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Amanda uses her skills to help other   (published in Cambodia)

April 23, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Don't be scare, just they need your help. Amanda and her two friends from Australia volunteered in Cambodia for 1 month at NBIC, where taking care of disable and HIV/AIDS kids. Please read more in the detailed story.

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Amanda uses her skills to help other
 

Tomb Sweeping Festival Weekend   (published in China)

April 23, 2014 by   Comments(0)

From April 5th to the 7th there was a public holiday across China. This holiday was for the Qingming festival (also known as ‘Tomb-sweeping day’). The festival signifies a time of joy as well as a time of mourning. This is because the start of April is when most of China enjoys the blossoming of spring and also a time when family members remember their ancestors. This is often considered to be China’s second largest festival (after the Chinese New Year).

This time of year is a celebration of the blossoming spring and the end of the cold, harsh, winter that hits many parts of China. It is a time when families can get together and celebrate the changing of the season while enjoying each other’s company, a time when many business people flock out of the city to be with the their families and definitely not a great time to travel, which I learnt the hard way stuck in ridiculous traffic! Many say that after this weekend the days are considerably brighter (another name for this festival is ‘Pure Brightness Festival’). Before Qingming weekend, Kay, our director for China, told me that it usually rains during the Qingming festival and then afterwards spring will noticeably be upon us. Apparently prior to this year it had rained on 9 out of 10 Qingming weekends. Perhaps not coincidentally it also rained this year and since then we have enjoyed an essence of greenery which stands in contrast to the massive skyscrapers in many of China’s mega-cities. This quick changing of the season seems to have added an extra spring to the city people’s step!

As mentioned earlier, April the 5th to the 7th also is a time of mourning for many of the Chinese people. Many of the families get together to visit the graves of their ...

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Tomb Sweeping Festival Weekend
 

Ik wil hier blijven!   (published in Tanzania)

April 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Eerst moet ik mij verontschuldigen voor het uitblijven van mijn blog, maar ik was op SAFARI!!

Vandaag, maandag 14.04, zou ik beginnen aan mijn nieuwe project en opgehaald worden voor een introductiedag. Om 10uur was er nog niemand gekomen én ik weet ik ben in Afrika dus alles gaat langzamer en niet op de afgesproken tijd, maar dit snapte ik niet. Ik smsde mijn supervisor en die vertelde me dat er iets fout was gegaan en dat ik vandaag dus nog vrij was. Ik ben toen maar naar het gebouw van Projects Abroad gegaan om mijn papieren voor de safari in te vullen. Ik was voor de lunch weer terug en ben na de lunch naar Tanz-Hands gegaan. Daar heb ik gefacetimed met mijn lieve vriendinnetje: Kimberley. 

Nou vandaag begon dus echt mijn nieuwe project! Ik werd om 09:30 door Regan opgehaald om naar het project te gaan. We zijn eerst naar de school van Leganga (de plaats waar ik verblijf) gegaan. Daar heb ik met meiden allemaal klapspelletjes gedaan en Jacob, de andere vrijwilliger, heeft gevoetbalt met de jongens. Om half 11 liepen we naar de school in USA River. Daar zijn we eerst begonnen met een circel maken, wat al zo 5 minuten duurt. Toen hebben we rek en strek oefeningen gedaan en een estafette, wat een drama was dat. Jacob heeft met de jongens gevoetbalt en ik heb met de meisjes touwtje gesprongen. Ik werd geclaimd door de meiden. Op een gegeven moment wilde ik een nieuwe staart maken, dus ik maakte mijn stiekje los. Alle meiden keken me aan alsof ze nog nooit haar hadden gezien. Allemaal wilden ze het aanraken. Om 12uur liepen we weer naar huis. Na de lunch was ik vrij, omdat ze een soort van paasvakantie hebben, dus ben ik na de lunch naar Tanz-Hands gegaan en heb ik wel 2uur gefacetimed met mama. 

De kinderen kunnen op allebei de scholen ...

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Ik wil hier blijven!
 

Sjov og farlig uge   (published in Tanzania)

April 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Tirsdag stod jeg frygtelig tidlig op, da jeg skulle mødes med Victoria og Clara kl. 08.25 i den anden ende af byen, hvor det tager cirka 45 min at komme til med daladala. Men vi mødes og fulgtes til det børnehjem, hvor Victoria arbejder. Børnene var super cute og jeg tænker stadig på at tage en af børnene med hjem, da hun bare var ALT for skøn! Vi mødte også Riz (tanzaniansk født, men opvokset i England), som er gift med den engelske kvinde som driver den organisation som har hjulpet Victoria med at få job på børnehjemmet. Han er ved at lære at spise lakrids og er meget glad for Danmark.

Efter 3 timers hygge med børnene tog vi til Kilala, for at mødes med Nancy, da hun skulle hjælpe os til Maji moto (hotspring), som ikke er så let at komme til. Efter knap 2 timer med bus og tuktuk ankom vi til Maji moto som er en lille oase ude midt i ingenting. Her svømmede vi rundt og bare slappede af i en times tid, og da vi havde fået pommes frites tog vi bus tuktuk og taxi tilbage til Njiro (Victorias del af byen) for at spise aftensmad, inden jeg tog en taxi hjem, da det i mellemtiden var blevet mørkt.

Onsdag morgen mødtes Clara og jeg i byen for at finde ud af at bruge dagen på, da Victoria var på tir med hendes børnehjem. Vi spiste dårlig morgenmad på en cafe og kom ind på verdens dårligste turistinformation, som ikke kunne hjælpe med noget som helst!

Heldigvis havde Clara lånt Victorias guidebog, så der fandt vi Shanga. Shanga er et værested for psykisk handikappede som laver alle mulige ting, smykker, tøj, kunst og der var en ...

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Sjov og farlig uge
 

The Bolivian office has its very own good-luck charm!   (published in Bolivia)

April 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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When you travel abroad, you have the opportunity to discover a new country, meet new people and learn about the culture that makes that place so unique.

This applies not only to volunteers, but also to our co-workers from Projects Abroad that come to our country for some work reason. This was the case of Johannes Oppewal, a visitor from Netherlands that was sent to record and interview volunteers in Bolivia.

At some point during his travel, he heard about the Ekeko, the Andean deity of fortune and prosperity that is worshiped in many households in our country since pre-Hispanic times, and got caught by the story.

The myth says that you cannot buy an Ekeko figurine because someone must give you one as gift to complete the charm, so Johannes managed to get one for us before leaving Bolivia to wish us the best of luck and surprise us at the same time.

Now the figurine has his own place at the office and catches the attention of everyone that visits us with his cigarette on his mouth and bunch of coca leaves nearby.

Thanks Johannes! We'll treasure your gift forever!

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The Bolivian office has its very own good-luck charm!
 

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