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Volunteers helped raise fund for disabled chilren by making and selling crepes and fruit juices   (published in Vietnam)

September 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Having decided to join in a fundraiser event for the local disabled children organized by ACDC (Action to the Community Development Center) - our local partner - as a worthiwhile event, on Sunday nine volunteers working in different projects, a local volunteer and a house cook gathered in a volunteer house to prepare fruit juices and fry the crepes then brought them to sell at the event venue. We also set up a stall and decorate it and the stall attracted quite a lot of chilren, parents and youngsters. After the day all the crepes made were sold out and so were the juices; the amount of money raised is 750,000VND which can be used to buy 30 mooncakes (a traditional cake for the mid-autumn festival) for the disabled children in the upcoming special festival. This was much appreciated by the organizer and our volunteers also very much enjoyed the day. Let's have a look at the photos taken featuring our volunteers:

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Volunteers helped raise fund for disabled chilren by making and selling crepes and fruit juices
Volunteers helped raise fund for disabled chilren by making and selling crepes and fruit juices

Two Week Specials - Joseph Chou's volunteer story   (published in China)

September 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Monday: 24/06/2013


                Today was very relaxing. I think most of us know a bit of mandarin and are ready to take the Chinese classes to the next level, however, I think some of us are not taking the classes very seriously. I think that if any of us do not want to participate in the classes, they should maybe do something else and allow those who need it to concentrate and learn! I actually very much enjoyed the tour of the Chengdu Urban Planning Exhibition. It's interesting to see how the government has planned out the development of a city into a metropolis. My debate topic one year ago was about transportation infrastructure, so even though the tour about urban planning did not have much to do about business and law, I think it was pretty interesting. It may have seemed like I was not interested because I was not talking a lot, but I usually do not talk a lot when something is making me think and having my full attention. :)

                 I do not know how realistic the plans to completely open upChengduand have controlled urban sprawl with the ecological border will be, since most cities that plan to limit urban sprawl end up having to destroy the ecosystem they wanted to keep. In theUnited States, uncontrolled urban sprawl will usually lead to overcrowded cities and increased poverty, so it will be very important to control the growth ofChengduand make sure that it will not over grow and create more problems. Also, the videos and models about a futureChengdudo not seem to take into account the large but concentrated population. For example, the models only have a few people walking around, ...

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Two Week Specials - Joseph Chou's volunteer story
Two Week Specials - Joseph Chou's volunteer story

Chendu - The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu   (published in China)

September 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Photo by Alva Chien


Photo by randomix

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, lies in the hinterland of the Chengdu Plain, in central Sichuan. As one of China's famous historical and cultural cities, Chengdu enjoys rich tourist resources. This city has gained the eulogium by Li Bai, the poet immortal and Du Fu, the poet sage. With rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenic spots, Chengdu is a peaceful and prosperous city.

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Photo by Richy!

The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is located at the side of the Flower Washing Brook in the western suburbs of Chengdu. The cottage is the former residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet, Du Fu. In the year 759 A.D., at the age of 47, compelled by poverty and social upheaval, he moved from Gansu to the outskirts of Chengdu and built a thatched hut. During his stay of nearly four years, he composed more than 240 poems reflecting upon the misery of the people. It was renovated in the Ming and Qing dynasties and enlarged to its present scale in an expansive park, including a bamboo garden, several pavilions, and a number of bridges.

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Chendu - The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
Chendu - The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

Last 4th Group , 2 Weeks Special, Heredia Costa Rica   (published in Costa Rica)

September 9, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Thanks to our volunteers who were part of the 4th group at Heredia City. As you can see they were able to share many activities with the kids at the placement. Some activities were: help with the care of the children there, help with the little farm , create some drawing , share a small party with teh kids and more!.

Thanks to them for being here and for choosing Costa Rica!.

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Last 4th Group , 2 Weeks Special, Heredia Costa Rica
Last 4th Group , 2 Weeks Special, Heredia Costa Rica

Werk   (published in Bolivia)

September 9, 2013 by   Comments(0)

De strategie was, om zoveel mogelijk informatie te verschaffen en niet alles even makkelijk, dat hebben we overigens van internet geplukt. De idee erachter was dat zij hier niet zoveel mee zou kunnen en dit bleek juist. Ik heb vandaag een gedeelte van de presentatie gedaan, overigens op mijn manier (waar zij minder blij mee was zo te zien). het is goed ontvangen en woensdag rond ik dit af. Vandaag was er niet voldoende tijd meer.

Het enige lastige is nu dat ik vandaag erg aan het twijfelen ben gebracht. Er is n.l. een werkplek waar ze me graag wiilen hebben en dat is een huis voor jongeren met een persoonlijkheidsstoornis.

Nou er zullen wel mensen zijn die dit begrijpen. ik heb gezegd erover te willen denken en het deze week te laten weten. Maar het is heel verleidelijk, het is ook een kleiner geheel. Maar het voel tegelijkertijd het andere een beetje opgeven.

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