Volunteering Opportunity in Poland

WHO ARE WE?

“Adults for Children” Association is a non-profit organization located in Sępólno Krajeńskie, a town in the north western part of Poland.

We have started our activities in 1999. We work for children, youth, adults and people with disabilities. Main areas of activity: education and social assistance as well as information and culture. We run: Non-public Teacher Training Center (NPDN), Occupational Therapy Workshop (WTZ), Commune Information Center (GCI), Tourist Information Point and Consultation and Prevention Point for Counteracting Drug Addiction, Little Child and Family Center, which houses a nursery school and a Toddler Club. Our every day work is focused on providing a wide range of actitities aimed at local community development not only in our institutions but also during organised events and projects. 

As part of the Youth in Action and Erasmus + Programmes, we organized (and still organize) international trainings for youth workers and teachers aswell as Youth Exchanges. So far, we have organized around 20 such trainings, however our greatest achievement in the field of international cooperation are projects of mobility of volunteers. For more than 17 (from 2005) years we’ve been a part of this prorgamme as hosting, sending and coordinating organisation. So far, we have hosted 81 volunteers.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • Aged between 18 and 30
  • Motivated
  • Responsible
  • Ready to live in a small town
  • Basic knowledge of English

We do not require volunteers to have predetermined skill sets or ability to
perform activities, only inquisitiveness and openness to learning new things that may be needed for
activity. We do not require advanced knowledge of English from participants, we only require that they
have basic knowledge of English and openness to learning Polish. If you are energetic, creative, open
and independent and ready to work with children, teenagers and people with intellectual disabilities, this is the right place for you.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

  • Polish language classes
  • Food/pocket money (€100 per month for food, every month volunteers will receive pocket money (€4 per day) for their own expenses)
  • Health insurance
  • Local mentor
  • Working hours (The volunteers work should not exceed 36 hours per week. Work 5 days a week (Monday to Friday). For every month of work each of them can get two extra days free. They can accumulate the days and take longer holidays. All volunteers will work in 3 different facilities)
  • Accommodation (Volunteers are going to be ensured with a separate flat in a block of flats. We have 2 flats for volunteers with 3 separate bedrooms (one separate room for each volunteer). Volunteers will be provided with a standard equipment and essential household goods
  • Travel cost refund

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Occupational Therapy Workshops for people with disabilities

  • Help instructors with preparation and leading particular workshops
  • Prepare and lead engagements

Therapeutic day-room for children and teenagers from difficult backgrounds:

  • Help instructors with preparations for outdoor games
  • Help with homework
  • Attend in organized trips

Little child and family center (for kids from 3 months old to 3 years old)

  • Taking care of kids
  • Watching and playing in the playground
  • Help with feeding, dressing and changing children’s clothes

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS JOURNEY?

You are two simple steps away: send your CV & Motivation Letter via email: pkapsaa@hotmail.com

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS January 30th 2023, so don’t wait, apply today!

We will start processing and selecting in order of application, so as soon as you apply. Upon receipt of
applications, the board of “Adults for Children” Association will decide whether the presented profile is
appropriate for our activities. Qualified candidates will be invited to online interview to evaluate
motivation and personality. After the interview, the board of “Adults for Children” Association will
make a decision and inform chosen candidates about qualifying them for the volunteering project.

+48 730-169-637

pkapsaa@hotmail.com

www.doroslidzieciom.pl

Voluntariado en Rybnik (Polonia)

OPORTUNIDADES EN RYBNIK!

Nuestro socio Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego Młodzieżowy con Dom Kultury w Rybniku están buscando voluntarios para su proyecto en Rybnik – una ciudad localizada en el sur de Polonia (region Silesia).

DESCRIPCION DEL PROYECTO

Objetivos:

  • Contribuir a superar obstáculos lingüísticos entre los habitantes de Rybnik y alrededor
  • Contribuir a la apertura de los habitantes de Rybnik para nuevos, extranjeros y desconocidos
  • Mostrar que los valores de la UE también alcanzan las comunidades locales y no solo las ciudades grandes
  • Dar una oportunidad para conocer y hablar con representantes de otros paises y culturas de nuestra comunidad local
  • Reforzar las habilidades de comunicación interculturales
  • Aumentar participación local en la comunidad y vida cívica, desarrollar un sentido de iniciativa
  • Crear ofertas interesantes de actividades para la comunidad local

Comienzo de actividad : Enero 2023

Duración total: 245 + 2 días de viaje (8 meses)

Vacantes: 1 voluntario

ACTIVIDADES DEL PROYECTO en Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury (Centro juvenil)
  • Participación en actividades para niños, normalmente por la tarde, después del colegio
  • Cooperación con profesores de canto, baile, dibujo y música
  • Participación en clases del teatro
  • Asistencia en el trabajo diario del centro juvenil
  • Organizar eventos y talleres, por ejemplo noches interculturales, workshops de cocina
  • Actividades promocionales del cuerpo europeo de solidaridad y programas del Erasmus+ (manejar presentaciones y workshops para jóvenes)
  • Actividades del Halo Rybnik (voluntariado en eventos organizado a través de la ciudad, eventos de fotografía, dias internationales, guías turísticas y servicio turístico)
  • Organizar clases y workshops en colegios sobre el país de su origen
PERFIL DEL VOLUNTARIO
  • Motivacion verdad para la experiencia
  • Edad entre 18-30 años
  • Abierto para vivir y trabajar en Rybnik
  • Interes en trabajar con niños y jovenes pero tambien con mayores
  • Un interes grande en cultura
  • Abierto para enseñar y aprender idiomas extranjeros
  • Abierto para aprender sobre la cultura y tradiciones Polacas, pero tambien preparado para compartir su cultura
  • Nivel alta de communicacion interpersonal, actividades entre el proyecto son concentrado a trabajar con gente
  • Iniciativo y creativo
  • Experiencia anterior en actividades culturales y sociales son apreciadas pero no obligatorio.
ASPECTOS LOGÍSTICOS
  • Comida – 100,00 EUR / mes
  • pocket money – 120 EUR / mes
  • Alojamiento – Los voluntarios van a ser acomodado en un apartamento compartido. Cada voluntario tiene su propio cuarto. El apartamento consiste de 3 habitaciones, cocina y baño. Esta equipado totalmente.
  • Ticket transporte publico mensual
  • Gastos de viaje – (depende de la distancia del viaje) https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/resources-and-tools/distance-calculator
  • Apoyo de un mentor local y coordinadores del proyecto
  • Seguro (Tarjeta Sanitaria y CIGNA)
  • Curso de lengua Polaca
COMO SOLICITAR TU PLAZA

Prepara tu CV y rellena el formulario de solicitud Rybnik ESC en Inglés y enviala a Magdalena Franke, coordinadora del proyecto.

Correo electronico: magdalena.franke@frsp.eu

Titulo del correo: “Opportunities ahead in Rybnik MDK”

Antes de aplicar para este posición de ESC, tienes que inscribirte en la plataforma del cuerpo solidaridad europeo y enviar tu número PRN en el correo.

 

 

Voluntariado en Mysłowice (Polonia)

“Societal empowerment in Silesia” es un proyecto de Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego. Están buscando 2 voluntariados para un período de 5 meses. El proyecto va a estar en Mysłowice, Polonia.

Deadline: 06/11/2022

Antes de aplicar para este proyecto voluntariado tienes que inscribirte en la plataforma del cuerpo de solidaridad europeo (https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en) y especifica tu numero PRN (European Solidarity Corps Participant).

Lugar: Mysłowice, Poland
Organización coordinadora: Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego
Organización de acogida: Institutos diferentes (escuelas españoles, escuela infantil, primario, centro cultural local etc)
Duración: 5 meses
Datos: 15/01/2023 – 15/06/2023
Vacantes: 2

Actividades del proyecto

Manejar club de español y ingles para estudiantes.

Ayudar en organizar eventos con compañeros locales (dia de mayores, dia de niños, conciertos locales y festivales)

Presentar posibilidades de carreras en Europa, manejarse workshops de entrar el mercado laboral en institutiones compañeros locales.

Manejarse clases extracurriculares para niños por ejemplo diseñar, fotografía, hacer film, musica, cocinar, deportes, juegos, apoyarse en deberes.

Organizando eventos culturales para estudiantes y sus familias

Manejarse actividades y hacer juegos con niños en escuelas infantiles

Manejarse entrenamientos, workshops para estudiantes

Perfil del voluntario

2 jóvenes entre 18 y 30 años. El participante debe ser activo, flexible, motivado, creativo y tener interés en participación activa.

Buscamos candidatos listos para retos nuevos y ganar nuevas habilidades, a través de una experiencia inolvidable en el extranjero. El perfil del voluntario debe tener estas características:

Interesado en los contenidos del proyecto

Motivación genuina y experiencia

Interés en trabajar con niños, jóvenes y adultos/mayores, porque estos son los grupos con quién cooperamos.

Interés en tareas diferentes (informativos, culturales, emprendimiento)

Abierto para viajar, porque parte de los actividades en FRSP, incluyen que el voluntario va a hacer actividades en nuestros institutos compañeros localizado en Silesia.

Abierto para aprender de la cultura Silesiana y polaca, pero también listo para compartir su cultura.

El nivel alto de comunicación interpersonal, actividades entre del proyecto concentrado a trabajar con gente – el voluntario debe que ser abierto para contactos.

Con iniciativa y creatividad – queremos desarrollar nuestro propuesta, así cualquier habilidad adicionales como creatividad y trabajo en cultura y en ONG son necesarias.

Experiencia anterior en actividades culturales y sociales es apreciada pero no obligatoria.

Aspectos logísticos

Gastos de viaje – 360,00 EUR o 275,00 EUR (depiende de la distancia del viaje) https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/resources-and-tools/distance-calculator

Alojamiento – Los voluntarios comparten apartamento en Mysłowice. Cada voluntario tiene su propio cuarto. El apartamento consiste de 3 habitaciones, cocina y baño. Esta equipado totalmente.

Comida – 100,00 EUR / mes

Dietas – 120 EUR / mes

Tickets transporte público – en la ciudad

Curso de la lengua Polaca

Seguro

Apoyo de un mentor local y coordinadores del proyecto

Proceso de selección

Paso 1 – Enviar CV en formato EuroPass y formulario de inscripción en inglés a nataliapodbielska@frsp.eu. Subjeto del correo: Societal empowerment in Silesia.

Paso 2 – Entrevista Skype con los coordinadores del proyecto.

Paso 3 – Resultados finales enviado por correo electrónico

Intercambio juvenil “Creation for social inclusion”

Las personas activas son la base de una sociedad inclusiva activa. En la vida tenemos que colaborar con personas muy diferentes y es un desafío encontrar la manera de crear el puente entre esa variedad de personas. Creemos que cuando hay un lenguaje común que todos hablan, es el lenguaje de la creatividad y la creación.

Solo practicando puedes dominar el poder de la creación trabajando con otras personas, compartiendo y creando junto con ellos.

Este intercambio juvenil te invita a ver las artes creativas como una herramienta para hacer cambios en la sociedad. Te invitamos a compartir tus ideas con otros jóvenes de diferentes rincones de Europa y crear juntos un hermoso evento para la comunidad local de Ferrol.

Esta es una invitación exclusiva para que te unas a un intenso intercambio juvenil (4 días laborales completos + 2 días de viaje) donde vamos a equipar a 5 participantes de 4 países: España, Portugal, Francia y Rumanía. Va a ser un espacio seguro que experimenta con diferentes técnicas y actividades creativas para utilizar la creación como activador de personas.

Esperamos que cada equipo de país prepare un taller creativo de 1,5 h para compartir con los demás participantes de otros países. Además, piense en cómo las acciones creativas han tenido un impacto en la sociedad de sus países. Creemos que aprendemos experimentando.

La actividad tendrá lugar desde 1 a 7 e septiembre de 2021 en Sada (A Coruña).

                   PARTICIPANTES 

                  Buscamos participantes:

                  – entre 18 y 30 años

                  – listo para pasar 4 días intensos (+2 días de viaje) en Galicia y estar involucrado con muchas actividades creativas

                  – motivado para aprender y participar durante todo el proyecto

                  – interesado en el tema

                  – tener experiencias con actividades creativas / artísticas o una alta motivación para aprender

                  – capaz de comunicarse y trabajar en inglés

¿Estás interesado en unirte a Creation para la inclusión social? ¡Estupendo! Entonces rellena antes del 22 de julio de 2021 el siguiente formulario.

Si vemos que encajas en el proyecto, nos pondremos en contacto contigo para confirmar tu participación como participante.

Con el apoyo de                                      

Voluntariado en Polonia

Estamos buscando 2 voluntarios para Polonia, proyecto “Voluntariado – un poder de solidaridad” que tendrá lugar en la casa cultural de la Juventud en la ciudad de Oświęcim. Puede encontrar más detalles aquí.

Se espera el CV y el formulario de solicitud especial (lo encontrará en el enlace de arriba), completado en inglés, para recibir de los candidatos a más tardar el 11/07/2021.

Se espera que la movilidad comience el 25/08/2021, la cual se prolongará por espacio de 12 meses.

Curso en Alemania y Portugal

FACT -Facilitators Are Coming Together

Este es un curso donde las personas que trabajan con jóvenes se reúnen y desarrollan sus habilidades

de facilitación para el trabajo y proyectos futuros. Este curso está destinado a desarrollar sus habilidades para facilitar talleres, trabajar con personas, aprender

trucos sobre cómo crear un entorno de trabajo seguro. Habrá un horario con diferentes tipos de actividades diarias preparadas.

Los organisadores del curso: “FACT” is a TC arising from the cooperation among 8 partners for improving the professional competencies of Facilitators and Organisations on developing Facilitation skills, methods and tools. The project aims also to strengthen International cooperation, exchange of knowledge, experiences and learnings and the setting up of quality workshops meeting the learning needs of the target youth learners.”

¿Para quién?

El curso esta dirigido para residentes en España mayores de edad con inglés en el nivel básico de comunicación. Buscamos 3 participantes.

Este curso está dedicado principalmente a personas que trabajan con jóvenes. No es un problema cuando tienes más de 30 años.

¿Donde?¿Cuando?

Berlin (Alemania) 10 -18.09.2021

Berja (Portugal) 16 – 22.11. 2021

Condiciones

  • Comida y alojamiento están cubiertas por toda la duración del proyecto
  • Reembolso de los costes de viaje hasta un límite (no compres nada antes de nuestra confirmación)
  • Al principio las personas que apliquen tienen que participar en ambos cursos.
  • Si todavia no eres socio/a has de unirte a nuestro equipo

Envia tu solicitud

Rellena este formulario antes de 29 de agosto 2021 y si resultas seleccionado/a nos pondremos en contacto contigo

Voluntariado en Francia

¿Dónde?

¿Cuándo?

¿Para quién?

Marsella, Francia

Desde principios de junio hasta principios de marzo (9 meses)

Jovenes entre 18 y 30 años

¿Te interesan los temas de la integración juvenil, la movilidad internacional e el diálogo internacional?

¿Tienes un nivel básico o avanzado en inglés Y francés?   

¿Estás dispuest@ a salir de tu zona de confort, descubrir otras culturas e aprender nuevas habilidades?

Si la respuesta a todas estas preguntas es “Sí”, te invitamos a rellenar el formulario de solicitud. Te enviaremos el infopack del proyecto “You’re UP!” de nuestro socio francés Parcours le Monde con más información.

¿Interesad@ en este proyecto?
Puedes enviarnos tu solicitud

Montse

As a social worker, Montse knows very well the challenges that immigrants face on their way to full inclusion in Spanish society. She points out that in many cases, for example in the labor market, the problems of immigrants are even greater than those of Spanish citizens. And not only considering the obstacles from the “outside”, such as bureaucracy or prejudices, but also the attitude of people. It is vital and all of us, in addition to facilitating or promoting change in the “others”, must also be willing to change and move forward.

Montse is an experienced social worker, passionate about her field. Right now she is doing an internship in the organization “Movilidad Humana” in Ferrol, giving support to immigrant women and their families. Previously, she worked in the City Council of La Coruña, Cariño and a European social project of socio-labor insertion.

‘I am a pedagogue and with my specialty I can do socio-educational intervention. In La Coruña I worked as a social support technician in primary care or the gateway to social services; what is now community social services. Also as a technician for the socio-labor insertion of people with difficulties in accessing employment for various reasons: long-term unemployed, immigrants, women who have been abused or have difficulties to rejoin the labor market after life dedicated to their family, people without training, etc.

I like community social work because you can analyze many problems and see many diverse groups’.

Despite being skilled and experienced in such a socially necessary area, Montse finds it difficult to find work in her field.

‘The problem I see is that currently there are many educational programs of social work, and sometimes we overlap and we do not know how to differentiate which are the functions of some and others’.

Working in La Coruña, Montse recognized that one of the great problems many immigrants face is that the diplomas received in the schools of their countries of origin are not recognized in Spain.

‘Certain countries have an agreement with Spain that allows the qualifications to be homologated. But in most cases it is not possible, which creates a big problem for immigrants. Because, for example, people with university studies which are not recognized in Spain can come here and they have few possibilities of integration. That is why the only option for many is to work in the field, do street trading and those things, if they cannot get their studies approved.

Apart from bureaucratic issues, Montse, sensitive to social problems, notices racism in Spanish society. The popular claim is that immigrants steal jobs from Spanish citizens. But she is aware of how absurd this opinion is.

‘We cannot say that immigrants take away our jobs, because many people do not want to do farm work. There they work for long hours, there is exploitation… The other day a “temporary worker” died of heat stroke. The owner of the farm got arrested. That is serious and those things still happen’.

Coming from north of Ferrol, in the Ortigueira area, Montse recognizes a great impact of immigrants on the local economy.

‘In my area we do a lot of fishing. Now fewer and fewer local people are dedicated to doing these jobs, and more and more immigrant people are working in these areas. Local people are looking for other training and opportunities to improve’.

With a lot of experience in social work and struggling to find work, Montse knows very well the problems that people in Galicia face. And in many cases, the challenges faced by immigrants coincide with those of local citizens.

‘Integration into Spanish society is not easy at times, not even for the natives, so how could it be for those who come from abroad. You have the feeling of always starting and coming back to follow the same paths that you have already walked over and over again, to move forward. Many times it ends with depression and other health problems. Above is the bureaucratic part that in order to work, immigrants have to apply for papers, a health card, etc.’.

Considering the social life of immigrants, Montse believes that many of them seek contact with their compatriots and prefer to remain in their social circles, not necessarily with the local community.

‘If you go to another place, you always look for affinity, associations where there are people like you, a group of equals, which usually exist. But it is what it is about, that there are associations of people where you feel the same’.

Montse recognizes the complexity of the problem of facilitating the integration of immigrants into society.

‘Sometimes politics doesn’t help as it should. For example, although some left policies seem to support greater social initiatives and say “yes, we are going to do this or that”, many times it is not done later. Not all aid can come from government and non-governmental organizations alone. There has to be a balance between facilitating integration into society with social assistance and control mechanisms so that people do not only have the option of accommodating themselves with those benefits that are never enough. We need to be willing to take matters into our own hands and become independent as much as possible from social benefits. But also from the point of view of the employer, or those who offer work, certain exploitations that disturb the way to change should be eradicated’.

Although well aware of the difficulties many Spaniards and immigrants face in their struggle for integration into society and the job market, Montse believes there are signs of improvement.

‘I believe that society changes, people change. I have to think so – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t want to work here. I believe we have to think that it is not very easy and we have to go little by little’.

The most important thing in your life

‘Right now, what I want is to work. For me the important thing is to move forward and live independently again. To be included in this society, to find my place, even if it is small, but mine. My way of thinking will coincide with the majority because we all need to have our place’.

Montse

Como trabajadora del campo social, Montse conoce muy bien los retos a los que se enfrentan los inmigrantes en su camino hacia la plena inclusión en la sociedad española. Pero también señala que en muchos casos, por ejemplo en el mercado laboral, los problemas de los inmigrantes son aún mayores a los de los ciudadanos españoles. Y no solo considerando los obstáculos del “exterior”, como la burocracia o los prejuicios, también la actitud de las personas es vital y que todos además de facilitar o promover el cambio en los “otros” también debemos estar dispuestos a cambiar y avanzar.

Montse es una trabajadora del campo social con experiencia, apasionada de su formación. Ahora mismo está realizando una práctica en la organización “Movilidad Humana” en Ferrol, dando apoyo a mujeres inmigrantes y sus familias. Anteriormente, trabajó en el Ayuntamiento de La Coruña, Cariño y algún proyecto social Europeo de inserción sociolaboral.

“Soy pedagoga y con mi especialidad puedo hacer intervención socioeducativa. En La Coruña he trabajado como técnica de apoyo social en atención primaria o puerta de entrada a los  servicios sociales; lo que ahora son los servicios sociales comunitarios. También como técnica de inserción sociolaboral de personas con dificultades para el acceso al empleo por motivos diversos: parados de larga duración, inmigrantes, mujeres víctimas de malos tratos o con dificultades para incorporarse de nuevo al mercado laboral después de toda una vida dedicada a su familia, personas sin formación etc.

Me gusta la labor social comunitaria porque puedes analizar muchas problemáticas y ver muchos colectivos diversos”.

A pesar de estar capacitada y tener experiencia en un área tan socialmente necesaria, a Montse no le resulta fácil encontrar trabajo en su campo.

“El problema que le veo es que somos un montón de formaciones actualmente que hacen labor social, y a veces nos solapamos entre nosotros y no sabemos diferenciar cuales son las funciones de unos y de otros”.

Trabajando en La Coruña, Montse reconoció que uno de los grandes problemas que enfrentan muchos inmigrantes es que los diplomas recibidos en las escuelas de sus países de origen no son reconocidos en España.

‘Ciertos países tienen un convenio con España que permite homologar los títulos. Pero en la mayoría de los casos no es posible, que crea un problema grande para los inmigrantes. Porque puede venir, por ejemplo, gente con estudios universitarios que aquí no valen, así hay pocas posibilidades de inserción. Por eso la única opción para muchos es trabajar en campo, hacer comercio ambulante y esas cosas, en caso de no poder homologar estudios’.

Aparte de las cuestiones burocráticas, Montse, sensible a los problemas sociales, advierte el racismo en la sociedad española. La afirmación popular es que los inmigrantes les roban los puestos de trabajo a los ciudadanos españoles. Pero es consciente de lo absurda que es esta opinión.

“No podemos decir que los inmigrantes nos quitan el empleo, porque mucha gente no quiere hacer el trabajo del campo. Allí se trabaja por muchas horas, hay explotación… El otro día un “temporero” murió por un golpe de calor. Han detenido al dueño de la explotación. Eso es grave y esas cosas aún pasan”.

Viniendo al norte de Ferrol, en la zona de Ortigueira, Montse reconoce un gran impacto de los inmigrantes en la economía local.

“En mi zona nos dedicamos mucho a la pesca. Ahora cada vez menos gente local se dedica a hacer estos trabajos, y cada vez más gente inmigrante que trabaja en estas áreas. La gente local busca otra formación y oportunidad de mejorar”.

Con mucha experiencia en la labor social y luchando por encontrar trabajo, Montse conoce muy bien los problemas a los que se enfrenta la gente en Galicia. Y en muchos casos, los desafíos que enfrentan los inmigrantes coinciden con los de los ciudadanos locales.

“La integración en la sociedad española no es fácil a veces, ni para los oriundos, como lo va a ser para los que llegan. Tienes la sensación de siempre estar empezando y volviendo otra vez a recorrer los mismos caminos que ya has recorrido una y otra vez, para ir avanzando. Muchas veces se acaba con depresión y otros problemas de salud. Encima está la parte burocrática que para poder trabajar, los inmigrantes tienen que solicitar papeles, tarjeta sanitaria, etc.”.

Considerando la vida social de los inmigrantes, Montse cree que muchos de ellos buscan el contacto con sus compatriotas y prefieren permanecer en sus círculos sociales, no necesariamente con la comunidad local.

“Si te vas a otro sitio, buscas siempre afinidad, asociaciones donde haya gente como tú, un grupo de iguales, que normalmente los hay. Pero es de lo que se trata, de que haya asociaciones de personas donde te sientas igual”.

Montse reconoce la complejidad del problema de facilitar la integración de los inmigrantes en la sociedad.

“A veces la política no ayuda como debería. Por ejemplo, aunque algunas políticas de izquierdas parecen que apoyan mayores iniciativas sociales y dicen “sí, vamos a hacer esto u otro”, muchas veces luego no se hace. No podrá provenir toda la ayuda únicamente del gobierno y de organizaciones no gubernamentales. Tendrá que haber un equilibrio entre facilitar la integración en la sociedad con ayudas sociales y mecanismos de control para que la gente no tenga solo la opción de acomodarse a esas ayudas que nunca son suficientes. Las personas necesitamos estar dispuestas a tomar el asunto en nuestras propias manos e independizarnos en lo posible de las ayudas sociales. Pero también desde el punto de vista del empleador, o del que ofrece, debería erradicarse ciertas explotaciones que perturban el camino al cambio”.

Aunque muy consciente de las dificultades a las que se enfrentan muchos españoles e inmigrantes en su lucha por la integración en la sociedad y el mercado laboral, Montse cree que hay señales de mejora.

“Yo creo que la sociedad cambia, la gente cambia. Tengo que pensarlo, si no lo pensara, no me gustaría trabajar aquí. Yo creo que tenemos que pensar que no es muy fácil y tenemos que ir poco a poco”.

Lo más importante en tu vida

“Ahora mismo, lo que yo quiero, es trabajar. Para mí lo importante es avanzar y vivir independientemente otra vez. Estar incluida dentro de esta sociedad, buscar mi sitio, aunque sea pequeñito, pero mío. Mi forma de pensar coincidirá con la mayoría porque todos necesitamos tener nuestro sitio”.

Luis

Although Luis has already celebrated his 76th birthday, he is considered to be one of the most active citizens of Ferrol. While not windsurfing, he can be found engaging in various outdoor activities, sharing the ideas with the youth or spending time with his grandchildren. Since always, Luis’ life has been full of ideas which not only turned into reality but are still being practiced nowadays.  

‘Our family is lucky. When I was a little boy my father won in a lottery 187 500 pesetas (1 100 Eur). It was a lot of money at that time and with this money he opened a small stationery store. Somehow, that was the beginning of our life. Together with my brother we would carry 50 packs of paper up the staircase working all day long. After several years, our family took another, bigger place in Ferrol and we were increasing quickly, making good money. It was Papelería Ferrolana, in front of Corte Inglés’. 

Luis was one of seven siblings. The numerous family used to spend every summer in the beautiful village of Riaño, in the foothills of the Picos de Europa. Unfortunately due to the construction of a dam and a reservoir in the 1980s, the village disappeared underwater and only remained in photos and beautiful memories of Luis and his family.

‘We had the best time of our youth there. Unfortunately, the government decided to build a reservoir and our beloved town was covered by the water, which made a strong impact on us, because even when we were older, we were going there from time to time to visit it. Later a new town was built, with the same name, but for us it is not the same’.

Until the age of 25, Luis helped his family by working in the shop. After some time however, as his passion towards sports was developing, he decided to start selling sport articles. He found the right place and eventually equipped it with tennis, archery, golf or even windsurfing articles. Right from the beginning, Luis’ head was full of ideas which he was constantly bringing to life one step at the time.

‘Once upon a time I was walking around and I saw a nice field. There were only horses there and it was a pity because it would be a great place to play golf. I looked for the owner and asked him to rent us the field. We were 16 friends. We agreed on the price with the owner. We rented it with our friends and worked on it every day to prepare the field. At the beginning we had only one hole. Then we made more, up to 18 holes. Then there were more and more people and we needed another place. We moved to another place and it is still in use – Club de golf Campomar.

One day I took a fishing net and went to a school and asked the Physical Education teacher if I could make a golf class for the students. I put a net and a piece of artificial grass in the gym, gave kids golf clubs and balls and they were hitting the balls towards the net. Everyone wanted to try. Also the teacher. The next teacher said he wanted to become a member of the golf club’.

Luis remembers the time when one of his friends gave him a windsurfing board for the very first time. Back then he could not have expected that this sport would become a major passion and his main activity in the future. Together with the friends, they tried to make use of that strange, new board but nobody succeeded. Finally, a little frustrated but curious, Luis went to a library and found a book about the windsurf technique.

‘There was one sentence explaining how to position the sail against the wind, thanks to which I managed to start surfing. We bought more boards but we didn’t have enough space to put them in the shop. We found a little house by the water and rented it. That’s how we started our windsurfing association Club Ferrolvento Windsurf. I still teach windsurfing nowadays’.

A Sport shop, golf club and windsurfing club were merely the beginning. Just like any other initiative, Luis’ story with cars started in a similar way. One day together with a friend of his, two boys decided to open a car association called Escudería Automovilística Ferrol. They cooperated with one of the dealers and eventually would open their own office at the age of 20. 

‘We decided to make a race. In order to do that, we had to prepare the streets in Ferrol, talk with the town hall and police and get all the permissions. The race’s tour went along the wall of the Arsenal – from the Post Office (Correos) to the harbour and back. During the first race we had eight or nine cars. It was spectacular, people were cheering. The races are organized every year and each year they are getting better. This year we will have the 51st edition of the races – 51° Rallye de Ferrol 2020’.

What are the lessons that Luis have learned throughout all those activities? Looking back, the main advice Luis would like to give to the people is to live intensely, write and make photos to catch the moment, though he mainly regrets that the authorities and organizations do not provide young people with enough activities. Sometimes he goes to the Caranza beach on a sunny day and notices it is empty because children stay home. ‘But it is not only about sports’ he explains.  

‘For example there is an excellent movement of making urban gardens on unused lands, by groups of people. People plant fruit and vegetables together. And we have a lot of land that is left uncared. About 5 years ago in Caranza a group of local people made such an urban garden but after a year or two it disappeared. It’s a pity because with the current situation in the world (in general and with covid) if each person could grow fruit and vegetables by the house, it would be great.’

Luis’ family maintained an entrepreneurial spirit. One of his daughters has a flower shop in Canido, another one has a company that issues licences to drive ships for sailors and his son has a company which repairs buildings. His oldest grandson is 22 and has a company with drones, making videos, photos and reportages. 

Years ago people in Galicia were very very poor. They had no money and many people went to South America, on big ships crowded with people carrying only their personal belongings. They arrived in countries like Argentina with their mind to work. They worked so much and they earned money. Sometimes they were opening shops, little factories… Many of them came back years after and with that money they built splendor houses with palm trees in front’.

Indeed years ago the Spanish habitants were emigrating in search of jobs in America. Nevertheless, Luis’ feelings about government directives towards migration issues nowadays are rather mixed. He admits not knowing anyone from Latin America here in Ferrol.

‘I like when young people come because here, in Galicia, the population is getting old and young people are necessary. But there is one thing that I don’t like about immigrants. They come to Spain or other countries and don´t work. And the government gives money to these people – to eat, to sleep. I would prefer that the government makes contracts to these people – for instance you are going to work 2 hours or 4 hours for the community and take the money. Because otherwise one receives the money and does nothing. 

If you work, you get the money, if not – not. Because if a country invites people and gives them money without working, crowds of people will come. Once a friend of mine said “I want to work”. He went to a factory and asked how much he would be earning there. And he refused the offer because the unemployment money that he was receiving was higher than the salary offered in that factory’.

On the other hand, many people who come to Spain cannot work due to the lack of the work permission. Luis admits that what for sure needs some change is the waiting time. He also notices the problem regarding minimum wage and grey economy. 

‘Let’s say I own a company and pay you 500 EUR. But another person comes and says “I’ll do the same work for 200 EUR”, some companies would accept it. Many people come to Spain to pick fruit. They work very hard and they don’t have insurance nor a future pension. If they have an accident, nobody will take care of them. I believe that if someone works, it must be absolutely legal. In many places it’s impossible. One problem that I see with people who come in small boats mostly from Africa, is that they are not professional workers. They are healthy and have no money. But what can they all do in a little place in Spain? Nothing.

They know that in Spain they will be taken care of, they´ll get money and accommodation. It is a big social and political problem. The solution could be to have control points on the border which ask: “Do you come here to work? What’s your profession? Do you have a job here?” If not – it’s impossible to accommodate them’.

The idea Luis has is to build a centralized system that could connect employers and the government with potential employees. He also sees a big potential in the public land in Spain which nobody takes care of. Lots of lands might be rented to the immigrants who could later work and sell the produced crops.

‘Another thing that the government must do is to go to poor countries and help. For example, years ago one company went to Africa and helped to construct houses. Also, it is easy to provide access to water – just put a machine working with solar power and getting the water from underground. If we help the people where they live, they won’t need to leave their homes’.

What is the most important thing in your life?

I think that personally the most important thing is my family.

On a global level – the most important thing would be seeing that everybody has something to eat, to sleep, to work, to think. Humans are the worst species of the planet if we compare with the animals. Because the animals only kill to eat. And people kill for money and other things. I think that the animals are better than us. 

Countries in war have a terrible situation: people dying, shooting, lacking food, destroying houses. Years ago we had such a situation in Spain – during Franco times. Many people died and it was terrible.