When the confinement ended, we developed a puppet theatre project focused on giving visibility to the existing inequalities between men and women in society, it was a project that cost us a lot to carry out, developing a script, creating puppets, scenery, recording, editing, it was hard work but the result for being the first time developing a theatrical piece from scratch was very good and I am very happy to have succeeded.
On the other hand, I have been part of the support of the PALCOS project, which consists of building a theatre piece from the beginning to the end, construction of scenery, creation of dialogues, music, dances and everything related to artistic activities. I really enjoyed being part of this project and seeing how the users grew with it, the development has been interesting and fun and the relationship with the people in charge of the project has been very good, I think we have complemented each other well, I have learnt a lot from them and I hope to see the final result of the project soon.
I have also been part of the support and adaptation of a new user with whom I have worked in the mornings, it has been a complicated process since the adaptation was not easy. Together with another volunteer, we developed a set of activities to be carried out with this user every morning, the activities were mainly focused on the acquisition of mathematical, linguistic and emotional competences. I think it was a complicated but well done job, I think we fulfilled the initial purpose which was to contribute to the integration of the user and help him to acquire skills and meet his objectives on a small scale, on a personal and professional level I grew a lot with this particular work and it was satisfying to see the positive progress. I was also part of the linguistic support of another user who had problems with language, I developed a series of activities to work with him and help him with pronunciation, the activities consisted of oral exercises to improve his pronunciation skills, pronunciation of different sounds or letters, until he managed to pronounce simple words correctly, the work was very rewarding, the user was always eager to learn and work and seeing his progress was very satisfying.
Finally I will talk about the personal project done together with the other volunteer, an own project on Portuguese gestural language, which motivated us from the first minute, we saw a need in the association, a person with hearing impairment, who had to make real efforts to communicate, we explored it, we researched about it, about the history of deaf culture in the world, the development of education for the deaf in Portugal and the existing need to have interpreters to favour the inclusion and integration of these people in society, in a self-taught way and following tutorials on Youtube, we started to learn basic things of the Portuguese gestural language and we recorded a series of videos with basic things:
Video 1: greetings.
Video 2: days of the week, months and seasons of the year.
Video 3: family and feelings.
Video 4: animals.
Video 5: simple foods and fruits.
Video 6: colours and clothes.
Video 7: words related to school.
These videos show us performing the basic words, on each of the topics, in sign language and were edited with Portuguese subtitles.
I am really happy with the result of the project, we would have liked to continue with it, because we think it is really necessary both in the association and in the community in general. With this project I have grown a lot personally and professionally and it has been really important to have had the opportunity to put it into practice with the users and to make a small approach to the deaf culture and a small step for the education in diversity.