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Hello - Almost time!   (published in Kenya)

June 21, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Hello Everyone,

My name is Jodie I am taking part in the Kenya - Conservation project at Soysambu for 4 weeks starting from 2nd September 2017. I am really excited and eager to get out there and make a start!

I am currently In the process of writing up the start of my travel journal, which I'm planning on using as a day to day diary whilst i am over in Kenya, making notes and enteries of my daily activities; sights, sounds and smells!

Trying to make sure I have everything organised and sorted ready for my adventure! Almost time for my vaccinations which I'm really nervous about! But will be worth it in the end!

I am also starting to feel a little nervous about going alone! It will be my first time travelling solo and for someone that is scared of flying is a big deal! I think it will help me develop and grow as an individual And I'm looking forward to pushing my personal boundaries and coming out of my comfort zone!

Animals have always been a passion of mine and this adventure is the trip of my dreams! I can't wait to make even the tiniest difference to some of the most beautiful species and being able to see them in the wild is an actual dream come true. I know I will be spending my time at Soysambu smiling from ear to ear!

I know that this journey will change my life on so many different levels and I can't wait to share the experience with like minded people!

Will keep my blog updated before, during and after my trip! Eek! So excited!


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Hello - Almost time!
Hello - Almost time!

Ik wil nog niet naar huis...   (published in Fiji)

June 21, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Nog een kleine 2 dagen tot ik het vliegtuig neem richting Nederland. Wat vliegt de tijd toch veel te snel voorbij. Ik heb nog lang niet alles hier in het project gedaan wat er te doen valt, ondanks dat ik hier 6 weken full-time bezig ben geweest. Elke dag hier is weer een nieuwe dag waarin ik nieuwe dingen doe en zie. Vandaag is de laatste vrijwilliger vertrokken die hier voor mij was. Dit is vreemd om te beseffen, maar ik realiseer me ook dat het leven doorgaat. Ik heb vrijwilligers gezien die hier te lang verbleven en er ongelukkig door worden. Ik hoop dat ik altijd positief terug zal kijken op mijn verblijf en dat ik verlang om weer naar Fiji te gaan.

Het duiken hier is werkelijk fantastisch. Ik heb nu 28 duiken voltooid, wat optelt tot ongeveer 15 uren onder water. Ik heb 2 duikcursussen en 2 haaienduiken gedaan. Ik heb opgeteld minstens 150 haaien gezien, van 5 verschillende soorten. Ik heb 2 roggen, van verschillende soorten, gezien. Je weet maar nooit wat de oceaan voor verassingen in petto heeft, want vandaag heb ik voor het eerst schildpadden gezien onder water. Ja, meervoud. Ik zag 2 groene zeeschildpadden, binnen 2 minuten van elkaar. Het zijn zulke mooie dieren. Het was mijn laatste duikdag, dus volgens mij was dit Fiji's manier van vaarwel zeggen.

Naast het duiken werken we ook in de mangroves, waarin jonge haaien en vele andere vissensoorten opgroeien. Het meeste werk gebeurt in de plantage op het terrein, waar we de stekjes onderhouden, maar soms trekken we er ook op uit om te planten. Mangrovewerk is niet altijd fijn maar wel voldoenend. We hebben bijvoorbeeld ruim 6000 mangroves geplant op een eilandje dat iets meer dan een jaar terug getroffen is door orkaan Winston: 

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Ik wil nog niet naar huis...
Ik wil nog niet naar huis...

Weekend in Siem Reap   (published in Cambodia)

June 20, 2017 by   Comments(2)

My first full weekend in Cambodia immediately was a very busy one. As monday was a public holiday (the H.K. Mother's Birthday if I'm not mistaken), we had some extra time to travel a bit further from Phnom Penh. Most of the other volunteers at our appartments had already made plans to visit Siem Reap during these 3 days and I gladly joined them. 

Our trip started on friday evening, as we were taking a night bus for the journey. This was a new experience for me, seeing a bus that was just filled up with beds instead of seats and I have to say that it turned out to be a rather good way of travelling. Lucky for me, I sleep quite easily, so I had a short but good rest and before I knew it we arrived in Siem Reap very early on saturday morning. 

Before lunch, and after a little bit of relaxing in the lobby of our hostel, a few of us decided to visit a silk farm close to the city. This is a place that is run by Artisans Angkor, a social business creating job opportunities for young people in rural areas, while reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. It was very interesting to see the whole process from silk worm to silk scarf and it was a totally free tour! So I really recommend this if you're looking for a short activity in the area. In the afternoon we had planned a boat trip to Kompong Phluk, a floating village near the edge of the big Tonle Sap lake. Due to the fact that the water level is very low at this time of the year, some of us (including me) were surprised to see that this wasn't an actual floating village, but rather a village that was constructed a few meters above the ground. It's very interesting to imagine that most of what we saw will be under water by October. So even if it wasn't quite what we expected, it gave us an idea about a very ...

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Weekend in Siem Reap
Weekend in Siem Reap

Training Muses   (published in Senegal)

June 19, 2017 by   Comments(0)


Welcom back to my blog. Aida and I resently follewed a training for our volunteer work in Senegal. This training included an excirse to get to know ourselfs better, a question hour, a powerpoint presentation about volunteer work in Africa and many tips that can improve your voluntering work at the project. Almost all the people that joint the training where going to work with children. And that is why they also zoomed in on the subject ''bonding with children". Because, the problem of this matter is that the children can get too tight with one of the volunteers wat can lead to psychological problems when the volunteers will leave the project. One of the tips was that you should not foccus on one or two kids, but that you distribute your attention over the whole group.

In the training we also practised a few cases. Example: Being left alone in front of a whole class on your first day. I signed up for this case and did quite a good job, I got the class to listen to me. What is already a good beginning.

Foundation Muses also got a training named "Wijzer met kids" what is all about the development of children in a developing country, bonding with vulnerable children and how to practical prepare a lesson or activity. We also want to follow this training because we think that it will improve our contribution at the project in Saint Louis.

Today we will be focusing on fundraising. Wish us goodluck and you will read from us soon.


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Training Muses
Training Muses

First blog post   (published in Senegal)

June 18, 2017 by   Comments(0)


I'm Seyna Diop and I am going to Senegal in November as a volunteer. To work at the general care project in Saint Louis. I will be staying here for 9 weeks. I signed up for this project with one of my closest friends, she is more like a sister to me. Both our dads come from Senegal and our mothers are from the Netherlands. We always wanted to do something for the street children (Talibe's) in Senegal. So we decided to go to Senegal, after our graduation from High-School, for 3 months, visit our famalies and work at a project of Projects Abroad.

Me and my friend Aida Meijer are both seventeen years old and I am turning eighteen at the end of our stay in Senegal. We always lived in the Netherlands and both visited Senegal a few times. We immediatly felt at home and were always sad to leave. Senegal is known for their hospitality (Teranga). They have a Beautiful culture and we are proud to be Senegalese. Living there for a few months is really number one on our bucket list. So we are very excited to join this amazing project and living with our family for 3 months.

Our urge to help the Talibe's originated at a very young age. We used to cry when we were little girls, when we saw children of our own age begging for food and money. Every time a child ran up towards us we wanted to give him/her money. But our parents told us why these kids were living on the streets.

A Talibe is a boy who study's the Koran at a Daara. This education is guided by a teacher, called a Marrabout. In most cases Talibe's leave there family to stay in the Daara. Some Marrabouts instead of teaching the Koran to the Talibe's, force them to go begging for money on the streets. They live under very bad and and dangerous circumstances. What can lead to diseases, injuries, death, ...

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First blog post
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