Expats invited to join ‘Sharing Experiences’ initiative

Foreign residents in the Algarve interested in passing on their knowledge to younger generations are invited to sign up for the ‘Sharing Experiences’ initiative, created by foreign residents’ association afpop and the University of Algarve (UAlg).

The goal is to bring two communities together by giving foreigners an opportunity to provide a “real life perspective” to the learning experience of UAlg students.

The first lecture took place on February 10 with American expat Michael Gerber explaining ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of Working with NGOs in Africa’. He was able to give first-hand accounts of life as an aid worker which were “well-received by students”.

“I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet some of the students and professors from the various disciplines within the Escola Superior de Saúde,” he said.

“It was particularly rewarding that many students and professors asked questions during the presentation and some waited to speak to me after the lecture with personal questions about specific disciplines, such as nursing, lab technicians and others, which indicated a desire to look more closely at working in these areas,” Gerber added.

The next talk will take place on February 24 (Wednesday) and be led by Chris Hughes, a former Her Majesty’s Inspector of Education who will speak about ‘The English Education System – development, diversity and scrutiny from Victoria to Elizabeth’.

If you are interested in joining the initiative as a speaker, you can contact the afpop office to obtain an explanatory leaflet.

afpop says “it is not necessary to have formal teaching experience” and “all enquiries will be considered and confidential”.

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