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Jessica Porreye and her passion for animal care   (published in Mexico)

September 29, 2014 by   Comments(0)

When asked about her volunteering experience in Mexico, Jessica Porreye, from France, has only one answer in mind: “It has been the journey of my life”. And so it seems because when talking with her one can hear the passion with which she speaks about her work at the animal rehab center in Guadalajara. She loved everything she did, the people she worked with and the closeness with the animals of the center.

The animal rehab center is located in the north part of the city, not far from the historical center. An important part of the work done here is rescuing caring for exotic animals which do not belong to the local ecosystem and which have been bought and sold in the black market. Most are birds, from small parrots to falcons and eagles but they also have alligators, a crocodile, coyotes, turtles, and other types of small mammals.

Jessica is radiant with happiness when she speaks about how she grew as a human being thanks to the work she did: “Having worked at the animal center has not only enriched my knowledge about animals and how to handle them. It has also helped me enhanced my interpersonal relationships”. The staff of the center including Andrés Gonzalez (director of the center), Luiz Alberto Cayo and Tatjana Kotschenreuther, were all very welcoming and kind to her. Jessica remembers them all very dearly.

“The animal rehab center here in Guadalajara, Mexico, really needs the help of volunteers. Any help is always welcome.”

Jessica hopes that anyone who reads this and is willing to volunteer abroad chooses this placement: “There is an excellent work environment. People are nice, helpful and kind and the whole experience is like an adventure”, says Jessica.

Keeping herself busy is very important for ...

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Jessica Porreye and her passion for animal care
 

History Made Flesh: How Brasov City Maintains its Historical and Cultural Identity (by Asger Skovdal Jepsen, Denmark)   (published in Romania)

September 29, 2014 by   Comments(0)

The City of Brasov, situated in Romania, has had a long and conflicting history in its existence. From the Saxon establishment and occupation of the city, to the first public uprisings against the Ceausescu government in 1987, Brasov has always been an epicentre of conflict and dramatic turnabouts in Romanian history. Indeed, one can still find and feel the after-effects of these historical happenings in the modern Brasov, if one is willing to look for them.

 

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By Asger Skovdal Jepsen

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The feeling I get from wondering around Brasov is that of a city aware of its history. Brasov has endured a lot throughout its existence, and is not afraid to show the worst parts of it – indeed, the people of Brasov have been very eager to preserve and tell the history of their city to anyone who might be willing to listen, whether it be through the reconstruction of their old bastions or public events, Brasov is willing to keep their history of their city to anyone who might be willing to listen, whether it be through the reconstruction of their old bastions or public events, Brasov is willing to keep their history alive. By observing the whole of the city, from the dreary cement blocks of the Soviet flats, to the ornate and fairy tale like Saxon houses, I quickly realised that the city of Brasov doesn’t have history – the city of Brasov itself IS history.

Brasov City was established in the 13th century as a German mercantile colony named Kronstadt by the Teutonic knights, on an ancient Dacian site. During this time, the Saxon settlers built ornate churches and town halls surrounded by a massive wall, built to defend the fortress from Turkish attacks, while the ...

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History Made Flesh: How Brasov City Maintains its Historical and Cultural Identity (by Asger Skovdal Jepsen, Denmark)
 

Volunteering in Agriculture and Farming in Togo   (published in Togo)

September 29, 2014 by   Comments(0)

The Community Farming Project is ideal for those interested in gaining an insight into agriculture and farming in a tropical environment by working on a small organic farm. No previous experience is required, so you may join this project on a gap year, during a career break or holiday period.

The farm is located about 25km north of Lomè, the capital city of Togo, and was the final product of a group project aimed to develop and help the local community. There are currently 13 members in the group called GADUS (Group Aggropastorale pour le Developpment Universel et Social).

 As a volunteer you have a great opportunity to be involved with animal care, looking after animals such as ducks, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs on the animal farm. Additionally, your work will include agricultural tasks like planting and crop-growing, irrigation of the fields and further processing of products such as cassava and corn.

 Volunteers may also help with land-management and packing of products for markets and clients. Here, you will be able to work with a variety of local organic products from ginger and teak wood to palm nuts and wine.

During your placement, you will live with a host family based in Lomè. You will travel by taxi to work, which takes approximately 15 minutes, until you reach Noépe village, which is just 10 minutes away from the farm.

You can join the Community Farming project in Togo for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. You will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community. However, please be aware that you may not have the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

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Volunteering in Agriculture and Farming in Togo
 

weekendje weg   (published in Mexico)

September 28, 2014 by   Comments(1)

Het is weekend, en dan zijn we niet nodig op het kamp. Samen met de andere 2 vrijwilligers besluiten we naar melaque te gaan. We nemen de mus naar Manzanillo en stappen daarna over naar Melaqua (klinkt als: Mellakkie) Een prachtig kust plaatsje, waar je de zee in kunt, omdat het in een soort lagune ligt.

We slapen in een simpel hotel, en delen een 3 persoonkamer. klinkt voor vele als een nachtmerrie... maar wij zijn blij met de zachte bedden, ipv de houten stretchers op kamp, waar je verstopt onder je muskieten net, op een zaal ligt. En niet te vergeten de heerlijke warme douche!!! 

We vinden een leuk restaurantje/ strandtentje en eten hier lekker vers gevangen vis uit de zee. Drinken corona's en sol bier. Maken een wandeling over het strand en nemen een duikje in het water en spoelen daarna af met het zwembad water van het hotel. 

in de avond gaan we het plaatsje in. Er zijn kleine straatjes vol kleine winkeltjes en mensen eten en leven buuiten, kleine kinderen lopen nog laat buiten en overal hoor je luide en vrolijke gesprekken of muziek, er is een groot marktplein waar iedereeen zich verzameld, jong en oud zit door elkaar. Er zijn kleine tentjes die eten verkopen, mensen maken muziek en er word gedanst. Op het plein zitten 2 clubs. Zoals we hier gewend zijn, zijn ze niet. Ze zitten op de eerste verdieping, en zijn in direct verbinding met buiten, alleen een balkonhek zorgt er voor dat je niet naar buiten kan rollen.

We hebben een geweldige avond! Dansen en drinken tequilla zoals het hoort, ik raak aan de praat met 1 van de barmannen en we krijgen een VIP toegangsbandje voor de volgende avond.

de volgende dag maken we een hike over de rotsen en moeten regelmatig door het water stappen om verder te komen. Gaan wat souvenirs kopen, ja ik heb ook ...

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weekendje weg
 

night patrol   (published in Mexico)

September 28, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Omdat schildpadden ip altijd hun eieren in de nacht leggen, word er 2x per nacht een nacht patroulle gereden. met een quat, rijden we over de kust lijn op zoek naar net begraven nesten of schilpadden die onderweg zijn om hun eieren te leggen.

Vannacht ga ik samen met 1 van de mexicanen, die helaas geen engels spreekt op pad. 
We zoeven volgas over de zwarte standen, we vinden al snel een dame die haar eieren aan het leggen is, we pakken snel een zak en verzamelen haar eieren, 120 stuks, flink nest dus!

De schildpad merkt dit trouwns niet, tijdens het leggen is ze in een trance en het natuurlijke instinkt is zo groot, dat ze ze ook gewoon begraaft, zelfs als bij ze weg gehaald hebben.

ik leer dat een dame zn 3x per jaar een nest aan de kant brengt en dit 1x per 2 jaar doet. ze kan zaadcellen opslaan en heeft daarom maar 1 paring nodig.  Maar zal als ze de kans krijgt zo vaak mogelijk paren.

vannacht vinden we 6 nesten.

in de ochtend zullen we deze ingraven op de hatchery

 

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night patrol
 

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