Organization skills level up ;)

During this year I managed my activities regarding to my work and my free time in a calendar that I made in Excel and I kept updated in Google Drive. This calendar has been very useful mostly when I needed to plan new activities for the future and see how I can manage all of them.

I also have improved my skills in managing my expenses and income. To do this, I created a table in Excel where I have been including all the expenses and income to make a record of what I spend the most on and what I spend the least on. It is very useful to see the overalls and think about what you are doing in excess comparing to other activities where money is involved.

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

Local Polish people and I

During this year I have had the opportunity to meet part of the Polish local people of Sokolowsko, either young and older people. There are two types of locals, people from Sokolowsko and people who moved to Sokolowsko in the past 10 years. Regarding this, as being involved in social and cultural activities with both groups of people, it was very interesting to know their different points of view about Sokolowsko, the reasons of living here, the ways of living, their local discussions about the fact of that Sokolowsko is getting popular and more external activities are taking place here, so also how these activities are influencing the village and the surroundings. This fact is called gentifrication.

On the other hand, it was also very interesting to spend the Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Sokolowsko, so I was able to experience it with only Polish people and following their traditions. I also enjoyed a lot to have international dinners and showing my cooking skills to the Polish people, so we could exchange our knowledge from our different cultures and gastronomy.

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

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My work and my achievements

I have been involved in four festivals: Kulturalna Czerwcówka w Sokołowsku (3-6/06/21), Hommage à Kieslowski (27/6/21 – 28/8/21), Konteksty Sokołowsko (29/7/21 – 1/8/21) and Sanatorium of Sound (13-15/8/21). During these festivals, I was working mainly as a Sound Technician and a lot of physical work too related to the preparation of the festivals.

In the first festival, I was working as a sound technician and team leader of the volunteers, so the producer and the head technician were in close contact with me and I had to manage the time efficiently, to take decision and solve any problem quickly from the beginning till the end of each day.

On the other hand, the other volunteers and I have been working as a team on the creation of a digital map of Sokolowsko. Each of us had different tasks and ideas. We were interviewing local people asking about their stories, their past in this village, taking pictures about architecture details, ruins and historical buildings. During this project I recorded soundscapes in speceific places in Sokolowsko, to be uploaded in the digital map. I was very interesting to excercise active listening in different spots of the area and at the same time the work of storing and cataloguing all the sound recordings.

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

My hobbies

Good morning, it’s Andrés again. I am passionated about sound and music, so during this year I spent part of my free time on learning new things like how to use a Dj controller, and also one of my hobbies is about field recording (soundscapes), so I have been recording soundscapes of different locations in Sokolowsko and other places in Poland, I like to catalog them and save them in my computer, so I will be able to use them in the future for things related to sound art, sounds libraries for music production or sound design, or just uploading them on the cloud on sound maps like radio aporee (have a look a it, it’s very interesting 👌😏).

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

Andrés in Kulturalna Czerwcówka w Sokołowsku (3-6/06/21)

Hi! It’s Andrés, the sound guy in Sokolowsko. So, we have had a great festival in June and the other volunteers and I have been working a lot, really, a lot, but it was really nice. I was one of the two sound technicians for the events, the head sound engineer and me as a volunteer, and I have had to lead part of the team of the volunteers because we have had to work all together and in different spots of the town at the same time. So much work but worth it. I felt a healthy stress that it was even addictive, made new friends and contacts, musicians and people related to my work. Next time I will manage to get a better work conditions before the festival, something new that I have learnt too.

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

JamSessions in Sokolowsko

Hi, it’s Andrés. I want to share that I’m feeling very glad to meet Polish people who are into music so we can play music together!! Jamsessions in front of a bonfire, in the flat, in the forest, in the pub… An amazing thing is that when we are playing we all are “listening and speaking” to each other with the language of music, so there are no language borders here ^^ singing, dancing, playing whatever you decide that becomes an instrument… It’s really nice. Thanks 🙂

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko. This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

RETROSPECTIVE

As time passes so fast is difficult to sketch and recover every feeling, good moment and good days with the new friends i made but afterwards u just can have an atmosphere of bright and warm light about all these days and all the trips and experiences.

I just can be thankful to this project, the association, the school and of course everybody i have spent time with and travel with to know and discover this wonderful country of mountains and beach, trees and dessert ( near Olkusz 🤣) and light and clouds!

I could enjoy and develop my taste in arquitecture due to the amazing buildings around Poland from Krakow to Wrocław and the skyscrapers in Warsaw. Linked to this I could develop too my passion for photography shooting in downtown not even abandoned buildings in Katowice. Plenty of aesthetics, in buildings, uptown, forests, lakes and structures.

I enjoyed and experienced Christmas and Easter in this country and get soaked in the local culture and traditions in each context, visiting museum, traditional coffee shops and tea places! and of course enjoy the big amount of different beers and the good quality of them.

Thanks to all of them who helped me and all of them who i could learn of, and to the Solidarity Corps for bringing me chance of learn, discover and enjoy so much! ♥️🇵🇱

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Project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps 🇪🇺

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My tasks related to Sound in Sokołowsko

During this month, January, I’ve been working and also travelling around with the other volunteers, to natural areas and villages near Sokolowsko, where we live, and other cities. I’m a sound designer and technician so I’m helping with projects and tasks related to sound. This month I’ve been helping re-organizing the stock of audiovisual material of the foundation and creating the videos of sound art perfomances of the Sound Sanatorium Festival of the last years.

I’ve been also helping with a new project in a team with the other volunteers where we are going to help in the creation of a digital map mixing our different skills. As for the sound, I’m thinking in recording different and specific points of listening of Sokolowsko and surrounding areas (specific soundscapes and soundmarks). So yeah, as part of this new project, I will be walking around and focusing on listening to the soundscapes. I know soundscapes are not that popular as landscapes/photography, I guess we are more visuals than listeners, but it’s something that of course we feel all the time and is influencing our lifes everyday. Soundscapes are constantly changing all the time just like our technology is changing too, animals and insects around are moving to other places or moving to our place, new noises are appearing and others are dissapearing, etc. I think it’s very interesting to think about that, just close your eyes and start listening for a moment, and think also about how the noises you make are interacting with what surrounds you 😉

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko. This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

Recording soundscapes with my handrecorder.

My December

Well, December it’s been a great month in different senses. I will spend the whole month in Poland, in Sokolowsko, Wroclaw and Warsaw, and maybe in Lodz, not sure yet. During this month I started working on the archive of the Sound Sanatorium Festival of Sokolowsko, making the music videos of the different sound artists’s performances of the past years, so I’m learning a lot watching and working on these audiovisual materials. This month was also my birthday, when I really missed my friends of Spain, so I am now 28 years old. I went for a walk many times around this beautiful mountains and forests. And this is the second time that I spend Christmas abroad and I’m learning mostly about Polish traditions and Christmas dishes. It’s been a nice experience here, even though the rest of volunteers run away from Sokolowsko for this period, I’m surrounded by nice Polish people 🙂

Andrés, from Spain, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.

This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.

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