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Nog één maand te gaan ....   (published in Ghana)

June 23, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Nog maar 30 nachtjes slapen en dan is het zover! Na zo lang aftellen, lijkt het nu toch opeens héél erg dichtbij te zijn en supersnel te gaan! Helaas is er de afgelopen dagen iets vreselijks tussen gekomen! Onze trouwste supporter, de meest enthousiaste en betrokken persoon heeft een ongeluk gehad; mijn schoonmoeder! Na een paar zeer kritieke dagen ligt zij nu in een diepe coma! En ook in deze situatie blijft alles kritiek! En hoe egoïstisch het ook voelt, je vraagt je direct af: “wat nu?”. Na ongeveer een week heb ik de situatie met man en schoonvader besproken. Beiden geven aan dat ik moet gaan. Ook de vriendinnen van mijn schoonmoeder zeggen allemaal dat ze zo enthousiast was en dat ze zou zeggen dat ik moest gaan! Ach, ze heeft zoveel kaartjes gemaakt en verkocht, zoveel knuffels gespaard, theepotten en kopjes gespaard om high-tea’s te kunnen verzorgen voor het goede doel! En nu dit … ik vind het vreselijk als ik er aan denk het niet meer met haar te kunnen delen. Niet meer te kunnen vertellen hoe het was, geen foto’s kunnen laten zien, ons niet uitzwaaien op Schiphol, niet ophalen! Ze zou het fantastisch vinden als we in Ghaneese kleding terug zouden komen en ze zou erbij zijn! Helaas …. Het blijft stormen in mijn hoofd! Ik hoop dat God me de wijsheid geeft in mijn besluit. En met die gedachte en de gedachte aan haar enthousiasme ga ik door met de voorbereidingen van de reis. Hoe moeilijk en hoe dubbel ook…

De visa zijn inmiddels rond! En eerlijk gezegd ging het best voorspoedig!  De medewerkers van de ambassade moesten wel hartelijk lachen om het feit dat Naomi en Rosanne voor vrijwilligerswerk naar Ghana willen. Maar zonder problemen hebben we allemaal een paar prachtige stempels in ons ...

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Nog één maand te gaan ....http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/dholstein/read/292717/nog-n-maand-te-gaan-
Nog één maand te gaan ....
 

Min sidste uge i Ghana..   (published in Ghana)

June 23, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Sidste weekend var Stine og jeg i Accra. Vi boede på et hotel fyldt med hash rygende rastas. Det var så slemt at vi blev nødt til at spise morgenmad på værelset, fordi de sad og røg os op i hovedet. Og øl skulle der også til fra morgenstunden. Men de var alle ganske flinke – dog lidt træls de HELE tiden skulle hen og snakke med os… I Accra tullede vi bare lidt rundt og kiggede. Vi var også i et Mall. Vi var helt ”WOW” da vi kom derind. Der var rigtige kølediske, danske smørkager og salat i poser. Vi har ikke set noget der bare en smule ligner et dansk supermarked i 3 måneder så det var vildt! Derefter var vi i noget der hedder Accra Mall. Det er et center med en masse butikker alla Skalborg storcenter eller Bruuns. Det var så fedt at vi tog derhen igen dagen efter også! I Accra fik vi også RIGTIG Pizza og RIGTIG Burger og RIGTIG Italiensk is. Det var en god weekend!

Da vi kom hjem fra Accra startede min sidste uge i Ghana. Det er helt ufatteligt så hurtigt tiden er gået, og at man allerede nu skal til at sige farvel til alt og alle. Mandag sagde jeg farvel til Leprosy Camp. Tirsdag var det min sidste Quiz night hvor der skulle siges farvel til det fantastiske Projects Abroad staff. Der har været mange sjove stunder til Quiz night, dirty day og hvornår vi ellers har mødtes.

Onsdag aften tog Stine og jeg hen på børnehjemmet hvor vi skulle overnatte til torsdag. Det var en helt vild oplevelse. Om aftenen var der lights off så vi sad med de mindste børn ude i hall’en med stearinlys og hyggede. Omkring kl. 9 var der sengetid og Stine og jeg smuttede også i seng. Vi sov inde ...

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Min sidste uge i Ghana..http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/nstubkjaer/read/292705/min-sidste-uge-i-ghana
Min sidste uge i Ghana..
 

Last Blog Entry - Leaving Tomorrow   (published in Nepal)

June 22, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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I've been here for two months and I've heard a similar question asked by both family and friends, back in Canada and here in Nepal: Are you sad that you're leaving?

My answer is: No. I've come to Nepal and experienced so much... It's mind boggling to think about at times - how time can seem to fly by, yet when you look back on it there are so many memories and people there. But my experience ends with a period. While some volunteers leave friends and students behind, I've seen many other volunteers off to head back to their own countries - and I ended my teaching experience with staging a play (a play a flippin worked our butts off over!). So all in all everything feels complete. I feel fulfilled, like I had the experience that I needed to have coming here, and now it's time to return. Time to return to my country, my home, my family, my friends, and my studies.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I came here. I knew that I wanted to help people. I knew that I wanted to learn from the culture. It took some getting used to of course, and I got ripped off by Nepali merchants quite badly my first few days here (still the worst part of Nepal). But as I got to know my students, and especially the other volunteers who were staying here with me, I began to come into my own and really learn from not only the Nepali people, but from these other grand human beings from every area of the globe!

Out of all the things I had expected to find in Nepal, a family wasn't one of them. Yet that's what we became, a group that every one of us held a key part of. A combination of cautious, abrupt, curious, clever people that each had something else to bring to the group.

In addition to the hours and hours we spent talking and pondering together, we also had some really great times, and ...

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Last Blog Entry - Leaving Tomorrowhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/jcharlton2/read/292656/last-blog-entry-leaving-tomorrow
Last Blog Entry - Leaving Tomorrow
 

Putting on a Play   (published in Nepal)

June 22, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Over the past three weeks I have been preparing to put on a play with the students at William Clark Memorial School. Why haven't I posted this until now? Well I suppose the easy answer is that it's been a long process building from the ground up. Small breakthroughs were made along the way and finally at the end I was able to sit back and see what my students had acomplished. And I must say that I'm proud.

The children here have had next to no experience with drama except for another volunteer a year ago coming and putting on a play as well. This proved to be the biggest challenge: I wanted them to be able to accomplish something grea (put on a play) yet we were literally doing it from the ground up. So all this time that we spent directing a play I also had to teach them the fundamentals of acting. Tough stuff, but we pulled through.

We did a short 30 minute performance of Dracula, by Bram Stoker. The twist was that instead of crusifix's and garlic that wards off Dracula is cleanliness and hygiene. We made this modification because the biggest issue for the children in Nepal right now is learning to wash and take care of themselves. And so, everyone in the play that can be bitten by Dracula is someone who hasn't cleaned themselves!

Another challenge I faced was brought on by one of my own decisions - to perform the play in Nepali. Since the message of the play was for the students (the younger students) it had to be done in their own language so everyone could understand. So after translating the play with with help of Bibek (our volunteer coordinator) we began rehearsals. To sum up the experience, directing a play in a language you do not understand is quite interesting!

Yesterday was their performance as well as my final day in Bungmati. Here's is our audience ...

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Putting on a Playhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/jcharlton2/read/292640/putting-on-a-play
Putting on a Play
 

Countdown has begun: 13 days to go   (published in Ecuador)

June 21, 2013 by   Comments(3)

The preparation for the trip has begun! We received a lot of craft and art stuff for our project. We are going to help on a nursery school in Puerto Baquerizo on San Cristobal on the Galapogos. Our girls, Tanne (14 years old) and Ima (12 years old) are also very eager and can't wait. Still one week work and school. Wednesday the 3rd of July we will fly to Quito. The next day we will arrive on San Cristobal.

 

See you soon.

David - Manou - Tanne - Ima

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Countdown has begun: 13 days to gohttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/mhebben/read/292586/countdown-has-begun-13-days-to-go
Countdown has begun: 13 days to go
 

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