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Africa through new eyes   (published in Global News)

December 4, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Recently I came across an inspiring video by Lindsey Stirling, in conjunction with Devin Graham, made during her visit to Kenya, Africa. It was an acoustic cover of Rihanna’s the popular hit song “We found love”.  Lindsey rearranged the song slightly to create one of the most powerful messages about Africa that I have seen for some time. Using the words as inspiration, she ...

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Africa through new eyeshttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/globalnews/read/374500/africa-through-new-eyes
Africa through new eyes
 

Cambodia – the experience of a lifetime - By Zoe Clark - Australia   (published in Cambodia)

December 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

The five weeks I spent in Cambodia were truly amazing. It is an experience I will never forget and one that opened my eyes to different ways of life. It was also a trip that allowed me to meet knew people and make lifelong friends. It will always be an experience I will never forget and rate very highly.

               

When I finished high school and decided I was going to travel during my Gap year, volunteering in Cambodia was not my first choice. However, after some thinking and a few discussions with my parents and close friends I decided why not? Remembering an old conversation with my high school Head of College further reaffirmed my decision. I had always wanted to volunteer and now seemed as perfect time as ever to fulfil that dream. Then came the next hard part – choosing a project and length of placement. After considering for sometime I decided on a five week teaching project. Once I had enough money saved I applied and in August it because a reality that I would be flying out to Cambodia in November.

I always found myself explaining and answering people’s questions regarding why are going to volunteer and why Cambodia? Apart from the answer of why not; living a privileged life has always left me wanting to help and give back to others who aren't as fortunate. And this was my main reason for choosing to volunteer. The choice of Cambodia came partly due to it’s unfortunate history and also because during my research the need for help and assistance became very evident. Also, everyone I know who has ever visited Cambodia could not speak highly enough of how amazing of a country it is.

My arrival was not a typical one with my flight landing on the eve of ...

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Cambodia – the experience of a lifetime - By Zoe Clark - Australia
 

Wonders of Zanzibar   (published in Tanzania)

December 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Hi everyone J I’m please to know that a lot of you enjoy reading my blog. I really appreciate your interest.

Well, as you can see I’ve decided to write in English instead of Danish this time, just to give the Aussies a chance to hear what’s going on.. This means I’ve given up one of the only places now a days I get to use my Danish, which is quite a sacrifice, so they better read it religiously (…!)

I realize it’s been a while since I posted something the last time.. I’ve been really busy so there’s heaps I want to tell you about! This is going to be a looooong blog post..! You better get comfortable wherever you’re sitting real quick J

However, I have some thoughts I would like to share before I begin going through my week..

It is a topic I wrote about last time; foreigners having a hard time becoming a part of Tanzania.

The thing is that I’ve realized that there is another dimension to why it seems to be so difficult for foreigners to become an accepted citizen, equal to everyone else in the streets.

I still believe you don’t get to be a part of them because of your foreignness, but the reason why you don’t get to blend in might also have something to do with the fact that you’re trying to blend with the ‘wrong’ part of Africa.

Let me explain.

People who travel places to volunteer are usually all a part of the middle class (in Tanzania we’re probably all a part of the wealthier part of the middle class) but we’re trying to become a part of or blend in with the poor people / lower middle class. Unlike the wealthy Tanzanians, a group volunteers might fit better into since they too ‘have money ’ too, volunteers walk around in the ...

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Wonders of Zanzibarhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/erittenhofer/read/375808/wonders-of-zanzibar
Wonders of Zanzibar
 

Eerste dag   (published in Ghana)

December 20, 2014 by   Comments(6)

Daar zitten we dan, Pink Hostel in Accra. Na een lange en vermoeide reis komen we dan eindelijk in deze chaotische stad aan. Het is hier vreselijk benauwd! Toen we het vliegveld afkwamen stonden daar zeker honderd mensen met bordjes of taxi's. Vrij snel hadden we onze begeleider gevonden en werden samen met nog een ander meisje uit Nederland en een ander meisje uit Engeland gebracht naar ons Hostel. We delen onze kamer met 3 andere Nederlandse en een Braziliaanse. Morgenvroeg vertrekken we dan naar de kust en gaan naar ons gastgezin en project! 

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Eerste daghttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/kpot/read/375800/eerste-dag
Eerste dag
 

Regen, regen, regen!   (published in Jamaica)

December 20, 2014 by   Comments(1)

Een beetje later vanwege wat internet moeilijkheden.

Weer een weekje van de vakantie voorbij, wat vliegt de tijd hier! Onze stop na Negril, was Montego Bay. Dit was voor mij ook de eerste keer daar. We verbleven in een kleine hostel een beetje hogerop in de bergen, in een authentiek Jamaicaans dorpje, echt tussen de locals. Met de taxi (voor een klein prijsje, ongeveer 80eurocent) zaten we op de 'hipstrip'. Verschillende baaien met strand naast elkaar, wel allemaal afgesloten van mekaar. De meeste van deze stranden kosten wel geld, gemiddeld €4-5. Na ons bezoek aan Negril hadden we dat er ook wel voor over, aangezien op deze betalende stranden geen 'leurders' constant langskomen. Jammer genoeg werd het de tweede dag in Montego Bay al wat slechter weer. Veel wind, regenbuien en bijna geen zon meer te zien! Dan zijn we maar op shoppingtocht geweest langs de tientallen souvenirwinkeltjes, waar ze trouwens overal hetzelfde verkopen en de mensen in 't zak te zetten waar ze bijstaan. Als je niet te veel geld wilt uitgeven, moet je echt je mond durven open trekken om uw mannetje te staan. De volgende dag stonden we op en zagen we weer een volledige grijze lucht. We zijn dan naar Margeritaville gegaan, een bar/restaurant vlak aan het water. Daarlekker gegeten, gedronken en gekeken naar het wilde water dat insloeg tegen de rotsen. Toen is het beginnen gieten en is het niet meer gestopt tot gisteren, non stop stortregen! (Dat zijn 4 dagen). Ondertussen zitten we al drie nachten in een hotel in Runaway Bay, een plaatsje niet ver van Ocho Rios. We zijn 'heel blij' dat we dit all inclusive hotel hebben geboekt tijdens die regendagen. Hier is meer ruimte om binnen toch iets te doen, lekker eten en lekker drinken. Heel blij zijn we natuurlijk niet echt met het weer van de ...

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Regen, regen, regen!
 

hier der Bilderbeweis   (published in Ecuador)

December 18, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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hier der Bilderbeweis
 

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