by Paula Pitkethly
Following on from last week’s blog post about volunteering, I’d like to tell you about the first collaborative volunteering project that the Deep End team was recently involved in. Through a professional contact of Sandra’s, we were approached by the International Editor-in Chief of Anoche tuve un sueño Global magazine, created by Julia Higueras in 2009.
The quarterly magazine handles global current affairs with an eco-social emphasis. It is originally written in Spanish and there is a plan to publish an English version at some point in the future, so we were asked to translate a previous edition into English to be shared with potential sponsors. And what an amazing opportunity this was!
1) It enabled us to work with diverse and stimulating texts different to those we might normally deal with, exploring our creative side.
2) We worked collaboratively to discuss ideas, proofread each other’s work and learn from one another.
3) In thanks for our hard work, we were invited to the magazine’s first award ceremony, which took place in Madrid last weekend, to rub shoulders with Spanish TV personalities and international award winners and celebrate their ‘committed optimism’.
To make the most out of my first visit to Madrid, I invited a Parisian friend to the award ceremony, where I would also meet Felicity and Sandra. This is where my CPD took an interesting turn: not only did I practise speaking Spanish all weekend, I also spoke a mélange of Portuguese and French with my friend Isabel, and as it turned out, the common language between us all was not English, as you might expect, but Portuguese!
The awards ceremony took place at ‘LASEDE’, the headquarters of the Official Architects’ Association of Madrid and the ceremony was hosted by the Spanish comedian Dani Delacamara.
The award winners
Sustainable thinking award: Sonrisas de Bombay, an NGO founded in 2004 by Catalan journalist Jaume Sanllorente that develops education and health projects for children living in the Bombay slums.
Culture and performing arts award: Valentín Vallhonrat, photographer, teacher and consultant to several Spanish art centres and currently responsible for curating the University of Navarra Museum.
Science award: Miguel Martínez, philosopher and author of studies on energy sustainability, particularly in the field of natural gas, and Pilar Mateo, Doctor of Chemical Sciences, committed to the fight against diseases such as Chagas disease, dengue and malaria using cutting-edge technology.
Freedom of the press award: Caddy Adzuba, a Congolese rights campaigner and journalist whose crusade against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has won worldwide acclaim.
The team thoroughly enjoyed taking part in translating this particular dream, and it goes to show that sometimes volunteer projects do pay!