Playa jardín & Puerto de La Cruz

Playa jardín & Puerto de La Cruz
Puerto woman selling fishPuerto de La Cruz was the place where tourism began in the Canaries. In 1886, this small port of La Orotava Valley established the first hospital of the Canary Islands to welcome sick tourists . It was also the first Spanish european resort.  Nowadays remains as common destination for visitors from Germany, Britain and Spain, mainly.

It was originally a fishing village that grew as the local trade increased. The sugar trade was replaced by wine trade, establishing its export boom in the second half of the sixteenth century, giving way to a process of social and economic development. 

Ecological footprint & Canary Islands presentation

Ecological footprint & Canary Islands presentation

Ecological footprint presentation

This time we attend to two workshops to know more about environment an how human impact is changing the world as we used to know it.  

Our ecological footprint

The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on Earth’s ecosystems. Indicates the amount of land and sea surface biologically productive than a given population need to regenerate all resources consumed and eliminate the waste produced. By this measure we can calculate the number of planets similar to ours that would be needed to maintain consumption that carries certain lifestyles.

“Baile de Magos”

“Baile de Magos”

Baile de MagosIn “Bailes de magos” (peasants’ dances), people from Tenerife wear their traditional dresses and enjoy the traditional music and cusine. They are named like this because “mago” is an expression that, in islands own speech, means peasant or countrypeople.

These dances are very common in Tenerife traditional parties and there is only a few municipalities that don’t celebrate it. These dances usually take place outdoors and it is compulsory to wear the traditional costume to enter in the hall of dance.

Video Edition Workshop, putting the ideas in pills

Video Edition Workshop, putting the ideas in pills

video workshopThe workshop about the video edition was the first step for the participants in order to gain knowledge to make the “pills” that later will constituted one of the most visible results of the project. Following the indications of the speakers, participant could see how to make a video beginning from some of the interviews they have done the same day to people on the streets.

Ecological agriculture

Ecological agriculture

ecoagriculture greenhouseThis time we visited different farms and greenhouses in the area of Tejina and Valleguerra, in North Tenerife. This visit was possible thanks to Ataretaco Foundation and to our guide this day: Manolo. Ataretaco is a big organization specialized in integral formation, social and labor integration of disadvantaged groups and the environmental protection.

We began our visit in the greenhouses of Cuplamol, a company that prepares seedbeds, especially bananas and papayas’ for their later commercialization. The facility uses water from rain falling on the greenhouse, it is collected for later use in irrigation. We have observed different varieties of banana in a plantation with constant 60% humidity and a temperature between 20 and 35 °C. Then we visited a papayas‘ greenhouse where we can see and taste the different varieties of papayas that are planted in the Canaries. In this two facilities there are young inmigrants learning and working thanks to the social commitment of these companies.

Salsa dance evening

Salsa dance evening

Salsa dance2Salsa dance1Canary Islands always has been a bridge between South America, Africa and Europe. As an example of that statement, to learn and also to have fun a little bit, participants enjoyed a little workshop with the basic steps of salsa dance.

Samuel, an experienced dancer, showed us some simple figures. We danced in couples, changing partners from time to time. This was another chance to mix participants from different contries.

Circle meeting

Circle meeting

Cilcle meeting 1Cilcle meeting 2This was the first meeting with all the participants to get some feedback. Each one had to explain to the others three ideas about these days: what they liked most, what they liked less, what they had learned.

This powerful meeting created a positive atmosphere. Some changes to the activity plan were proposed: more free time, more sports, etc. And also were reminded  the rules stated in the Social Contract as a way to improve the performance of the exchange.

Walking in nature

Walking in nature

AnagaThe Anaga Rural Park is a protected natural area that has a great landscape, natural and cultural relevance. Nature and human settlements form a rural, harmonious and beautiful scenery. Through a 4 hours trekking, we discovered the natural richness of that natural park, that covers from the top of the mountains to the coast (140m2). 

We are in the newspaper!

We are in the newspaper!

Today we have appeared in the province newspaper “La Opinion” on a beautiful photo taken during the press conference of presentation of the song of La Laguna for candidacy for European Capital of youth.
After the presentation we toured the city in a City Rally.

Newspaper article:

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Getting to know La Laguna.. and Slovakia!

Getting to know La Laguna.. and Slovakia!

MP fotogrupocamisetasToday was the turn of knowing the city where we are: La Laguna. And for that, the monitors had prepared a City Rally, an activity which consists in following clues and overcoming small challenges throughout the city. Participants were divided into 5 groups of mixed nationalities and had to follow instructions which helped them learn the most characteristic of the historical city in a fun way.

Today was also the press conference to present the song of the candidacy of La Laguna for European Youth Capital in 2015.