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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

Laatste 2 weken in Mongolie bij de nomaden.   (published in Mongolia)

October 22, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Zo, eindelijk heb ik de tijd, zin gevonden om mijn laatste blog over Mongolië te schrijven! Inmiddels ben ik alweer 2,5 week in Nepal! Ook door het vele gebrek aan stroom en wifi is het nog niet gelukt dat deel van mijn reis op internet te zetten, voor de wachtenden onder jullie: excuus!Mijn laatste 2 weken bij de nomaden heb ik door omstandigheden bij een andere familie doorgebracht. Helemaal geweldig was dat! Super lieve en warme mensen die op elk gebied het beste met je voor hebben. Aan het eten van schapenvlees en dergelijke ben ik helemaal gewend geraakt. Ik vind het zelfs heerlijk! Nog een keer vreselijk gelachen: op een middag kregen we als lunch een bord berse groentes en een aantal stukjes vlees met iets felgeels er aan. Maar ja, de taal is lastig dus wat t precies wist ik niet. De groentes waren heerlijk en de stukjes vlees wat te taai voor mij dus die liet ik liggen. Het gele gedeelte aan de stukjes vlees leken op gekookt ei-geel maar was verder wel lekker en toch vrij smakeloos. Dus dat heb ik helemaal opgegeten. Later komt de opa naar me toe om te laten zien wat het was.. Paarden maag en het gele was t vet aan de binnenkant van de maagwand! Hahahahaha, en ik vond het nog lekker ook! Zo zie je maar dat je je grenzen verlegd! Ik woonde in een ger die in een groepje stond met nog 3 andere gers. Allemaal familie van elkaar maar aparte gezinnen. Mijn gezin bestond uit vader, moeder en twee kinderen, een meisje van 2,5 en een jongetje van twee maanden. In de andere gers woonden tantes en ooms met kinderen en de opa en oma. Het is zo mooi om te zien dat de ouders allemaal het dagelijksleven draaiende houden en oma al het "kroost" onder haar hoede heeft. Het dagelijks leven bestond bij deze familie uit ochtends eerst het melken van de ...

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Laatste 2 weken in Mongolie bij de nomaden.
Laatste 2 weken in Mongolie bij de nomaden.

12 October: Día de las Culturas   (published in Costa Rica)

October 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

In the Americas, 12 October is celebrated as Columbus Day, generally honoring the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the "New World." While it is a day that some happily celebrate, others view it with disdain. Indeed, it was an enormous achievement for Europeans, in that surviving the long and treacherous journey across the Atlantic had once seemed impossible. However, a victory for Europe meant a loss for indigenous Americans, as the conquering of the New World came with the cost of the lives and traditions of the local natives.  Through disease, warfare, and enslavement (among other techniques), the Spanish constructed new colonies while simultaneously destroying the already existing indigenous cultures and communities.  The result was the integration of indigenous and Spanish culture which has evolved over the centuries into modern day Latin America.

Instead of celebrating the arrival of the Spanish to the New World, on 12 October, Costa Rica celebrates the variety of cultures that make the nation what it is--a blend of Spanish and indigenous tradition.  Despite its name, Costa Rica or "Rich Coast," Costa Rica was seen as the "poorest and most miserable nation in all of America," during Spanish colonialism.  This was a result of the nation's lack of resources such as gold and silver, as well as embargos prohibiting trade with neighboring Panama, and its distance from the capital of the Spanish Empire in Guatemala.  Furthermore, the majority of the indigenous population was killed during the inquisition, making forced labor or "encomiendas" difficult.  As a result, Spanish colonists were forced to work their own land.  The majority of colonists settled in the Central Valley where the high altitude, fertile volcanic soil, and ...

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12 October: Día de las Culturas
12 October: Día de las Culturas

Short term specials all over the world - the lasting effects of your work   (published in Mexico)

October 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Thank you to all young highschool volunteers for your hard work during this last summer!

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Short term specials all over the world - the lasting effects of your work
Short term specials all over the world - the lasting effects of your work

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