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Housing in Porto Alegre
WSF 2005 Debriefing report
(Date: 8 March 2005)
Housing workgroup: Bettina, Simone, Regina
Report by: Bettina
When the budget was written, we anticipated that we would rely on solidarity housing and to house the interpreters as close to the venue as possible. We made reservations very early (in May) in hotels for professional interpreters (for those who had the heaviest workload) and for those with special needs.
However, there were some problems:
Simone and Bettina made contacts with the solidarity housing service of the Municipal Tourist Office, which had a large list of solidarity accomodation, through Jarbas Ferreira, the person in charge of infra-structure within the Executive Office of the WSF. People working in the Executive Office also volunteered to house interpreters, and some Babels volunteers as well. Simone and Bettina visited some of the places, but not all of them because there was no time - both of us had other tasks to do.
The requirements were:
The main problem was that many of the hosts got greedy: some interpreters were housed in living rooms, with 4 other people, dirty places, thin matresses in living rooms, no breakfast. Some interpreters complained, and were changed, but many did not say anything, and we should have told them that they could change if needed.
One other problem is that some interpreters moved and did not tell us from where they were leaving and to where they were going, which increased our costs – the WSF payed for places that were not used.
Here again there were some problems in the beginning: the SESC did not deliver promised conditions, but this seemed to have been solved.
Coordinators that arrived earlier were housed in two apartments rented for 20 days, and one for 10 days.
Hotels (3 star hotels) were reserved for professional interpreters and people with special needs.
Some suggestions for the organization of housing in Babels:
Include AGE as one item of registration
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