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Final 2 week specials in the Hills   (published in Ghana)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

We have welcomed a total of seven groups to the Hills since the middle of June, and are about to bid farewell to the final group.  The group travelled down to Cape Coast this weekend to join the 2 weekers that are based there already, making a total of 38 for the weekend excursions.  After a visit to the castle and some relaxation time at Elmina beach on Saturday, the day was rounded off with a drumming and acrobatic display by some local musicians.  The following day we went to Kakum National park to do the canopy walkway.

 

Cape Coast Castle Relaxing by the pool at Elmina Beach

It’s been a very busy few months, but in the short amount of time they were here, each of the groups have made a valid contribution to the local communities in which they were staying.  A total of 5 school buildings have been plastered and painted, and 2 village mud houses also plastered and painted.  This is in addition to the work of our regular building volunteers, who after building and finishing the classrooms for the Mt Zion school in Tinkong, went on to build a classroom for the nursery class in Kokoom village, and have now moved to a new village to begin the construction of a school.  So thanks to all these volunteers, many of the buildings in this region have had a much-needed facelift.

            

Dani Moubayed (USA) getting stuck in! Lucie Longueville and Agathe Cardinaud (France)

Ryan McAleer and Antonia Hoxha (UK)

 

By Anne Buglass

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Final 2 week specials in the Hills
 

Goodbye to the second 2 week-special group!   (published in Mexico)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Another week has passed and the conservation camp is really quiet right now! The departure of the second group of the 2 week special programme has left a big empty space!

Thanks for your contribution to the development of the biological station and the conservation world in general. One might think there has been no important impact but believe me, your help as been amazing!

Goodbye to all of you and we hope you are doing great back home!!!Hope to see you all really soon!

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Goodbye to the second 2 week-special group!
 

Mawala Sports Meet   (published in Sri Lanka)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Last week a couple of our superstar volunteers organised a sports meet for the older children at Mawala school, near Wadduwa. Yvonne Van Persie used funds she had raised in Holland to organise a morning sports event. She also donated all the equipment to the school after the day was done. With Laura Hunt’s help, they arranged a really fun sports meet!

Volleyball, soccer, sack races, relays, bowling and badminton were all on the programme. Each of the ten teams wore a different coloured ribbon on their wrists and rotated around the circuit. One volunteer was assigned as team captain for each group and another volunteer supervised each activity to make sure everyone was being a good sport!

At half time, we ate some buns, bananas and flavoured milk packets to replenish all the energy lost running! Then came the final event, the relays… Every team sought victory so the competition was fierce. By midday, the results were in and Yvonne and Laura announced the winners and gave out chocolate prizes to the runners up. The winning team captain, Arnaud, was thrilled with his team’s efforts!

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Mawala Sports Meet
 

The best time in my life (By Carl Magnus Everitt-Diving Project)   (published in Cambodia)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

My time in Cambodia!

I joined the marine conservation project in Cambodia for 2 months, 1 June – 28 July 2010. I can happily say that it was 2 of the best months in my life. It was an experience way out of my normal life which really gave me prospective on things. I got to know a totally different culture, I learned  how to dive, I explored the jungle searching for orchids and I thought English to young happy children.

When I left Sweden I wasn’t  sure what too expect. I had read that it was best to travel with an open mind and just be open for anything, not expect too much, so thats what I did. So I was totally exited too find out what I given myself into when I stepped of the airport in Phnom Penh.

I got picked up straight away from the airport by one of Projects-Abroads staff.  He drove me to the apartments where he introduced me to Ben, another volunteer from the US, who also just had arrived. We spend 2 days in Phnom Penh getting to know the place by foot before we took the bus down to Sihanoukvill.

Down in Sihanoukvill one other worker from Projects-Abroad, Janey, picked us up and took us by boat to the Island. From the first minute I stepped my foot on the Island I loved it. The atmosphere was so friendly and relaxed. Janey introduced me to my 2 roommates who sat in the hammocks outside my bungalow when I first met them. We had 4 hammocks on our porch which was a really good place to chill out.

In the coming two weeks me, Ben and Lynn, another volunteer, learn how to dive.    We had some bad luck with weather and that the villagers accidentally sank a boat so the course took a little bit longer than usual. Instead I got involved with  teaching the kids English. It was really fun, the kids where so ...

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The best time in my life (By Carl Magnus Everitt-Diving Project)
 

Sarah's Sri Lankan Awakening   (published in Sri Lanka)

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Having been in Sri Lanka for just over a week, I found that life in this new country was beginning to feel normal. Despite the significant differences between daily activities here and in my home country Canada, I have developed a general Sri Lankan routine and am content with it. However, it was my second Saturday in the country and my Montessori field trip, that gave me the opportunity to get a sense of the character of the Sri Lankan people.This experience and the insight that came with it, made my trip into more than just a new routine; it became a window through which I could observe the generosity, the focus on family and the sense of community of a remarkable culture.

 

 

                              Climbing onto the bus at 8.00 am, I quickly realized that in Sri Lanka, field trips are for the whole family. The bus was overflowing, not only with the students at the Montessori daycare where I was volunteering, but with their mothers, fathers and siblings as well. Altogether, there were more than fifty of us squeezed into a bus intended to hold far fewer people, I shared my seat with a family of three.

                             With this assortment of people,the atmosphere on the bus was warm and friendly.Someone had brought a drum along and an energetic group was singing songs in Sinhala, moving gleefully to the beat despite being packed into the aisle of the bus.Most of the passengers joined in the singing-they all knew the words to everything. I participated ...

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Sarah's Sri Lankan Awakening
 

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