Tales from the volunteers

sophie aruba

About me

Hi, my name is Sophie Scott and I was born and raised in Carlisle. I studied animal management level 2 and 3 at newton Rigg college in Penrith. In the beginning I did well at college earning a distinction and student of the year, but as time went on it got harder and harder for me to keep up with my assignments. When I finished college in June, I did not know what I wanted to do next, but I did know I didn’t want to be in a classroom anymore, I did still want to learn and I thought the best way to do this would be by traveling as I thought that it would show future employers that I am committed, have hands on experience and will through myself out there,  unfortunately I would not be able to fund such a long time of traveling by myself. Luckily, I knew about “Everything is Possible” as I went to Aruba to work at the donkey sanctuary for 2 weeks in February 2018 with my collage. I loved the experience and learned so much, so I decided to contact “Everything is Possible” and see if there would be an opportunity for me to go back and work at the donkey sanctuary and obviously there was as I am now on an 11-month project in Aruba and almost 4 months in!

Organisations

The donkey sanctuary is a charity that opened almost 22 years ago and currently has 130 donkeys in their care, it totally relies on donations to keep the place running and the donkeys fed as the government contributes nothing. I work 4 days a week here.
Contreras vets is what it says, it is a veterinary practice that mainly takes care of the island’s cats and dogs, however they will take care of any animal that needs medical treatment and they are also the chosen vets for the donkey sanctuary. I go to work here once every 2 weeks.
Dog lovers grooming salon is where locals take their dogs to be pampered and I also work here once every 2 weeks.

Day to day basis at the Donkey sanctuary

•    Unlock, open the shop and turn the tills on at 9 am
•    Morning feed of pellets and hay to the main group and donkia, the coral is fed pellets and then alfalfa cubes
•    Make sure the waters are topped up and if they are dirty clean them
•    Try and get the poop scooping done in the morning as it is too hot I they afternoon
•    Make sure the buckets are filled with pellets so the visitors can feed the donkeys
•    When the tour arrives, someone will do the speech and the others will help in the shop and bar
•    Do any medical treatments that are required
•    Talk to the visitors and serve them in the shop
•    Empty bins, clean bathroom, clean shop depending on the amount of visitors
•    Time for the final feed of hay to all the donkeys
•    Make sure everything is locked up and go home at 4 pm
In the vets first we go and help with consultations which can be for many things from a puppy having its injections to an animal that needs serious medical attention. After the consultations the surgeries begin and we learn about all the different typed of things that can be done from a spay to fixing a broken bone. There are times when we help during the surgeries, do x- rays and ultrasounds.
At the dog groomers I mainly wash the dogs and dry them. Then I must clean their ears and cut their nails. I sometimes help when a dog is having its haircut.

What do I feel proud of?

I feel proud about many things of this experience so far, one definitely is how well I am managing being away from home for so long as I have never lived anywhere else apart from Carlisle. I also feel proud of different situations that I have been thrown in to such and bringing donkeys back to health and caring for them when they have been unwell. I also feel like I have grown as a person and gained more confidence.

Free time

In my free time I have done many things that have been really good experiences such as gaining my PADI diving qualification which I can use to help regrow dead coral and see the amazing underwater world. I have been on some cultural visits around the island that has allowed me to learn about the island’s history, some of these are the goldmines, natural bridge, local churches, the natural pool, Arikok national park and more but I still have so much more to see. I have also been looking at different things that the local people too such as spending Christmas day with a local family and going to a music concert with them to experience the different music. And of course, I would be lying if I said I haven’t made the most of the amazing beaches here.

What have I learned personally?

Personally, I have learned so much about myself and how much I should push myself to do things because the outcome is most likely going to be amazing. I have also learned how much I want to work with animals in my future career as the people I work with have so much passion for their work and I want that. One final thing is that sometimes things are out of my control and I can only do my best and be proud of myself in everything I do.

What have I learned professionally?

I have learned that it is important that you show care and compassion when talking to people about their animals and that the customer is so important to a business or charity because without them it cannot function. I have also learned people can be very passionate about what I am doing as they say to me that I am doing a really great job and they are passionate if I am.

How will this experience help me in future life and career?

I feel like this experience will help me in many different ways in the future, career wise I think it will show that I am committed, compassionate, that I can talk the talk as well as walk the walk and that I will throw myself in to something 100%. In life I feel like it has shown me that I can do everything for myself and that nobody can stop me from doing something that I am passionate about. It has shown me that sometimes you have to take a risk, not knowing what will happen but can end up being one of the best things that I could do.

 

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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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05 Aruba Caroline Slack-1

Hello my name is Caroline Slack, I’m 17 and studying equine management level 3 at Kirklees College.
I was given the opportunity to go to Aruba and work with the local donkey sanctuary, vets and dog groomers.
When at the sanctuary I fed, generally cared for and preformed medical care on the donkeys. In the free time we explored the local landmarks like natural bridge.
Thanks to Erasmus+ I have become more employable in the animal industry due to my new found skills. I have come out of this placement a lot more confident.
I can’t  recommend this type of experience enough.
Caroline Slack

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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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04 Aruba Renee cheytanova-1

Hi, my name is Renee Cheytanova. I went on a project in Aruba, I am 17 years old and currently studying animal management at Kirklees College.
During the project, we did work at the donkey sanctuary, dog groomers and the vets. At the sanctuary we poo picked, fed hay and pellets and interacted with tourists by telling them about the donkeys.
In my free time I went to the beach, did water sports, went snorkeling and went horse riding.
Thanks to Erasmus+, personally I learned how to prepare and look after animals before and after surgery.
Personally, I think the project has helped me become more confident around animals and has given me the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Renee Cheytanova

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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 Kirklees Aruba LQ

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03 Aruba Laura Shaw-1

My name is Laura shaw and I am 16 years old. I am studying animal management at Kirklees College. I went on a project to Aruba working in the donkey sanctuary, vets and dog groomers.
During the 2 weeks I worked at the vets by helping prepare for the surgery’s. When at the donkey sanctuary I fed the donkeys and poo picked.  At the groomers I washed, brushed and clipped the dogs. I enjoyed every task that was put my way.
In my free time we went to the beach and did some water sports and snorkelling. I also tried horse riding for the first time.
Thanks to Erasmus+, I learned how to prepare and care for the animals before and after surgery. Personally I believe that the project has allowed me to become more confident around animals. I have also found out about different cultures throughout this amazing experience.
Laura shaw

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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 Kirklees Aruba LQ

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02 Aruba Georgia Bates-1

Hello my name is Georgia Bates, I am 17 years old and studying L3 equine management at kirklees college. I thought this was a great opportunity to extend my knowledge and learn how other cultures manage a variety of animals. During the project I have been volunteering at the dog groomers, vets and the donkey sanctuary. At the sanctuary I undertook husbandry tasks as well as treating injuries and ailments.
We also got free time between volunteering, which we used to visit sites and complete activities such as horse back riding, water sports, snorkeling and visit local beaches. Thanks to erasmus+ professionally I learned how to prepare animals before surgery and got a basic understanding of vetenary practice. Personally, I have enjoyed the project and developed a number of new skills which I can apply to my college course. I also feel more confident around new people due to this experience.
Georgia Bates

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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 Kirklees Aruba LQ

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01 Aruba Nicole Manning-1

My name is Nicole Manning, i’m 17 years old studying at Kirklees College. I went on a project in Aruba to work in a donkey sanctuary, vets and dog groomers.
During the 2 weeks, I worked in a donkey sanctuary which helped me learn about animals i would not usually work with. We did basic husbandry and, worked in a vets which was an amazing experience. I was able to inject a cat with antibiotics. I really enjoyed this work as I would never have the chance to do this.
During my free time, we went snorkelling which was my favourite activity.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally i learned how to treat donkeys with severe ear conditions.
Personally, I feel this experience has increased my confidence.

Nicole Manning

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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 Kirklees Aruba LQ

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Our latest Vocational Educational Training (VET) project ‘Moving Feet Opening Minds’, may have come to an end, but the effort from participants to spread the word about it, is still going.

Our partners from Askham Bryan College have just sent us pictures of an exhibition developed and held by some participants who took part in a VET project in Aruba. During their project they developed skills in animal management.

Here are some pictures of this exhibition:

Exhibition about a VET project in Aruba

 

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Croatia news

At their return from their Vocational Educational Training (VET) project in Croatia, young trainees from Askham Bryan College created a poster about their experience. This poster has been displayed at their college to show class mates what they did in their project and what they learnt.

Project part of Moving Feet Opening Minds, co-fundeded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and organised with Askham Bryan College and Velebitsko Kuterevo.
 
 

 
 

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sweden news

As part of our Vocational Educational Training (VET) project Moving Feet Opening Minds, young trainees produced a presentation about their sport coaching project in Sweden. Back in the UK, they showcased the following PowerPoint to their class mates.

They all seemed to have a great experience out there, developing skills in sport coaching at IDEUM.

Project supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and organised with Newton Rigg / Askham Bryan College.

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Thanks to the “association Youth In Town” (in Martinique) which is partner on the project Moving Feet Opening Minds, Guénaël AUMIS and I went to United Kingdom from 4th to 17th of February 2018.

We met the staff of “Everything is possible” coordinator of the project who organized 2 weeks of trainings in Kirklees College and Wigan Warriors center where we learnt a lot about sport and coaching.

We have spent our first week at Huddersfield at KIRKLESS COLLEGE. The first day was intended to visit the school. Thereafter, we have animated French language lessons and presented Martinique to students group who came in our island from the 14th to 28th February. Guénaël and I get also the opportunity to participate and animate training sessions of KIRKLESS COLLEGE football team. Finally, we have been able to attend courses concerning injuries in sport and leadership. When Friday arrived, we have gone to Wigan in order to meet the three groups which will travel towards Martinique for a meeting oriented by Clair BROWN (Director EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE). Throughout this meeting, Guenael and me have the occasion to present Martinique to WIGAN WARRIORS and ASKHAM BRYAN students.

During the week-end, as football fans, we went to Manchester to attend Premier League game opposing Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium. A wonderful performance! The next-day, we had the chance to visit the mythic stadium of Manchester United called Old Trafford: The Theatre of Dreams! What a pleasure!

In the beginning of the second week, like the first one, we visited the facilities of the educative centre of WIGAN WARRIORS as well as the stadium shared by the rugby team (WIGAN WARRIORS) and football team (WIGAN ATHLETICS). Between training sessions of rugby that we made as coaches and as players, French language courses animated, physiology and gym courses that we followed, showed that we didn’t ease off. This second week was as intense as the first one.

We had a new opportunity to satisfy our thirst of experience around football in assisting to the game of Wigan Athletics against Blackpool, thanks to invitations offered by our partners of WIGAN WARRIORS.

Professionally, it was a very rewarding experience. The possibility to alternate theoretical courses and sports practice was interesting. The way to approach courses sessions is different from what we known before in the French system. Students are always working in groups and more empowered by their teachers. Personally, this period of two weeks in United Kingdom permit us to acquire experience and permit us to open our minds about various practices discovered in a foreign country.

This stay permits us to discover educative and sportive practices of British, to compare the habits and the whole educative system of our collaborators. Their welcoming, their rigour, and the education was the three aspects which impressed us particularly.
François-Xavier LABOURG

 

FRENCH VERSION

Deux semaine d’immersion en coaching en Angleterre

Dans le cadre de notre participation au projet « Moving Feet Opening Minds » grâce au partenaire « Association Jeunesse Dans La Ville », Guénaël AUMIS et moi-même tout deux représentant de « l’Union des jeunes de Monnerot » du Robert de Martinique (UJM), sommes partis en Angleterre du 4 au 17 février 2018, à la rencontre de la structure « Everything is possible » partenaire coordinateur du projet.

Ce dernier nous a mis en relation avec trois structures éducatives valorisant le sport et ses métiers. Ainsi, nous avons pu rencontrer des partenaires au sein de deux structures d’accueil :
- KIRKLEES COLLEGE
- WIGAN WARRIORS

Nous avons passé la première semaine à Huddersfield à KIRKLEES COLLEGE. Le premier jour était destiné à la découverte de l’école. Par la suite, nous avons animé des cours de français et réalisé une présentation de la Martinique au groupe d’étudiants attendu sur notre île du 14 au 28 février 2018.

Nous avons également eu l’opportunité de participer et d’animer des séances d’entraînement de l’équipe de football de KIRKLEES COLLEGE. Enfin, nous avons pu assister à des cours concernant les blessures dans le sport et le leadership. Le vendredi arrivé, nous nous sommes rendus dans la ville de Wigan, afin de rencontrer les trois groupes qui voyageront vers la Martinique pour une réunion orientée par Clair BROWN Responsable de la structure EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Lors de cette rencontre, Guenael et moi avons pu présenter la Martinique aux étudiants de WIGAN WARRIORS et ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE.

Le week-end arrivé, en tant que fanatiques de football, nous nous sommes rendus à Manchester afin d’assister au match de Premier League opposant Manchester City et Leicester City à l’Etihad Stadium. Un super spectacle ! Le lendemain nous avons eu la chance de visiter le mythique stade de Manchester United appelé Old Trafford : le Théâtre des Rêves ! Quel plaisir !

Au début de la deuxième semaine, à l’instar de la première semaine, nous avons visité les installations du centre éducatif des WIGAN WARRIORS ainsi que le stade que partagent l’équipe de rugby (WIGAN WARRIORS) et l’équipe de football (WIGAN ATHLETICS). Entre les séances d’entraînement de rugby auxquelles nous avons participé en tant que joueur puis coach, les cours de français que nous leurs avons administré, les cours de physiologie et de musculation que nous avons suivi, montrent que nous n’avons pas chômé ! Cette deuxième semaine fut aussi intense que la première.

Nous avons eu une nouvelle occasion d’assouvir notre soif d’expérience autour du foot en assistant au match des Wigan Athletics contre Blackpool, grâce à des invitations offertes par nos collègues des WIGAN WARRIORS.

Professionnellement, ce fut une expérience très enrichissante. La possibilité d’alterner les cours théoriques et la pratique sportive était intéressante. La façon d’aborder les séances de cours est différente de ce que nous avons pu connaître dans le système français. Les étudiants travaillent perpétuellement en groupe et sont plus responsabilisés par leurs professeurs. Personnellement, cette période de deux semaines au Royaume-Uni nous a permis d’acquérir de l’expérience et nous a permis de nous ouvrir l’esprit quant aux diverses pratiques découvertes dans un pays étranger.

En effet, ce séjour nous a permis de découvrir les pratiques éducatives et sportives des britanniques, de comparer les habitudes et le système éducatif de nos collaborateurs. L’accueil, la rigueur, et l’éducation ont été trois aspects qui nous ont particulièrement impressionnés.
François Xavier LABOURG

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