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2 Week Special Volunteers' first day!   (published in Fiji)

July 20, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Our 10 2 Week Special Volunteers who arrived over the weekend started their placements today. 

They had an early start, and went straight to Namaka Methodist Kindergarten, where they spent the morning doing activites with the kiddies.  The kids each coloured in a picture for a colouring competition which the volunteers then judged.  They also played ball games outside and at the end of the day watched the kids say their afternoon prayers!

After lunch the volunteers headed to Treasure House Children's Home to start their painting work there.  Mr Khan was there to supervise the work.  The first task was to paint the fence posts in the base colour.  It is amazing how fast 10 enthusiastic teenagers can get a job done!!

After ensuring all the posts got two good coats of paint the volunteers relaxed a bit and played with the kids!

Everyone was exhausted by the end of the day, but I hope excited about tomorrow!

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2 Week Special Volunteers' first day!
2 Week Special Volunteers' first day!

Conservazione in Messico!   (published in Mexico)

July 19, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Hello again!!! The summer is here bringing a lot of heat and some rain too in Mexico! It has been also really busy in Projects Abroad Mexico as we have started the second season for the 2Weeks Special Programme.

The 2 weeks special programme is based in Campamento Tecoman. During two weeks, volunteers are involved in an intensive Spanish course and are part of the turtle conservation activities.

I want to share a video in which Alessandro Gazzoni speaks about his experience in the conservation project. He focuses more in the activities done in the crocodile farm this time.

I hope you enjoy the video!

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Conservazione in Messico!
Conservazione in Messico!

Lion Around   (published in South Africa)

July 19, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Yes, apologies first off for the title, but as I sit here in the cab of our trusty Land Cruiser, somewhere in the middle of the bush typing this, it tickles me so I’m keeping it.  It has been a week that redefines the meaning of the word, “busy” here at the camp as we have been dealing with an ever-increasing amount of new volunteers, arranging excursions to neighbouring reserves and more driving than I have even done in my life!  This means that I have not spent a lot of time with the volunteers on their activities this past week, so I thought I would tell you about an amazing experience I had on just my first day here in Africa.

As it was a Friday, I was taken to join the others at the Alldays Hotel in, not surprisingly, Alldays.  It is their “social” day on Friday and they get 24 hours to enjoy some small home comforts such as electricity, TV and pizza.  One of the volunteers, Marcel, had previously got chatting to one of the locals and found out about a couple who apparently had some lion cubs that had been rescued and were still young enough to touch. It was decided that we would go and investigate the next day…

Bright an early we piled into the truck and followed Marcel’s directions to a place just a few minutes drive up the road.  The look on the owners’ faces was a picture when he opened the door to see 12 volunteers standing on his doorstep asking about his lions!  We were led around the back to a large open area and one of the owners went to a large outbuilding and opened a door.  Immediately, 2 little squealing bundles of yellow fur came bounding out and across the yard to us and were greeted by a collective gasp and assorted “aawww”s and ...

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Lion Around
Lion Around

The Arrival of the 2 Week Special Volunteers!   (published in Fiji)

July 19, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Time is flying! The first 2 Week Special group arrived safely over the weekend and have spent their first day getting to know their host families and familiarize themselves with their immediate surroundings

Tessa, Zoe, Bo and Steven, Melissa, Meriel, Jasmine, Rebecca, Euan and Genevieve all came into Nadi town this morning for Induction and I felt like a tour guide as all 10 of them followed me around town!!

After sorting out passport photos and sim cards we all had yummo thalis and dossas at Shakti, and then headed out in our group bus to show the volunteers where they will be volunteering for the next two weeks.

First we went to Treasure House Children's Home to so they could see where they'll be spending their afternoons and completing the construction element of their project.  Then we went to Namaka Methodist Kindergarten to meet Mrs Donu, the Head Mistress and get a feel of what is awaiting them tomorrow morning!



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The Arrival of the 2 Week Special Volunteers!
The Arrival of the 2 Week Special Volunteers!

Long term volunteer   (published in Cambodia)

July 18, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Nothing will keep forever lasting besides friendship. One of volunteer, Claudia Urban, who had volunteered and stayed with Projects Abroad Cambodia around 10 months had left on 15th July 2010. Of course she did not want to leave yet but she had to because she needs to pursue her studying and to stay with her parants, sister and brother at her hometown and to earn money to support herself.

Well, before leaving there were a lot of thing she had done especially with the children. She made a party for her children at the placement and spend all her last day and time in Cambodia with her children. In the party some of our volunteers had join and helped her to make the party. Consequently, around 300 children and our volunteers had a smilling face to each other and they really enjoyed at that time. Also, what was suprised her was the cake party that the children and the staffs of the placement made for her. She told us that it was amazing and she felt very excited with sadness because it was her last day with them.

Besides having party with children, she went shopping for purchasing some souvenir for her family and friends at home and spend time with some volunteers and said good bye. 

The time arrived, some staffs and volunteers who are her close friend in Cambodia, took her to airport, that was so sad to say good bye and take care.

Now she arrived home safely and she still stated that she will come back to Cambodia again when the time come.

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Long term volunteer
Long term volunteer

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