Testimonies

Categoria: VOLUNTEERING
Criado em sexta, 21 agosto 2015, 19:57

Federica

"Chamo-me Federica Brognara e sou estudante italiana do Politécnico de Turim. Em Outubro próximo vou acabar o meu percurso de estudos de mestrado em Engenharia de Produção Industrial e da Inovação Tecnológica . Durante os cincos anos de curso, onde tive a oportunidade de estudar em profundidade o setor de produção industrial, percebi a importância de fortalecer a relação entre economia, política e meio ambiente. A indústria, como nós sabemos, é uma das maiores fontes de rendimento, e ninguém quer desistir desta porque cria muitos postos de trabalho. É portanto essencial seguir o caminho no sentido de um desenvolvimento sustentável : desenvolvimento que satisfaz as necessidades do presente sem comprometer a capacidade das gerações futuras satisfazerem as suas próprias necessidades. Como podemos sensibilizar as pessoas neste sentido? Através da Educação Ambiental. E esta é a razão que me trouxe aqui a Aveiro para colaborar com a ASPEA  no projeto Quinta Ecológica da Moita. 
Mais especificamente, eu tenho o objetivo de demonstrar que as energias renováveis podem ser a nossa única fonte de energia, ao contrário do que as companhias petrolíferas querem que acreditemos.
Com a QEM estamos a trabalhar no projeto "Parque Pedagógico das Energias Renováveis", que visa explicar a adultos e crianças como funcionam a energia solar, a energia eólica, a energia hidráulica e a energia da biomassa. 
O Parque será composto por um destilador solar, um forno solar parabólico, um forno solar  comunitário, um frigorífico lunar, um duche a biomassa, um painel solar térmico, um carro solar e uma turbina eólica. 
Além deste projeto, existem muitos outros projetos em paralelo, como por exemplo a limpeza da  mata, tornar as Hortas Familiares e Comunitárias ativas, construir novas instalações para as atividades de educação ambiental e fornecer energia à QEM através de fontes renováveis. 
Há muito trabalho a fazer, e a maior parte é feito por voluntários e estagiários como eu, por isso quero enfatizar a boa vontade, a disponibilidade, e o bom coração das pessoas que trabalham comigo na Quinta Ecológica da Moita."
 
Federica Brognara
Italia
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 Nikisfoto
 
"Even if I had the opportunity to work in collaboration with Quinta Ecologica da Moita for only 3 weeks, it was enough to see that QEM is a blooming place, with lots of opportunities for local participation in terms of cultural, environmental, scientific and artistic projects. Personally, I organized a theater improvisation evening in the farm's bamboo forest. The atmosphere and the dynamic of this place is just great! I also participated in a holistic gymnastics session by my colleague and a presentation of a multi-sensory path throughout the farm by another intern. Moreover, I joined meetings about the farm and met other volunteers and workers. All in all, I got the feeling that if you have a creative idea or a personal project you would like to realize in the farm, promoting local participation and activity in the area, the people there are more than willing to discuss and help you develop it. This is why I believe that QEM and its nature have high potentials for evolving into a center of various activities and a meeting point of many professions and nationalities."
 
 

Niki Milini

Greece

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NIcolas

“I had stayed 3 months in Aspea Aveiro. During this experience I discovered both different people and learned new skills.  I studied engineering but I had to create and manage the "Quinta Ecològica da Moita" website and make a crowdfunding campaign to develop this farm. Even if I had never done this kind of tasks, I had never been alone. This permits to improve your CV with an interesting experience. To conclude, I would like to leave a message to the foreign volunteers : don't worry if you don't speak portuguese, all the people in Aspea speak well english and also french ! :) »

Nicolas G.
France
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Misia Łukasiewicz
 
« In Poland I work in two associations, the first of them is called “The Green Neighborhood”, and the main goal is really similar to ASPEA. It was interesting for me to compare how two organizations work, and I really appreciate how many activities the team in Lisbon undertake. I’m really glad that I could be part of these ideas. What was also interesting for me was to observe how works the association Monsanto Activo every day. This association has headquarters in the same building as ASPEA. In my country I belong to a group of mountain guides and we try to encourage people to outdoor activities. So our objective and way of working was similar and we could share experiences. The best thing that happened to me during my internship was my participation in the CEI conference, as an organizer, teacher and member. It was 5 days of very intensive work,  learning how  to work in an international team, time for sharing ideas and being open to students from all of the world. Another thing that was amazing for me was how looked the office of the association (because if you don’t know there are a lot of useful things, materials and documents), but it remains my workplace and let me feel like at home. What will I remember after my internship in ASPEA? It will be Monsanto Park with cork trees and a lot of nature around and the people which I have met and worked with.  »
 
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Misia Łukasiewicz
Poland
 
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 Flavie Guiselin
 
«My name is Flavie, I’m French and I’ve been volunteering in ASPEA-Aveiro over 6 month. Those 6 month were very interesting and have been the opportunity to learn a lot of things. I used to work on the project Quinta Ecologica da Moita, which means to become a very great environmental education center. The Quinta has a great potential. It’s a very beautiful spot, and very interesting, because of its biodiversity, its location, near of city center of Aveiro, and mostly, because of the good people working for the development of the project. This volunteering has been an important experience, from a professional and human point of view. 
Besides having acquired and developed professional skills, I met there beautiful people, involved in the project and doing everything to develop it. I felt instantly integrated in the team and trusted in my ability to be autonomous and responsible. The obstacle of the language existed, I can not deny, but the great communication with the team was ensured by our common capacity to speak english. I am very happy of this experience, and I advise and exhort people to experiment as well a volunteering, in ASPEA. You won’t regret it ! » 
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Flavie Guiselin Solá 
France

Get involved!

Categoria: VOLUNTEERING
Criado em sexta, 14 agosto 2015, 16:43

Are you interested in ASPEA's actions? Do you have the motivation to collaborate with us? Great! You have the following ways to do so:

 

1. Become a volunteer in the ecological farm of ASPEA Aveiro (QEM: Quinta Ecologica da Moita)

ASPEA's headquarter in Aveiro, in collaboration with Santa Casa da Misericordia, is running an ecological farm with various activities:

-regular educational and multidisciplinary activities for children and adolescents throughout the year in collaboration with schools

-events for sensibilization of the general public in matters of nature and preservation

-social events for encouraging people's participation in the life of QEM 

-construction and maintenance works for the amelioration of the farm's facilities  

For more information and updates, visit:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QuintaEcologicadaMoita?fref=ts 

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1412630052374409/  

Do you think you can bring your ideas and contribute to any of the above? If yes, please contact QEM: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. 

 

2. Become an intern through Erasmus+ or other mobility programs
In ASPEA there is place for everyone willing to mutually share their ideas and learn about/obtain experience in environmental education matters. If you are a member of an academic institution and you have to possibility to participate through an internship program, do not hesitate to contact ASPEA. Since every headquarter is undertaking different and mainly independent activities/events throughout the year, it would be useful for you to contact the right person in charge, in order to get more information. To make the process easier and faster, we advise you to send your CV attached to your e-mail. 
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Who is ASPEA?

Categoria: VOLUNTEERING
Criado em sexta, 14 agosto 2015, 15:13

ASPEA (stands for Assosiação Portuguesa de Educação Ambiental) is a Non Governmental Organization in the field of Environmental Education, both formal and informal, founded in 1990. ASPEA is active through various different actions, such as: 

-an anual conference for teachers and other practicioners interested in Environmental Education

-seminars and education training courses for teachers and monitors of the environment

-school networks, fostering the national and international collaboration

-development of educational resources 

-organization of outdoors activities and summer programs for children and teenagers

-collaboration with political authorities 

-dissemination of the above activities and environmental education in specialized magazines and through actions of communication and participation- in national and international conferences

-issue of monthly bulletin

The Portuguese League of Associations in Defence of the Environment awarded to ASPEA a Mention of Honor of the National Prize of the Envrironment "Fernando Perreira", 2003/2004 for standing out in its actions as a "friend of the environment". 

ASPEA has 4 headquarters: Lisbon (national headquarter), Aveiro, Açores and Viseu