Do you know how old cameras used to work? You had to take into consideration lots of factors: the light, the focus, the exposure…If you live in Madrid contact Rafa and go for a walk with him. You can take pictures together with his old cameras and learn a bit of how photography used to be.
Mandalas are beautiful paintings that belong to oriental cultures. They are full of colour and meaning and can be a relaxing and fun way to explore art. Pilar is a scenographer that lives in Barcelona and loves painting these symbols. Contact her. She will be glad to spend some time with you in a park so you can paint together.
Do you know where Mozambique is? Would you like to make new friends that live there? Alexia works in Praia de Xai-Xai, helping children from that area. Send her an email and she will arrange a Skype meeting with some of these kids. You will be able to ask them whatever you want: how is their school, what are their favourite games…and they will be curious about your life too. You’ll see, it will be an awesome experience for everybody.
You can talk with Alexia in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.
Luis learnt the art of leathercraft from his dad and now he wants to show it to you. Visit Puntera, his amazing workshop in the center of Madrid. Bags, notebooks, purses or even slingshots… There are lots of things you can do with leather and Luis and his team will be glad to show you how they do some of them.
Plaza Conde de Barajas, 4
Do you like fish? Marisol and Alejandro love them and have a house full of them. Write them an email to connect with them via skype and they will show you how beautiful their fish are. Want to start your own aquarium? They can teach you how to do it. You will see, it is a fascinating world!
You can also find them in twitter.
Would you like to write a book? Elena is an English teacher that loves stories so she wants you to help her writing a book. Each child that connects with her will be able to write a page. She will then illustrate it and will send you all the book once it’s finished. You will learn English while having lots of fun!
Find Elena on twitter.
Long Distance / in Salamanca.
Do you know how to tie knots? Knots are lots of fun and they will be really useful for you. You will use them in many sports, if you go camping or when you have to carry things. Connect with Diego via webcam and he will teach you a few of them. You can also twit him.
You can talk with Diego in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Do you know the flash programme? It’s a fun way to animate your web page. Connect with Ernesto via webcam and learn the basics. Your web pages will be fun, interactive and different.
You can talk with Ernesto in Spanish.
Long distance / In Madrid.
Does the blankness of a white page scare you? Need to write something but don’t know how to start? Would you like to improve your writing skills? David is a journalist who loves to tell stories. From organizing your ideas to correcting mistakes on your essays there’s lots David will be able to help you with.
You can talk with David via email, chat or webcam. If you are in Madrid he will be happy to meet in person as well. You can talk with David in English or Spanish.
Did you know that many African children don’t have water at home? They have to walk long distances every day to be able to get it. Carlos volunteers in an organization that builds wells in Africa, he travels around the world with his motorbike and has already helped many children.
Listen to his adventures: you will be amazed at how different these children’s daily life is from yours.
Connect with Carlos via webcam or, if you live in Madrid, go for a walk with him. You can talk with him in Spanish or in English.