Tag Archives: Brazil

How does the consumption of recreational drugs feed violence in Latin America ?

Selected for a student exchange program, I stepped into Brazil for the first time in July 2012. I was a 19-year-old innocent girl very passionate about the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. My biggest culture shock was undoubtedly while entering a bank: security revolving doors equipped with a metal detector and the presence of armed […]


Brazil is famous for its iconic carnival festival, its talented soccer players, and its favelas. Originally, favelas were illegal settlements built by former slaves that originated in Rio de Janeiro. Favelas have proliferated throughout all Brazilian major cities and form an integral part of Brazil’s landscape. Even some of the world’s biggest superstars, such as […]

VOICES December 2020

For the 15th anniversary of the creation of Volunteers Centre Skopje, let’s go back to the future! Nikola Stankoski (Director and Founder of VCS) provides us with a unique insight into the origins of this pioneering NGO. He shares with us the spark that ignited his willingness to initiate this adventure with communicative good vibes. […]

The 2019 Amazon rain forest fires. Cause for concern?

Over the Summer there were plenty of articles on the Amazon rainforest fires. Some quite dire in tone over the consequences and other much less so. In the midst of all this, it can be hard to understand exactly the seriousness of what occurred, why these fires are happening, and how this compares to previous […]

Kur shpresa jeshile piqet

Kopshti botanik i Universidade Federal Juiz de Fora Livadhe të gjelbra dhe shtigje të tokës. Hapat, insektet dhe zogjtë që krijojnë muzikën. Familjet, miqtë dhe fëmijët që ecin së bashku, vëzhgojnë, dhe bëjnë pikniqe, në një zonë të madhe paqeje të qetë, dhe pasuri ekologjike. Njohuritë tradicionale ranë në doza të vogla, u përhapën lehtë […]

When green hope ripens

Community, wisdom and hope – The botanical garden in Juiz de Fora, Brazil Green meadows and pathways of earth. Steps, insects and birds providing the music. Families, friends and children trotting along, observing, or picnicking, in a vast area of great peace and quiet, and ecological richness. Traditional knowledge dropped in small doses, subtly spread […]