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Jamaica Good Mon! Written by Sabine Jamal (2 week special care volunteer from England)   (published in Jamaica)

August 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)



I came to Jamaica on a ‘2-week special’ and expected to find a country in need. In fact what I found was a loud, happy and vibrant country full of friendly people willing to share their life’s experiences.


For two weeks at the end of July I worked at Hanbury Children’s Home with 11 other volunteers. At first you could see that everyone was slightly hesitant but once the children came running up to us we felt right at home. Our mission was to run a summer camp for the children, which would culminate with a sports day and an art exhibition. While there, we also painted the boys dormitory and a mural.


At the start of our time at Hanbury we were split into groups. I worked with the babies (0-6 years) I found this extremely rewarding. Every day I would awaken, very excited about what I would be doing with my group. The activities ranged from art and craft to drama and dance. We managed to create beautiful art which was shown at the exhibition.


Although we did have a structure to our day, a feature of the two week special, we still had lots of free time to play with all the children. During our free time we really bonded with the children, which made everyone’s experience more enjoyable, although saying goodbye was extremely hard.


On the weekend we went on various trips. On Saturday we had a 3 hour bus ride-Jamaican style (5 to a row!) to the beach and craft market at Ocho Rios, on the way we stopped at some botanical Gardens as well as a historical site. My favorite part was the craft market, where we got to shop as well as mixing with the local people. While there I met a man who had sailed around the Caribbean islands as a child and had some fantastic stories to tell. On Sunday we went to YS ...

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Jamaica Good Mon! Written by Sabine Jamal (2 week special care volunteer from England)
Jamaica Good Mon! Written by Sabine Jamal (2 week special care volunteer from England)

Two Weeks Medicine programme in India - Second Batch   (published in India)

August 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last Sunday, the second batch of the two weeks Special Medical programme finished off their placement.

The group started their placement by 19th July and they got a chance to visit the famous hospitals in and around Madurai like Saravana Hospital,Vadamalayan Hospital,Krithika Hospital and Navamani Hospital and spent their wonderful days worthy by observing surgeries and treatment procedures that is being followed in India.

And the group also got hands-on work in Saravana Hospital.

The group visited the Siddha Ayurvedha Hospital for two days where they did got some knowledge about the traditional treatment in India.

And they did visited the Leprosy Hospital in Manamadurai which is an hour ride from Madurai, from where they observed the treatment procedure for the dreadful disease – Leprosy.

Also Projects Abroad organised their weekend trip to Kodaikanal and Kanyakumari where the volunteers had real fun too.

The Volunteers did asked many questions to the staff in all the Hospitals and were much interested in making the patients feel better.

The Volunteers were also taken to palace,museum,temple and so on as a part of the Social events.

As a whole, the volunteers had a very good time and the staff too.

Contributed by Nadia – Social Manager

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Two Weeks Medicine programme in India - Second Batch
Two Weeks Medicine programme in India - Second Batch

About my Experience in India   (published in India)

August 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Travelling to Tamil Nadu, India was all about adventure. While most of my trip was planned according to my work schedule at the journalism office, I wanted to get a chance to explore the state and its people as well. I realise that’s exactly what I did when I simply crossed the street one day. Instead of sitting around on my afternoon off, I experienced real India, real village life.

 Across the street from my host-family’s home workers were building a house. I trekked on over with both my video and still camera. The equipment and I ended up completely distracting the people from their work though. The children of the village soon surrounded me, pointing to the people I should be taking pictures of. Everyone wanted at least three pictures of themselves. “One picture, Antie, one picture!” One picture soon turned into fifty-one pictures.

As the children led me into their village, I met many new people along the way. Of course I didn’t know anyone’s name, but they were all determined to learn mine.  I must have collected thirty children travelling through the tiny streets. They all trailed behind me. It was like I was in a parade or something. I’m sure this had been a quiet Pasumalai village before I came along. The kids were all screaming at me, each one wanting to get my attention to show me the next picture I had to take. It got to be a bit overwhelming in the end. Some of the kids actually started throwing little pebbles at me because I decided to leave. Some of the sweeter kids wanted me to come back the next day. “You come back yesterday, Antie?” (meaning tomorrow of course). I didn’t end up going back “yesterday,” but I sure am glad I went that one day.

After a month of traveling ...

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About my Experience in India
About my Experience in India

Volunteers and staff entertained by South African acoustic comedy band - The Brothers Streep   (published in South Africa)

August 5, 2010 by   Comments(0)

By Carlos Ochoa (Projects Abroad staff member from Mexico, currently working at the Cape Town office)

From what I’ve heard, Cape Town’s music scene is quite varied, with lots of new bands emerging every week and lots of styles all around the city. But on 19 June I was invited to a concert and had the chance to see a very “entertaining” band, which mixes alternative acoustic rock and comedy, it was quite an amusing show I must say!


The band can perfectly dance their way around that dangerous zone in between comedy acts and music without loosing their audience for a single moment, the show never drops not even in between songs when the musicians are tuning their instruments, since you are always waiting for something to happen - may it be a witty comment, weird face or a funny impression, no matter what they always seem to find a way to put a big laugh on everyone’s face. This great act performs under the moniker of The Brothers Streep and they have just released their first studio album called Suitable For The Whole Family (available from their website -


A comedy packed album whose lyrics revolve around sarcastic themes and daily silly routines in such a gracious and sparkling way that once the CD stops spinning in your stereo you would still be singing the choruses in your head!  They were actually on The Graham Norton Show this year, a live Skype session broadcast with the band playing one of their songs to movie star Anna Paquin, a tribute song that the band composed for their first album based on their admiration and mostly nerdy love obsession for the young actress’s eccentric and peculiar beauty.


Comedy acoustic rock at its best!  One more proof that Cape Town still has lots to offer in the artistic ...

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Volunteers and staff entertained by South African acoustic comedy band - The Brothers Streep
Volunteers and staff entertained by South African acoustic comedy band - The Brothers Streep

First day of my volunteer project in Cordoba by Gavin O'Riain (IRELAND - Sports)   (published in Argentina)

August 4, 2010 by   Comments(2)

First day of my volunteer project in Cordoba, Argentina. I feel nervous, mostly because I can’t wait to get started, but a small part of me remains a bit more worried. What if the kids don't talk to me? What if the other volunteers don't accept me? And most importantly, what kind of difference can sport make in a young poor child's life?

I have planned a month in Argentina in order to give sport classes to under privileged kids in Argentina. My main placement would be in a "barrio" called Villa Libertador, one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in Cordoba, teaching rugby.

Stepping outside of the car, I am greeted by half a dozen hands, calling me "profe". As I shake them, I make my way to the "pitch": a used-up, stone-filled football pitch. As I walk upon it a fight breaks out. It starts as a one-on-one but soon everyone gets involved. All I can think about is: What  have I got myself into?!

The 10 minutes that followed truly determined the way I would look at the next month of my life, because it is exactly in these types of situations when the values of rugby surpass the borders of sport to set guidelines to kids who have been let down daily since they were born. The kind of guidelines that can lay that invisible hand on their shoulder to steer them away from mischief and into a healthy and decent lifestyle.

For leading me to the Villa Libertador Rugby Club, and permitting me to meet so many funny and outstanding human beings, I thank Projects Abroad.

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First day of my volunteer project in Cordoba by Gavin O'Riain (IRELAND - Sports)
First day of my volunteer project in Cordoba by Gavin O'Riain (IRELAND - Sports)

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