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MY ESC EXPERIENCE IN BARCELOS,
PORTUGAL
Marta Wójtowicz
THE BEGINNING
I found out about the European Solidarity Corps
volunteering projects from a friend who had done a
short-term project in Madeira. I had graduated in
September 2021 and was looking for new
opportunities. I applied to a few organisations and
received positive feedback from a couple. I decided
to go to Barcelos in Portugal as I had visited Portugal
before and really loved it. Additionally, I already had
some friends in Portugal and the awareness of
having friends in a foreign country was reassuring to
me.
CHANGES & CHANCES – LET’S MAKE A
CHANGE
The project involved participating in various activities without
one strong focus or theme. My organisation, situated in Barcelos
in northern Portugal, was called SOPRO.
BARCELOS
Barcelos is a fairly small town with a rich history. It is well-connected with Porto
and you can travel there by train which is also quite affordable.
VISITS AT S. VERISSIMO ELDERLY CENTRE
Twice a week I would spend 3 hours
at the elderly centre in Barcelos
where I mostly prepared Christmas
decorations for the centre.
I also played games such as bingo
and sang Christmas carols together
with the elderly at the centre.
COASTAL CLEANING
I participated in coastal cleaning in
Esposende. We would walk and
pick up the rubbish found on the
beach and later segregate them on
another day.
The activity was part of a larger
university research project
regarding pollution in coastal areas
in Portugal.
CAMPANHA DE NATAL – E. LECLERC
I got involved with a project
intended to help local families in
need during Christmas period. As
part of the campaign, together
with other volunteers, I was raising
food donations from E.Leclerc’s
customers which would then be
received by the families as
Christmas presents.
CAMPANHA DE NATAL – DECORATING
THE BOXES
During the campaign, I also had the chance to decorate the
boxes myself.
MONDAYS
On Mondays, we would spend time at the
SOPRO office and have our Portuguese
class as well as presentations about our
countires.
FREE TIME: A TRIP TO VIANA DO
CASTELO
FREE TIME: A TRIP TO PORTO
GO FOR IT!
If you would like to experience living in a new country and meet people of
various backgrounds, then considering volunteering!
It may seem scary at first but I can guarantee that you will meet people who
will make you feel at home right away!

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Barcelos Presentation.pdf

  • 1. MY ESC EXPERIENCE IN BARCELOS, PORTUGAL Marta Wójtowicz
  • 2. THE BEGINNING I found out about the European Solidarity Corps volunteering projects from a friend who had done a short-term project in Madeira. I had graduated in September 2021 and was looking for new opportunities. I applied to a few organisations and received positive feedback from a couple. I decided to go to Barcelos in Portugal as I had visited Portugal before and really loved it. Additionally, I already had some friends in Portugal and the awareness of having friends in a foreign country was reassuring to me.
  • 3. CHANGES & CHANCES – LET’S MAKE A CHANGE The project involved participating in various activities without one strong focus or theme. My organisation, situated in Barcelos in northern Portugal, was called SOPRO.
  • 4. BARCELOS Barcelos is a fairly small town with a rich history. It is well-connected with Porto and you can travel there by train which is also quite affordable.
  • 5. VISITS AT S. VERISSIMO ELDERLY CENTRE Twice a week I would spend 3 hours at the elderly centre in Barcelos where I mostly prepared Christmas decorations for the centre. I also played games such as bingo and sang Christmas carols together with the elderly at the centre.
  • 6. COASTAL CLEANING I participated in coastal cleaning in Esposende. We would walk and pick up the rubbish found on the beach and later segregate them on another day. The activity was part of a larger university research project regarding pollution in coastal areas in Portugal.
  • 7. CAMPANHA DE NATAL – E. LECLERC I got involved with a project intended to help local families in need during Christmas period. As part of the campaign, together with other volunteers, I was raising food donations from E.Leclerc’s customers which would then be received by the families as Christmas presents.
  • 8. CAMPANHA DE NATAL – DECORATING THE BOXES During the campaign, I also had the chance to decorate the boxes myself.
  • 9. MONDAYS On Mondays, we would spend time at the SOPRO office and have our Portuguese class as well as presentations about our countires.
  • 10. FREE TIME: A TRIP TO VIANA DO CASTELO
  • 11. FREE TIME: A TRIP TO PORTO
  • 12. GO FOR IT! If you would like to experience living in a new country and meet people of various backgrounds, then considering volunteering! It may seem scary at first but I can guarantee that you will meet people who will make you feel at home right away!