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The Projects Abroad Cape Town Surf Project   (published in South Africa)

April 9, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Projects Abroad and the Kulu Manzi Surfing Foundation have partnered together to form a surf outreach project in Muizenberg. 

The partnership was formed primarily to bring otherwise expensive out of reach beach and ocean based sports and activities to underprivileged children living in violent communities.

The surf volunteers partake in the following weekly teaching schedule:

 Monday:        12pm – 1.30pm   | Ottery Care Centre

                       1.30pm – 2.30pm  | Practise own surfing and/or lunch break

                        2.30pm – 4.00pm | Village Heights children (Every second Monday, Arise and Hoop, a hula hoop foundation, comes to

                        teach the children how to hula hoop)

 Tuesday:       10am – 11am | Meeting at Projects Abroad office

                       11am – 1.30pm | Inductions and Training

                       1.30pm – 2.30pm | Practise own surfing and/or lunch break

                        2.30pm – 4.00pm |Prince George Primary School

 Wednesday:   12pm – 1.30pm | Ottery Care Centre

                        1.30pm – 2.30pm | Practise own surfing and/or lunch break

                         2.30pm ...

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The Projects Abroad Cape Town Surf Project
The Projects Abroad Cape Town Surf Project

So what REALLY goes on at the Projects Abroad SA Human Rights Office?   (published in South Africa)

April 9, 2013 by   Comments(0)

The bulk of the work undertaken at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Cape Town centres around legal service assistance.  As of February this year, though, volunteers can come to the office to focus specifically on social justice programs too.  Each volunteer is however encouraged to become involved in both legal services and social justice field work.      

An immense amount of research is conducted at the office every day.  Volunteers and interns are also able to participate in legal and social justice work out in the field, appearing in court and visiting clients in jail or visiting a variety of social centres in the area.

The Human Rights Project is run by a dynamic and pro-active team of staff.    

Maria Mulindi, Program Manager of the Human Rights Project, is the powerhouse who oversees everything that happens in the office as well as dealing with drop-in clients who mainly need help with refugee-related issues (certifications, appeals, etc.).  Maria also stages mock trials in Vrygrond, in which members of the community are taught everything from debating skills and general self-presentation to the court process and basic workings of the law.  The exercise, which is run in partnership with the Fit4work Fit4life organisation, is overseen by a prosecutor from the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court and sometimes takes place in the court itself. 

Miriam Macdonald is a paralegal staff member who runs two legal clinics every fortnight in Mannenberg  and Lavender Hill.  She visits St Anne’s and Sisters Inc. shelters for abused women and helps residents with issues such as women’s rights awareness, divorce settlements and childcare.  The second hour of each of her ...

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So what REALLY goes on at the Projects Abroad SA Human Rights Office?
So what REALLY goes on at the Projects Abroad SA Human Rights Office?

Giraffing me crazy - final part   (published in South Africa)

April 9, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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What’s better than waking up at 4am on your second last day in Kruger? Nothing! After staying up quite late drinking beers with the Ryan, Dustin and Clare while sitting around the fire when my alarm goes off I swear I just went to bed.

I begrudgingly get up, change and drag my bag up the bush track to the reception. 

The reason for our stupid o’clock wake-up call is that we have to drive back to Tremisana Lodge for our 4hr game walk.

Wes our guide is awfully chipper for this hour of the morning, there’s no coffee at reception well there is but it’s that instant malarkey stuff – no way I’m consuming that!

We pile into the open jeep as we have to drive to where we start the walk. Before we get going Wes asks if we want to see the Ingala again (the female lions and their cubs) – of course!

The awesome thing about a game drive on a private reserve is that we’re not limited to driving on the dirt roads – we drive to the dry river bed where the ingala have been hanging out for the last couple of days and they’re still there. One of the females is in some shrub feasting on a dead zebra carcass, the cubs who are only two months old are frolicking in the bush, they’re extremely cute and are so playful. We all want to take one home – Wes tells us that if we were to get out of the jeep (not that any of us do) the females would charge and kill us 1) because they have cubs and 2) because they have a kill.

I just admire them from where we’re sat which is about 5m from where they are – it’s truly amazing that we can get so close to them “here kitty, kitty!”

The jeep gets parked in some bushland and we're now on foot. We have Wes and Issac with us both carrying rifles - I ask ...

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Giraffing me crazy - final part
Giraffing me crazy - final part

Day 1   (published in Nepal)

April 9, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Day 1. Im Jane and have just Arrived in khatmandu to an amazing view of the Himalayas from the plane. I'm here to work for 3 months as a volunteer in chitwan teaching hospital. I'm a qualified nurse at home back in sunny Manchester. On arrival I was Welcomed by a member of projects abroad which took me forever to find because there was hundreds of people with signs all waiting to collect people. The heat hit me immediately. Short journey to the hotel however that was an experience in itself, although I had read the blog previously and heard the stories about how bad the roads were and the sheer amount of cars people and motorbikes just filling the streets I didn't actually expect what I saw. Numerous times I had to close my eyes as I'm sure we were going to crash amazingly so we didn't and arrived safe. The hotel staff were very welcoming and showed me to my room, basic but much better than I expected. Although I've only been here a few hours I know it's going to be a trip to remember.

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Day 1
Day 1

My Trip Blog Round Up - March 2013   (published in Blog Round Up)

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Top Photo

A medical volunteer in Sri Lanka saying emotional good-bye’s to her host family.

  Top Blogger

A volunteer in Ghana tells of her experience working in a hospital with babies and new mothers, as well as her new friend Samuel.

“This place feels like a home to me now, and I would not change a minute of this experience for the world.” – Maddie Sullivan about her time in Jamaica.

Kristine Prunskis tells of the experience that changed her life: volunteering in Peru.

  Dirty Days

Volunteers in Bolivia got together to paint a mural on the wall of Ciudadela Orphanage.

“If you do not know what V.C.A.O is, it is one of those goodhearted places that you do not see all that often anymore. It is a chance for the local waste picker child to go to school as much as they like.” – Volunteer Pernille Sonderskov speaks about her placement where they had a Dirty Day painting a classroom.

  Placement News

A Panda Project volunteers gives an insight into the difficulty in increasing the panda population.

The MSPN centre in Nepal takes care of HIV positive children under the age of 10 with help from Projects Abroad volunteers.


A volunteer in Mexico experiences Easter (Semana Santa -Holy Week) without any chocolate eggs.

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My Trip Blog Round Up - March 2013
My Trip Blog Round Up - March 2013

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