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How to spend your free time in Chisinau   (published in Moldova)

October 24, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Today begins the Festival of Russian Film in 4 districts of Moldova: Balti, Chisinau, Comrat, Cahul. In the program are 15 Russian films.  The official opening of the Festival "Meeting with Russia" will take place on October 24, within Patria cinema-Râşcani. Presentation of movies and documentaries will be held on October 25-29 at Patria-Multiplex The celebration of 40 years anniversary of the "Dimitrie Cantemir" film will be held on October 26 at Patria -Loteanu.   On  27, 28, 29 October 2014 at ODEON cinema from Chisinau will take place the Festival of  Student Film "Debut", screenings.   Time: 18:00. PROGRAM of the festival:  MONDAY,   October 27, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. "Menagerie" by Radu Zaporojan (38 min.) (Film License). 'Lord' of Bozianu Constantin (14 min.) (Film of Year I). "The Nobody" by Dumitru Baciu (35min.).(Film License). «Carp E Diem» Cristian Madan (16min)  (Movie of Year I) ."Vis-a-vis the Rhinos" by Alexander Banari (22 min.) (Film License). "Room 113" by John Bobeică (6min) (Film of Year II). "Izzy Izvne» Calin Laur (15 min.) (Film of Year I). "Uncertainties Minor" by Dumitru Tonu (20min).(Film License). «Fox» by Alexandru Pascal (4 min) (Film Year II). TUESDAY,  October 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. "I'm happier Gypsy" by Sergiu Sili (38 min.) (Film License). "2.3, 5.1" Victor  Gălușcă(14min) (Film of Year II). "Stray dogs" by Gregory Olednic (22min.) (Film License). "Grandfather" by Dumitru Tcaci (13 min.) (Movie of Year I). "I've been to Paris" by Catalin Virschii (18min.) (Film License). "Oh Liduţa, Ba Veruţa ...» Teodor ...

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How to spend your free time in Chisinau
How to spend your free time in Chisinau

Halloween Party - events in Chisinau   (published in Moldova)

October 24, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Halloween Party - events in Chisinau
Halloween Party - events in Chisinau

A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing   (published in Morocco)

October 24, 2014 by   Comments(1)

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My final week in Morocco is almost up, and I must say that this has been one of the best volunteer trips that I have done.  Everything came together so nicely- the staff, the other volunteers, the host family (especially the host family), and even though there were some hiccups, the placement really ended on a nice note (more on that in a second).

In terms of eventfulness, my final week hasn't been too exciting (but that is something of a trend with my volunteer trips).  Nizah caught my cold, and I have been hoping that she doesn't re-introduce some of the germs back to me.  Actually, I still have some congestion and coughing, but as I have finished all of my meds this past Sunday, there's not a whole that I can do.  But she went to the doctor and he said everything was fine, it was nothing serious, and in terms of re-introducing germs, she has been very good about covering her mouth when she coughs and sneezes.

The star of the week had to have been what happened at placement (which is apparently called ARDES, standing for something like the Association Something Cool that Starts with R for Social and Economic Development).  We recorded the video on Tuesday, and the students seemed to enjoy it.  The director, Nabi, did a really good job working the camera and composing the shots.  One lady, Nadia, who doesn't speak a word of English, worked the audio recorder, and she did forget to record a few scenes.  But honestly, I can't blame her- I have that problem sometimes with my recorder (it's a wonderful device, but it is so easy to slip up and not record).  The acting was, well, terrible because we had to write the script in English in class.  I have no sympathy here and I accept no excuse: they had two weeks to come up ...

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A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing
A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing

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)

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