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A classroom transformed   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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             just 2 weeks!

Thanks to the hard work of 15 volunteers: Francesca Brady, Nikki Barrett, Catherine White, Elizabeth Surprenant, Kara McClain, Kathryn Fahey, Jean-Patrick Clancy, Elena Bianco, Caroline Bratt, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Kerri Lammas, Mariama Turner, Laurene Bernard, Michelle Millasseua and Emma Andersson, the nursery class at Kwamoso Presbytarian School, who formerly used a tree for shelter, can now have a roof over their heads and a bright and colourful classroom to learn in.  Not only this, but in the two weeks they were here these volunteers spent their afternoons playing with the children at Mt Zion Foster home and Adom Daycare, they visited the local bead and wood markets, helped with weeding at the Projects Abroad Demonstration Farm, and fitted in a weekend trip to Cape Coast.  Thanks for being a great group and for working so hard.  I think you all deserve a well-earned rest!

By Anne Buglass

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A classroom transformed
A classroom transformed

Kumasi Zoo   (published in Ghana)

July 14, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              The Bradt guide to Ghana describes the Kumasi Zoo to contain “a few depressingly cramped cages harbouring various primates (many are in solitary confinement, a fate as cruel to a chimp or a monkey as to a person)”.

              When a description of a zoo starts off like this in a guide, it really doesn’t give anyone the incentive to go there! However I waited until the veterinary volunteers were to be taken there so that I could go with them for free. (Yes!)

              The Bradt guide was accurate about the primates and cramped cages. The cages were far too small for the chimps and one male chimp was particularly annoyed and frustrated. It continued to bang on the cage and when we were watching it from close by, it came up to us and sprayed us with water from its mouth!

              The elephant in the zoo had died recently, probably due to the lack of space and slowly wasted away. The ears of the hyenas were infected and the lions did not have an awful amount of space either.

              All this sounds rather morbid, but it only highlights the state of affairs in Ghana. The zoo keepers are doing what they can to help these animals and fully acknowledge the problems that they have in the zoo, but need support and funding.                            


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Kumasi Zoo
Kumasi Zoo

Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)   (published in Jamaica)

July 13, 2010 by   Comments(0)


 “Anancy seh nyam.” That was one of the many commands echoing from July 12, 2010 Patois and Cultural class. The Patois and Cultural class is only two of the siblings for the Patois, Cultural and Reggae Dance Class family. The volunteers experienced the Jamaican spin on the game “Simon Says.” After a brief introduction to the patois words and their meanings, they were later commanded by Brother Anancy-(a tricky spider, who is an important character in Jamaican folklore who at times hoodwink and best his counterparts, who often times are animals. Anancy stories are said to provide readers with a moral and should not be taken as lightly as they appear) - to execute the commands.

Some of the commands given to the volunteers in patois were ‘siddung,’ which means to sit down and ‘bade ‘which means to shower or take a bath. The volunteers were asked to execute the commands with a hint of theatrics. At one point they were asked to face- off, a sort of battle of the sexes. A male and female stood in the middle of the volunteer’s lounge at the Projects Abroad Jamaica office, a command was then given in patois. The person who interpreted the command correctly as well as with the correct amount of drama won the face-off. At one point the command ‘choops’ was given. Now choops in patois means kiss. The volunteers erupted in laughter at this; however each volunteer was very chaste and offered a peck on the hand.

The cultural section of the day’s activities was simply themed ‘Duppy .’ This is the patois word for a ghost or spirit. The volunteers were given a brief overview of what the duppy is and what it symbolizes in Jamaican culture. They were given tips on how to chase the ...

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Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)
Jamaica Patois,Cultural and Reggae Dance Class in Retrospect written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)

Jamaica - No Problem   (published in Jamaica)

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Jamaica - No Problem
Jamaica - No Problem

Een vleugje Peru   (published in Peru)

July 13, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 In juni 2010 was ik (Lieke) de gelukkige die vanuit het Projects Abroad kantoor in Nederland op bezoek mocht bij onze collega's in Peru. Het is een korte maar heel mooie en interessante reis geweest die ik niet meer zal vergeten. Voordat ik mijn ervaringen vertel, stel ik mezelf even kort voor.

Ruim een jaar geleden (in maart 2009) begon ik met mijn baan voor Projects Abroad in Nederland. Hoewel het grootste deel van mijn werk op kantoor is, heb ik mij nog geen dag verveeld. Mijn persoonlijke ervaring met vrijwilligerswerk in Roemenië en Moldavië en studeren in Zuid-Amerika komen goed van pas bij het adviseren van mensen die graag naar het buitenland gaan voor vrijwilligerswerk. Begin van dit jaar hoorde ik dat ik naar een van de bestemming mocht om daar de projecten te bezoeken en mijn collega's te ontmoeten. Peru was ook mijn eerste keus, maar eigenlijk is er geen bestemmingen waar ik niet heen wil.

Op zaterdag 12 juni vertrok ik uit Amsterdam om via Madrid en Lima op zondagmorgen 13 juni in Cusco aan te komen. Mijn collega Ernesto stond op het vliegveld te wachten met een bordje van Projects Abroad en een taxi om mij naar Urubamba te brengen. Onderweg kon ik gelijk mijn Spaans oefenen en dat ging boven verwachting goed. Gelukkig sprak hij ook Engels, want echt vloeiend Spaans spreek ik nog niet. De rest van de dag had ik de tijd om bij te komen van de lange reis (totaal 24 uur) en het dorpje te verkennen.

Urubamba is een leuk dorp met een typisch plein waar veel mensen op een bankje zitten om met elkaar te praten en wat te eten. Dat heb ik dus ook gedaan en al snel maakte ik een praatje met een lokale bewoner: alweer de tweede test voor mijn Spaans op de eerste dag. In het hotel waar ik sliep kreeg ik nog een kopje thee van coca ...

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Een vleugje Peru
Een vleugje Peru

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