This fundraising campaign aims to help those in need during this 2 months journey as a volunteer in Sri Lanka (starting on the 2nd of April 2016).
All the funds raised will serve to provide the Orphanage with most needed General GOODS; such as shampoo, inner ware, medicine etc. So in this case I'll have the opportunity to buy them whilst working there, instead of giving the money to some entity.
On the meantime I'll try to keep this page updated about all the trip preparations.
As a mandatory requirement in most Volunteering NGO's the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check - former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - or Certificado de Registo Criminal (Portuguese), must be done as soon as possible after applying for the position.
Yesterday and after a couple of days in Portugal I've decided to do mine.
The main difference between the UK and Portugal is the cost of this 'paper', on the big island you'll have to spend up to 30 quid and just 5€ in Portugal.
Just 5 minutes after entering 'Loja do Cidadão' building and I got this #noconvictions
More than a month ago, in order to get some more (different) types of donations, I've decided to approach my Club's Foundation about their willingness to participate in this campaign.
This time I was not looking for monetary donations, but to collect some basic material (for school, clothing etc.) for the kids.
The truth was the time passed by and I was still waiting for an answer. After a couple of weeks, with some many things still to be done before I leave the UK, I just completely forgot that.
Today, just right 10 minutes ago got an email notification on my mobile, on my way back from work and... 'tcharan'!! The Reply from Benfica Foundation.
My immediate thought was like 'Yeah right, just to let me know they are not interested helping a random Benfica supporter!'; couldn't be wronger. The answer was quite positive, they showed their interested to provide some material, all I just needed to do was book an appointment at their office to introduce myself, tell some more details about my trip to Sri Lanka and collect the 'basket'.
After reaching the 40% of total funds, here I am with a new Update.
This time with my Backpack selection for my Sri Lankan trip.
Mostly this object will be on my back everywhere I go - during weekdays: volunteer places, beach and during weekends, during my trips around the island.
So I was looking for a "not too big, not too small" backpack, but most importantly a resistant one. So after a while, looking in some websites I found the "one", this Herschel, quite simple and clean backpack.
(In Porto, Portugal you can find it on The Athlete's Foot shop)
Probably is not the cheapest one on the market but I do hope it lasts more than two months, at least two decades...
Just let me know your thoughts about this purchase, on the comment box below.
IThis weekend whilst buying my brand new 2016 calendar (probably 1 month late) I've passed by the Travel Guides section and I decided to have a look to the shelves. After 15 minutes picking all the Sri Lanka ones I've selected this one from Lonely Planet. Definitely a very good and helpful choice to be used during my weekend trips around the island.
Just less than 2 and 1/2 months to go... looking forward to it!
So yesterday, after reserving the volunteer place, was time to buy the plane ticket.
The departure won't be from the UK. In fact I decided to take some time before going to Sri Lanka and go back to my homeland and have some relaxing time and find the 'air way' to Ceylon, divided in 3 flights, two stops (before the final one) in 24 hours
As a mandatory requirement in most Volunteering NGO's the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check - former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - or Certificado de Registo Criminal (Portuguese), must be done as soon as possible after applying for …
More than a month ago, in order to get some more (different) types of donations, I've decided to approach my Club's Foundation about their willingness to participate in this campaign. This time I was not looking for monetary donations, but to collect…