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Weekend 3   (published in Ghana)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Vanochtend heel vroeg zijn een aantal vrijwilligers vertrokken naar Kumasi, onder andere mijn roommate Jess. Ik was dus al wakker om half 6.. en dankzij de leuke buurt haan kon ik daarna niet weer in slaap komen.  

Ik had besloten om thuis te blijven dit weekend en samen met Stuart, Catharina, Larissa, Koari en Rebecca naar de Boti waterfalls te gaan.  

We vertrokken rond 9 uur van huis en na een half uur te hebben gewacht totdat omze tro vol zat waren we op weg naar de watervallen. Na drie kwartier rijden kwamen we aan bij de watervallen, hier bleek net als bijna kakum national park dat wij als buitenlandse vrijwilligers het dubbele moesten betalen van de ghanezen. Nadat je dan de 10 cedi had betaald werd er je ook nog eens een gids opgedrongen die 10 cedi kosten. Een gids had je helemaal niet nodig hadden we van andere vrijwilligers gehoord dus we besloten tot de verbazing van de gidsen om zonder gids te lopen. 

De watervallen hadden we zo gevonden afgaand op het geluid, omdat we er s ochtends waren was het super rustig en waren wij de enige bezoekers die voor de waterval stonden. De waterval was prachtig en het was er heel koel (wat een verademing was). Door jet neerkletterende water steeg een enorme wolk van kleine warerdruppels op die er voor zorg dat je helemaal nat werd maar gelijk ook afkoelde. Na de watervallen zijn we doorgelopen naar de umbrella rock, een enorme rots in de vorm van een paraplu. De tocht hierheen was wel zwaar en vooral heeeel erg warm!! We moesten er veel klimmen en over rotsen heen klauteren. Een echt pad was er niet. Uiteindelijk kwamen we badend in het zweet aan en het duurde een halfuur voordat we waren afgekoeld aar het was het waard! Je had prachtig uitzicht over het omliggende bos. We hebben daar zo'n 2 uur gezeten en ...

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Weekend 3
 

11/10   (published in Ghana)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Vannacht hadden we zware regenval, zo erg zelfs dat de stroom is uitgevallen. Het was dus een warme nacht zonder waaier.  

Vandaag gingen we met outreach naar een school/weeshuis op zo'n 30 minuten van Koforidua. Helaas hadden we te weinig handschoenen en penicilline zalf in de tas zitten wasrsoor we niet iedereen konden behandelen. De kleine wondjes maakte we daarom alleen schoon en plakten er een pleister overheen.  

Nadat we klaar waren hebben we nog een uur moeten wachten voordat de tro ons op kwam halen! Maar we konden wel voetballen en spelen met de kinderen die natuurlijk super enthousiast waren. Vooral mijn haar was erg interessant en werd door wel 5 verschillende meisjes ingevlochten. Het resultaat was helaas een enorme klittenboel.  

Weer terug in Koforidua ging ik even naar de office om mijn mail te checken en daarna naar huis om lekker te douchen. Inmiddels hadden mijn huisgenoten hun pakketjes uit Duitsland opgehaald van het postkantoor dus we hebben genoten van chocola en gummibeertjes :D Heerlijk!!

Helaas hadden we s avonds nog steeds geen stroom.. en toen het eten ook nog eens cooked jam bleek te zijn (wat we al 3 keer eerder hebben gehad deze week) werden we allemaal behoorlijk depressief. 

We besloten dus om naar 205 te gaan voor een drankje. Het werd een super gezellige avond met alle vrijwilligers en ook een paar uit the hills.  

Toen we thuiskwamen hadden we gelukkig weer stroom!! Om te vieren hebben we nog wat gummibeertjes gegeten haha.

Liefs Jacobien

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11/10
 

International Foods of the World Day   (published in Tanzania)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Normally we offer a Tanzanian Cooking Class social to our volunteers, but this month we decided to do things a little different. We asked our volunteers to cook food from their home country which was shared with all the volunteers and staff.

The shopping wasn't an easy task because some ingridents were difficult to find and rarely used here in Tanzania. I personally visited four grocery stores in the area before we were able to complete the shopping lists

Preparation and cooking was supposed to start at 1am on Thursday afternoon, October 10, however, the electricity in the neighborhood had been off since morning. Fortunately, the top burners on the oven are gas operated, but the inside of the oven, which is used for baking would not work without electicity. This meant that the Australians who were planning to make a Shepherd's Pie and the French volunteers who wanted to bake a dessert pie and a cake would not be able to participate.

The other issue was that the water system in Tanzania does not come from a central water supply. Each home/business has its own water tank which is normally placed on the ceiling of the building or the ground nearby. When the water tank becomes empty, the only way to refill it is to manually turn on a electrical switch for the water pump. No electricity = No water. Luckily, there are two outdoor water faucets within the office yard. So we spent the day going in and out of the office to fetch water for cooking, cleaning and flushing the toilet.

At the end of the day we had sampled traditional dishes from Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark Tanzania, and Italy. The Microfinance volunteers also got in on the action by hosting an outdoor auction of goods made by the women they support...primarily shoes, purses ...

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International Foods of the World Dayhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/tanzania-social-manager/read/310375/international-foods-of-the-world-day
International Foods of the World Day
 

Care Update written by Lindsey Brown   (published in Romania)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

After 4 weeks in Brasov, working with children at the foster homes, I would say that not knowing the language was the most frustrating aspect. It was however possible to build a relationship with the children and they always looked happy to see me. Some children knew some basic English words and most liked practice counting in English.

I found it quite difficult to get used to the fact that little value was attached to anything they made/colored/ cut out. Once some craft work was done, it tended to be discarded and they were keen to start a new activity. At the second foster home I worked at, the staff kept some of their handwork in their journal, or displayed in on the notice board, which I felt, was better.

‘Coloring’ was usually the request as soon as I arrived in the morning, so I made sure I always had crayons and coloring pads with me. I also tried to do something constructive each day – we made paper snakes, cutout crocodiles and created designs with Tangrams. The children also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles – Spiderman was favorite! We made bead bracelets, mosaic patterns and all the children liked to play hand clapping games.

I hope my visit has made a small difference, and won’t forget the smiles and hugs from the children.

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Care Update written by Lindsey Brownhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/romania-social-manager/read/310372/care-update-written-by-lindsey-brown
Care Update written by Lindsey Brown
 

Same same, but different (English version)   (published in Thailand)

October 15, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Article by Irene, Gitte, Ann Sabrine and Louise from Surat Thani Hospital, Thailand

We are four physical therapy students, who as a part of our education, chose to take an elective module in Thailand travelling with Projects Abroad. Here we ended up in SuratThani hospital, the physical therapy department.

This is a short look back on our 6 weeks stay in Thailand and 4 weeks in SuratThani hospital.

We found this saying; “Same same, but different” written on a lot of different tops and t-shirts in the small clothing and souvenir shops around Thailand, and we actually found this quite describingfor our 6 weeks stay here. Before even starting at the placement we had some supervisors from Projects abroad who guided us around town to see where we would be able to find shopping facilities, the police and tourist authorities and how to get around with tuktuk. Furthermore we had a lesson in Thai culture to get a brief introduction to what you do and what you don’t do when interacting with Thai people, together with recommendations of Thai food.

On our first day at the hospital we were all met with an open mind and got a thorough presentation and tour round at our workplace for the next 4 weeks. None of us knew any Thai language when we left Denmark, but we quickly learned some very basic terms in a short lesson of basic Thai. This meant that we were able to communicate a little bit with our patients verbally; however we figured that non-verbal language, body language and a smiling face could turn out useful, and it did.

 It soon came clear to us that physical therapy (PT) here in Thailand is very similar in many areas to what we know from school and practice in Denmark. We just discovered that the amount of training equipment available is considerably ...

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Same same, but different (English version)http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/thailand-social-manager/read/310353/same-same-but-different-english-version
Same same, but different (English version)
 

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