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The best breakfasts from around the world   (published in Global News)

September 11, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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We've received some wonderful images from around the world showcasing our hash tag #breakfastabroad. From a typical Tico breakfast to delicious Indian eggs and Luna Miris, here are some of our favourite morning treats.

Breakfast from around the world:

An amazing looking breakfast from @markwijs. Indian scrambled eggs with garam masala, cumin and spinach topped with a mint tumeric yoghurt.

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The best breakfasts from around the world
The best breakfasts from around the world

Medical Camp   (published in Sri Lanka)

October 23, 2014 by   Comments(0)

On the 14th of September I attended my first medical camp organised by ProjectsAbroad. It took place at a temple in Kolonnawa near Colombo. Shanna and me decided to stay in Colombo the night before since the camp was going to start in the early morning. We also wanted to have a little pre-party for Charlie's birthday on the following weekend since Shanna was going to leave Sri Lanka before that. We arranged a surprise dinner at a very nice resort called Mount Lavinia Hotel at the sea with a beautiful view onto the skyline of Colombo. The food and the atmosphere was great and we had a wonderful evening. 

The following day was exhausting but great! There were around 300 patients who came to the medical camp and they all got their blood sugar level and pressure level checked by 10 medical volunteers including me. They also got weighed and measured. We wrote everything down and in the end they got  consulted with the doctors, sponsored by Projects Abroad. They also sponsored the medicines that we handed out to the patients.

Examining the patients wasn't always that easy because many people were scared of getting their blood sugar measured. Especially the young and disabled patients were sometimes difficult to handle. Moreover only a few of them were able to speak English so we had to use sign language or ask the ProjectsAbroad staff to translate for us. Despite the language barrier lots of patients managed to thank us for our work and seeing those thankful people made me very happy. 

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Medical Camp
Medical Camp

Faces of Feldioara Part I: Mayor Sorin Taus (written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark)   (published in Romania)

October 23, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Sorin Taus is the current mayor of Feldioara. During his term, he has taken great steps to expand on the community, including restoring the monuments left by the Teutonic Knights and promoting the city of Feldioara to tourists, as well as collaborating with the European Union on different projects. He has come a long way in fulfilling his visions for the town, but there is still quite a lot of work to be done.

The mayor welcomes us as we enter his main office in the town’s city hall. He begins to talk about his big family, and even proudly shows us photographs of his sons – one is studying in university and loves animals, the other is in the 10th grade and loves computers and football.

He proceeds to relate his personal history to us, about his marriage after university and his subsequent movement to Germany, how he came back to Romania and started a small business in agriculture, which is now run by his oldest son. It is clear from his introduction that Sorin Taus is a man of determination and is very proud of his family.

A large table made from mahogany stands in the center, richly decorated with vases of flowers and flags of Romania and EU made with lace, knitted by the artisan Mrs. Roman herself. The room is adorned with more flags and large posters of Taus’ plans for the future of Feldioara, plans which are extensive and visionary.

Sorin Taus has been a mayor for six years now, and he has been working in the city hall for more than 20 years. When he was 29 years old he became vice mayor, a position he has held three times now, and he was first elected as a mayor in 2008. All of his election promises were fulfilled in 2012, at which point he was reelected with 88% of the votes – an impressive feat, given that he ...

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Faces of Feldioara Part I: Mayor Sorin Taus (written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark)
Faces of Feldioara Part I: Mayor Sorin Taus (written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark)

Physiotherapy volunteers deliver presentation to doctors and nurses at their placement   (published in Vietnam)

October 23, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Coming from countries which have an advance level of physiotherapy in particular and rehabilitation in general (United Kingdom and Denmark), two volunteers Sarah Cowderoy and Sarah Åkerlind who volunteer at the National Hospital of Acupuncture (Hanoi, Viernam) have been able to use the knowledge gained from academic studying and from working experience in clinical placements not only to help the Vietnamese children with disabilities to get daily physiotherapy treatments but also to introduce useful and new techniques to the doctors and nurses at the hospital placement. In the National Hospital of Acupuncture, the main method used for rehabilitation is acupuncture and massaging; physiotherapy techniques haven't been applied alot here in combination with the acupunture to speed up the recovery progress of the patients. This is partly due to the fact that physiotherapy is not much developed in a country like Vietnam and specifically in a traditional hospital like the Hospital of Acupuncture. Nevertheless, realizing the positive impacts that physiotherapy rehab can have on the patients when being combined with acupuncture, the management board of the hospital appreciates the work of Projects Abroad volunteers as the volunteers are able to introduce these western techniques to the treatment process which has proved good results and thus, they encourage the doctors and nurses to learn these techniques from the volunteers and to apply them to treat the patients. 

Yesterday, after a certain time of having observation and directly working with the patients (both adults and children), two volunteers were asked to prepare and deliver a presentation to give basic and essential introduction about peadiatric physiotherapy in Western countries and ...

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Physiotherapy volunteers deliver presentation to doctors and nurses at their placement
Physiotherapy volunteers deliver presentation to doctors and nurses at their placement

Top 10 Volunteering Moments in Jamaica   (published in Jamaica)

October 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Top 10 Volunteering Moments in Jamaica

Volunteering is important for numerous reasons that benefit both the community and the volunteer themselves. When someone donates a handful of time, the difference made is tremendous and it shapes a community for the better while the experience improves the person who donated the time.

Volunteering is what makes a community because it brings people together to work on a goal. Whether it is building a home for a single mother and her 11 children, or to help a school build and refurbish its sanitary facilities, volunteers make it happen. Community life is improved by aiding others and lending a helping hand to get a job done more effectively. More people working equals less work for each person and less time for the project. So when it comes to getting the job done, like a beach cleanup, the more the merrier.

To date, there has not been a project, activity or outreach which has not created a lasting impact. Staff members have been observing each one, and although difficult to select, have chosen the top ten volunteering moments since 2008:

In 2009 a volunteer teaching an 8 year old child to write and spell his name for 5 months and 2 weeks. Just two weeks shy of the volunteer’s departure, the child ran up to him and spelt his full name. She recalls the volunteer being filled with emotions and tears as he came to the office to express that although he got frustrated at times, the experience was his greatest achievement in life, knowing that what may be a simple and small thing for some of us was a major milestone for others. One volunteer from the UK, Daphne Wake, visited Jamaica three consecutive years to teach community persons how to read and write and assisted with patient care at the Manchester Infirmary. Her first ...
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Top 10 Volunteering Moments in Jamaica
Top 10 Volunteering Moments in Jamaica

Interview with Julian Richards (Film Director) - article written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark   (published in Romania)

October 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Julian Richards is a Welsh film director, writer and producer known for his diverse and critically acclaimed filmography, as well as his brooding and menacing horror/ thriller movies. He is best known for the movies “Brookside,” (1982) “Darklands” (1996) and “Summer Scars” (2007). This year marks the 10th anniversary for his cult classic “The Last Horror Movie,” and I got the opportunity to ask him a few questions regarding his movie and the reasons for making it.

Which movies were influential in making The Last Horror Movie?

The Belgian C’est arrivé près de chez vous which is called Man Bites Dog in English.  There was also another classic called Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.


What are your initial thoughts upon re-watching your film after so many years?

It’s the first time I’ve watched it in a long time. I suppose this is, possibly, the first British found footage film, and one of the reasons why I made it, was because it’s always a big obstacle to try and make a film. In fact, films are very expensive, especially when they are shown on 55mm, and it takes ages to raise the finances. It’s sort of odd watching this in the cinema, because it was designed to go straight to DVD, it’s actually designed for home entertainment. But the irony was that it got a theatrical release in the UK, and also in the US.

What was the reason for making this type of film?

This was made in 2002-2003, and it happened just around the time when The Blair Witch Project had been made, which was also an inspiration. It was also around the time when Lars von Trier was starting the Dogme movement, and so I realized what I could do with vision cameras. But also, ...

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Interview with Julian Richards (Film Director) - article written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark
Interview with Julian Richards (Film Director) - article written by Asger Skovdal, Denmark

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