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

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

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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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
Sarah's Sri Lankan Awakening

Trip met kids Ruhunu Orphanage was geweldig! - by Yvonne Van Persie   (published in Sri Lanka)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Woensdag 14 juli heb ik een trip voor de kinderen van de Ruhunu Orphanage georganiseerd en het was echt super!! Dinsdagochtend kreeg ik eindelijk de toestemming van de Commission van het weeshuis en dinsdagmiddag heb ik samen met Brooke alle benodigde spullen gekocht: water, appelsap, sinaasappelsap, biscuits, yoghurt, ballen voor op het strand en ander speelgoed (schepjes, emmers, vormpjes, etc.), handdoeken, pampers en zeep. Het was een heel karwei om alles in een tuktuk te krijgen.

De heenreis

Woensdagochtend warden Brooke en ik om 8.30 uur opgehaald met de bus die ons overal naar toe zou brengen. Dat was wel even een schrikmomentje, want er zouden nooit 18 kids en 11 volwassenen inpassen. Maar de man van de bus kon gelukkig nog een tweede bus regelen! Bij het weeshuis aangekomen waren de kinderen al heel enthousiast! Geholpen met aankleden en sommige moisten de pampers aan. Daarna de bus verder ingeladen met alle spullen en ook extra kleding mee genomen. De andere vrijwilligers, Philipp en Kathy, arriveerden om 9.15 uur. Even wat belangrijke mededelingen met hun doorgenomen en de kinderen deden ondertussen hun ochtendritueel bij het Boeddhabeeld. Daarna met zijn allen de twee bussen in. Op moment dat we het weeshuis verlieten met de bus begonnen de kinderen enthousiast `bye, bye!` te roepen erg schattig! Sommigen bleven dit ook de hele heenreis volhouden!

Het strand

Bij het hotel waar we `s middags de lunch zouden hebben, hebben we de bussen geparkeerd en alles uitgeladen. Toen de straat overgestoken en daar was het strand! Er is 1 jongetje die ik altijd Bruce noem, omdat hij zo stoer en macho overkomt, maar toen hij het water in de gaten kreeg, begon hij snel terug te lopen en te huilen en te schreeuwen..daar ging zijn bijnaam;) De kids mochten met de staf van het ...

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Trip met kids Ruhunu Orphanage was geweldig! - by Yvonne Van Persie
Trip met kids Ruhunu Orphanage was geweldig! - by Yvonne Van Persie

'Two Week Special' volunteers come to Kathmandu!   (published in Nepal)

August 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

This summer has been a busy one for the ‘two week special’ volunteer programme in Nepal. This programme has been designed specifically for pre-university students, age 16-19, who wish to learn and gain experience in the medical field.  The last group of five to join us out here were Oli Hudson, Alice Ryrie, Ola Michalec, Vandan Shah and Jade Wilkinson. Their two weeks were packed with days at different medical and care placements around the city. They also had a momo making class with country director, Sajani- where some perfected the art, whilst others were better at the eating part! They also managed to fit in plenty of sightseeing around Kathmandu.

A group of 15 are here for August and are currently spending a week in Chitwan Medical School. They are observing in different departments but also attending classes with the students at the Medical School there- including a dissection class- can’t wait to hear about it when they return to Kathmandu this week!


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'Two Week Special' volunteers come to Kathmandu!
'Two Week Special' volunteers come to Kathmandu!

Memories of Jamaica Written by Maiko Tahara(Japanese 2 week special Care Volunteer)   (published in Jamaica)

August 11, 2010 by   Comments(0)















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Memories of Jamaica Written by Maiko Tahara(Japanese 2 week special Care Volunteer)
Memories of Jamaica Written by Maiko Tahara(Japanese 2 week special Care Volunteer)

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