Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Dear friends           

This was a amazing beginning of our second module in our Youth Preparation seminar


We managed to clean up the rooms on the first floor and move in the new furniture’s

- chairs, board, flip chart for our first studies inside the Aramitan building.

Our tough crew for this was: Tati, Andreza, Eduardo, Simon, Jan (a German visitor), Jesse, Gerson and me.

The kitchen team we were used to work with during our work camps - Dona Jasinta and Solange

 was also present and made a good meal for supper and the whole seminar day on Saturday.

Our first inspiring lecturer was Sr. Rangel.           

The essential of this seminar dealing with main topic of Identity and Vision of Brazil from the point of view of Geography and History was

-       to characterize the historical building process of the Brazilian people;

-       to reinforce the idea that the Brazilians are multi ethnical, or to say created through the mixture, the transformation of different ethnics;

-       to reinforce this characteristic of a multicultural population and to use it as a point of departure

      to reflect the national and international public politics;

-       to work out and build up the nation’s self-esteem borne out of the “nobodyness“ which is a tendency in some nations whose cultural history is similar.


We were 26 participants, including visitors and short-term students, coming from the southern suburbs of Sao Paulo and from Embu Guacu. - As offered before some Brazilians, who participated in our work camps continue with this course.


Through the first interactive discussion time and the artistic task we had after a break: It was possible to know each other in a bigger group. 

Profiles were drawn of our neighbours and designed afterwards with coloured paper and peaces of newspaper, making an individual „peace of art“ of the positive and negative frames.

At least we went on with an activity inside the house, painting wooden walls, which are now limiting our bigger and unfinished building in a smaller particular study area.

Step by step we will manage to set up the other rooms. Planed are living or relaxing room and a library.

      Now we are enthusiastic looking  forward how this pilot project will develop till the end of the year, where longer work camp periods will happen again.

Our aim is to report this for the Aramitan community here and everywhere in the world.

Thank you for your support and your interest.

With warm greetings from our team Oliver Tump

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