May 28, 2014

A very much needed Update :) (part 2)

Continuing on my update, we head now for the month of March.

March was a very busy month. It started with the crazy fun of Carnaval :) Here everyone gets together in Santa Cruz and just party all night, for a week! Everyone gets dressed in different costumes (usually one or each day) and go out to the streets dancing and drinking. The streets are so full and chaotic that moving from point A to point B is a real challenge. But what really shocked me was the "bathrooms". If you really needed to use a bathroom, you couldn't fine any, people would just "hide" behind cars and do their business. Quite disgusting, but efficient, no big lines to wait to go the bathroom.
After the Carnavals it was time to get back to work, and we jumped into this amazing project called Wish. This project brought together islanders from all over the world. There where people from Malta, Iceland, Indonesia, Salomon Islands, Santa Lucia and, of course, Canary Islands. The main goal of the project was to let non-european countries know about the EVS program, and, ideally, start to send volunteers to their countries and vice-versa. I was responsible to take all of the photos and also giving some information about  EVS from a volunteers point of view and also information about Youthpass and the key competences of it. They were here for 10 days, and it was great fun, it was amazing to find out about the different cultures and different people that inhabit this amazing world. We sometimes live so much inside our own world, that we forget how immense it really is.
So we leave this amazing project, and with just one day to rest, me and Edyta travel to another island of the archipelago: Fuerteventura. Here we get involved in another project. This time it's about invasive species in different countries/islands, in the case of Fuerteventura we wanted to raise awareness to people about the squirrel, a species that was introduced in the island and that is causing damage to the native birds and flora. With us we young people from Poland, Finland, England and Canary Islands. We made a lot of activities like hiking, kayak, workshops and we gave out flyers to people on the street, warning them not to feed the squirrels. I was exhausted, but it was worth it. I came back a couple of days before the project finished because I was starting a new project with kids. I would be giving a workshop about creative writing to kids between 9-13 years old. And this leads us until April.

The 1st of April was the first day of my writing workshop. It was a good start and the kids really enjoyed it. The rest of the month went smoothly, with the usual workshops from i-responsables and the english workshops in scouts. Meanwhile we were planing a Multiplier Course, still connected with the Wish project. It was an eight hour course to give out information about the Wish Project and also about EVS and the changes that came with Erasmus+. This course toke place on the fourth of May.

May started with
my birthday party :) Great party with friends. The next day was the day of the Multiplier Course. We started a bit late, but at the end we had around 20 people there. It was a good day and people left happy with the information they had received and congratulated us on the success of the day. Like in April, the rest of the month great, with the workshops. We slowly said goodbye to the people and to our many activities. I said goodbye to my kids from the creative writing workshop, who said it was a shame that I was leaving so soon and then gave me a story that they all made, and chocolates too :)

It is now my last week in Tenerife and I'm slowly packing my stuff, wondering if all my memories from the past nine months will fit in my suitcase. The people I met along the way I will never forget, nor the experiences. I will treasure these past nine months forever, and who knows, maybe I'll be back ;)

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