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Memories of Jamaica Written by Maiko Tahara(Japanese 2 week special Care Volunteer)   (published in Jamaica)

August 11, 2010 by   Comments(0)

私はこのプロジェクトに参加して、とてもよかったと思います。

 

 

なぜなら初めて行った海外、ジャマイカが大好きになり、とてもたくさんの経験ができたからです。

日本からの参加は私だけでしたが、ジャマイカの人々はとても温かく、スタッフの方やホストマザーには、いつも助けられていました。

 

ハンブリーの子供達と毎日を過ごす中で、私は英語がほとんど話せないのでとても苦労しました。しかしハンブリーの子供達は、ゆっくりと私に分かるように話しかけてくれました。

ハンブリーの子供達との関わりで、私はたくさんの事を学びました。ハンブリーの子供達は私が教えた日本の遊びや歌を、一生懸命に覚えてくれて、とても嬉しかったです。

毎日の活動の中で、スタッフの方はいつも私を支えてくれました。私はとても感謝しています。

ハンブリーの子供達と過ごした時間は、長いようで短かったけれど、子供達にとって楽しい時間だったなら嬉しいです。

 

そして私がジャマイカでの生活を送るなかで、ホストマザーはとても大きな存在でした。私が帰るといつも明るく迎えてくれて、いつもおいしい食事をくれました。私にとってこの家での生活は、絶対に忘れないくらい素敵な思い出です。

 

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Memories of Jamaica Written by Maiko Tahara(Japanese 2 week special Care Volunteer)
 

Photo-collage of American volunteer skydiving!   (published in South Africa)

August 11, 2010 by   Comments(0)

I'm busy gathering photographs for Anna Goodspeed's blog article (which I'll post tomorrow) and I couldn't resist putting together a collage on her skydiving in Cape Town! Love these pics... can't wait to skydive one day too! What an awesome experience - respect to you Anna!

 

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Photo-collage of American volunteer skydiving!
 

Monday get-together at Hotel Caraibe   (published in Togo)

August 11, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last Monday all the volunteers met up at Hotel Caraibe, located five minutes away from the Projects Abroad office in Lome. It was a fun afternoon spent playing musical chairs, bobbing for apples and catching up. The volunteers received their Projects Abroad T-shirts. Here they are, together with our Togolese staff members, modelling them! 

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Monday get-together at Hotel Caraibe
 

Graduation ceremony at Mamfe Presby in the Akuapem Hills   (published in Ghana)

August 10, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last Wednesday was a very important day for the Kindergarten class in Mamfe Presbytarian Primary School, as it was the day of their graduation to JSS. Volunteer Abha Aggarwal and Projects Abroad Care and Teaching Coordinator Anne-Sophie were invited to attend by the headmistress as VIP guests. The ceremony started at 10 am with an opening prayer. They then had the pleasure to watch different songs, recitals, cultural dances, readings, short plays and choreographies made by KG1 and KG2 children.

It was a great day for all involved. The children were very beautifully dressed, wearing costumes made with local fabrics, and an orchestra with older children from the school was accompanying the dances. It was the result of weeks of preparation and the teachers were very happy to see what a success the day was.  

           

 

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Graduation ceremony at Mamfe Presby in the Akuapem Hills
 

Saree Fever!!   (published in Fiji)

August 10, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Indian weddings are a big, sparkly, long and joyful process.  Unlike the weddings of Europe and North America which last an afternoon, maybe and evening, sometimes perhaps fill an entire day, Indian weddings continue for up to a week! A full seven days of rituals, celebration, honor, family and friends.  Up to five or six hundred people might attend one or many days of such a wedding: each guest is greeted, each guest is fed and each guest turns up in their best Sunday clothes!

Before plans for the wedding even start being thought of however, there are a number of other events which the couple must complete.  The first of which is a ceremony during which the family of the groom visits the family of the bride and offer elaborate gifts and presents.  These are to signify the groom's family's ability to care for, dress and feed the bride, should she be allowed to join his family. 

These gifts usually include a saree – the traditional Indian dress – jewellery, homemade traditional Indian sweets and cash.

If the bride's family accepts these gifts, the girl is, from that moment, considered part of the boy's family.  In return the bride's family also presents the groom with (slightly less elaborate) gifts. 

One of our host family’s sons, Riki, has recently gotten engaged to his sweetheart, Shazi, and their proposal ceremony was last Saturday.  The two volunteers who are currently living with the Ram family and myself were all invited to the ceremony… one of the requirements for going however was that Coline and I both wear sarees and dress up properly!  I had no problem with this at all… J Maxime got away with wearing a simple Indian style shirt.

On the day I went to the Ram house and ...

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Saree Fever!!
 

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