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Wow, ich bin gerade so vollgefressen deshalb müde aber auch zufrieden. Das Wochenende war wirklich faul! Gestern haben wir (nach einem Vormittag im Bett) mit den anderen essend im Falcha und redend im Hotel verbracht. Es war der letzte Tag von zwei Holländerinnen und wir hatten auf jeden Fall nochmal viel Spaß zusammen, doch der Abschied war trotzdem traurig... Unsere Gasteltern waren unterdessen mit der Congresss – Partei (das sind die Demokraten) unterwegs. Man merkt wirklich dass der Wahltag immer näher rückt. Gestern war der letzte Tag an dem man etwas veröffentlichen durfte und auf allen Straßen waren deshalb Demonstrationen, Sitzstreiks oder jubelnde Motorradfahrer. Komischerweise sieht man immer am meisten Kommunisten obwohl angeblich doch die Demokraten am meisten Zuspruch im Land finden... Naja, wir werden sehen. Hier wird auf jeden Fall noch viel aktiver Wahlkampf gemacht und fast alle beteiligen sich. Man sieht überall Fahnen und Plakate und natürlich streikt das ganze Land seit einer Woche. Wir müssen uns von allem aus Sicherheitsgründen fernhalten. Das nervt zwar ein bisschen weil ich keine Lust habe bis Donnerstag nicht ins Krankenhaus zu dürfen, aber ich verstehe es natürlich auch.
Um fünf sind wir mit Mina noch zu einem Bazar gelaufen. Das war wie eine Mischung aus Flohmarkt und Wochenmarkt. Man sieht keine Touristen und es wimmelt nur so von geschäftigen Nepalesen. Richtig interessant und irgendwie auch lustig. Mina hat uns dann noch etwas zum Essen gekauft. Es war eine Mischung aus Reischips, Gewürzen und Chili die wir zu dritt ganz nepalesisch mit einem kleinen Stück Pappe aus einer leeren Chips tüte gelöffelt haben. Es war zwar schon scharf ...
Hello! Told you I would completely forget to do this again! I seem to be getting into some sort of routine here which, put simply, involves me doing my sport coaching during the week, go out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and drift in and out of consciousness on Sunday due to severe fatigue (which is what I am doing now!) sadly this lifestyle has some negative aspects, I am losing money faster than a Californian pensioner in a casino. The cost of living is cheaper here but when you go out 3-4 times a week for 5 weeks it seems to vanish. Also I missed the Belgrano game on the Sunday due to sleeping in. Apart from that, it's pretty awesome! Whoever claims that in there gap year they 'found themselves' or 'became one with themselves' is bullshitting to the highest level. This place is a 24 hour Spanish class with memory blackouts from 1 am - 7 am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The real achievement is that I've never lost my wallet, keys or phone! I do remember several things that happened over the last couple of weeks though! The first thing I'm going to say is that my respect for Argentinians has increased because, walking down the street about 10 days ago I saw a beggar with no right hand and no lower right leg in army kit on the floor. I decided to ask him how he got his injuries and he said the Falklands. He then asked me where I was from and I just blurted out England, he then looked at me and shook my hand and I was pretty confused as I have received some anti- English insults from some people and this guy who we injured shook my hand! He then proceeded to tell me that a grenade exploded in the bunker he was in on East Falkland and when the British soldiers charged into the bunker and saw him lying there, one of the British medics came over to help ...
Alida Plat (30) from Holland decided to take some months off from work to volunteer through Projects Abroad in order to experience “the real life”. She chose a care project in Senegal where she took care of the street children- known as Talibes.
Anne-Marie was placed at the ASF Care Centre, a place where street children come to benefit from Projects- Abroad volunteers assistance. “The centre always needs volunteers’ presence because we take care of the talibes and we teach them” says Anne-Marie.
She chose to focus on healthcare; she cleaned the wounds of the talibes at the centre as well as at the Daaras (the place where the talibes live and learn the Koran). She was also involved in hygienic activities. Once a week, Anne-Marie would also hand out “gouter”- together with the other Care volunteers.
The “gouter” which is a little snack that consists of a piece of bread with chocolate and juice will be replaced by a proper meal (rice and meat) with fruits and yogurt by Anne-Marie. “At the centre, you are really responsible and you can take your own initiatives”. That initiative, well appreciated by the community, was achieved thanks to the money she collected before her trip at her workplaces, TVG and FC Volendam, a sport club where she works on weekends. So the children received new clothes and a real lunch once a week during her stay. “I hope it will still be possible to do it at least once a month because it is important not to always give the same thing to the children.”
Something she really appreciates about Senegal and its population is their smiles on the streets, their warmth and their happiness. Anne-Marie believed that she learnt some important values such as patience and she also ...
“I always wanted to travel to Africa and help children,” says Quirina D'haeseleir (20), “and nobody can understand Africa without seeing it.” She chose to volunteer through Projects Abroad at a Care placement for two months in Senegal.
Quirina’s placement was at the ASF Care Centre. The centre is a place where the talibes (street children) can come to benefit from the assistance of the volunteers who teach them and clean their wounds.
At the centre, Quirina was involved in healthcare; she cleaned the wounds of the tailbes at the centre and was also involved in hygienic activities, such as dirty days at the Daaras (the place where the talibes live and learn the Koran). Once a week, she would also help with the preparation and distribution of the “gouter” to talibes. “Gouter” is a snack that consists of bread with chocolate and juice.
Quirina was really appreciated by the children who started calling her “Docteur Quirina” whenever they saw her. Thinking back on her volunteering time, she remembers many empowering moments, “One day I was at the market, a little boy came to me pointing at his foot and smiled. He wanted to thank me because I was the one who healed his wound. I will remember that all my life.”
Talking about the culture difference, Quirina says that she did not feel any difference as she was totally integrated in the Senegalese way of life and made friends everywhere! “Even at the Daaras where we went to clean the talibes wounds I had friends and the marabou (Koran teacher) said he was sad to see me leave but he hopes that I will come back soon.”
During her volunteering time, Quirina stayed with a local family that considers her as a full member. She attended many ...
We started at 7am and drove to Mamatumi for a mammal and bird census. Now that is has rained, there is more sources of water around the reserve for the animals, so the action at the waterhole was a little less today! Still we saw impalas, kudu, even a baboon came down to drink. And a terrapin waddled out of the water and off into the bush! We saw a lot of birds coming down to the waterhole to swim and drink on this warm morning.
After lunch, we drove to the lodge at the Limpopo River for crocodile census and to take a walk along the river to find where the crocodiles have moved to. So many amazing things to look at, otter tracks, crabs, colourful rocks, shells and birds and of course the crocodiles! On our way back to the camp, Tess spotted a big male leopard! It was really exciting because he walked slowly alongside the car for a long time. He was full and looking for a place to rest! He found the perfect place up a tree only a few metres away from the car!!!
We had a very good view of him! And on the way home we also saw some spring hares!
Thank you all so much for my perfect birthday on Sunday! A lovely dinner in the bush!
Svenja Willmes, 32 years old, Germany, 3 month stay