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Montagmittag, der 11. November   (published in Nepal)

November 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Das Wochenende war mal wieder wunderschön, intensiv und abenteuerlich. Samstagmorgen haben wir uns um halb zehn mit Jasmin und Joris vor dem Hotel getroffen und auf unseren Tourist Bus gewartet. Anna und ich haben uns Bananen und eine Kokosnuss gekauft und vor allem die Kokosnuss war so lecker und es war klasse das wir die ganze Busfahrt etwas zu knabbern hatten. Allgemein ist es mit einem Tourist Bus natürlich super angenehm und wir hatten eine entspannte Busfahrt. Nach circa zweieinhalb Stunden sind wir ausgestiegen und mussten nur noch den Berg hoch um nach Baratpur zu gelangen. Ein erstaunlich luxuriöses Taxi hat uns dann mitgenommen und nach zwanzig Minuten waren wir in unserem Hotel.

Der Ausblick ist wirklich fantastisch!! Man sieht wunderbar zu beiden Seiten ins Tal und alles ist schön grün. Einfach mal wieder ein schöner Punkt in Nepals Natur. Wir haben dann auch gleich das Dorf erkundet und das ist auch so wunderschön! Es erinnert mich von der Bauart ziemlich an Baktapur. Das heißt die Häuser sind aus rötlichem Ziegel erbaut, haben teilweise schöne Stuckverzierungen und am Anfang der Hauptstraße steht ein schön geschmückter Tempel. Der Hunger hat uns dann auch gleich in ein Restaurant getrieben und wir haben Karten spielend den Tag genossen. Oh, als Nachspeise habe ich einen Apfelkuchen gegessen, es war aber mehr eine Apfeltasche und so köstlich, ein echtes Highlight! Nachmittags sind wir weiter im Dorf herum gelaufen, haben den schönen Ausblick auf uns wirken lassen und uns am Ende fast in den Feldern verlaufen.

Um fünf Uhr (also genau als es langsam dämmerte) waren wir wieder im Dorf, haben uns ein Bier gegönnt und lachend unser freies Wochenende und die Umgebung ...

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Montagmittag, der 11. Novemberhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/franziska/read/314466/montagmittag-der-11-november
Montagmittag, der 11. November
 

Voices of the World China: Interview technique workshop - Laetitia Delmarche   (published in China)

November 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Second workshop of voices of the world with the interview as topic. There were five participants this time.  Before starting, the new girls introduced themselves a little bit.

All the participants are studying journalism, so they knew already a lot of things about the interview, and they already trained this skill, but with friends.

First we just l talked about what the girls already knew. After I gave them my experiences.

We talked a lot about the recorder: is it good to use a recorder or not. We were all agree that recording is good if we want to put good quotes or if we want to be sure of something, but it is not something we have to use systematically when we are writing. The best is using the memory.

The girls were very curious and asked me a lot of things. They were really interested in this topic.

After de discussion, it is time to practice a little bit. I asked the girls to prepare some questions. The idea was they have to write an article about Belgium and fortunately, there is a Belgian girl in their office. The practice time was quite nice and some questions were very interesting.

It was a very good  workshop and the girls are really participative. For a beginning, it is encouraging, and I think Voices of the World China has a good and beautiful future. 

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Voices of the World China: Interview technique workshop - Laetitia Delmarche
 

Min første uge i Ecuador :-)   (published in Ecuador)

November 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Så er min første uge i Ecuador gået, og jeg er efterhånden ved at falde lidt til her :-)Min værtsfamilie er rigtig søde og meget åbne, så det har ikke været svært at føle sig hjemme her selvom husene er meget anderledes (og lidt mere primitive) end hvad vi er vant til i Danmark. Familien er rigtig stor og de bor tæt på hinanden alle sammen, så ud over min egentlige værtsfamilie, har jeg 3 mødre og 2 fædre mere i familien som også ser mig som en del af deres familie og vi spiser også tit sammen med dem så det er som en stor værtsfamilie! Familie er rigtig omsorgfulde og interreserede i mig, så de spørger ind til alting og jeg bliver hele tiden spurgt om hvad jeg syntes om alt, det har været lidt svært at vænne sig til, f.eks. er jeg altid den første der skal sætte mig ned og spise inden de andre begynder (lidt underligt syntes jeg jo). Maden har heller ikke været svær at vænne sig til, det er meget det samme som vi spiser i Danmark, bare tilberedt lidt anderledes, og altid med ris til! Det eneste måltid der ikke er ris til er morgenmad, men der spiser de næsten ingenting (der bliver dog sørget for at jeg får det jeg gerne vil have) til gengæld spiser de rigtig meget til både frokost og aftensmad!

(Mig og mine værtsmødre - min "rigtige" værtsmor er hende længst til højre)

Den første dag jeg var her var en form for helligdag hvor de ære de døde, så der var jeg med min værtsfamilie på kirkegården for at tænde lys for dem de kendte. ...

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Min første uge i Ecuador :-)http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/shansen14/read/314421/min-frste-uge-i-ecuador-
Min første uge i Ecuador :-)
 

Utrecht University student spends three months at a Microfinance Project in Senegal   (published in Senegal)

November 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Strongly motivated to help people on a long term basis, Michelle Poirot (21) decided to volunteer through Projects Abroad for a three month stay at a Microfinance Project in Senegal. 

The Microfinance Project gives talibes (street children) a way out of poverty with small scale entrepreneurship; after receiving mathematics and business lessons, a talibe can receive a loan to set up a small business. According to Michelle, the Microfinance Project is a form of really sustainable help. “When you are here, you help, because they obtain a loan thanks to the money you give, and even when you are gone they will still have their business and earn money so your work just continues even when you are long gone.”

At her placement, Michelle gave mathematics and business lessons to beneficiaries so that they could learn how to run their businesses and make a profit. She was also involved in accounting; registering every reimbursement and updating financial reports as every beneficiary has to reimburse 5,000 CFA Franc every two weeks over 20 months. After receiving a loan, the beneficiaries also benefit from the assistance and advice of the Microfinance office through visits and meetings. “We have a weekly meeting with all the current beneficiaries to talk about the possible problems that they may encounter which is good because the beneficiaries learn from their experiences and give advice to each other,” said Michelle.

She recommends creativeness and perseverance and says that no matter how hard it might look, there is a solution to every problem. Her most rewarding experience was managing to finally find a good business for one of the beneficiaries. “He started with a food store, then tried selling books but it did not work out. With our help ...

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Utrecht University student spends three months at a Microfinance Project in Senegalhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/senegal-social-manager/read/314411/utrecht-university-student-spends-three-months-at-a-microfinance-project-in-senegal
Utrecht University student spends three months at a Microfinance Project in Senegal
 

Perfect End to a Perfect Day   (published in Botswana)

November 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

During the night, we finally had some rain! 13.9mm on the rain gauge! There was a lot of lightning and thunder. Most of us woke up to the sounds of the storm. Some said they didn’t hear a thing, which is crazy because the storm was so loud! But so cool! And despite the storm, the tents still stand!

At 7am, all 16 volunteers went with Tess and Dave to protect the baobab trees. We collected the sharp stones from the bush and placed them in rings around the trees. Later they will be cemented in. Hopefully, the elephants will find it uncomfortable to walk on this and it will minimise their utilisation of the trees.

Lunch was fish fingers!

In the afternoon, one group went on an elephant identification drive. We found a few different herds of elephants and managed to take pictures and identify a few. The bush is starting to become thicker and they camouflage so easily, it is getting difficult to identify them! Towards the end of the activity, we climbed a kopje and watched the sunset! Beautiful as always!

Dinner was lasagne and a cake (thanks Jane!). After dinner, one group went on a sleepout. I didn’t go this time but it was nice weather and a great mood so I am sure they had a lot of fun!

A perfect day once more!

 

Camilla Knudson, 23 years old, Denmark, 2 month stay

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Perfect End to a Perfect Dayhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/botswana-social-manager/read/314406/perfect-end-to-a-perfect-day
Perfect End to a Perfect Day
 

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