Tales from the volunteers

felix news

My project involves me working as a trainee mechanic for De Palm Tours here in Aruba and I work day and night shifts on alternate weeks. As part of this, I repair and service their fleet of UTVs, jeeps and buses on a daily basis and assist on engine maintenance for their De Palm Island ferries, small dinghies and 80ft catamaran. In the following months I will be helping with refitting and repainting a boat and constructing the new adult water park on De Palm Island. Also day shifts involve being sent out on road call to deliver replacement UTVs to meet the tourist groups at various sites across the island.

Overall I think I am most surprised that there is no fresh produce on the island, not even tropical fruit as it is all imported from overseas by plane or ship, which does make food shopping an expensive event.

I feel I have gained many skills already from this amazing project including learning how to weld (arc welding, MIG and oxy-fuel) and off-road driving, plus I have improved my cooking skills and qualified as a PADI Open Water scuba diver.

 

Felix Baines
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Emma news

I am Emma and I am currently taking part in the veterinary project in Aruba as well as working one day at the donkey sanctuary. I wanted to do this project as it offered experience I would not get elsewhere. The vets help me take part in all situations including surgery. The activities involved are day to day care for the animals which includes giving medicine and cleaning wounds. I spend most of my time in surgery as an assistant which includes opening sterile equipment for the surgeons, controlling the anaesthetic, checking heart rates, cauterising wounds, preparing animals for surgery, waking animals up after surgery. At the donkey sanctuary I help feed the donkeys, treat wounds and help in the shop.

The cultural shock I have had is the language, I have sometimes struggled at the vets with the language barrier but I am starting to now understand certain words and phrases which is making it easier.

I have learnt a lot so far, I have learnt a lot about the different surgeries. I have castrated cats myself and can do injections too and I have more responsibility now. I have also learnt to be more independent in every day life.

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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

10 Croatia Tom Smith-1

My name is Tom from Leeds and I have just completed my foundation degree.
During my project in Croatia at a bear refuge, I carried out different DIY tasks such as building furniture, creating enrichment for the bears and working on a carpark for coaches for the refuge.
In my free time, I spent time chatting with other members on the project, observing bear behaviour, went on a hike up a mountain to camp and learnt other skills such as fire making.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned how to live and work with others.  The project taught me also how to lead if needed.  I have improved my knowledge of the use of tools and bear enrichment.
Personally, I have learnt that I am more capable to complete tasks that are practical.  I met a lot of new friends on this experience.
Tom Smith

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09 Croatia Skye Webster-1

My name is Skye, I am a 19 year old college student.
During my project in Croatia, my group fed and observed bears, built and fixed things, had amazing lectures from a wild carnivore vet, made enrichment items for the bears and so much more.  I even managed to build a chair, stool and coffee table!
In my free time, we went hiking, camping, and watching the bears.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned how to cook using limited ingredients.  I have developed my tool skills and have created things I didn’t think I could do. I have also developed my teamwork skills and have made some fantastic new friends.
Personally, I have learned that I can do things if I believe in myself. I have learned that if I push myself I can go a lot further.
Skye Webster

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08 Croatia Rebecca Taberner-1

My name is Rebecca, I am 22 and have just finished my FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation degree
During my project in Croatia, I learnt to craft using wood, nails and other tools. I constructed signs for the refuge and fixed and painted fences. We also used tools to make enrichment for the bears.
In my free time, I used a burning tool to make souvenirs to take home. I also made a dream catcher out of scrap items.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned more about bear behaviour when releasing them into new environments.  I have also massively improved my DIY skills.
Personally, I can overcome a wide variety of challenges both with myself and working with other people.
Rebecca Taberner

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07 Croatia Rebecca Hoyle-1

My name is Rebecca, I am 22 and have just finished my degree at Askham Bryan.
During my project in Croatia, I made signs for various things out of wood.  We cut up fruit and vegetables to make into ice-lollies for the bears and made bins from scrap wood.
In my free time, I did baking which included brownies and cake as well as trying out new savoury dishes like falafel.  I helped make a totem and camped out under the stars.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned how to work within a large group of people.  I developed my skills in woodwork and building new things.  I have also learnt some basic Croatian.
Personally, I have gained more confidence and I have also learnt that I am quite good at cooking and developed my cooking skills.
Rebecca Hoyle

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06 Croatia Olivia Allman-1

My name is Olivia, I am 18 from York and a student at Askham Bryan College.
During my project in Croatia, I worked as part of a team making enrichment for the bears such as cutting up fruit and making ice-lollies. I brought broken fences back to life and refurbished old pieces of wood into colourful information signs.
In my free time, I baked flapjack, camped, watched and recorded bear behaviour and a professor in wild cats taught us how to track animals.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned how to use and maintain tools to build enrichment, fences and signs.  I have developed my cooking skills and know how to work successfully in a group.
Personally, I have gained much more confidence around people and part of a group. I have also massively improved my DIY skills.
Olivia Allman

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56 Martinique Ellie Barrow-1

I am Ellie and I am 18 years old. My project is in Martinique with youth in the town.
My favourite experience on this project is Gymnastics. I enjoyed this project as I got to see how the parents got involved with the activity and working with different ages. What I learn from this session was new french phrases and how there might be a language barrier, however, we can still complete the same activity through physical actions and the importance of demonstration. This experience has showed me how I can communicate through demonstrations and actions, something that will help me.
I have found that this experience has made me more independent as we have been cooking and cleaning for ourself. I will take this skills home with me and they will help me in life.
Ellie Barrow

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

05 Croatia Molly Gannon-1

My name is Molly from Askham Bryan College studying Anima Science.
During my project in Kuterevo, Croatia, I worked on a number of activities including making enrichment for the bears, which were stuffed with food, carrying out maintenance, making bins and doing up a new campsite.
In my free time,  we made a campfire, we also hiked up a mountain.
Thanks to this project, professionally I learned more about bears and their requirements.  I also learnt that teamwork is the biggest part of completing a project successfully, as everyone has their strengths and we are able to help one another improve on our weaknesses.
Personally, I learnt that I am much stronger than I thought, and that it is important to believe in yourself.
Molly Gannon

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55 Martinique Charlotte Graham-1

During my experience at Martinique I have learnt that biting the bullet and taking part in new activities is very important because you will become a lot more confident. This will lead you to a better place than what missing out on the activities will. I say this because I wasn’t the most confident prior to this trip and it has changed the way I look at different activities, I think I should just try my best and give it ago. Also learning to communicate with people from Martinique in different languages has been a challenge.
I feel like I have been a lot more independent on the trip that what I usually would be as I have been making meals for the group and keeping the apartment clean and tidy. I feel like this trip has given us more freedom and independence as we have to do things for ourselves and not rely on the adults or other people to do stuff for us.
Charlotte Graham

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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