We are ASUL: a young and dynamic European association.
ASUL : University Latin-American Association (in french: Association Universitaire latino-américaine) is a non-profit organization aiming to:
- Cooperate for the integration and awareness of the different cultures present in the university, national and international reality, in particular Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries.
- Encourage social, economic and cultural development through academic, national and international co-operation, particularly in Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries.
- Establish partnerships with other national and international associations and organizations operating in the same field of development and cooperation.
The strength of this association? We are located in the heart of the European institutions and we have a strong network of contacts within universities and diplomatic representations.
Why Latin America matters? How the importance of studying Latin America? How is the decline of established parties transforming politics in Latin America—and beyond?
During my stay in Europe, more specifically on Belgium, I could notice a growing interest in understanding Latin America, but at the same time I could notice the difficult for an European person to understanding the complexity of the society, the cultural and the political of the Latin America, what is understandable, after all, Europe and Latin America belong to different worlds*. So, I started to think, how can we approach these different worlds?
I concluded that nothing better than give voice to the Latin American people.
To understand what the meaning of the election of the right-wing former army captain Jair Bolsonaro for the Brazilian society, or the leftist populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, as well as the crisis in Venezuela, it is necessary to know the different fields that former theses societies. Therefore, it is essential hear what the Latin America people have to say.
So, I invite you to speak, or more specifically, to write about our country.
Each month, we are going to select, together, a relevant subject to write a short article, for example, “the democracy in Latin America”, “the role of the women in Latin America”, and others subjects that can be relevant. The objective is to discuss the same topic from the point of view of each country.
Come join us, let´s make our voice stronger!
Would you want to be part of this project? It will be a pleasure have you in our time.
Contact us: email@example.com
*Thatiane Moreira is Brazilian, she completed a bachelor degree in Philosophy at Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP – and now she studies Political Science in the same university. During the first semester of 2019, she is an exchange student at Université Libre de Bruxelles.
*It is important to notice that “Latin America” does not constitute a homogeneous space, on the contrary, it includes different countries with separate process of economics, as well as cultural and social development. For being a presentation text, without academic claims, I am not exploring the complexity of the concept of “Latin America”.
Last December I was more than excited to participate in an amazing project in Brussels-“EUnique Identity” along with other 5 nationalities.
There are several reasons why I will remember this project for a very long time and some of them will be developed below.
First of all, being surrounded by people form 5 other countries: Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Belgium made me aware of how different we are as cultures. It was very fun to get lost on the streets of Brussels and to discover meanwhile how other languages sound and what makes every country special. The intercultural night also helped with this when I was able to taste some specific traditional food (…and drinks!)
Having the opportunity to visit the European Institutions was an inspiring and amazing chance to discover the wonderful mechanisms of European democracy. During this training course we had the chance to visit the European parliament, we were welcomed by a Member of European parliament and his staff that explained us how the EU works and what are the main daily aspects in the temple of European democracy and I love the fact that they make us discover by our self the key points and aspects of the European Identity.
I personally enjoyed the participation in the several workshops and activities proposed. In the European commission, where we could interact with experts in different fields after having understood by our self though specific games and actions the beauty of Europe and the wide range of possibilities that all the institutions bring us. We could through this experience learn a lot about different cultures and understand how people around Europe work and live. This was a wonderful and well-organized project. I hope there will be orders and hope to come back soon in Brussels again!
On 17 December I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the training course “EUnique Identity”, in Bruxelles, Belgium, host of the main European Institutions.
I recommend this project to everyone interested to know more about how the European Parliament and European Commission work and also for those looking for an amazing intercultural experience.
Marion participated in the Training Course “Social Entrepreneurship 4 ALL” organized by ASUL in Málaga area, Spain
Social entrepreneurship 4 All was a great experience to meet new people and to learn new things. I am really happy that I have participated to this program. The days were well organized with non-formal games which made me discover a new asset of management and team building. I think I will use some of the workshops for my future job. But at the same time, I learned some useful tools to start my own business. The project is great because it joins young people from different European countries and it raises awareness about social enterprises but also it helps discover different nationalities trough their local points of views. The most important thing that I learned during this program is that the European Union is really willing to help young social entrepreneurs to start their own start-ups.
Social entrepreneurs do not think of money as a priority. Their priority is to improve the society, make a better world. And It’s really important that young people get inspiration and trainings because they are the present. They have the energy to make small moves. Sometimes they do not have the knowledge and that is why this kind of program is a great way to learn and share important data. Social entrepreneurs are changing the world even if they start locally.