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
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!