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My time with Khmer Projects   (published in Cambodia)

October 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Few months ago I came to one of the poorest countries in the world to volunteer, Cambodia. On my last day there, I felt really sad to be leaving. Now, instead of feeling home sick as usually people would do, I feel "Cambodia sick".  I miss it very much. 

I had a great project with Sython, my project coordinator, where I got to learn and experience the Cambodian culture. In my first day there, I visited the Killing Fields and S-21 prison where I met a Khmer Rouge survivor. It was impressive. Then, the next day, we visited the national museum and the royal palace which was very beautiful place full of art, architecture, and design. 

Then in my next week, I went to learn how to make shadow puppets. So I chose my own design and after four days, and with the help of the staff, I finished it. It's an easy skill to learn but it takes lot of precision and concentration.

Then, in the afternoon, I used to go to a Khmer language lesson and a royal traditional dance class. It was really nice to learn the language. It helped me communicate with the local people in the market or with tuk tuk drivers. Of course, I didn't get the accent right, so some people would laugh about it, and then I would laugh back. The dance class was very hard. I had a seven-year-old kid teach me. It was funny but hard to do because it requires you to be very fit. I also had the chance to learn one musical instrument, which was amazing. 

The next week, we went to Kampong Chhang village, where I was introduced to pottery. A very lovely lady welcomed me with her six-month-old baby. I tried to do few pots myself but I ended up breaking them. It's hard but very interesting skill to learn. The lady was also very happy when I was taking pictures of her baby and she asked me to ...

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My time with Khmer Projects
My time with Khmer Projects

Farewell saying   (published in Cambodia)

October 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

I first came to Cambodia as a volunteer through Projects Abroad in November 2011, working on a teaching programme, initially for three months. Before I came here I had read that the Cambodian people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and after quickly being able to form friendships with locals, both from within my workplace and from the local area to where I was living, I found this to be true. They seemed to take great delight in talking to me to enquire about issues such as where I had seen in Cambodia and what my expectations were for my time in the country. It was a pleasure getting to know so many people who were all keen to make my stay as pleasant and memorable as possible and to help me when possible. During this time, one of my highlights was a weekend trip to Siem Reap to visit the world famous Angkor temples. Accompanying me on this tour were some other volunteers working at the same school, and a local teacher from our work placement who was able to provide us with local knowledge which was greatly appreciated. Siem Reap is a place people simply must visit when in Cambodia, to enjoy walking around the different temples, seeing places of beauty, and appreciate the magnificent scenery. Bargaining for goods in the markets was a new experience for me, although I quickly became used to this and managed to gain some bargains. Some tuk-tuk and moto drivers can become tiresome after a while, as they ask you repeatedly whether you want a ride somewhere or where you are going. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times you say no thank you, they still keep asking! But bear in mind that this is their way of earning a living and are desperate for passengers to make some money. I was experiencing such a remarkable time living in Cambodia that the time soon ...

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Farewell saying
Farewell saying

Uge 6   (published in India)

October 17, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Så er min 6 uge i Madurai overstået og dermed er 3/4 dele af min tur ovre. Samtidig vil det også sige at jeg kun har 2 uger tilbage til at jeg vender snuden og forlader det store Indien og vender hjem igen til lille Danmark. ‚Ä®Dog ser jeg frem til denne hjemrejse og til at vende tilbage til mit normale liv i Danmark og forberede mig til at jeg starter på Københavns Universitet, samt at se alle de mennesker som jeg nu har været foruden i 7 uger. Uge 6 startede for mig fredag den 11 oktober, en meget kaotisk dag, hele ugen forinden havde vi talt med en rejsemægler som alle tideligere frivillige havde anbefalet til at arrangere vores tur til Kerala Backwaters, som ifølge guidebøgerene er en af de 3 største oplevelser i hele Indien. Torsdag aften havde den rejsemægler så sagt at han ville møde os om morgenen ved hospitalet inden at vores dag startede og her ville vi udfylde nogle papirer således at vi kunne få gruppens togbilletter, her modtog vi dog en SMS om at han ville møde os uden for hospitalet klokken 11.30, så vi gik ind til den operation som vi skulle overvære og ville så bare lige hurtigt hoppe ud og udfylde papirerne, men 10 minutter inden vi havde aftalt at mødes fik vi en ny SMS om at møde ham ved togstationen klokken 13.30. Derfor skrev Sean en bestemt besked, hvor han spurgte om det var tids nok, og vi fortsatte operationen. 13.15 sluttede vores dag derfor på hospitalet og vi steg nu ind i en rickshaw som skulle køre os til togstationen, på vejen fik vi dog en meget mærkelig besked om at rejsemægleren aldrig ville arbejde med os mere, grundet den tone som var blevet ført til ham, derfor ...

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Uge 6
Uge 6

Englischcamp   (published in Thailand)

October 17, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Nach zwei langen Arbeitstagen im Büro um alles für die nächsten anderthalb Wochen vorzubereiten, fingen wir am Mittwoch mit unserem Englischcamp an. Da  es sich hierbei um ein Feriencamp für die Kinder handelt, beschränkt sich der Englischunterricht auf eine Stunde am Morgen. Jeder Tag hat dabei ein Thema, nach dem sich vor allem der Unterricht, aber auch die anschließenden Projekte richten. In den vergangenen zwei Tagen behandelten wir demnach hauptsächlich die Stoffgebiete „Ich und meine Familie“ und „Gefühle“. Der Unterricht wird jeweils nur von zwei Freiwilligen gehalten, weshalb ich noch nicht unterrichten durfte. Ich bin am  Montag gemeinsam mit Hanna aus Norwegen für die Unterrichtsstunde zum Thema „Farben“ verantwortlich. Allerdings müssen wir trotzdem mit im Unterricht sitzen und den Kindern helfen, falls sie etwas nicht gleich verstehen. Die Kinder die in diesem Camp betreut werden sind hauptsächlich 8-12 Jahre alt. Da sie somit deutlich älter sind als die Kinder um die wir uns bisher gekümmert haben, ist auch ihr Englisch um einiges besser und sie verstehen Spielregeln und Bastelanleitungen um einiges schneller.  Nach einer halben Stunde Singen und Spielen und einer Stunde Unterricht teilen sich die Kinder in ihre drei Gruppen auf und beginnen der Reihe nach an den verschiedenen Projekten zu arbeiten. Dazu haben wir für jeden Tag drei verschiedene Bastelstationen vorbereitet. Die Kinder hier, egal ob Junge oder Mädchen, lieben es zu basteln und zu malen. Selbst wenn man ihnen nur eine Flasche und Farben gibt, freuen sie sich unglaublich darüber aus diesen Materialien Stiftebecher oder ähnliches zu basteln. ...

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My vision on Brasov by Melissa Melvin   (published in Romania)

October 17, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Brasov is a picturesque city rich both in culture and hospitality. Most people are friendly. It is  very easy to find someone willing to give you directions or other needed information.

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or this is your first time abroad Romania is a great place to be. Romania is said to be one of the friendliest countries in Eastern Europe the people of Brasov certainly live up to that maxim

Serving as a Projects Abroad volunteer gives you the chance to explore, to see and experience what life is like for the Romanian people, to make a lasting impression and a difference in the lives of those you meet along the way.

Working in a care project is a very rewarding experience. Though the days can be exhausting, you will come away looking forward to the next day. Chances are you will come to the end of your placement feeling like you have gained more than you have given and wishing you had more time.

The children at the foster home in Budila where I have had the opportunity to server are relatively well behaved and well cared for. Every day they are overjoyed to see us and are eager to begin the activities we have planned for the day.  They are content with simple things like play dough, balloons coloring, singing songs in English, and just sitting on your lap.

They are excited to learn and happy to teach you what they know. It can be a win win situation as you teach basic English and the kids teach you Romanian. There will be some laughter along the way which makes it fun for everyone.

The overtaxed care givers are grateful for the help in supervising the kids. Your investment in the lives of these abandoned children brings excitement, joy and a welcome change in routine to these children It also helps them learn and grow and gives them a ...

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My vision on Brasov by Melissa Melvin
My vision on Brasov by Melissa Melvin

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