How it all began: It all started with me sitting by the computer in Sweden, daydreaming about what I would like to do after I graduate as a International Social Worker, which is to travel and learn more about cultures. So I entered globalportalen.org (a really good site where they collect many open placements from int.organizations) without really expecting to find anything relevant. To my surprise, I saw that there was a post from Friends of the Earth Sweden which stated that they were looking for another person to go to their placement in Brazil in and work with environmental & international issues. I read up on their work, and realizwd that this placement would be absolutely perfect. I’ve always had a burning interest in environmental issues, I love the Latinamerican culture, and I was longing to go back. Apparetly this post was up again after they had a last minute drop-off. I thought to myself, was it meant to be? So I applied, they contacted me, and in a few weeks after discussing the details it was setted – I was going to Brazil.
Quick facts: The NGO Friends of the Earth Sweden is a part of the world’s largest grassroot environmental network, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), which has over 2 million members and supporters around the world campaigning for environmental & social issues.
FoEI’s main areas of concern are: Climate justice & energy, Economic justice and resisting neoliberalism, Food sovereignty, Forests and biodiversity, and Human rights defenders.
In Brazil they collaborate with the local NGO Kanindé which works in the state Rondônia with protecting the rainforest in the Amazon and the rights of indigenous peoples. Their office is located in the city Porto Velho, which is where I currently am!
Still curious? Klick on the text marked with blue to learn more about their work.
And stay tuned for more posts! This blog will be updated with personal reflections, photographs and articles for the upcoming 3 months!