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Eerste paar dagen   (published in Tanzania)

July 4, 2013 by   Comments(4)

MAMBOOO

Nou jongens ik ben er! WAT een avontuur is dit, ik weet geen eens waar ik moet beginnen met schrijven... Er is zoveel gebeurt de afgelopen paar dagen dat het echt overweldigend is.

Me vlucht ging prima, 's nachts aangekomen bij mijn gastgezin, een groot huis met een bewaker en een soort werkster ( zijn net 15 jaar oud ongeveer en wonen achterin in een soort hutje ). De douche is koud, maar we hebben teminste stromend water, wat hier al heel zeldzaam is! En een normale WC, want de meeste wc's zijn een gat in de grond.

Dinsdag had ik mijn introductie met Amen, hij is een begeilder van Projects Arboad, hij kwam me ophalen thuis en zijn vervolgens naar de bus naar de school gegaan waar ik ga werken vanaf maandag, omdat het nu nog vakantie is. Dus met de lokale bus naar de school gegaan, Dalla-Dalla genaamd! Geweldig!! Als enig wit persoon in de bus te zitten en IEDEREEN kijkt je aan. Ik heb in deze 3 dagen nog geen een ander blank persoon gezien, met uitzondering van de andere vrijwilligers... Maar! De school zag er erg mooi uit, niet luxe maar wel schoon en licht. Ik ga les geven ( maar vooral spelen denk ik) aan 2-6 jaar oude kids, they are so cute!!!

Omdat de school nog dicht is zijn we daarna naar het weeshuis gegaan, het is een moslim weeshuis maar er lopen ook een paar kinderen... Toen ik door het hek ging viel echt me mond open, het is ZO arm daar, de kinderen zitten onder de geinfecteerde wonden en plekken... Vandaag was me 3e dag daar en ze komen steeds meer naar me toe en om me heen hangen... Ze zijn zo lief! Gister had ik ballonnen meegenomen, enkel de kleintjes bliezen ze op om mee te spelen, de rest van de kinderen pakte er zoveel mogelijk en stopte het onder hun bed... omdat ze simpelweg niks hebben.

Ook is er een baby van ...

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Eerste paar dagen
 

Wli Waterfalls Hohoe, Ghana   (published in Ghana)

July 4, 2013 by   Comments(1)

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Wli Waterfalls is located in the Volta region in the city of Hohoe, home to the highest waterfalls in west Africa and Ghana's highest mountain- mount Afadjato. A group of volunteers and I took a trip up there for the weekend to take in some of the sights and de- stress from our busy schedules in Accra. Saturday was the day we embarked on making our way to Hohoe as Sunday was scheduled to hike and enjoy the refreshing waterfalls. We left out fairly early and headed to one of the main bus stations in Accra, where we then boarded a comfortable bus taking us to the city Ho, from Ho we then boarded another bus which brought us into Hohoe. In Ghana the most economical efficient way of traveling to the Volta region is via road, although it was uncomfortable and congested it was the cheapest option we had. There was 11 of us in total, volunteering on various programs and for the most of us including myself it was the first time we had gotten the opportunity to travel around Ghana. 

The scenery traveling up to the Volta region was beautiful to say the least! Enroute we passed through many villages and green lands, with that I was exposed to real village life, from the weaving of Kente to the traditional African dancing and drumming. We travelled past monkey sanctuaries and so frequently saw children pumping water from communal water pumps and then steadily treading back with buckets of water on their heads.

Ghana is relatively flat land, this allowed the view from my window seat to be so vividly clear. Someday I would definitely like to give it a go of living in a village for about a week or two just to see how life would be in a new setting. Generally, the village people seemed so content with life and the village way of things. When we got off the mini bus ...

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Wli Waterfalls Hohoe, Ghana
 

Projects Abroad Senegal Microfinance Volunteer Project   (published in Senegal)

July 4, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Want to Know what its like to be a volunteer in our Microfinance office in Senegal? Have a look at this video with our Lovely Volunteers Laura S et Lena Guignier! Stay tuned for the French version with Lena Guignier.
Pour Les francophones la version en francais avec Lena sera Bientot disponible! Restez a l'ecoute :)
One Love!


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Projects Abroad Senegal Microfinance Volunteer Project
 

Human Rights Project June Overview (C/O Judy-Rose Cyster)   (published in South Africa)

July 4, 2013 by   Comments(0)

NUMBER OF INTERNS THIS MONTH: 23 + 7 two week special volunteers

SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECTS

Name: Ottery youth care and education centre

Description: Ottery Youth Care and Education Centre is a rehabilitation centre for male juvenile offenders who have committed petty crimes.

Schedule: Ottery is visited every Tuesday from 15:00 to 16:30.

Age of Youth: Between 10 -17

Number of Boys: The number of Boys we work with is 60.

18th June – We played an Ice Breaker  Game called ”Two Truths & a Lie”, in this game Everyone in the group had to think of three things to share about themselves - 2 must be true and 1 must be a lie.

When the  person has shared their three things, the rest of the group must decide which of the 3 is a lie.  Finally, the person indicates which one was the "lie".

This game was to develop communication skills with their peers and to see how truthful the boys were.

After the Ice-breaker we had a soccer match, the interns and the boys really enjoyed this.

Name: Vredelus

Description: Vredelus House is a secure care centre for young female offenders located in Elsie’s River.

Schedule: Vredelus is visited every Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:30.

Age of Youth: Between 10 -18

Number of Females: The number of females we work with often varies from 50 – 70.

Description: Vredelus House is a secure care centre for young female offenders located in Elsie’s River.

Schedule: Vredelus is visited every Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:30.

Age of Youth: Between 10 -18

Number of Females: The number of females we work with often vary from 50 – 70.

12th June – We did a powerpoint presentation on alcohol abuse and its consequences. The females asked many questions and the interns used their personal ...

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Human Rights Project June Overview (C/O Judy-Rose Cyster)
 

My Trip Blog Round Up – June 2013   (published in Blog Round Up)

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Great Volunteers

“One thing I really recommend to anyone planning to come to Argentina is to embrace the spirit of the country and its inhabitants; you won't regret it and it will enrich your experience.” – A South African volunteer that experienced the Teaching Project.  

“…they welcomed me as a member of their family, and made me try all their typical food, the language and their activities.” – An Italian volunteer on experiencing the Jamaican culture and the joy of teaching the children at her placement.

  Two Week Specials

Two week Special volunteers in Senegal are making a significant impact in the lives of the Talibes (street children) by improving their Daara (house where they stay).

Dirty Days

Volunteers in Mexico spent their Dirty Day helping out Grandes Chicos, an orphanage in Guadalajara.

Photos of the Month

“The moment I feel that I have settled in, that I understand the just of how it works around the orphanage, a child does something to amaze me.” – A volunteer in Mongolia about her experiences with the children at her placement orphanage.

A volunteer at her Animal Care Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

Destination Information

The ‘Big 6’ is seen on Ghanaian money. Do you know who these men are and what they did? A volunteer in Ghana gets a history lesson by a local and learns about Ghana and its fascinating traditions.

Project Updates

The Building Project in Cape Town, South Africa has been gaining a lot of support by local government. The project as well as future building sites will now be operating in conjunction ...

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My Trip Blog Round Up – June 2013
 

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