Welcome to My Trip Blog, if you are a member please sign in.
This day, i want to share with all my friends of this page , these photos of our volunteer Hanna Bruce. She is doing the care project at the Daycare Las Ovejitas, located in Nazareth, here in Liberia. She is doing an excellent at this place, and the children feel very with her working there. Projects Abroad donated soem material for the kids like: a ball , things to write, drawnd paint. Thanks to Hanna for doing a great job there.
This month of July our Animal Care centre is one of our busiest projects, 8 volunteers bringing together some of their harder work, making the centre work as a very well oiled machine! And like they say, the more the merrier!
This project is no easy thing, no stroll across the park, it demands a lot and attitude plays an important role here everyday, some may think dealing with animals may be easier than dealing with people, but it requires patience, kindness and understanding too.
The whole world may be taking place in London with the olympics right now, but here in the city of Guadalajara right now Poland, Scotland, USA, Canada and France join forces to make volunteer work a force to be reckoned with in our city! One great olympic volunteer work!
Congrats to all our volunteers collaborating at the Animal Centre for their amazing dedication and commitment to this project.
Now I have my own internet sorted, I thought I'd start this blog with a few insights into the revelatory things I've learnt in the past week and a half... firstly - in Africa, chocolate melts if you don’t' put it in the fridge. Groundbreaking, I know. I will see how the packet of goo is in a few hours maybe. Secondly, in Africa, time is a vague idea, a notion of something that everyone has lots of, so no one needs to hurry. Five minutes is probably about one hour, 9pm more like 10:30pm. I have never considered myself to be the most hurried and incessantly punctual of people, but at times I do struggle to just let go and accept that time is flexible, that no one will rush. Ever. Ever. Ever. (Unfortunately this I have in part learnt from working at the hospital too).
I have also learnt that mosquitoes will lure you into a false sense of security by refraining from biting you for an entire week, then when you're cocky enough to go away without antihistamine cream, they strike with a vengeance. ITCHY! If you only have cash on you and you run out of cash, you have no money left to buy things like food or a ride home – again, revelatory. Pringles may be called “Jacker” here, but it is still true that once you pop, you can’t stop.
Last weekend I went on safari with 7 other volunteers from Projects Abroad. We went to Selous and stayed at “Hippo Camp”. It was a fantastic weekend, with a boat safari on Friday night – lots of hippos and crocodiles, and a gorgeous sunset over the lake. The main driving safari was all day Saturday and we saw giraffes, more hippos and crocs, impala, monkeys, baboons, lions and elephants. Amazing! At one point the jeep was surrounded by lions, one or two were only a few feet away ...
Okay so this is take two of this post. I thought I had posted something earlier but turns out it didnt work. But anyway you just have to go with things. I learned that last night after getting very lost in a taxi trying to get from Thamel to Bungamati Village, in the pouring rain I might add. The taxi driver just kept saying "oh God, oh God..." and pulling over to ask directions. But in the end it worked out. Bungamati is where I am staying. It is a beautiful beautiful village in the country sort of near Patan and Lalitpur. It is so amazing here. I am totally in love with the country. Everything is so beautiful. Bungamati is a small town. The people are so nice! Wherever you go it is "namaste" "namaste" and lots of smiles. I much prefere it here to Kathmandu. But all of Nepal is wonderful. I am staying with a wonderful family and three other great volenteers; Sam and her daughter Ella, and Amadine. My host mothers name is Sarala. She is so nice! And she cooks the best food! I think I will gain a ton of wieght while i am here! It is so good!
I am working in the Bungamati Foundation Early Childhood Development Center. It is about a 7 minute walk from my home. Amadine is also stationed there which has been really great. Everyone at the Bungamati Foundation has been really great. Upon entering the Center on the first day we were greated with the traditional white scaves that were placed around our necks to honour us. The Centre is fairly new, it was just started in 2008. There has never been volenteers in this centre before so our role was somewhat unclear. But I think I have gathered it now. We are to do activities to benifit the childrens learning and help the innovate and impliment ideas to make the centre a better place for children. There is a lot to ...