We are two 24 years-old girls, Merve and Anouck, doing a 8 months European Voluntary Service, an EU-funded program promoting volunteering abroad for young people, in the Federation of Youth Associations of the District of Porto (FAJDP).
I am French, from Paris, and studied in a school called Sciences Po Paris. I graduated one year ago of a master about urbanism and local public policies. After working one year in a consulting firm in this field in Lyon, I really wanted to have a taste of adventure abroad and to discover the associative world. In this blog, I will surely talk a lot about the topics that I studied that I find very interesting: urban renovation, local public policies, urban agriculture etc, but also about other things that I love: good places to dance, theater, nice bars…
I am Merve and come from Turkey. I am 24 years old and graduated from university, department of economics. While I was on my last year of college I heard about EVS. It sounded like really good deal. Then, I wanted to join the European Voluntary Service to learn about different countries culture and interaction with different people. Then, my idea became real and now I am in Porto. As part of the project, I will enjoy arts, photos, manual handcrafts and find new ways for promoting new artists and exhibitions, work with also directly with youth associations and their different activities.
FAJDP’s missions are to represent and support youth associations (arts, school support, promotion of LGBT rights, environment, interculturalism etc) of Porto and its region. Our role is to participate in most activities of the Federation: organization of events in Story Board Café, research about public policies, promotion of its associations’ activities etc, but we are also going to participate in diverse projects implemented by associations which belong to the Federation.
We believe that working with so many youth associations and belonging to the EVS network represent a great opportunity for us to learn a lot about the city of Porto: its inhabitants in all their diversity (locals, European volunteers, Erasmus students), its events, its initiatives, the issues it has to face etc. What we aim at, in this blog, is to talk about what Porto is constituted of, its ups and downs, its transformations and its roots. We chose “pulses” to sum up all of that.
In Porto Pulses, we want to address all types of inhabitants of Porto: locals as well as foreigners and tourists : we will try to publish in both languages, English and Portuguese, as much as we can, along with our improvements in Portuguese !
Somos duas raparigas, Merve da Turquia e Anouck de França, e estamos a fazer um Serviço Voluntario Europeu na Federação das Associações Juvenis do Distrito do Porto (FAJDP), por 8 meses.
Graças a nosso trabalho, encontramos muitas associações, pessoas, iniciativas etc. Por isso, criamos este blog, em que queremos falar sobre as coisas, lugares, pessoas, que constituiem a linda cidade do Porto, as vibrações dela.
Ainda não falamos suficiente bem para escrever nossos articos em portugues, mas esperamos poder traduizir tudo daqui a pouco tempo !
PS: Go check-out my sister’s work on Instagram, she made our Logo: https://www.instagram.com/agatheillustration/
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