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Volunteering in Jamaica - contributed by Maureen Joel (Care Volunteer from United Kingdom)   (published in Jamaica)

July 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

When I retired I decided to do something interesting with my life and whilst searching the internet I found Projects Abroad. I chose Jamaica as I had spent many happy holidays there and also have close family ties with Jamaica. I was very lucky to have Mr. and Mrs. Stewart as my host family who welcomed me into their home as part of their family from the moment I arrived.  My original placement was at a school, but I found it too difficult to cope with the noise. As soon as I told Projects Abroad, they changed my placement to Hanbury Children’s Home where I worked in babyland, which I loved. In the United Kingdom, I help my sister look after her two young grandsons. At Hanbury, I assist with six (6) toddlers aged between one and three years old. They are very sweet and can be a bit of a handful. I help to dress them, change them, feed them, play with them and give them lots of kisses and cuddles. I will really miss them all when I leave.


There have been many highlights of my time in Jamaica, but the best one is when Mrs. Stewart drove me to Kingston National Stadium to see Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, and all the top American and Jamaican athletes. Also I saw Freddie McGregor in concert before the athletics started – he is a favourite artiste of mine. The stadium erupted when Usain Bolt ran and won the 200 metres. The atmosphere in the Stadium was electric. One of my most memorable days was the Dirty Day at Manchester Infirmary when most of the volunteers painted the building, but I and three others gave the elderly female residents a pedicure. We soaked and scrubbed their feet, cut their toenails and massaged cream into their feet and painted their toenails.  They were so proud of their newly painted toenails, that they ...

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Volunteering in Jamaica - contributed by Maureen Joel (Care Volunteer from United Kingdom)
Volunteering in Jamaica - contributed by Maureen Joel (Care Volunteer from United Kingdom)

A taste of Peru   (published in Peru)

July 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

In June 2010 I (Lieke) was the lucky one from the Projects Abroad office in The Netherlands who could visit our colleagues and projects in Peru. It was a short but beautiful and interesting trip which I will not forget. Before I tell you about my experience, I will introduce myself.

More than one year ago (in March 2009) I started my Job at Projects Abroad in The Netherlands. Although I sit behind my desk most of the time, I have not been bored for a single day. I have experience with volunteering myself in Romania and Moldova with several care projects and during my studies I have been in South America. This is very helpful when advising people who want to go abroad with us. At the beginning of this year I was happy to select one of our destinations for a visit. Peru was indeed my first choice but to be honest there is no destination which I would not like to visit.

On Saturday June 12th I left from Amsterdam and via Madrid and Lima I arrived in Cusco on Sunday morning. My colleague Ernesto was waiting at the airport with the famous Projects Abroad sign. Together we drove to Urubamba and immediately I could practice my Spanish. Luckily he also speak English because my Spanish is not fluent yet. The rest of the day I could relax after a 24 hour journey.

Urubamba is a pleasant village with one of those typical plazas where locals sit down and have a talk. So that's what I did and soon I was practising my Spanish again on my first day. Later the hotel owner gave me my first cup of coca tea with dried coca leaves (no, there are no drugs in coca tea!). This helps to get used to the height (and it is also used for other medical purposes). At night I already went to bed at half past six; due to the time difference my day had an extra zeven hours and that made me quite ...

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A taste of Peru
A taste of Peru

Expedition 3 - Washout   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

This weekend, along with my two new housemates, I headed south down the coast, to Galle and then on to Unawatuna.  The bus trip to Galle took a couple of hours. We waved the first bus by since people were already hanging out of the doors and we'd probably have had to stand on the back! On arrival, we found a cheap guest house and headed back out for lunch. Past the cricket ground, but no cricket, and into the new town. After lunch we checked the shops, brought some new clothes and some spices and enjoyed a walk along the new sea wall, constructed after the tsunami.Later on, we went top explore the old Dutch Fort. It is possible to walk right around the top of the ramparts, as well as enjoy the architecture on the inside. The old buildings were heavily damaged by the tsunami but are being repaired. We walked along the ramparts aiming to enjoy the sunset from the top of them. Sadly, just as the sky was turning red the rain clouds came in and so we got grey instead.Dinner involved listening to the locals watch football on a giant screen set up by the ramparts!

The next day we headed to Unawatuna - a rip off of a bus ride, 15Rs for about 5 mins. That costs 5Rs up here. The rest of the volunteers were there, so we settled in for a day of serious sun worshiping...ok, I had my book and my mp3 player, but still...Just as I'd finished applying the suncream the rain clouds came in, and they stayed all day. We did get a paddle in the sea when the rain eased off a bit, but after lunch we headed home disappointed.

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Expedition 3 - Washout
Expedition 3 - Washout

One of the best Italian restaurant in Phnom Penh   (published in Cambodia)

July 2, 2010 by   Comments(0)

We believe that most of tourism will want to taste a Khmer food when they are in this country. Meanwhile, some of them also look for the other interesting restaurant. It means that after tasting the Khmer food they also prefer to eat such as Mexician, Italian food in Phnom Penh.

Along the river side, if you observed carfully, you will see the small of Italian restaurant which call Pop Cafe, there are a lot of varities of food item and wine to choose and they provided us a good service. The charming of the restaurant has attracted some of our volunteer. For example, one of our volunteer who left today had spend her last night at the restaurant, she said she like Italian restaurant so much and she was happy to find it once in Cambodia. Therefore, before leaving she went there with some other volunteers. If you have time to visit in Phnom Penh and you like Italian food, we recommend you to serve it at Pep restaurant. It is amazing:-).



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One of the best Italian restaurant in Phnom Penh
One of the best Italian restaurant in Phnom Penh

Argentina - A Football-Loving Country   (published in Argentina)

July 2, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Football is a synonym for Argentinean. The passion awakened by this wonderful sport that reached the country back in 1840 on English ships can be breathed in the streets, bars and workplaces. Many of the immigrants who arrived on those boats settled down in these lands and founded colonies and colleges where the importance of physical education was encouraged. That is precisely the reason why Scottish professor, Alexander Watson Hutton, is considered the father of Argentinean football, because he fostered this sport so much.

In 1893, Hutton founded the Argentine Association Football League, which later incorporated the Amateur Association to give origin to the Argentine Football Amateur Association. During the same year, the local players started to become part of the teams that had only admitted English footballers so far. But this porteño sport was so popular that it was already being played in the streets and yards of the conventillos in the neighbourhoods of La Boca, Boedo and San Telmo.

It was not until 1899 that the first team of Argentinean footballers was created: Argentinos de Quilmes. This was officially the first Argentinean football club and ever since, football has become a national passion par excellence and it has been practiced by men and women of all ages in Argentina. Already in 1934, the organization called Asociación de Fútbol Argentino (AFA) - which stands for Argentinean Football Association in Spanish - was created. Some of the many best-known and most popular clubs are: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo.

The participation of Argentina in the World Cup had practically gone unnoticed until one man beyond compare made the difference. Diego Armando Maradona, a milestone that generates love ...

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Argentina - A Football-Loving Country
Argentina - A Football-Loving Country

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