prove that the world heritage is indeed a part of our everyday life in many ways, some of them not that expected.

 

The information in quotation marks is from UNESCO’s official websites. All the photos were taken during my EVS.

VISEU – arrival training

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At the beginning of February I finally had a chance to participate in long waited arrival training that lasted for one week and was located in charming city- called VISEU. Viseu is a small municipality not so super far away from Porto and was nice to visit. It is definitely well managed-as it is very clean, with beautiful architecture, good sports infrastructure, friendly for families and youngsters and is safe city. I was amazed by it. During this training we enjoyed incredibly good accommodations –and facilities that provided even better experience during this training. It was very intense week- it took a lot of energy, but gave as much or even much more in return. My biggest outcome from this is new friendships we could gain, because in this training we met other EVS volunteers who do their projects in other parts of Portugal. We met so different countries in one room, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Latvia, Rumania, France, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Poland but all of us are here because of EVS project that is connecting us. We have chosen to get lifetime experience and fully live our time here in Portugal- by being involved in our own EVS projects. In total we were 29 participants in this training. We had activities everyday from 10 in the morning till late evenings, sometimes going out to explore the life in VISEU also during the nights.

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We were lucky to have 3 highly professional and nice trainers, that knew how to build productive, dynamic and filled with positive energy-program for us, so we arrive at the training as strangers –but leaved as friends who now know much more about EVS projects, shared experiences, rights, responsibilities, opportunities and Youthpass. And most of all –now we have friends located in their projects in Lisbon, Nazare, Porto, Madeira e.c. that we can visit and enjoy Portugal together.

As I have had various experience with Youth exchange projects, and other nonformal education trainings that last starting form one week- it wasn’t so incredibly new wave of experience that takes my breath away because of awesomeness. I do remember that it did happen with me at my first youth exchange where I cached this ‘addiction’ to get more involved in nonformal education activities/projects and finally in EVS experience. I knew what to expect in this type of training. I knew some techniques that trainers were using in workshops, but I fully enjoyed and participated on 100%, because we gain each time new experience and knowledge because of people that are involved.

During this training I reassured myself again the knowledge that people is our best resource. It’s better to talk to person about his culture, his project experience, expectations, doubts, adventures- than hear it from someone else or read in a book. In this training we were very fast bonded a productive, energetic and  friendly group that can interact with each other incredibly good. We were encouraged to present our EVS projects- but first we needed to get inspiration in real local market fair, observe the approach from farmers in the market-how they present, how they communicate and then back in the workplace-create our “project presentation market” in nonformal manner.  It was valuable to hear how different experiences we have under the title EVS project. Some is working with culture theme in regular schools- with regular youngsters and kids, some is doing the same topic but with people that has some disabilities. Some take care of people in pensions. Some is participating and finding their path related to ecological thinking, actively participating in food farming and environmental issues. Some do the project directly working in field of theather but combining approach with nonformal education tools and implementing it in local community. It was an icebreaker for our minds, to hear so different stories and after the many formal knowledge we got about our rights and responsibilities, to compare satisfaction and also the level of input we are giving to the project. Measuring the amount of- giving and receiving. Realizing that sometimes-the emotions that we get from people/kids that we work with-are much higher value-that the one could be measurable in money.

We learned about different approaches in crisis management, intercultural communication, stereotypes and differences about common habits in various countries and how it can create misunderstandings-because ones ‘good” can be in some other culture ”bad’ habit. We learned about open minded relaxed approach towards situations and learned about various competences that we can gain and discover during this EVS project in our selves. We discovered in teams city VISEU-with “treasure hunting” approach. We had to discover most famous locations in city – followed by some funny activity that we had to do in a group, so we can move forward in the task. It challenged us to go out of comfort zone, interact with local community in fun way, to be creative and get to know new teammates even better by this shared expedition in the city.

Another valuable/ awesome part in our program was “OPEN SPACE FOR LEARNING”- each who wanted-could become teachers or active participants in their workshops. It was fantastic idea-because it bonded us even more. We could share the knowledge, talents with each other. Italians teaches how to do homemade pasta, how to speak with gestures in Italy, Marina taught about Short movies and there were so meny more..  I participated in meny but my favorite was Theater workshop- where in cool way we learned about opening your mind and body for free movement in given space, reflection e.c. This  made me to remember, that this is what I like and have always wanted to learn more about-through more Theater workshops. Hoping to learn more about game/play with voice for speeches. Body movement, relaxing techniques and give and receive approach in interaction. It charged me so much. Feeling grateful for such experience finally.

To summarize all Tsunami of words I left here- I acknowledge the things we all know but good to remember time to time and make some commitments to get best results for ourselves at the end of this EVS. We are the ones who create this experience in the best it can be. The future of our dreams are so strong as we do the effort towards our activities at the present. This training was amazing reminder about the personal characteristics -for example to discover which role you are comfortable to play in a teamwork- nonformal leader, supporter, motivator or observer e.c. It helped to stop for a moment in my thought’s to remember my knowledge’s, competences that has grown in one or other way and I should recognize them more and present in my future more confident as my knowledge and strength in some professional field. This training was intense enough to give so much in so short time. It gave us new friendships, strengthened the ones we had, tough a lot and have the most important gift-charged up batteries with positive memories, shared laughter and smiles and people to visit here in Portugal and all over the World. Obrigada, VISEU!

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VISEU – arrival training

Arrival Training

Even if a little late, the arrival training in Viseu has come! I expected that it would be full of interesting workshop but I didn’t think that it would have been so intense.

Each day was full of activities, since the morning until the evening (and sometimes the night). I had the possibility to know the others EVS projects here in Portugal but also present my host organization, to discover the importance of non-formal education and what I can give and what I can receive, what are my rights and my responsabilities as volunteer.

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Part of this training was also discover the city, Viseu, not like a turists but in a different way: we have been divided in some little groups and meke some activities in the most importants places of the city, like video, foto and different kind of performance. It has been very funny and interesting because, despite the cold and the tiredness, we came back to the hostel very enthusiastic and proud about our work. Also we could find out Portugal, in a small travel through the five senses, really nice experience.

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The thing I learned most was to know a lot of young people like me that arrive from different countries (someone also from Italy) and share with them our own culture, experience, and sensations about this EVS experience.

There were also some freetime moments where I had the possibility to strengthen friendships and build new ones, just sharing meals, a glass of beer or some dance or music, with the promise that we surely will meet again, maybe in Lisbon, maybe in Porto, maybe during the next training, it does not matter. The most important thing is to go back home richer and with the awareness to have contributed to break the barriers, to enjoy the differences but in the same time discover that we are not so different.

With this positive energy I want to live my last two months here in Portugal,  trying to give my hundred percent to the project, enjoing my freetime and discovering better this city and this country!

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6-3=3 (MEANING –BEING HALFWAY IN THIS PROJECT)

When I began this project I had some expectations, but you can never know how it will go. How the relationship with teammates will develop, how you will find your place in this city and fill up your free time, manage your monthly budget or adapt to the climate, which is for sure different from my country. It all can influence your mood, energy, and approach to the situations. It is already January, that marks the middle part of this project which will last only until the beginning of April for us ( To be precise, 4th of April- my Birthday). Now when we had to create „EVS call” video for newbies that will change us and start their own adventure here-gives an impulse to sit down and have a look back, evaluate- how it has felt, what has been done, experienced. Without regrets I can say for sure, I’m grateful for this experience, and most of all for this location. Portugal is relatively small country but has so rich culture, landscape and things to offer for a discoverer like me. Porto-city that took my breath away already at the first sight. Whatever is the weather-hot, cheerful, summerish October (as it was at our arrival) or wet, humid, cold December- I could always find some charm in this city and things to do in it.

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During this EVS we were very well welcomed, not only with welcoming dinner at our huge apartment, that has terrace with incredible view towards ocean  (which took some beauty treatment for itself with construction workers as part of our family/team for a while), but also we had good training/workshops about nonformal education tools. We had a couple of days that we devoted just for this, that helped to know each other better as a team and also get prepared for work at schools, with kids/youngsters. We received an excellent toolset, that later we could apply in our personal project. These all activities which we learned were asked to transform in the written paper- called „PORTFOLIO”. Even if sometimes I were annoyed to pay attention to this portfolio, to sum up, all activities with detailed instruction how to navigate youngsters, what materials needed, what skills they will receive as an outcome of this and which age it might suit better- now I appreciate that I have this document where is summarized all nonformal education activities that I not only learned here – but also managed to test myself, apply in schools with kids.

After warming up by learning various approaches to nonformal education, we visited also many GAIA schools that gave us general overlook how the educational system works in Portugal, what is our optional working place. We were encouraged to create our personal project during this EVS-that is a good encouragement to see it as a platform for your creativity and initiative toward these 6 months. Meanwhile, we also started to participate in school life- by attending drawing classes, learning new skills in art, participating in theater class in Santa Marinha school with fantastic teacher Marta, that newer loses enthusiasm and is super sweet with her students. That way we could observe and interact with kids easier-even without big language knowledge. We managed very well and became „superstars” in school- as all kids were so happy to meet us in the corridor or just say HI in English. We participated to create a Christmass play with kids, that was so much fun and amazing – because they don’t know so much English, and same for me, just with Portuguese language-but the outcome was incredible how we managed to communicate through the process that they created a real play about Christmass in Latvia. I was extremely proud of them. My workplace was in Santa Marinha school, mostly with kids in primary school age. So I proposed my project, that included various nonformal/educational activities for kids at Libary. Two times a week I and my colleague from Rumania spent there 3  hours, available for any help for Rita (an awesome lady who is working there). We came with our own suggestions and applied them in work. It was fun and kids enjoyed not only our company (They were excited that we are foreigners) but also the creative/unusual approach that we brought with nonformal education activities in theyr school. Even if in the beginning it was hard to understand the meaning of time spent in Library after a while we understood how important is that kids can hear english speakers, interact with youngsters like us and also for library-with our input of ideas. And most of all- for us –to learn how library works in Portugal and how creative approach can be done in this area –by oberving professionality, crativity and patience form Ritas side.

Besides work we had of course also free time, which was spent perfectly. It’s up to each other how we fill up the time, spend money or take opportunities that we have. I had a goal to travel and explore this culture. So I did it. My First trip the to city called Peniche was at the end of October. It was AMAZING. Beaches, surfers, ocean, increadible beauty of nature, delicious food e.c. but most of all- first time in my life I was swimming the in ocean at end of OCTOBER. In Latvia it’s already freezing at that time and you don’t take outdoors jackets of- sunbathing only in your dreams under warm blankets in your bed. In these three month I managed to accomplish my dream from childhood and I visited Barcelona-which was totally worth waiting for so long. I made also some short trips to surrounding cities. Such as Aveiro, Guimaraes and booked a trip to Lisbon and Azores that will accomplish only in following months. Besides traveling- we definitely enjoyed a lot of cultural events that provides this charming city. It’s a bliss that I can call this city home for 6 months because of its unique vibe. We had a tradition to attend one museum, every first Sunday of month-to explore art (because it is free museum days in Porto-very much thank you). Attended various concerts in cafes, conferences e.c. This city provides a lot of moments or .. „woooow.. so coool”.. if you have a discoverers 6th sence-which for sure I have. Thank you, Porto, for being so AMAZING.

These 3 months have been passed with ups and downs- as it was hard for me to adapt the fact, that during the winter there is so high level of humidity and 75% of houses have no heating system, but I managed to balance my attitude towards it and here it is- it’s January + 12 degrees, flowers blossoming around, green grass, sun shining, birds singing and life is beautyfull. Spring is here, already behind the corner-that always is a reason to smile more, and boost an energy for new adventures, new discoveries, and lessons to learn professionally as well. EVS is an experience that I’ll never forget and for sure. looking forward to the rest of the time spent here. Hoping to viden my circle of friends, improve my portuguese languege, learn how to cook octopus, surfing and do the „Little Prin ce”workshop the at the library with kids. Sorz for the leghts, but had some things to share with you!

Greetings, Zane

Christmas time

Despite the high temperatures, Christmas time has also arrived in Porto; it is precisely this time of joy that inspired the creativity of us volunteers! We are preparing in fact, differents activities related to Christmas and not only.

In these weeks we have prepared a shadows theatre with Christmas characters to be proposed in the library of the school. the transparent figures stand on the one side of the screen and they look clear on the other side. The figure’s shape is separated into at least two parts that are joined to each other.

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Each of us has also exhibited in a class of kids, a short presentation about own Christmas traditions while the students and they showed us a little theatrical representation, very very nice moment!
In the seme time I’m finishing up my personal project about azulejos. a brief research on their history and evolution, I’m experimenting with some laboratories to create azulejos with different techniques (obviously simplified).

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 Engraving: I prepared square shapes with salt dough to decorate with the toothpick

 

 

 

 

 Mosaic: my idea is to decorate the azulejos with any kind of material that can be recycled

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 Stencil: I created some negative prints to use to decorate the tiles

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I also started to follow the school orchestra, especially the guitar class because it has always been my wish to learn how to play this instrument and the Portuguese lessons with the other volunteers.
In short, you never get bored!!