As the days are unwinding, everyone is slowly but surely getting ready to leave the beautiful island of Sardinia. I personally feel like many of us have reached a point where we are ready to either move on to the next adventure abroad or make our way home and take our newfound knowledge back to the states. This trip has been an eye opening one, exposing us to different cultures, schedules, cuisine-- not plural because only Italian food is eaten here, as well as the general experiences while staying on the island that have largely contributed to our learning experience over the past month here. I can truly say that for the majority of the time I was out of my comfort zone, but that’s the beauty of studying abroad and a great way to find yourself in the beauty that you’re surrounded by.
As we finish off our last week, we will be mainly reflecting on our research that we have been conducting for the past couple of weeks. We were placed into different groups to focus on particular topics revolving around migration in Alghero. Each of these groups consisted of topics and people involved in Vel Mari, public policies, the Roma community, and the general public opinion of migration. Within those groups we interviewed people who’s opinions are important to consider for that particular setting. In my group, we were interviewing some people in the community to get to know their opinion on Vel Mari, as well as people who live and are in charge of Vel Mari. It was interesting to see the contrasting viewpoints of people in the community. As well as, the logistics and policies within the center that have to be followed in order to have residence. We hope to take this information we received in these interviews and in our experience here and spark up a discussion on migration at a political level in the community to make the public more aware of the realities that many people face in the same area where they are living. We hope to use our position of institutional power from being apart of our study abroad program and share it in hopes to spread awareness. As Zoni Weisz said, “Fighting discrimination shouldn't be the job of those being discriminated against, but for those whose side discrimination originates” (Weisz). We aren’t expecting to make a huge difference in this community in Alghero, but we hope to take our knowledge back to our own communities and begin to affect change where we reside.
Ciao per adesso!
Weisz, Z. (n.d.). We Have to Tell Our Story. Retrieved July 31, 2016, from https://blog.romarchive.eu/?p=811