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Kodai Trip for 2 weekers   (published in India)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last weekend Projects Abroad India organised the weekend trip to Kodaikanal for our 2- weeks special Medical programme volunteers and it turns to be wonderful..

We all had a group trekking for 3 hours in the Kodaikanal valley and then headed to go for site seeing to places like Pillar Rocks, Green valley View, Suicide Point , Upper Lake View and the volunteer kids were really happy to view around these places..

Also we had a visit to the Museum where they have displayed the preserved specimens of various flora and fauna in the Kodaikanal hills.

Finally, we headed back to their respective placements after having a look at the Silver falls, Coaker’s walk and the Park..

Contributed by Nadia - the Social Manager

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Kodai Trip for 2 weekers
 

The Birds and the Bees   (published in South Africa)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Wednesday July 7, 2010

  Today was another very cold start as the temperature hovered around the 5-6 degree mark when we shuffled into the kitchen area just after 6am.  There was a burnt amber glow just over the horizon as the sun prepared to peek over and vanish the carpet of stars for another night.  A couple of the staff members were taking another long road journey (there is no other kind in Africa!) to pick up some more supplies for the new arrivals due this weekend,  leaving myself and Rachel left at camp to take the 13 volunteers about their activities for the day.  We decided to split into 2 groups and I took my group on a leisurely walk along the river to see what kind of bird life we could spot. 

  This morning was one of those times where I catch myself thinking that, instead of putting on a shirt and tie before queuing for the bus to some office in a big city, here I am walking along the banks of the Limpopo River in Africa, looking for exotic birds! 

  Straight away we saw ‘Go Away’ birds - named after their piercing cry that really does sound like someone shouting exactly that.  For those of you that have seen the film, ‘The Lion King’, Zazou - otherwise known as the Red Billed Hornbill - is everywhere. We spent a good couple of hours along the river and spotted loads of beautiful birds for our database.

  When we returned, we took a short drive in the land cruiser to a spot off the track to look for some insects.  Staff member Rachel has extensive experience in working in places like Peru, and brings with her a wealth of experience in all things creepy-crawlie!

  The volunteers went off into the bush armed with large butterfly nets to see what they could catch. ...

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The Birds and the Bees
 

A Birthday Bash in the Bush!   (published in South Africa)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Monday July 5, 2010

   The weekends on the Conservation project here in Botswana tend to be the time when we get the chance to head into “civilisation” in order to restock our supplies as well as catch up on anything Internet-related.  Although to most people, the little stretch of road that houses a small hotel, a coffee shop and a couple of service stations might not be seen as much of anything, when you have spent the past week living in the middle of a nature reserve with little electricity, no Internet, phone, TV or shop; it is very much appreciated!

   We normally have a “social night” on Fridays when we stay at the little Alldays Hotel, have a couple of cold drinks and catch up with the World Cup on the TV.  This weekend was an extra special one as it was Meike, one of our staff members’ 21st Birthday.  A party was planned and it was to be made even better by the arrival of 7 new volunteers who had just flown in that afternoon.   A huge fire was lit and we all made a special effort to stay up until the Birthday countdown at midnight.  A great time was had by all and we said our fond farewells the next morning as Meike and her fiancé, Gerrit - the conservation director - flew off for their wedding and honeymoon over the next month.

   Returning ‘home’ with the new volunteers on Saturday, it was great to see more new faces arriving at the camp and getting to know each other.  The dorm rooms have been cleaned and freshly painted for their arrival and they spent no time in settling into their new home for at least the next month.  We have a lot of French people at the moment and more to come in the next week.  We also have volunteers from ...

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A Birthday Bash in the Bush!
 

Found it!   (published in Ghana)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(1)

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I know that if you are back at home you can probably get a Twi for beginners’ book over the internet, but here in Ghana it’s not that easy to find.

So I went to the bookshop in the culture centre in Kumasi to go and find one. Luckily enough they had two copies of this particular book, but the next time I went there it was gone! It cost me 7 cedis, which is a lot here, but I could not get it any lower. So if you’re coming to Ghana, it might be better to buy one at home as you have a better chance of getting one.

I have written before about how important Twi is in the Ashanti region, and I am emphasising it once again. There are so many benefits of being able to speak a little bit as the people will be more open to accepting you. If anyone is going to be in Ghana for two months or more, they will really see the difference and the how much it helps to be able to speak just a little bit.

 

By Minato Kobori

 

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Volunteer Social at Smuggler's Cove   (published in Fiji)

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We've had lots of new volunteers arrive here in Fiji in the past week so we all met at Smuggler's Cove at Wailoaloa beach for a bit of a get together and to watch Smuggler's Cove's infamous Fire Dancers!!

Smuggler's Cove is actually a backpacker hostel, so the place is buzzing with excited people who have just arrived or those who are on their way out who have lots of great travelling stories and tips.

The volunteers all got along great!  Our one boy volunteer was largely outnumbered by the 13 or so girls here at the moment, but quite enjoyed it I think.

The Fire Dancers came on and performed a number of amazing different traditional dances.  Each dance originates from a different one of Fiji's many islands, and most of them are interpretive of the activities which are part of every day life.  There were also some female dances who could really shake their hips at intense speeds, which really blew us away!

The male dancers also did a stomach churning Knife Dance, during which they did some impressing twirling and tossing of enormous machetes! 

For the grand finale everyone had to walk down to the beach, away from the lights to watch the Fire Dancing.  The show was great and the dancers pulled off some very tricky (and dangerous) looking moves with ease!

At the end of the evening the audience is invited to step on to the sandy stage and join in with the dancing - at his point the machetes and fire are kept far away!!  A couple of our volunteers really got into the groove and danced a funny looking dance with the pros, much to the rest of the group's amusement!

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Volunteer Social at Smuggler's Cove
 

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