Utopia500 Team around the world
So far, Utopia500 team has had over than 90 international trainees from different fields of study and coming from various parts of the world.
This is an interactive database of our team on a map. It covers the whole world - you can zoom in and zoom out to find out what we have.
You can click on the markers to see more info about each one of the trainees.
THE TEAM in a reversed chronological order
My name is Valeria and I come from Ravenna, Italy. Two years ago, I graduated from my Bachelor’s degree and now I am currently attending a Master’s degree in Economic Development and International Relations
at the University of Pavia. I decided to take part to the Erasmus + Traineeship project because, after almost two years of pandemics due to Covid-19, I wanted to break up the monotony and do an experience that
could challenge myself. In Porto I found the Utopia500 team: an amazing environment in which I was able to meet new people, new cultures, but also enrich my knowledge. The project is really stimulating and I think it can make the difference since it touches multiple issues and spread powerful values. The project gave me the chance to express my creativity and compare myself with young students about several interesting topics. I really enjoyed my time in Porto and I am very grateful for this life-changing experience.
Olá, I’m Aurora Hyseni from Kosovo. I’m an RIT undergraduate with a double major in Management and Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy and Governance, as well as a minor in International Relations. After graduating in May of last year, I was looking for an out-of-the-box experience abroad where I could grow professionally, but also challenge my own ideas and practices through an international environment. If you scroll down, you’ll find the testimonial of my friend Emira - the person who introduced me to Utopia500 and inspired me from her own positive experience. Today, I look back to my 4 months in Porto at Utopia500 as one of the best experiences of my life. There I learned what it’s truly like to work in an organization whose participants are genuinely passionate, driven and diligent about their purpose, and got to meet mentors and students who supported my drive and ideas likewise. That, together with the rich Portuguese culture, made my first internship experience abroad an unforgettable one!
I am Fayna, a Spanish student at the University of Jaume I in Castellón. I wanted to do an internship abroad and carry out activities related to education that could be included in my Master's Thesis. Now I can say that Utopia500 has proven to be the ideal place for me. I have found a project in which I can collaborate and contribute and also enrich myself on all levels. Even in a pandemic, with the barriers that anyone may encounter, an Erasmus exchange is undoubtedly a wise decision. This small, quiet, diverse city has reminded me that you live better with less stress. Here it is easy to connect with nature and the simple, friendly and welcoming people who live here. The online interventions in Porto schools have been a fantastic experience, and I especially enjoyed creating interdisciplinary workshops that enrich and motivate students in their regular lessons at school. I will return home with an experience that will surely make me better in my professional and personal life.
My name is Brigi and I’m from Hungary. I’m currently studying Marketing at Corvinus University of Budapest. I volunteered at a number of organisations that deal with the education of children and career choices for young women in Hungary. I have always wanted to do an Erasmus internship abroad, where I could create and imagine a better future, so I took part in Utopia500 project as a social media intern. Living in the amazing city of Porto has opened my mind not only to Portuguese culture, but to the other cultures and nationalities to which my co-workers belong. Being a part of this multicultural and diverse environment served as a reminder that the solution to most of the current global issues can be found in tolerance and unity. Thank you to the Utopia500 project for allowing me to create my own ideas and make an impact on society.
My name is Blanka and I am a psychology student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Zagreb. I come from a small town near Dubrovnik, but I am very passionate and excited about exploring different parts of the world.
Since I started my studies I was a part of different organizations and volunteered on different projects that were connected to mental health and other social issues. During the pandemic, I co-founded kako si? (how are you?), a mental health platform that offers psychoeducational content and e-mail counseling. This has taught me the importance of starting conversations about mental health issues and led me to a goal of creating a society that is caring and nurturing about this topic.
With that in mind - I enthusiastically joined the Utopia 500 team, where I am focused on creating mental health workshops and educative content for children and youth, giving them valuable information and introducing them to the habit of caring about their mental health. I feel happy and grateful to have a chance to do so.
My name is Deša and I come from Split, Croatia - a city which Porto reminds me of in many aspects and which is also set on the coast, so I am very happy to be near the sea again. I'm a final year Psychology student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb, only my thesis away from graduating. Coming to Porto and working for Utopia500 has been a great wish for me during the past year and I am beyond excited that it managed to come true considering all the turmoils caused by Covid-19. The pandemic has been a challenging experience in many ways, but it has also strengthened my beliefs that mental health is a topic of great importance that should be discussed and promoted. In Croatia, I have participated in the creation of a non-profit organization dealing with issues concerning mental health and educating the public on the subject, and I am very pleased to be able to continue that mission in this beautiful country, as well as to get a chance to work with progressive and proactive young minds. Utopia500 for me is a perfect mixture of creativity, proactivity, education, empathy, conversation, and a multicultural environment - which are values I find crucial in moving the world towards a better, more utopian future.
I am Ayşe from Mersin, Turkey. I studied Psychological Counseling and Guidance in Turkey. I decided to do an internship after my graduation and I found the Utopia 500 project; It was the best option for me because the multidisciplinary working environment and international atmosphere of this project will strongly enrich my future studies and help me in my prospective career. There was no Covid-19 when I applied for this project. However, I am now in the second month of the internship while the pandemic is ongoing and despite everything I am so happy that I am here in Porto and I am proud to be part of the Utopia 500 project. It is exciting to be a part of the change that I want to see in the system we live in, now I believe that "The world goes to where we take it.”
Feminist, Master in Philosophy, Polish. I am interested in biopolitics which analyses the politicisation of scientific research which can be used to abuse or extend liberties of human rights such as access to food, fresh air and, most importantly, equal law for all. At the Utopia 500 project I found myself providing substantive arguments to use in workshops, future policies and to help to reshape social contracts to become more inclusive and understanding towards plurality of ideas, ways of living and experiences. I joined the Utopia 500 team whose main goal is solidarity and dialogue in solving local and world's problems. I like to be proactive and intertwine bottom-up initiatives, such as activism and movements, into the reality of written law policies and parts of school curriculums in order to keep improving the ever changing world around us.
Paula Sánchez Ramón
My name is Paula and I come from Castellón, a city in the Valencian Community of Spain. I chose to take part in the Utopia 500 project as an Erasmus internship after finishing my degree in Primary Education. I was looking for an international environment in which I could feel myself collaborating towards creating a better future - and I found it! Through this project, I can address education from a social point of view. The view of taking care of humans and our planet. Right now, I am creating a workshop for children to educate them on the fact that differences enrich us: the variety of types of families that exist, the importance of respecting every person and also, the need of knowing how to say “no”.
Personally, I feel very happy about being able to address these issues, because, as a teacher, I have noticed the importance of tackling them in schools. To sum up, I am thankful to Rita, my colleagues, and the Utopia 500 team (the people who were here and the people who will come) for this opportunity and I really hope to be helpful to the project because I will try to give the best of myself for it. Muito obrigada!