The work of an EU Aid Volunteer with Alianza is extremely diverse which allows for a wide variety of learning opportunities and the ability to contribute in many different areas. Like myself, one can spend days quietly in the mountains becoming versed on the destructive...

[gallery ids="2866"] by Erika Bozzato   as the final day is approaching, I am trying to take inventory of the experience, pondering its different aspects and challenges. It has definitely been a stimulating period, as I dived into a new country-unknown language-new habits experience. The language remained pretty much...

[gallery ids="2757,2758,2759,2760,2761"] During my time here as EU Aid Volunteer I realized how important it is to raise awareness about the conditions of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) outside the region, and particularly in Europe. The issue should not be a matter solely for...

[gallery ids="2648,2649,2650,2651,2652,2653,2654,2655,2656,2657,2658,2659"] by Erika Bozzato   As I quite like spending time outdoors exploring the nature, I decided to join a local hiking group called “Footprints Nature Club”[1], whose aim is to promote people’s relationship with nature and Lebanon’s environmental heritage. In fact they do not organize only...

Working in the field is an excellent way to get to know a culture, as one can observe people’s daily life. One of the saddest things that I have noticed in Nicaragua is the attitude of rural women towards their role, as they rarely appreciate...

Two weeks ago, I met with two young women from Port-au-Prince. Not directly linked with my activities as a volunteer for AxS, it was an interesting moment for me, a kind of continuation of my previous thoughts on feminism in Haiti. Mardochee and Stephora came down to...

Santa Pascuala is a good example of a community where small-scale disasters are recurrent, blocking development and resulting in a vicious circle of poverty. There is a narrow stream of water crossing the settlement, which is completely dry during summer. However, during wet season, the rain...

Photo Credit: V. Garau   By Erika Bozzato For once, I will be talking about something that happened outside Lebanon, but that could greatly influence the refugee situation here and in neighbouring countries. On 28th October, in response to the request of Syria’s neighbouring countries and the UN,...