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Nomination for best exchange blog   (published in Global News)

January 20, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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Our own talented Tyler Goodwin, Communications Officer for Projects Abroad Tanzania, was recently nominated for the International Exchange and Experience 2015 blog competition which consists of compiling the 100 best blog pieces about living life abroad or experiences in a foreign country.  We’ve decided to feature one of the pieces that got her nominated, well done Tyler!

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Nomination for best exchange blog
 

Laatste week vrijwilligerswerk   (published in Ghana)

January 27, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Het is elke week weer een verassing of we die dag/avond stroom hebben. Als er avonds geen stroom is gaan we meestal naar de pub. Daar hebben ze een generator, thuis kan je tenslotte niet veel doen zonder stroom. Geen stroom, dan werken de stoplichten dus ook niet. Wat een drama! Het verkeer rijd echt kris kras door elkaar. Verkeersregels zijn er wel maar deze volgen ze gewoon niet op. Het is dus een grote chaos, iedereen toetert en schreeuwt naar elkaar. Ook je auto parkeren gaat hier niet zo makkelijk. We wilden vanuit de pub naar huis, onze auto stond dubbel geparkeerd. Tja vind dan de eigenaar van die auto maar eens. Geen paniek, de auto werd gewoon aan de achterkant opgetild en verzet.De trotro ritjes, het is en blijft een bijzondere manier van reizen. Zo zaten Birgit en ik in de trotro onderweg naar ons werk toen we opeens beeeeeh, het gemekker van een geit hoorde. Er lag een geit onder onze stoel vastgebonden. Waarschijnlijk klaar voor de slacht. Ik schrok me dood, de Ghanese in de trotro hadden de grootste schik! Ze zaten ons gewoon uit te lachen want de twee obroni's schrokken van een geit haha.

Afgelopen weekend zijn we afgereisd naar Busua. Wat was dat een geweldig weekend!! Busua is een klein dorpje met de mooiste stranden van Ghana. Daar geef ik ze overigens gelijk in, want de stranden waren super! Als ik Busua in 1 woord mag omschrijven dan is dat Bob Marley. Busua is een hippie achting dorpje. Zo zat ik morgens een uur of 7 aan het strand met een kopje thee wakker te worden komt er een Ghanees, zo'n echte hippie met een joint voorbij gelopen. Hey sister, we smoke weed every day! Oftewel er liepen daar veel van die Bob Marley types. Erg leuk! Je hebt ook de surfers, net weer wat ander volk. Wat stoerder, denken ze. Ik had ook een les genomen, jeetje dat ...

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Laatste week vrijwilligerswerk
 

Volunteers in Mexico help serve food for the homeless people of Guadalajara   (published in Mexico)

January 27, 2015 by   Comments(0)

On Saturday 24 January 2015, Projects Abroad volunteers from various parts of the world got together to help those less fortunate. Volunteers assisted MAMA, our care project partner in Guadalajara, during their open day when they received homeless people to offer them food.

Volunteers Hannah Layton and Sabrina Chabot being introduced by our Projects Abroad staff member.

Hannah Layton (UK), Sabrina Chabot (Canada), Maryse Veylet (France), Deborah Garcia (France), Evelina Sonesson (Sweden) and Theis Brasso (Denmark), helped us in our very first dirty day of the year in Projects Abroad Mexico. Not only that, this was the first time we help MAMA in one of our dirty days. And what an experience!

MAMA or Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados (Support Initiative for Abandoned Children) was founded in 1988 in Guadalajara by a group of professionals, businessmen, teachers and volunteers worried about the increasing number of children living in the streets. Since then, their main objective has been to defend, protect and improve the living conditions of these children living and working in the streets of the city. For more information, visit their web page (in Spanish): http://www.mama.org.mx/

Volunteers Deborah Garcia Papazian and Maryse Veylet welcoming people to the dining room.  

Every last Saturday of every month, the staff of MAMA organizes a special event in which homeless men and women are invited to have lunch. This time Projects Abroad Mexico donated the money to buy the food and our volunteers donated their time and effort to serve these people.

Danish volunteer Theis Brasso showing a positive attitude!

Work began at 9:00, when all volunteers helped getting tables and chairs ready. Then we all helped preparing the Tortas ahogadas, a local dish made of pork ...

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Volunteers in Mexico help serve food for the homeless people of Guadalajara
 

Less than a week till I'm off   (published in Tanzania)

January 27, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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It’s been almost 8 months since I came back from the states after living and studying there for 3 years. Coming back to Norway was not on the top of my list, but since I didn’t have any plans yet I figured I had to start somewhere. I had no idea what I was going to do the next year, but I knew I didn’t want to continue my studies just yet and I knew I would not survive staying in my boring hometown for an entire year with no adventures. I knew I wanted to travel, but instead of just doing backpacking (which I’m sure would’ve been awesome too) I decided to do something more meaningful; do volunteer work in places I probably would never visit if I didn’t do this. To cut things short, here I am 8 months later after working my butt off to save up money; ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime! In less than a week I’m ready to begin this adventure. February 1st I will be off to Tanzania where I will be staying in a small village outside of Arusha; Endulen, which is within Ngorongoro Concervation area and not too far from mountain Kilimanjaro. I will do a Maasai Community village project where I will teach English, learn and participate in their daily life and construct homes and buildings for the Maasai people along with other volunteers. I am so excited to learn more about the Masaai people, and especially after already learning a bit about them in an anthropology course in college. I have also signed up for a language course in Swahili while I’m there. I’ll stay in Tanzania for 2 months, then I will go to Cambodia for 4 weeks and then to Mongolia for 2 months. I will get back to those projects later, so for now I will blog about the project I will be doing in Tanzania.

I will continue to write this blog in ...

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Projects Abroad volontør   (published in Tanzania)

January 27, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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At være volontør består ikke kun af at arbejde som frivillig men også af at være social med de andre volontører fra de mange forskellige lande. Organisationen, Projects Abroad, som vi rejser med, er gode til at hjælpe os med det sociale liv. De laver mange arrangementer, hvor flere volontører samles.

Hver torsdag mødes dem, der kan og har lyst på en restaurant et sted i byen, hvor vi spiser sammen. En enkelt torsdag har vi været samlet på Projects Abroads kontor, hvor vi selv lavede maden. Det var PA’s huspige, som normalt står for madlavning til PA’s personale, og nogle af personalet, som lærte os hvordan man laver tanzanisk mad bl.a.: pilau, som er krydret ris, chapati og chips myai, som er en slags æggekage bestående af æg og pommes fritter.

Derudover afholder de mange workshops. Nogle er for alle volontører og andre er for volontører på de forskellige projekter. Vi har fx været til en Swahili workshop, hvor vi blev undervist i de mange hilsner, som tanzanierne bruger, når de hilser på hinanden på gaden.

Én til to gange i måneden er de medicinske volontører outreach sammen med nogle læger og PA’s medicinske koordinator. Vi tager ud til en landsby et stykke væk fra Arusha centrum, hvor vi tilser de patienter, som ikke har mulighed for at komme til et af hospitalerne i Arusha enten pga. transportmuligheder eller grundet økonomiske årsager. En del af de medicinske volontørers betaling til organisationen går til disse outreach-ture: til transporten til landsbyen og til medicinen, som bliver udleveret efter konsultationen. Dette medfører at ...

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Feelings towards being accepted to Ghana   (published in Ghana)

January 26, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Just the day after my application was sent in, I got my acceptance. It was an amazing feeling to know that now I could finally travel to Ghana and give something back and love for people who really need it. I still don't get that in less than 7 months I am travelling to Ghana on my own. I can't describe my feelings but I'm so excited to experience something so new and meet new amazing people and be surrounded by the Ghanaian people. I have already read through the handbook of Ghana and has made me even more excited. I'm ready to travel to Ghana and show my passion to help out and spend time with some amazing young kids. Today my volunteer advisor Flynn called me. To be honest I was a little nervous even thought I had already gotten accepted to my project. But Flynn was so nice and energetic that he made me forget my nervousness. I definitely think it's nice to have a volunteer advisor emailing you back and fourth before leaving and they help you to prepare for an amazing trip. It's like a safe point for me so if I ever have any questions or concerns I can always contact him. Especially when I'l be arriving to a totally new country, culture and new people.  I'm excited to meet the other volunteers who are going to Ghana and be in the project of 'Care'. So if anybody is reading this who has or is going to Ghana, I would love if you guys would comment :). Looking forward to the next couple of months of my preparation before my travel. To my family and friends, this is where you can read of my adventurous travel to Ghana.

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