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YOUTH FOR THE PLANET: FRANCESCA VS. FAST FASHION

Over the last few years, the world has finally started a discussion over the environmental impact of human activities. As it seems to be a matter of time in order to save our planet, it is a topic especially dear to young people who clearly demonstrated to be willing to take action. Francesca Boni is…

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Europe

FULLY INVOLVING EXPERIENCE IN IRELAND

One advantage of having a Workaway experience in a small hinterland village, like Blacksod, is the chance to take a closer look at the locals. Hannah, my Irish host mom, was an authentic Irish woman. For example, she was bilingual, she spoke both English and Irish. She explained to me that, nowadays, in big cities…

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Teaching

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ILLITERACY?

In a society where reading and writing skills are often taken for granted because they are considered elementary, one must realise that access to education is a privilege, not the entire world population can afford. The inability to read or write is referred to as illiteracy. According to the UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, even if…

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Europe

BEING AN AU PAIR IN EUROPE

These are the most important guidelines that people are supposed to know in order to plan their departure:   1) CONTRACT During the few months or weeks before the au pair arrives, the host family and au pair should talk about their specific wishes and expectations. The detailed agreements they reach thanks to these discussions…

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CAN YOU GO ABROAD WITHOUT SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY?

It was during my senior year at high school when my interest in the English language started. I realised that I had never set foot outside Italy. I started to look for summer linguistic stays. There were plenty of options: fancy destinations like London, Dublin, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne, and so on. At first, the idea…

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MOMO TIME BANKING: WHEN TIME IS MONEY

Since its foundation in Bologna in 2006, “Momo Banca del Tempo” has been offering a service that aims to set in motion a social-solidarity system through a non-monetary economy. Users offer and receive different types of services using their own time instead of money. We talked with the founder, Giusi Lumare, and an intern, Serena…

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DEATH PENALTY: A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

The death penalty entails the execution of a person who has committed a felony. The crimes that can be punished by death vary according to the jurisdiction and the most common ones are all major crimes against people — such as murder, rape, exploitation — or those against the governments, including espionage and terrorism. According…

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RAPE CULTURE AND THE HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES OF VICTIM BLAMING

According to RAINN, the leading anti-sexual assault association in the United States, every 73 seconds a US citizen is sexually harassed. As stated in this survey regarding England and Wales, since the age of 16, 1.6 million people aged 16 to 74 have been sexually assaulted. The data on rapes is worrying, especially since a…

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WHAT IS AN AU PAIR?

Some little information about this particular exchange program: An Au Pair is a helper from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Mainly, they are responsible for the childcare, but they also do some light housework, which mostly falls again into childcare, and receives a weekly allowance, a kind…

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