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Saturday, October 29 2011

Interview: Alfred

What makes me feel excited (my passions)?

I really like contemporaneous history and politics. At this moment of the global crisis studying and reading about alternatives to capitalism is one of my passions. Participating in the different activities that local associations organize to promote collective action it is also one of my passions. Less serious things that I like doing are travelling, reading or listening to music, especially I like ska music.

To be involved, what does it mean for you?

It can be said that there are many ways of being involved. For me it means to take part and get a compromise with some kind of project. It implies to use your free time to work for it without expecting any reward but the achieving of your aims or goals, which may fulfill you.

What do we have to do to make people react/move?

This is a question with difficult and long answer. However, in my point of view the way of acting should go in the direction of the collective action fighting the dominant individualism of our developed societies. This should start in the local scale taking in account that the change is for a long period of time not from one day to another.


Friday, October 21 2011

A travers les yeux d'Amandine / Through Amandine's eyes


By Lionel

Interview with Chiara

Chiara Cariddi (also known under a nickname Chicco) came to Hemispheres from sunny Napoli, Italy. She has just come back from Turkey, where she did some voluntary work. During the training she showed her main qualities to be active participation in discussions, adventurous temper, decent amount of knowledge of where to go out in Paris and... she's just a cool cat, you know?

I asked her to describe what things she has learnt during the training and what changed in her life...

I hope I got some more concrete ideas about how to organise a local event (word carrier, apple game...). Moreover I learnt so much about Indonesia and Peru. In particular I found Dianto's experience really interesting and touching. It was also stimulating to discuss (and play) international trade system, debts, mining, people eviction all together, even with the experts' contributions. I think I became more aware of the links between the natural resources, over-exploitation in the Southern hemisphere and over-consumption/over-production in the Northern hemisphere of the World.

What are the things that make you feel excited? What are your passions?

I really enjoy reading a good book or watching a nice movie. I love travelling, having adventures, discovering new places and meeting new people.


Published by Anna.

Interview with Laura

To be involved, what does it mean to you?

It's to take part in something that you believe in. And to put as much energy as you can.

What is more important to you: the people you are working with or the last goal?

Both things are important, but at first it’s necessary to be interested in the goal. And after if you don't have deep connection with people involved in it would be more difficult to collaborate together and achieve your purpose.

Can you share the experience about your recent victory (in any field)?

I think it would be my bachelor degree. I thought that if I worked hard I could achieve it. Also I had people who believed that I could do it. So that helped.


Interviewed by Karile

Interview with KARILE

LAURA: What do we have to do to make people react/move?

KARILE: First of all we must be inspired by idea. Only then you can spread your enthusiasm to others. I believe that people feel if you are honest with them, they would trust, communicate and follow you.

LAURA: What kind of questions make you react or move?

KARILE:Questions related to my personal experience and those that I have no clear answer, because it allows me to think about things more and enriches my intelligence.

LAURA: What inspires you?

KARILE:People are my biggest inspiration. Seeing a person who is very dedicated to things he/she is doing -- this is what inspires me the most.


Interviewed by Laura

Interview: Claire

2009_05_09_0299.JPGWho are you?

I am Claire, I was born on a Saturday in a little town in the South and BLABLABLA (you don't care, doesn't it ??). I made my studies in 4 different universities, because I like changes. I have tried to learn 6 languages but I only speak 3 (my mother language included !). I think I am not enough patient... I am not good at lying, poor me, my mum always caught me... I love French food, chauvinistic part of me...

What makes you feel excited (your passions)?

I love travelling, getting lost in a new city, and try to speak a language I do not understand at all, but I am sure that YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I want to work in cooperation and humanitarian action because I need to feel useful and I like to work in stressful situation (I am crazy...). I love cultural activities, going to theatre, to ballets, to festivals, and STUFF LIKE THAT. And I love James, but it's obvious.

What would you change in your life ?

I would be taller, because I don't see anything in concerts, YOU KNOW. And my father would be Brad Pitt...

Interviewed by Peegi

Interview with Florence


Florence from Italy

I am Florence and I studied European law. I love travelling, exploring, and meeting cool people! I am fond of art, cinema and photography.

I have been a young leader and volunteer since 2008 when I joined AEGEE (European Students Forum). I am involved in European projects organised by young people with the aim of strengthening cross-border cooperation and understanding in Europe. We promote mobility and cultural exchange, recognition of non-formal education and skills acquired during volunteering activities. I believe in the AEGEE motto: “We Make Europe Happen!” for this reason I am an enthusiastic volunteer.

For me, being involved means to be engaged in civil society associations, and to contribute to make young people’s voice heard in all Europe. For this reason, I have been committing myself to youth work and voluntary work for 3 and a half years, because I want to give to young people the possibility to experience the same opportunities I had. Thus, they can participate at the change of the world. Youth leaders have the power to build a better society. I regard Europe, the World as my home and I am not afraid to overcome the national way of thinking.

To make people react and be engaged is important to make them understand that their opinions count and are valuable, that global issues affect all of us and not only unlucky people, that they have the power to change things for the better and they are not alone to do it!

  Interview by Delphine

If Jonathan were interviewed by....


If you were an animal ? I'd be a lion, the king of the jungle so i can protect others and myself.

If you were a movie? If I was a movie I'd be superhero(like hulk, spiderman etc) movie because I always wanted to be a superhero when I was younger.

If you were a country? The country I would be is 'Ireland'. i love Ireland (My Home) the people, history and especially its beauty.

If you were a famous person? I'd be Homer Simpson from the 'The Simpsons' because he is very funny.

If you were a moment of the day ? I'd be the moment the sun rises because it brings light to the world.

If you were someone else in Hemispheres ? I'd be Claire so i could ask myself better questions.

If you were a game ? The game that I would be is 'the trade game'. I like the power involved.

If you were a song? I'd be the song 'One' by U2 because Delphine has told me I am the only ONE and I'm also Irish and so are U2 the band.

If you were a quality? I would be inspiration and also HD because that is the best quality there is.

If you were you ? I'd be what I am now because I am very happy with who I am.

By Claire

Interview: Sergio

My name is Sergio I'm 24 years old and a native of Milan. I am studying psychology in the “Bicocca University” of Milan. For the past two years I have been living in Spain, where I moved to play an EVS six months in Barcelona (Catalonia).

After this I started to travel to Spain as a backpacker working on farms. I love reading and traveling and I do as much as I can. I am also very interested in the Palestinian conflict having read many papers about it.

Involvement means for me enjoying when you take part in a project and you already don't notice time passing.


I think the best way to make people react is to surprise them attacking the stereotypes of the society which are very spread nowadays, especially in developed countries. I believe in finding some alternative to the capitalist system.

Published by Alfred.

October 19th, "The unsustainable demand" - video

19th October par FreresDesHommes

Marco's Interview

I am Marco, I am 27 years old and I live in Sicily. I am Italian teacher. Last year I had a formative experience as a teacher of Italian language and culture for foreigners at the Italian Cultural Institute of Luxembourg (Embassy of Italy) and This year I received the 'CEDILS certificate qualification to teach Italian to foreigners.


  1. What is your "passion"?

My passion is studying popular traditions and dialects. Indeed I for my final dissertations (Bachelor and Master Degree) I worked on these topics: I interviewed old people in Gratteri - a small town near Palermo - to make their cultural patrimony live again.

  1. What does it mean for you to get involved?

I volunteer in an association in Termini Imerese (Palermo) dealing with cultural issues and music. I work with young people and mainly with people with "problematic backgrounds". I always try to transmit them my passion because I think that it is really important to avoid that globalisation destroys memory, local identities, important values.

  1. How do you make these people get involved?

I would like to create a linkage between elderly and youth. For this reason I think it would be interesting to have the students interviewing old people in their town to allow them to share their knowledge in order to keep this huge patrimony alive

Interviewer: Chiara

Interview with Delphine


I am Delphine, I am 24 years old and I live in Paris.
My passion is travelling and dancing. I have visited Asia, South America, Australia and some countries in Europe. I have just came from Australia, where I studied English and worked. After this amazing experience, I have traveled to South Asia.

When I came back from this travel, I didn’t know what to do in my life. After whatching a report about the situation in Perù, I had the idea to find a job where I could help people.Then I went on the internet to find a training. I found this amazing training about international solidarity. I found my way! My next project is to go to South America to do an EVS this year.

To be involved, it means for me, that I can help people in their own countries to live and not survive. I would like to see less differences between the Northern and Southern countries. I want to sensitize Northern countries people about consumption, ecology, pollution, food sovereignty and human rights.

I would like to sensitize people around me, on the streets, everywhere, about inequalities in the world. I can do that through work carriers, interviews, in my local event and petitions. To be more efficient, I can take advantage of some events like the international solidarity week . I am very motivate to change this world.

Because we have a lot of work to do, we have to sensitize people slowly but surely.

Interview made by Marco

Interview: Liis from Estonia


What are your passions?

Perhaps the biggest passion of mine is being able to experience different cultures, either directly through visiting other countries or being surrounded by people from all around the World. My passion for other cultures and languages has taken me as far as living and studying in England, doing an EVS in Ecuador, learning Mandarin and getting to know Chinese culture in Shanghai, participating in an international youth festival in South-Korea as well as to numerous other travels in both Europe and furter. Another passion of mine, which perhaps comes from the interest for different cultures, is cuisine and cooking. I love spending time in the kitchen experimenting on new recipes and creating my own ones. Besides that I can almost never say no to trying new sports or practicing the ones I’ve done for years.

What did you like the most about the seminar?

It’s difficult to bring out something I liked the most, but I really like the idea behind the seminar, which is that we all had to come up with a local event to put our ideas into practice – to make a difference. I enjoyed the whole learning process and discovering new things about other countries. Also the experiments we did, such as the Word carrier, and also various games we tried, which we can later put into practice when organizing our events. I liked listening to and learning from various visitors, specialists in their areas, and discovering Paris together with 19 other wonderful participants from other European countries. :)

October 19th


Man likes playing God with Nature but sometimes Nature turns against him. That is the case of the <<Volcano in Iceland that in April 2001 erupted, revealing our total dependence on the environment…The 21st century faces the challenge of constructing a co-development of human society and biodiversity>>. This illustration is part of the exhibition “Une seule planète” brought today to our attention by Mustapha Wafra (from “Les petites débrouillards”). After that, he gave us an overview on the main activities of his association.

Later we started discussing about our local events and then we played the game “The unsustainable demand” (see the video), a nice tool to analyse the dynamics of international demand and resources appropriation. IMG_1218.JPG

In the afternoon we had “The impertinent snack”, a funny and interesting activity useful to understand the mechanisms of the international trade system and resources overexploitation in the South. S6001403.JPG

Reporters: Jara Gavrin & Chiara Cariddi

Ana Kočegarova : From Lithuania to... Hemispheres

What have you learnt during these three weeks in Hemispheres, Anna?

I've learnt there is a lot of motivation in people and eager for change, that there are many initiatives and alternative movements that make a big impact on people, some wonderful people who are devoted to their activities and their work has a really big impact. Some of the events that happened during our training helped me realize how powerful our voice can be and that we do have the tools to make a change.

What do we have to do to make people react, Anna?

IMG_3936.JPGI think that many of our actions, good or bad, are often modelled by some external stimulations. Doing things for the sake of following the 'right' way of doing it doesn't really change the way we are. To make a change I think we need to go deeper, realize the problem on our emotional, spiritual level. And of course nothing happens without getting involved and acting!

Interviewed by Yorgos Kourtis

Greek spirit : in Yorgos' mind


By Claire

Tuesday, October 18 2011

October 18th report

It’s the last week of our training. After days and weeks of learning about various environmental, social and political issues, we have finally started to make a plan of our own actions. About things We can do to make a difference.

Today we took some time to think about our local event in more detail and also started planning the steps of action to take in order to fulfill our ideas. After Claire’s tips about questions to ask from ourselves before presnting our ideas we came to realise that organizing even a simple event can demand a lot of time and organizing. Some of the more ambitious ideas were perhaps replaced by more realistic ones.

To help us with the tools and methods abou how to raise questions, start discussions on environmental topics we spent the afternoon experimenting three games. We had a chance to experience the life of farmers by collecting ´´crops’’ whilst being handicapped. This made us understand how important are the conditions in which people work and the tools they have for it.
Agricultural game

We also discussed the origin of our food, what and who  are influenced by how we make our consumption desicions. Having the possibility to try different apples and try to guess by their taste, smell and appearance where they are from and if they are biologic apples turned out to be quite a challenge, but it led to interesting discussions.

The apple game

Yet another full day of action is over and we have a variety of tools to use when organizing our local events.

(Written by Anna and Liis)

Monday, October 17 2011

October 11th Agro and Biofuel issues

HPIM6167.JPGThe morning started with an energizer through which we learned about teamwork and trust by throwing each other over the rope. That activity also showed us that there are alternate ways of reaching our goals.

After the game we learned about agro- and biofuel issues from Diento and from the movie „The Sustainability Lie”. We found out the difference between these two types of fuel, also their positive and negative effects and that their disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

While agrofuel supporters claim there are many positive effects using agrofuel, such as reducing the CO2 levels and creating jobs then in fact in reality often (rain)forests are destroyed for cultivating agrofuel plants (for example oil palm trees, sugar cane, corn etc.) and with less trees less CO2 will be absorbed there fore it is released into our atmosphere. Agrofuel plantations also contribute to the world hunger problem, because palm trees can only be growing on there own there fore farms that originally would grow food crops like rice or wealth have been changed into palm tree farms .
That reduces national food supply and country's food security. In addition to that growing monocultures and using chemical fertilizers often destroys peasants' land and contributes to social and labour conflict. Before lunch break we read an article and heard about global (incl Peruvian) food issues from Abelardo. We also found out about the notions of food security and food sovereignty.

In the afternoon we had a discussion about global environmental problems first in groups and then among everyone. By listing the global problems, their causes and possible solutions we realized quite quickly that there really are no easy solutions and the realities of life can be quite depressing. At the same time, there is still hope and actions we could take. Like there were several options for throwing people over the rope, as we saw in the morning, there are actually several alternatives to solve global issues as well.
Like it was almost impossible for one person to throw the other over the rope, it became clear that solving the global issues can also only be done by teamwork. Although one person can not have superpowers to save the world, it is still every one's contribution that makes a team and to achieve the goal.

Saturday, October 15 2011

October's the 10th report

«The definition of natural resources – “all the things coming from the nature, without human interference” – is a consequence of a capitalistic approach and an view» (Dianto)

IMG_0290.JPGThat was the starting point of our discussion today – right after the energiser•. This “philosophical” debate about definitions was followed by the presentations of Peru and Indonesia by Abelardo and Dianto respectively. Abelardo started with an overview of the features and the history of his country, underlining in particular the most serious problems Peru is facing (bad governance, poverty, social exclusion, low education). Then Dianto gave us some data and figures about Indonesia. He also focused on the main historical facts: colonisation, social movements, independence, dictatorship, financial crisis, transition to democracy. Starting from these facts, we tried to analyse the current situation in Indonesia: forest clearing, resources overexploitation (mainly mining activities••), chronic poverty.

IMG_0288.JPGDuring the afternoon, we played the Word Trade Game and started working on the Global Environment Problem Chart.

•Today in the energiser, we used the example of penguins to analyse environmental issues: with climatic changes, herons arrive and start hunting penguins. In the game, if a heron touched with its nose a penguin, then the penguin would become a heron as well. Time after time, with the glaciers melting, all the penguins would disappear (Lionel).

••The stages of mining operations:

a) People eviction (if they are “lucky” enough)

b) The mountains being cut off, all the dangerous metals used for the gold extraction are thrown into the sea

c) The soil is damaged. Companies share their profits and all the waste is left to the local people. 70% of the profits goes outside Indonesia. 30% (mostly the taxes paid for the soil) are left in the country. Only 2% (of the 30%) is shared among the local people

This report was written and published by Chiara, Karile, Lionel and Yorgos.

Friday, October 14 2011

14th of October, afternoon report

Our Friday afternoon began with a trip to “Pavillon de l’eau” located in the West of Paris. There we were introduced to an exhibition dedicated to the history of water supply in Paris. Although water is a necessary resource for human survival, there are many issues surrounding this natural resource. However, not all of us have to face these problems. To provide an example, an average Parisian consumes 150 liters of water per day while at the same time people living in Sub-Saharan Africa have to survive with as little as 10-20 liters.

A guide introduced us to this compact but diverse exhibition. We started with a timeline explaining how water supply was developed in Paris during the centuries. Another part of the exhibition was created for children (no surprise most of us spent most of their time here). The exhibition also contains some artworks dedicated to the subject of water. Contemporary designers free their imaginations by experimenting on the forms of our household. Other artists experiment with the ideas of recycle art. If you are not a fan of art, you might be interested to know the way Parisian public automatic toilets work or how could your future ecological kitchen look like. Besides that, “Pavillon de l’eau” is a good example of the many different tools we can use to educate and sensitize people on important issues.

Pavillon de l’eau

Following this short tour we met Larbi Bouguerra, a professor who has dedicated his work to water research. Books published by this scientist (including a popular book called “Water battles”) explain the issues of water resource management and current water resource related problems in different countries. Together we talked about the main water related problems:

  • limits of water resources
  • pollution of water
  • absence of drainage systems

Larbi Bouguerra's talk
Report written by Liis and Anna.

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