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A week of good practices in Pesaro

From February 18th to 25th , Vicolocorto hosted eight members of four different European organisations working with youth. This visit was part of a project called “Cultural diversity as a learning tool in youth work” which started one year ago and will last until 2019. The project’s aim is to visit the five partner countries (Spain, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and the UK) and to get to know the associations’ best practices regarding cultural diversity and youth work. The best practices found by all participants will be collected in a “Good Practices guide” that later will be published in different languages.

The first visit was in November, in Slovenia, and the next will take place in May, in Latvia.

In order to find the good practices, during their stay in Pesaro, the participants visited the Employment Centre of Pesaro, Totem Youth Centre, Wanda di Ferdinando Foundation and, of course, Vicolocorto. They were also invited to join some of the weekly implemented actvities; the “Talk Together” language conversations, for example, in the library (organised by Vicolocorto in cooperation with the Youth Information Centre); and a cooking workshop in Totem where they learned how to make piadina together with children from the centre.


We asked four of the participants about their experience in Pesaro and about the good practices that they will take home from Vicolocorto. Here’s what they told us:

Viktorija Kos (Zavod Voluntariat – Slovenia): I can see that Vicolocorto is like an umbrella for many different organizations such as the Red Cross, InformaGiovani (in partnership with the library), Totem… bringing together all these organizations from different areas is a big advantage.

Carlos García (Asociación Cultural Integra – Spain): Pesaro is a really beautiful and quiet city. Unfortunately, it was raining all week but we are used to it in Coruna. As for the activities, the “Talk Together” activity was perfect. It’s an informal way to learn a new language and maybe also a good way to break some of the stereotypes we have about people from other countries.


Penelope Clifton (Community Action Dacorum – UK): First of all, I like the character of the city of Pesaro, it seems very cohesive and inclusive, nobody’s in a rush. Also, it was great to see how people engage; the “Talk Together” initiative was impressive. I think we could use that, particularly for migrants and refugees. Then, Totem was fantastic, Mery is truly inspirational and the place is very inclusive, bringing together people of all ages and abilities. And the idea of providing equal opportunities regardless of skill level, for example in ceramics workshop, it impressed me, too.

Ieva Upesleja (Positiva Doma – Latvia): Vicolocorto manages to send and host a lot of volunteers which is really impressive, because you never know how much you can influence someone’s life and what will be the outcome of such an experience. The way they manage to encourage schools to work with them and organise activities is also really interesting. Yesterday, we went to Totem and we loved how they manage to create a family environment where everyone is welcome regardless of their background.


For us, volunteers of Vicolocorto, having visitors around for a week was interesting and fun. We got to share our daily routine and activities with new people, and learn about the reality of other associations in Europe.

To learn more about the project “Cultural diversity as a learning tool in youth work” and to find information about the “Good practices guide“, you can follow our Facebook page , the project’s Facebook page or visit our website.

Karolina, Filipa, Nayra & Léa


10 Podcasts to boost your English!

Learning foreign languages can be a tough nut to crack, I know. But what if I told you that you can practice English/Italian/Spanish/whichever language you’re trying to master while doing your everyday mundane activities, like commuting, cooking, or cleaning? Yeah, you heard me. All you need is a smartphone and a set of earphones. Podcasts are this great source of exposure to a language if you don’t have enough time and money to travel or take classes with a native speaker. What are they, then? Etymology of the name itself explains it quite clearly. Podcast is a blend of two words: iPod and broadcast. It’s a series of audio or video files you can download on your device (more often than not for free!) and listen to wherever you are.


As a bachelor in language studies I can tell from experience, listening to podcasts really helped me improve my English and today I’d like to share with you a couple of my favourites:

BBC Podcasts

I really do believe that almost everyone will find something for themselves in the wide range of programmes offered by the BBC, depending on their interests.

Some of them are probably more appropriate for more advanced learners, for example Woman’s Hour – a show presenting “a female perspective on the world”, The Essay where writers read their articles on a variety of topics, or The Infinite Monkey Cage a brilliant mix of comedy and popular science.

For those, who started their adventure with English only recently, the BBC offers the “6 minute” series: 6 Minute English, 6 Minute Grammar, 6 Minute Vocabulary, which are a part of their BBC learning English department, short and sweet.


Serial is this type of podcast that you just don’t want to turn off.  I was absolutely engrossed in the series and if you have at least a little bit of interest in crime stories, you will be as well. It presents a different true story in each season – the first one reviews a murder case, while the second tells a story of an American soldier captured by the Taliban.

Welcome to Night Vale is a radio programme of a fictional town called Night Vale. Episodes include, among others, news from the town, events and weather, but don’t be discouraged – all is presented with an eerie atmosphere of a small, mysterious desert place. The show at first may seem confusing, but it’s also its advantage, as you don’t need to listen to the episodes in any particular order and, in a way, decide about the story yourself.


Listening to news in a foreign language might be a bit tricky. The vocabulary used by media is usually very specific, grammar structures are complicated and everyone speaks very fast. Thankfully, we have News in Slow English, which is in fact a part of a bigger project called News in Slow that deliver a summary of weekly  news in a slow and clear manner. And if you feel like it’s still too confusing  you can read the transcript of the episode on their website.

Obviously, podcasts are not the only one and right resource for learning English, as they develop your comprehension the most. But once you’re more comfortable with listening, it’s time to start speaking and Vicolocorto together with InformaGiovani have a perfect opportunity for people from Pesaro area – Talk Together! Talk Together is a project based on free conversations in the Caffé Letterario of  Biblioteca San Giovanni in Pesaro. The conversations take place every Tuesday from 17:00 to 18:30 and are led by us, Vicolocorto volunteers. If you’re around, feel free to join us! Fluent English is not required, all you need is a smile and a bit of courage.


Dear Diary… I’m Nayra!

Dear Diary,1

It starts my experience in Pesaro. I leave on stand by a life in Barcelona to introduce me on one of the experiences that I hope will be the most enriching of my life. I bring a backpack full of illusions, hope, fears, expectations, ideas and motivation.

I’ve only been in Pesaro for 35 hours and I love it, from what I have been able to perceive it is a very cozy and quiet city. It is cold but I can live with that, I haven’t tasted typical Italian food yet but I still have 9 months to delight with its gastronomy. Pesaro has everything  you need to live and, above all things, it has sea! Italian is charming, cheerful and dynamic: I look forward to learnig it! I’ve noticed that is not only similar to Spanish, so it’s to Catalan! So that could help me learn. The people who I’ve had the opportunity to meet have been very friendy and cordial, so Pesaro is far from being a place that I want to leave.

I hope to get to know people, places, food, languages, infinite variety of habits, soak in multiculturalism, give the best from me and be useful. My idea is that things happen for a reason, that they don’t arrive to yourself without a purpose, so there is some reason that I still have to discover that explains why it’s been possible for me to live what I have to live. I have opened my senses, expectant and conscious ready to be stimulated, so let’s go EVS! Let’s discover how this story continues…