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Mi primer voluntariado en la Ciudad de Bruselas
Ha sido un largo viaje para poder llegar hasta aquí, alrededor de catorce horas volando. Sin embargo, ahora puedo decir que ha valido la pena. Les contaré por qué. Me llamo Ivonne, tengo 21 años, vivo en la región amazónica de Ecuador. Ésta es la primera vez que tengo la oportunidad de salir fuera de mi país y tener la experiencia que ahora estoy viviendo. Soy parte del proyecto “Global Recognition” del Servicio de Voluntariado Europeo: GLORE, Erasmus +. Este proyecto busca reconocer la importancia que tiene el voluntariado en la formación personal y profesional de una persona, que en muchos casos ha sido olvidado. Llegué aquí el 15 de Junio de 2017, a pesar de haber viajado tanto y haber dormido poco, no me sentía cansada. Estaba ansiosa por conocer el lugar que sería mi hogar en los próximos cinco meses. Al mismo tiempo pasaban muchas cosas por mi cabeza. Me preguntaba a mí misma cómo sería la vida en Bruselas y cómo sería el voluntariado en L’Arche (el lugar donde realizo mi voluntariado). Sin embargo, todas mis dudas se van contestando solas. “Las casas” Cada día, mientras camino por las calles de la ciudad, no puedo parar […]
My EVS experience “Roots”
Root: noun. The part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres. The basic cause, source, or origin of something. I don’t really know why someone should get so tired searching for its roots. Simone Weil, a well-known French 20th century philosopher and political activist, author of “The Need for Roots”, asserted that the central drama of the modern era was uprootedness – the disconnection from the past and the loss of community. But, what is this need really about? She would say: “To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” But why we are so concerned to find these strong bonds that keep us stucked on the ground. Searching for memories from a past that we never lived but we strive for; looking to ourselves in the mirror thinking that we are the result of an unknown blood mixture and hundreds of years of love making. But for me it could be simpler than that. I loved my father to Heaven, and that’s where I pray he is now, […]
First impressions of Italy
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” -Henry David Thoreau Italy! I’ve been here for one month but it seems like it was yesterday when I got on the plane from Mexico City and arrived here after a 12-hour flight; I guess time also flies. It could be said that I time-space traveled, since I’m about 10,166 km away and 7 hours ahead from Mexico, so I was lucky I arrived on Saturday and start working on Monday because time travel has some side-effects like the well-known jetlag, which made me stay awake at midnight and sleepy during daytime for a week but I got over it and so did Erick, my Peruvian volunteering colleague. Once the activities began, I found “La Buona Terra” quite lovely; a sustainable farm located in the town of Passignano sul Trasimeno in the region of Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy. So, having just earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, this opportunity was like heaven on […]
Arrival in Ollantaytambo
Going to Peru has always been a dream of mine. My father’s family has a lot of connection with it. And actually, my godmother is from Peru. But I never had the opportunity to go. So, when I saw the volunteering opportunity on the SVI (Service Volontaire International) ad on Facebook, I jump on it! Ever since the moment I got accepted, I got more and more excited about going. The preparation weekend of the SVI, with other volunteers going everywhere in the world was a great moment, and the highlight of this waiting. And then, the time of the departure arrived. It wasn’t the first time abroad for me, so I wasn’t too afraid about the trip. But still, there is always a moment when you’re feeling that the experience begins. For me, it happened during the connection in Madrid. I was in this airport for a couple of hours, and it only made me realize more the fact that I was leaving Europe, and it was kind of a “point of non-return”. At this moment, a bit of stress struck me, as well as the thrill of the journey! In Lima, I was lucky enough to meet the […]
EVS in the country of the four worlds, Ecuador
EVS in the country of the four worlds, Ecuador The country: Located in the middle of the world, in Ecuador we can take a step from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. It is possible in one day to walk along the beautiful Pacific coast, the imposing Andes mountain range and the secret Amazon rainforest. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean are the splendid Galapagos Islands, with its incredible marine and terrestrial heritage. Ecuador has the largest diversity of animals and plants per square kilometer of the world, and it is possible in this small country to visit several ecosystems of the planet. Their fruits: With all this biological wealth, there could only be a spectacular variety of fruit like this. Exotic fruits such as Granadilla – of soft taste and strange sticky texture, and Pitahaya – too good, but unfortunately also with too much laxative effect. When talking about Ecuadorian fruits, I could not fail to mention bananas, especially Verde, probably the main food in this region. Here, the bananas are eaten green or ripe, cooked or raw. There are bananas of all sizes and shapes – even red-colored bananas, made in 1001 ways. And all are […]
EVS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE ECUATORIAN AMAZONIA
EVS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY Here I am, trying to bottle the big wave of facts and emotions overwhelming me during this first month. Everything happened very fast, my graduation in foreign languages, the openness to new. I want to get to know me, to recognize me, to get to know the world, to explore, to share. I am one of those “multipotentialite” people, fond of many things among which I can’t choose, or probably I just don’t want to, because maybe the solution is to embrace and combine them all, in order to reach the fulfillment as a human being. The project I have joined mixes all the things I like: travelling, dicovering new cultures, teaching, children, nature, photography. And South America, calling me out loud. I arrived in Ecuador on May 1st and I am staying here until September 30th ,taking part to an EVS in a larger project of Global Recognition, with Erasmus+. The association Arajuno Road Project (http://arajunoroadproject.org/), for which I volunteer, deals with eco-sustainability and education in the Oriente province of Pastaza, realm of indigenous communities and biodiversity to safeguard. I am in charge of the non formal education and the community center; Ana Luisa, […]
“Gender equality is not a woman’s issue. It is a human issue. It affects us all.” Gender refers to the roles society assign people based on their “sex”. Men and women both have gender roles that are defined by any given society. Gender discrimination is a bias based on a person’s sex that leads to defining his/her roles in the society. Females of many countries and regions have faced the discrimination for ages and these differences are still continued to exist in various forms. In some of the male dominating societies women are stripped off their rights and dignity. These attitudes basically stem from religious beliefs, thousand year old culture, traditions, and rituals that are followed by the generations. In countries where women are imprisoned, tortured, or even put to death for asserting their rights, they are victims of their governments, societies, and cultures. In these countries, change is difficult to accomplish and often dangerous. Women are beaten into submission either physically or psychologically, may simply accept “that is just the way it is.” The real enemies behind gender stereotypes are ignorance, intolerance, and stagnant societies that resists change. We can achieve Gender Equality Strengthen : Nutrition, Disease prevention and Maternal Health […]
Globalisation and industrialisation are killing our Planet in an extremely accelerated way. If we keep this speed of destruction of our environment, we will be racing our own extinction. We are destroying our planet in many ways, for example: The way we eat The way we grow and consume our food The amount of meat that we eat The amount of food that we through away Our consumption habits of technology and other products We stopped looking at the environment as ourselves The lack of awareness Capitalism drove us to normalise consumption habits that make us focus only on ourselves, not thinking on the consequences of our actions towards the Planet. So, what can we do as individuals? reduce our consumption of meat, water, electricity, private transport, the amount of things we buy… spread the word of environmental problems. recycle and reuse as much as we can in our daily lifes. Taking care of the environment is an issue of all of us in the World. Extinction is an enormous problem but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss. We can’t do everything at once but each action you take […]
Waste management is one of the major problems in any part of the world, and decomposing of the waste has always been a matter of concern for most developing countries in Asia such as Cambodia, Nepal, India, and more. The obvious problem is that the population overlaps the waste, and there is lack of education and technology for waste management. If the waste is not managed in the right way, it will lead to harmful environment. Climate change and all kinds of pollution are the clear examples of wrong management of the waste. These problems are causing not only human’s lives at risk but also of animals as well as the adverse effects on Earth’s eco-system. The solution to this waste management problem can be recycling and reusing along with the use of technology. There are some wastes that cannot be permeated in the soil after throwing them and leaving them to digest naturally. Such non-degradable waste can be decomposed to proper site where there is no human living and that may not harm the human and animals. On the other hand, recycling and reusing are the methods which help reduce the percentage of the solid waste being unused and […]
Hygiene and Sanitation
SHOULD THEY BE THERE? DO YOU ACCEPT IT? There are still upto 30% people living with less than a dollar a day in Nepal and India. On average, 20% households in Nepal and India which do not have access to safe water and sanitary toilets. The garbage can be seen scattered everywhere in the absence of proper disposal system. In rural areas the people are still ignorant of personal hygiene, cleanliness and other concerns related to sanitation. Overall poverty and lack of education plays a key role for this situation. This adversely affects their health standards. Lack of political will due to instability, lack of clearly defined policies are to also responsible for the situation to a great extent. There is a need for education of people on personal hygiene, sanitation and environment. Low cost relevant solutions in the form of waste disposal systems/garbage collection bins, drainage system, toilets especially for girls in schools, overall cleanliness can help improve their hygiene and sanitation standards. If you are concerned kindly extend your support in any possible way – financial, technical, time through volunteering….
Slums in India (Baddi)
Baddi is a slum area in Himachal Pradesh where industrialization is prevalent. People from different parts of the country come here in search of jobs, as industrial areas have plenty of job opportunities, however the industries require very cheap labor which is a complete act of exploitation on the labor itself. Even so, these people don’t really have any choice but to take the job and survive with a low salary. With that being said, the income of the whole family is not up to basic needs that they reach a point where there is not a proper house that stems them to live anarchically, in particular, they just live in huts near the areas. And that happens to hundreds of families, and that is how a slum developed. Most individuals in these slums are daily wage workers and they spend most part of their salary on drinking instead of supporting their families. That is also the reason why they cannot have enough resources for building a proper house and remain living in the slums. Within the slum area, there is lack of sanitation, supply of clean water, laws enforcement, health centers, and education. This causes a big concern for […]
Volunteer Initative Nepal
Namaste, Firstly, thank you for seizing the opportunity to volunteer with Volunteers Initative Nepal [VIN]. It’s great have you on board and we are looking forward with you. This booklet contains practical information designed help make your placement as productive and positive as possible.If you wish to familiarize your self with VIN , it’s work or organization structure, please see the volunteer pack sent to you.
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