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Trip to the Zoo with the Nutrirional Rehab Centre   (published in Nepal)

June 25, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Lea-Isabell Blaumer and Benny Yau are the 2 volunteers working at NRH right now. Today, they decided to take all the patients at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home and their carers to the zoo for a special treat.


Once everyone got squashed into the good old micro-bus, we headed off to Jawlikhel. We wandered round in the sun with all the children, looking at the rhinos, hippos, dear, monkeys, birds but unfortunately weren’t lukcy enough to see the Tiger.


Then, in true Nepali style, we had mountains of food; tastey snacks with potato curry and chura (beaten rice). We then joined together with another of our placements here, MSPN who were also on a trip to the zoo, for music and dancing!

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Trip to the Zoo with the Nutrirional Rehab Centre
Trip to the Zoo with the Nutrirional Rehab Centre

Asim's cowboy day and Canadian duets in Excelsior   (published in Nepal)

June 25, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Asim is a volunteers who has been in Nepal since mid May, working at a childrens' orthopaedic hospital out in Banepa. One day this week, he decided to go all a guitar, a leather cowboy hat and a funny looking coat...check out the photos!

When we met in Excelsior, Alex was giving Asim a guitar lesson and we discovered that Alex and Kate (both from Canada) sing great togethre! Unfortunately she was leaving the next morning, but we had a bit of a sing-along at the hotel before everyone headed to bed.

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Asim's cowboy day and Canadian duets in Excelsior
Asim's cowboy day and Canadian duets in Excelsior

The Opening ceremony of the first sky bridge in Cambodia   (published in Cambodia)

June 25, 2010 by   Comments(0)

On Thursday 24th June 2010, Cambodian country officially celebrated to opening of country's first sky highway bridge which was named Spean Akas Kbal Thnol in Phnom Penh.

That is the first time of Cambodia history to contruct a kind of sky bridge structure, the bridge is 308 meter long, 14,2 meter wide and 5.20 meter high, And its contrustion started to build on 27 May 2009 until 27 May 2010 which means that it took one year to build it and it cost 6.440.216 US dollars .

The main purpost of the bridge building is to ease traffic congetion in Phnom Penh. The goverment of Cambodia has annouced that there will be more road that we need to enlarge and more brige will be contructed for the sake of  public transportation means.

(Photo by Phnom Penh Post)

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The Opening ceremony of the first sky bridge in Cambodia
The Opening ceremony of the first sky bridge in Cambodia

Gynaecology Symposium   (published in Jamaica)

June 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Mandeville Regional Hospital; held their annual symposium on May 10th 2010 at the Golf View Hotel, Mandeville.

 The Symposium was captioned “Uterine Fibroids: Modern management of an old disease” and commenced at 4:40 pm with a preconference film festival.

 The chairperson, Dr Ying welcomed all guests and participants to the symposium which was well supported by health practioners and pharmaceutical sales agencies. The volunteers present were Rosie Sandell UK premedical volunteer, Nurse Stephanie Minshall UK volunteer, fourth year medical student Mikkel Kunwald Danish volunteer. Projects Abroad staff also participated in the conference; these were Rhoseen Davis (Project Officer – Teaching and Medicine) and Stefanie Geisler (Volunteer Liaison Officer).  

 The information dispensed served as an eye opener for our volunteers who were able to familiarize themselves with the incidence of uterine fibroids in Jamaica, especially in women of African descent and note the issue with trying to understand the origin of this disease as well as to how to adequately treat the symptoms and effects of the disease.

 The presentations were engaging with doctors from hospitals all across the island. The lectures included the following: “The impact of uterine fibroids on women’s health”, “Non-Surgical options for the management of uterine fibroids”, “The management of uterine fibroids during pregnancy”, “Uterine artery embolizaions as a treatment option for uterine fibroids” and “The role of endoscopic surgery in the management of uterine fibroids”.

 Questions were facilitated after the presentations.  There were ...

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Gynaecology Symposium
Gynaecology Symposium

Argentina - a love story...   (published in Argentina)

June 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Two days ago I came back from an incredible 4 day trip to the Northwest of Argentina. The landscapes, the change of colours of the mountains, the Salt Lake, the indigenous people and the small villages lost in the middle of nowhere made it all very different to what I had already seen of this beautiful country – the falls of Iguazu where one of the 7 wonders of the world makes you dizzy by its immensity; the famous wine region of Mendoza; the snowy mountains of Bariloche and the lakes of San Martin de los Andes; the city of tango Buenos Aires & finally the Sierras of Cordoba, my home town for the past 8 months.

I arrived in October 2009 not knowing much of Argentina but with the feeling that my stay here was going to be a life changing experience. As a Projects Abroad volunteer I discovered how generous the Argentineans are and how easy it is to feel at home when your thousands of kilometers from your family. Travelling not only opens your mind to other cultures but enables you to meet lifelong friends. Now, as the Social Manager, I try to share this feeling with volunteers and hope that they too will fully experience their time with their host family & at their placement.


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Argentina - a love story...
Argentina - a love story...

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