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Kid Cudi is (Sort Of) Right: We are in the Pursuit of Happiness   (published in Global News)

August 28, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Yes, it is cliché to come to Nepal and stock up on Dalai Lama books. My collection is now up to six. Most of the books are way over my head, and I still have no idea what is meant by “Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form”.

When asked what life is all about, the Dalai Lama responded, “It is about the pursuit of happiness.” That makes sense to me, but how do we go ...

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Kid Cudi is (Sort Of) Right: We are in the Pursuit of Happiness
 

KINGston   (published in Jamaica)

September 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Nice to meet all the new poeple in Kingston.

Thanks Emily for taking me with you.

Kingston was so nice. The beach, tha food, the people.. Everything was so so great!!

But now.. I just want to go to the beach etc and can"t wait out till next weekend!

<3

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KINGston
 

Project partner Animal Rehab Center (CIVS) and its director, Andrés González Rodríguez, are awarded for their many years of work in the preservation of wildlife   (published in Mexico)

September 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Andrés González Rodríguez, director of the Center for the Conservation and Research of Wildlife (CIVS), and his staff were awarded last Thursday 28th of August for their many years of hard work for wildlife preservation in the west of Mexico.

The ‘Galardón al mérito por la conservación’ (Award for merits in wildlife conservation) was given by the organization ‘Cetreros del Occidente de México’ (Falconry of the West of Mexico). Attendees to this event were not only volunteers, locals and internationals (such as Projects Abroad’s volunteers), but also high ranking government officials from SEMARNAT (Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources) and the local municipal government.

Projects Abroad Mexico’s country director, Jerylee Wong, was also present at the event in which she handed in an award in recognition of Andrés’ many years of hard work. She also shared a few words about the working experience with volunteers from abroad working with him and how crucial their work is.

It was mentioned how in average 20 volunteers from many different parts of the world working with Projects Abroad have helped each year the animal care center and the expectation is to increase this number. The animal care center only has three permanent staff members and work there is permanent.

Tatjana Kotschenreuther, former Projects Abroad volunteer and now a full member of the staff of the conservation center, also shared a few words of recognition.

Congratulations CIVS and Andrés!

¡Enhorabuena!

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Project partner Animal Rehab Center (CIVS) and its director, Andrés González Rodríguez, are awarded for their many years of work in the preservation of wildlifehttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/JuanMiguel/read/365075/project-partner-animal-rehab-center-civs-and-its-director-andrs-gonzlez-rodrguez-are-awarded-for-their-many-years-of-work-in-the-preservation-of-wildlife
Project partner Animal Rehab Center (CIVS) and its director, Andrés González Rodríguez, are awarded for their many years of work in the preservation of wildlife
 

Ha Long Bay   (published in Vietnam)

September 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Wow, I can't even begin to describe what an amazing weekend I had. Some of my housemates (Simone, Aldo, Vivian, and Kim) and I took a trip out to Ha Long Bay and had the opportunity to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The pictures that I took can not even begin to do it justice! It was easily one of the most beautiful places (if not the most beautiful place) that I have ever been. Ha Long is about a 4 hour bus ride from Hanoi, so we headed out at about 9 am Saturday morning. the bus ride was definitely the least enjoyable part of the entire adventure, as the roads are VERY bumpy and I'm pretty sure our seats were on springs hahaha (there was one time I probably got two inches of air under me aftee hitting a bump). Once we arrived in Ha Long, however, it was literally (and physically) smooth sailing from there on out. We hopped on our Luxury Imperial Cruise where we set out onto the bay. We took a stop in the middle of the bay to head onto one of the islands that housed "surprising cave" and take a kayak tour around the surrounding area. The setting could not have been any more beautiful (there are more than 2,000 small islands in all of the bay), and the weather cooperated beautifully the entire trip! After kayaking we headed to a small beach that had been cleaned of the rubbish that unfortunately littered the rest of Ha Long Bay and swam in the water while we watched the sun begin to set. We then headed back onto our boat for the end of the sunrise and some fruit and wine before dinner. The meals served were amazing and gigantic, although they often served very strange combinations of things (like sweet potato soup, French fries, fried chicken, friend rice, tofu, steamed veggies, and fruit all for dinner). That night I was feeling extra adventurous ...

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Ha Long Bay
 

..einfach toll!   (published in Ethiopia)

September 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Ihr Lieben, ich fange mal an einen ganz normaler Tag zu beschreiben..der Wecker klingelt um 7:30Uhr, ca 8Uhr Frühstück. Weißbrot mit Marmelade. Ach, ich freu mich auf ein Brot mit Käse ;). Dann geht's zur Minibus Station: Kazanchis! Von dort aus geht's bis zur Station Arat Kilo. Umsteigen um zur Station Kabena zu kommen. Von dort aus sind es wenige Meter zum Waisenhaus. Leider fast immer im Regen :(. Mein erster Gang ist zu allen Kindern um sie zu begrüßen. Das ist ganz niedlich, überall kleben Kinder und die 4-8 jährigen rufen: schoooooool?!?! Jawoll! Dann rennen die 4-8 jährigen los ins Klassenzimmer. 9Uhr geht's in etwa los. Zahlen und Buchstaben, einige können auch schon englische Worte schreiben. Es gibt eine kleine Pause. Dann wird manchmal gesungen, oder draußen ein Zahlenspiel gespielt. Nach der Mittagspause geht's zu den Babys. Wenn es nicht regnet, beschäftigen wir uns draußen mit den Kleinen. Parallel wird Fußball gespielt. Handball ist leider nicht mehr möglich, da der Ball verschwunden ist. Dafür gibt es auch verschiedene Gründe. Entweder wirklich verloren..das kann nur passieren, wenn der Ball das Gelände verlässt, denn die Kinder dürfen nicht außerhalb des Geländes sein. So kann es sein, dass der wirklich verloren gegangen ist und von jemandem vielleicht gefunden, der jetzt weiter mit dem Ball irgendwo anders spielt. Oder..irgendwo in einem der Zimmer, in das kaum jemand Zugang hat. Wie auch immer: doof! Auf jeden Fall wird neben der Lernerei viel gekuschelt und gealbert! Hier leben Mädchen und Jungs (Babys bis 18jährige), behinderte Kinder, alle zusammen in einem Haus. Es gibt die Mamas, die kochen, waschen und auf die Kinder ...

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..einfach toll!
 

Arusha, St. Elisabeth hospital   (published in Tanzania)

September 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Time flies! Ik ben inmiddels al ruim een maand weg en begonnen aan mijn derde week in het ziekenhuis. Het werk is schokkend, heftig, intens en ontzettend leerzaam. St. Elisabeth hospital is een regulier ziekenhuis en niet zo heel groot, waardoor bedden vaak gedeeld moeten worden. Patiënten moeten vaak hun eigen behandeling betalen, waardoor veel patiënten uiteindelijk zonder behandeling weer vertrekken. Er is een groot tekort aan materialen en verpleegkundigen. De hulp van vrijwilligers is dan ook van harte welkom. Ik ben al op veel verschillende afdelingen geweest, vooral daar waar ze de meeste hulp nodig hadden. Ik heb tot nu toe het meest geholpen op de surgical ward, met de wondverzorging, op de kinderafdeling en geassisteerd bij bevallingen. Verder ben ik veel op het lab geweest om te helpen met het afnemen van bloedmonsters. Veel patiënten zijn hiv-positief dus af en toe is dat zeker spannend. Hygiene is overal ver te zoeken. In de OK met openstaande ramen worden weliswaar "steriele" handschoenen gebruikt, maar met deze handschoenen raken ze gerust alles aan. De behandeltafel van de surgicalward zit vol met gaten en wordt de helft van de tijd niet eens schoongemaakt tussen de patiënten door. En ja, ook de hivpatienten met bloedende wonden worden hierop behandeld. Verder draagt het personeel gerust een hele week dezelfde kleding en wordt alles met de hand gewassen.Bijna alles wordt gedaan zonder enige vorm van pijnstillers, zo ook de wondverzorging. Er zijn ontzettend veel kinderen met brandwonden die elke dag verzorgd moeten worden. Hartverscheurend om ze zoveel pijn te moeten doen.. Diagnoses worden meestal op de gok gesteld. Zelden weten ze zeker wat het probleem is en het meeste wordt dan ook behandeld met een (breedspectrum)antibiotica en ...

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Arusha, St. Elisabeth hospital
 

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