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What a Whopper!   (published in South Africa)

August 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Monday July 26, 2010

   After our return from the Mapungubwe National Park at the weekend, we were greeted by even more new faces as the project finds itself in the middle of it’s busiest period of the year.  There are more British volunteers coming in at the moment, which is a good balance to the many French-speaking young people that have been enjoying their time here in Botswana for many months now.  The “2-week specials” that come for just a fortnight to experience what the project has to offer have arrived in their first batch and are having a blast discovering new friends, new animals and new places every day they are here.  The nightly campfires have grown considerably to accommodate the 24 people that are staying with us here at Legodimo at the moment, and there is much chatting and laughter as they get to know each other and talk about all the things there have seen here. 

   One of our regular French volunteers, Hubert, is an avid fisherman and was delighted to discover an old fishing rod and tackle lurking at the back of one of the supply cupboards recently.  As we are living literally a stones throw away from the Limpopo River, it was a perfect opportunity for him to cast out and see what he could catch.  The first time he wasn’t so successful, but not to be discouraged, a couple of days later he landed a whopping catfish!

   Usually he has a couple of friends with him, but this day he was alone and he realised that the fish was so large, he couldn’t land it by himself.  He started yelling and shouting for help to his friends at the camp a couple of hundred meters away, perhaps not realising that when his pals heard him yelling for help from the crocodile and ...

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What a Whopper!
What a Whopper!

Greetings - Let's start the countdown!!   (published in Mongolia)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Hello everyone!

My name is Caitlin Sabean, a Journalism Student from Canada. I'm about to embark on an internship in Mongolia!

I'm so excited! My placement is at the Mongolian National Radio as Editor for a show called "The Voice of Mongolia."

My host family sounds great too. A mother and two daughters, one in high school, one working in the tourist industry.

I'm hoping to write a letter to both my placement and my host family and send it out this weekend. But I also have so much else to do! Packing, immunizations, fees, etc.

Anyways, keep in touch! I always love to chat about travel, culture, arts and FOOD!


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Greetings - Let's start the countdown!!
Greetings - Let's start the countdown!!

Medical Camp - Wadduwa   (published in Sri Lanka)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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It was medical camp time again and this time, we had it in Wadduwa Town Hall. We had around 24 volunteers there to help out on the day. Here are a few photos from the event…

Jeffrey busy at work in the pharmacy!

Maryam and Samanthie testing it out on each other before they try it on a patient.

Natasha concentrating hard.


Action stations, people!

The team!


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Medical Camp - Wadduwa
Medical Camp - Wadduwa

Farewell Two Weekers - Second group!   (published in Sri Lanka)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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We welcomed another eager group of Two Week special Care and Community volunteers last week. The group have been working at Malamulla Montessori and Moderavilla Tsunami Camp. They have been working extremely hard doing a host of arts and crafts activities and even helping out at a sports meet organised by some Projects Abroad volunteers. Today they went on a shopping trip in Colombo and they will head home tomorrow and Sunday. Thanks for all your hard work guys!

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Farewell Two Weekers - Second group!
Farewell Two Weekers - Second group!

Kejetia   (published in Ghana)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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In the guidebooks, you might read about a place called Kumasi Central Market, or quite simply, as it is known here, Kejetia. It is known to be West Africa’s largest open air market. In the Akan language, Kejetia means the ‘junction or intersection of main routes.’ So it can almost be said that all roads lead to Kejetia. It’s not hard to believe once you are here and have seen it with your own eyes. The ‘everyday hustle and bustle’ doesn’t really cover it as so many people are there!

              Coming from Japan and having lived in Tokyo for a good 10 years, I am used to huge hoards of people, but this was something else. In Tokyo the roads and crossings are made so that people can get to their destinations in an orderly fashion. However in Kejetia, some people don’t have set destinations, just selling things to passers-by and even when they know exactly where they want to go, carrying huge loads of things on their heads adds to the madness! Thousands of cars want to get to their destinations and thousands of people want to cross the road and in the end it all contributes to the feel of Kejetia. Trying to speak to someone on the phone there sometimes is impossible; there is simply too much noise.

              It is amazing how easily one gets accustomed to these things though. Now I do not even blink at the sight of people almost getting run over on the road and nor do I flinch when someone carrying a huge load of chickens on their head accidently bumps into me. We always try to remember to ask the volunteers when we are about to take them around the city for the first time: “Are ...

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