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“3, 2, 1, bungee!!!” - French volunteer conquers her fears!   (published in South Africa)

July 21, 2010 by   Comments(0)


Hi, my name is Sonia from Cameroon, and I am preparing for a Master 1 International Business and Management Company in a business school in Paris (ESCGParis). As part of my studies I had to do a professional internship abroad and especially in English speaking countries. Being African, but wanting to connect with a variety of cultures, I was keen for a rich experience and to discover the story of a great African country while improving my English.  Therefore, I decided to go to South Africa for 4.5 magical months. I’ve been in Cape Town for over two months now and working as a Business volunteer in “Signet Licensing and Marketing”, so I still have till the end of August (my departure) to enjoy my time here.

To fully experience our adventure in South Africa, with some friends we decided to go to Plettenberg Bay (to the Bloukrans bridge) to do the highest bungee jump in the world (216m). Before going there, I was very motivated and very ambitious about the idea of jumping. But on the way, the more we approached the destination, the more I doubted my courage to do it.

Once we arrived, I was more afraid, especially when I saw from far the bridge and the people who jumped and shouted! I had a great moment of hesitation before final registration. When we went finally to the bridge, there was some music to relax the atmosphere, but I always stayed tight (laughs) in seeing some people change their minds at the last minute and turn around!

When my turn finally came, I felt more pressure rise and the staff reassured me by telling me that it’s just a jump, it’s safe and I’ll be proud of myself after that.  So I finally jumped screaming and crying because I was so scared, but I did it and I am very proud of ...

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“3, 2, 1, bungee!!!” - French volunteer conquers her fears!
“3, 2, 1, bungee!!!” - French volunteer conquers her fears!

Feliz dia del amigo!!! Happy Friend's day!   (published in Argentina)

July 20, 2010 by   Comments(1)

On July 20th of each year El Día del Amigo (Friend’s Day) celebrations take place in Argentina.

The idea for Friend's Day goes back to Argentine teacher, musician, and dentist Enrique Febbraro, who lobbied to turn the anniversary of the first moon landing into an international day of friendship, along his Rotary Club de Once, in Buenos Aires. He saw that for once in their lives around the world people were united and thought that this "big step for mankind" should really be remembered through a celebration as important as Christmas or New Year.

Febbraro argued that on this particular day, the whole world had been friends of the three astronauts and wrote a thousand letters to people around the world, suggesting that July 20th should become the day in which we would celebrate friendship. He received 700 responses and from the moment he founded the Friend's Day.

The first official recognition of the day came with decree No. 235/79 by the government of the province of Buenos Aires, which authorized the celebration and gave it official nature.

“A friend is someone you can count on, someone you can trust, someone you can rely on, someone who is always there in good times and bad times.”

“Friendship is based on trust and respect”

In Argentina, Friend's Day is often a good excuse for a common friendly gathering, though people also employ the day to get in contact with old and seldom-met friends and greet them. Though Friend's Day has always been respected, in recent years it has turned into a very popular mass phenomenon. In 2005, too many well-wishing friends led to a temporary breakdown of the mobile phone network in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Rosario, comparable to the one experienced in 2004 on Christmas ...

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Feliz dia del amigo!!! Happy Friend's day!
Feliz dia del amigo!!! Happy Friend's day!

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

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