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Renovations!!   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 27, 2010 by   Comments(0)

SO, Projects Abroad gave us some cash for paint and stuff...let's see what we did with it!!

 

That's the dining room - now one tone of paint complete with fish, flowers and butterflies

That's part of the garden before...

 

...and after. The rest of it looks pretty good too, but you're going to have to wait for photos :)

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Renovations!!
 

Chicken coop built at Vrygrond Community Centre (Etafeni)   (published in South Africa)

July 27, 2010 by   Comments(1)

(By Rachel Giansiracusa, USA)

(Rachel, volunteer from USA, and Fransisca, local manager of the Kitchen Garden in Capricorn, in front of the completed chicken coop)

The Vrygrond Community Centre in Capricorn has established a Kitchen Garden. The Kitchen Garden is managed by Francisca with the help of Ishmael and Linzey. Projects Abroad Volunteers Rachel Giansiracusa (AUS) and Helene Brun (FRA) have been working at the centre for a few months and identified the need/want through Francisca for a chicken house and chickens to support the kitchen garden’s aim to be fully sustainable. The Kitchen Garden aims to provide fresh organic vegetables for the community centre’s Preschool, Income Generation Program (VIGG) and Fit For Life Fit For Work Program.

Thanks to Projects Abroad’s ‘Dirty Weekend initiative’ (Projects Abroad fund a particular effort to develop and improve the projects, according to what the volunteers identify and apply for) we were able to build the chicken house with the help of local construction workers  Darryl and Richard. The chickens were sourced locally, supporting the local economy. There are 5 hens and 2 roosters and Francisca hopes to use eggs as well as breed some more chickens. The chicken house has created a lot of positive energy and the people at the community centre are excited about it and have been checking regularly on the progress of the construction. It was an exciting event moving the chickens into their new home.

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Chicken coop built at Vrygrond Community Centre (Etafeni)
 

2 Week Special Trip to Mana Island!!   (published in Fiji)

July 26, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Last weekend Elenoa and I took the 2 Week Special Volunteers to Mana Island for the night, and what a treat it was!!

I've only been in Fiji a short while myself and had not yet managed to fit in an Island trip, so it was a first for me too.  I was blown away by the beauty and tranquillity which lies so close to Nadi’s coast!

On Saturday morning all 10 2WS volunteers plus Elenoa and myself waddled through the dark waters of Wailoaloa beach to a speed boat, and an hour later we left the speed boat and stepped into the translucent waters of Mana Island beach.

We were welcomed at Mana Lagoon with a traditional welcome song, each of us found ourselves a bunk in the dorm and then we hit the beach.  Some of the volunteers made the most of the activities available on Mana Island – a couple of them went snorkelling and saw a sea-snake!!  Rebecca and Euan rented a kayak and Bo, Steven and Zoe went for a long walk all around the island!  The rest of us just parked ourselves in the sand and let the tanning begin!

 

 

We were recommended to take a walk over to the other side of the island to Sunset beach to watch, well, the sunset… which some of our group decided to do.  The walk there was longer than expected however and they missed it!  So everyone gathered at Mana Lagoon again and we enjoyed an absolute feast!  The staff had cooked us a Lovo – the Fijian bbq – in which the food is slowly cooked in a deep whole in ground.  In true Fijian style we all got a mountain of food consisting of lovo fish, pumpkin and sausages; there was some spinach-like green, dalo, noodles and salad!  Too much for any of us!

After dinner we were entertained by some traditional dancing – which ...

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2 Week Special Trip to Mana Island!!
 

Monthly Social at Mama's Pizza!!   (published in Fiji)

July 26, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Last Thursday all the volunteers and staff in Fiji gathered together for our monthly social at Mama's Pizza in downtown Nadi!  With all of our regular volunteers, plus the 2 Week Special volunteers we were almost 30!!!! It was a very large group and we took over most of the restaurant!

We gorged on veggie pizza’s with everything, Mama’s infamous chicken pizza, Hawaiian pizza and of course the overloaded meat feast pizza… Yummo.  As ever there were tons of leftovers again, but that’s half the fun!

A couple of our volunteers who have been here for almost two months are on their way out again, so it was great to catch up with them and hear some of their stories of volunteering and travelling… I think all of them have planned to miss their planes and never leave ;)

We also had a large number of new volunteers there, so it was fun to see them all getting along and planning their weekends together… the islands really do have great pulling power and no matter how many islands the volunteers manage to see, there are always more they haven’t discovered!!  

At about 10pm the staff more or less asked us to leave (!) and we all dispersed to our homes away from home!!

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Monthly Social at Mama's Pizza!!
 

La Falda Tango Festival! Our past Social!   (published in Argentina)

July 26, 2010 by   Comments(0)

It doesn’t matter that tango as we know it today emerged in Buenos Aires city, because La Falda town in Córdoba province is one of the favourite spots of local tangueros. If Buenos Aires offers daily gigs in different venues, La Falda welcomes the country’s finests musicians in several nights of pure tango in only one place.

It all started when in the 60s, La Falda’s residents envied Cosquín folk music festival. La Falda looked up to Cosquín, wanted to be like them because people were driven crazy by the event, which drew huge crowds. They knew that culture can rescue a city, so they thought that tango could foster tourism in La Falda. Following Cosquín’s example, people from La Falda created La Falda Tango, which opened in 1965 with 9 nights in a row.

During La Falda’s nights, artists feel welcomed by the warm audience, which counteracts the cold weather. La Falda is important not only because of its name and history, but also because it brings together high quality artists. Good art prevails above all things. Mythical artists who are no longer alive will also be part of the festival: a special section pays a tribute to late tango artists and musicians.

Saturday 24th of July, I took the volunteers to discover this Festival that is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. We enjoyed the show and discovered some very talented tango singers and dancers!

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La Falda Tango Festival! Our past Social!
 

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