Tales from the volunteers

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As part of their Vocational Educational Training project in Aruba, two vocational trainees created a guide explaining “How to prepare the visitor centre at the aruba donkey sanctuary”.

This project is part of A Different Kettle of Fish, supported by the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary and Askham Bryan College and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

This project guide has been created by Rebecca Hewick and Jessica Watson .

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Two trainees from Askham Bryan College, who went to the Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Aruba produced a guide about the project at their return. This guide explains “How to prepare an animal for a veterinary procedure”.

This project guide has been created by Rowan Halligan and Neve Bray.

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In the beggining

So…São Paulo, Brasil?

What to make of You…

Having spent the last month or so underneath your palm trees and endless skyscrapers, I’m just beginning to understand your language (and I don’t mean Portuguese; we’ll come to that in a bit).
Your constant warmth and Paulista smiles help to remind you that everyday is a gift and that life is a present to be opened every time you make up in the morning.

The same thoughts are provoked when you see the sheer amount of people here in Eldorado, a small village 45 minutes from the centre of SP (São Paulo), with the majority of people living a very humble lifestyle, just surviving amongst high levels of poverty and crime…

…and yet the wide Paulista smiles persist.

Our new family here at ACER Brasil have welcomed us with open arms, generosity, kindness and a lot of patience! Amongst futebol, percussão and other ‘esportes’ sessions, we have been trying to get to grips with the beautiful language that is Português…Paulista style!

As you may know, I am so lucky to be here I’m Brasil with my best friend in the world, ‘Google Translate!’…kidding!

…my bonita esposa (beautiful wife), Ayesha x

It is a difficult language to understand, or maybe it’s just the expressions and exaggerated accents that I’m struggling with. Well, I am from Bradford! My monotonous delivery doesn’t go down too well here. We are getting there though. We’re now past the point where every conversation consists of just ‘bom dia’ and ‘tudo bem’, thanks to our tutor Vitor, who is also improving his ‘Yorkshire’ at the same time.

Futebol seems to be life here

Similar to back home, it’s in the homes, in the workplace, on the shirts and in their blood. The only difference it seems is that their love for the beautiful game lies in the beautiful goal and not the goal itself. Face and reputation is a big thing here and skilling an opponent is cheered as much as a goal, just as being skilled feels like conceding a goal.

Jogos & Brincadeiras (Toy & Games)

We have started delivering small games within the futebol sessions and also leading the ‘toy and games’ sessions, which is a non-competitive group of mixed-aged children. It has been difficult to begin with in terms of explaining and describing new games to the children. We rely heavily on the older kids to get our ideas across. People back home have been really generous and raises money to buy new equipment, such as balls, cones and a classic parachute! (Everyone loves a parachute right?) This has allowed us to add more variety to the sessions as there is very little equipment accessible to us.

 

Percussão

The rest of our week has been filled up by the percussion class. As a keen drummer and percussionist (I try), this class soon became my highlight of the week. This is because, not only do I get to play many of the African drums, for example, the ‘alfaia’, the ‘djembe’, the ‘tumbadora’, as well as my old friends the congas; but I have also learnt how to plan and deliver a music class. Unlike a sports session, each child plays and learns a certain beat individually while the rest of the class watches and they take turns. This is because 15 children banging their own drum at the same time makes things very difficult to teach anybody anything!

All in all, it has been a great start to our journey here in Brasil. We hope to venture out and see the many attractions São Paulo has to offer and also continue to develop our Portuguese.

Ate mais! (See you soon)

European Voluntary Project part of Olympic Legacy, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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As part of their Vocational Educational Training project in Aruba, two vocational trainees created a guide explaining “How to complete a husbandry routine and general maintenance at the aruba donkey sanctuary”.

This project is part of A Different Kettle of Fish, supported by the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary and Askham Bryan College and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

This project guide has been created by Rebecca Hawkins and Casey Wilson.

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Askham Bryan College / Newton Rigg College trainees who went to the Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Aruba produced a guide about the project. Their objective was to give future trainees all the information they need to know how to best prepare for this experience. This includes a list of material to pack, health and safety advice: and lots of other top tips to know before departure.

This project guide has been created by Bryony Allan, Meg Harrison, Becca Cooksey.

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Some of the trainees who undertook a Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Martinique produced a guide about the project. Their objective was to give future trainees all the information they need to know how to best prepare for this experience. This includes a list of material to pack and a list of French word to know before departure.

This project guide has been created by James Teixeira, Chloe Myers, Adam Williams, Billy Liptrot and Caius Jenkins

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As part of her Vocational Educational Training project in Malta, Sophie Young created a guide explaining “How to care for a horse”.

This project is part of A Different Kettle of Fish, supported by Tomasina Sanctuary and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

 

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D30 Sarah Marshall lq

Hey my name is Sarah Marshall and I’m 17 and live in Ripon. I am a student at Evolve and I wanted to go to the cat sanctuary in Malta because I wanted to see life somewhere different to where I live.
I fed and cleaned out the cats cages and helped to give the sick cats their medication and helped to keep the sanctuary clean.
I learnt a lot about cats and the illnesses they can get and how to prevent some of them and how important it is to keep the sanctuary clean.
I also learned how to cook meals and I found out about Maltas culture. In our free time we visited the sights in Malta with the group and went on the ferry to Gozo. We also visited the Wildlife Park.
Sarah Marshall.
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D28 Colleen-1

Hi, I´m Colleen and I´m 19 years old. I took part in this project to get experience with animals and working in a veterinary practice.

During the project I spent 3 morning a week at the Vets, where I assisted the veterinarians during consults and surgeries. I really enjoyed my time at Contreras Vets. The other days I would be at the donkey sanctuary, where I helped with the feeding and cleaning and was also responsible for looking after any poorly donkeys.

My favourite activities in our free time were snorkeling, swimming and going out for dinner or drinks to Palm Beach in the evenings.

Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I learned so much about animal diseases and how to examine an animal, how to prep animals for surgeries and how to care for the donkeys and give them their medicine.

Personally, I feel like I gained more confidence through this project. I learned a lot about myself and how to adapt to working in a country with a different culture and traditions and people that might not speak the same language.
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D27 Jordan Wright-1

I’m Jordan – an apprentice from Leeds, I went on an Erasmus+ placement to Aruba with Everything is Possible.

Aruba, a tiny happy island in the West Indies – is the perfect place to experience culture, work and fun. I enjoyed my placement at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary so much that I forgot I was working at all. The placement gave me the opportunity to work with all different types of animals – from Dogs at Contreras Vets to Monkeys at Phillip’s Animal Garden- all of the hosting organisations did everything they could to make me feel welcome and I am grateful to have been given the chance to make a difference out there.

Day to day life in the Donkey Sanctuary consisted of feeding, cleaning, welcoming visitors and running the souvenir shop. I was able to both further my skills and give something back at the same time. Their are 124 donkeys at the sanctuary, each with their own unique personality. Desiree – who runs the sanctuary is inspirational and works tirelessly to ensure the donkeys are well looked after – she even knows every donkey’s name – from Tio Mexico the oldest donkey to Tiddles the youngest!

Phillip’s Animal Garden is a centre for rescued animals, here I was introduced to many fury friends – a monkey called Peter and a baby goat that knew I was there to feed it and would follow me around! My duties at Phillip’s consisted of cleaning out the aviary and feeding the various animals. The staff at Phillip’s speak mostly Spanish so it was a good opportunity for me to improve my language skills!

In my free time, we visited the many local sightseeing destinations including Ayo Rock and the Natural Bridge – where I got drenched by an unexpected wave – the climate is so warm that this wasn’t really an issue but provided a good laugh for the other volunteers!

During my time in Aruba – I learnt what it means to work in a team, I learnt that working with others is a challenging but rewarding experience. Spending full days working in the heat taught me self discipline and self belief – it showed that I was good at getting hands on. I also learnt some more specific skills such as herding and catching donkeys, feeding goats and how to handle monkeys. I think the project enhanced my passion and care to animals and opened my eyes to the responsibilities we have to conserve their existence.

I will always hold Aruba close to my heart and would recommend the project to anyone!
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