“If you love your job, you’ll never work not one day of your life”.
For us volunteers of Casa da Juventude de Amarante that’s absolutely true. With this first photo reportage we are happy to show the work done in this EVS 2017, 100% financed by the Portuguese National Agency Erasmus+ Juventude em Ação. And how much hard work and fantasy we put in our job.
It takes a lot of imagination with children. For Cepelos school, every week in the last few months we have planned a series of entertaining activities. The purpose is to enjoy learning.
In the same spirit we have class of interactive geography for the São Gonçalo’s school and help the teachers of the Madalena’s school to entertain kids with the fairy tales, drawing and singing.
But the biggest joy comes from the orphanage Terra dos Homens, where we work with children of all ages. It took time, gentleness and patience to build a connection, but now we are part of their family.
In the center for people with disabilities CERCIMARANTE, however, Marta and Timea started a music project which was very successful. Voice and guitar and great desire to sing all together. And Gosia realized a dance class.
But the biggest commitment is for the elderly people in Santa Casa da Misericórdia, because they only want to sleep and to rest. If we do good job, we play with them and they teach us Portuguese.
Our work doesn’t end here because we have the garden of CJ to take care of! The hard work with the land is repaid when we see our products: strawberries, courgette, pumpkin, tomatoes and prunes.
Every Saturday we have Bio Fair. Like real sellers, we talk to people in Portuguese and sell various organic products.
Finally, thanks to teacher Prof. Fernando Paiva, in his farm we really learned everything about wine. Under his supervision we make different jobs, like cut the branches and clean the bottles of wine.
In the summer we participate in many european and international mobility projects, with guys and girls from all over the world and for the community of Amarante. Follow us in the next reportage!