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インドの日   (published in India)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 

ここに来てからかれこれ一週間以上が経つ。様々な「初めて」が私を迎えてくれた、見知らぬ世界の友人との出会い、食事を右手で食べること、ゲストハウスでの共同生活、インタビュー、記事の作成、ミニタクシーの運転手との値段交渉。良い思い出と悪い思い出双方あるが、私はこのインドに来たこと、今回のプロジェクトに参加したことを決して後悔などしていない。むしろ私はまだ出会っていない「初めて」に会えるのを楽しみにしている。明日はどんな楽しみに会えるのだろうか、それを想像しながら私は眠りにつく。

Contributed by Nobuyuki Kim - Journalist Volunteer

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インドの日
 

The Popular Local Market in Phnom Penh   (published in Cambodia)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

         After arriving in Cambodia- Phnom Penh, you probably feel tired and prefer to go to hotel for relaxation. The following day you may go to markets. Of course in Phnom Penh there are a lot of markets so it is hard for you to remember the names of all those markets. But, wait, I will introduce you to the three most popular markets, especially for foreign visitors. Guess what the markets are called??? The first one is called Pras Thom Thmey, or Central market. The second one is Pras Toul Tom Phong, or Russian market, and the last one is Soriya Shopping Centre. Central market is definitely unique in Cambodia; at the moment it may be hard for you to find something that you want because it is being re-constructed, but will still keep the same style and some parts have been repaired already. There are lots of things that you can find there with a good price. The next one, the Russian market, was built in the 19th century.  At there you can find wonderful souvenirs, crafts, clothes and movies, all at good prices.  Be aware that the walk-ways are quite narrow. The last one is Soriya Shopping Centre; it is big and comfortable compared to the two other markets. You can find western food such as pizza or burgers, ice-cream at the centre and also newly released movies. There is also an entertainment place on the top floor. This market is a good facility for you because it is open from 9:00am until 9:00pm, whereas Central market and Russian market open from 7:00am to 5:00pm only.  I am sure you will enjoy them.

So please, do not miss an opportunity to visit these three markets in Phnom Penh.

You can always be assured of a warm welcome.

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The Popular Local Market in Phnom Penh
 

Can You do the Reggae Reggae? pt 1. Written by Denise Morgan ( Social Manager)   (published in Jamaica)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Reggae Yoga is the latest craze at the Projects Abroad Jamaica headquarters. On August 4, 2010 the volunteer’s lounge was transformed from simply an area for lounging to a centre for meditation, relaxation and exercise- reggae style.

 

Reggae Yoga was conceptualized by the Social Manager as a means of exercise, which incorporates aspects of meditation and relaxation. The mood was set by having an authentic selection of reggae tunes soothing the volunteers and staff. From Bob Marley’s ‘Natural Mystic’ to Jimmy Cliff’s, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’

The Social Manager was the instructor for the evening. As the rain gradually moved from a heavy cascade to a steady drizzle outside, the volunteers and staff were inside moving through a series of classic Yoga positions, such as the sit/ easy position, the half shoulder stand and others, to doing steady rotations with the hips. In Jamaica we call this wining; however, the Reggae Yoga version offered a steadier, solid version which helps increase balance, concentration and simply provides exercise for the waist.

It was an evening for stretching, testing and pushing the body to various strengths. The emphasis for the evening was on strengthening the core; much of the abdominal muscles were used. The evening was truly a success.

Join us next week for part two of Reggae Yoga. Get all the juicy details (Find out how Boss Lady did).

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Can You do the Reggae Reggae? pt 1. Written by Denise Morgan ( Social Manager)
 

A Tale from the Land of Wood and Water-Jamaica Written by Kendra Bourgeault (2 week special care volunteer from Canada)   (published in Jamaica)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

    

 

From the moment I saw the Projects Abroad brochure for the high school specials, I could only fantasize about actually attending a trip. Though some hard work, my parents and I concluded that going to Jamaica was an oncoming event for me, as a result, a few months later I began boarding the plane wondering what I was thinking. Immediately after arriving I met my host family, soon to be accompanied by seven other girls. Simply said having 8 in one house was interesting and wild at the best of times. It was fun, stories were told, and lives were influenced by different cultures from all over the globe.

 

 The following Monday we arrived at Hanbury Children’s Home and the children were intrigued at the new people come to visit. At the orphanage I received the blessing and curse of working with the infants to six year olds. It was a blessing because they were very welcoming, energetic and adorable. It was a curse because they were so hard to leave on the last day.

 

We completed various craft activities and my favorite activity was the masks. As soon as they were tied on they would roar and play with one another. It is a guarantee that you will be affected and your heart will be touched working with the children. After a week at the orphanage I became exhausted but it was just in time for the beach expedition. We went to Ocho Rios beach where me and four of my friends went snorkeling. It was a unique experience with feeding the fish, making them swim around and bump into your hand.

 

The instructor retrieved a sand dollar for me to take as a souvenir. Further in the day we arrived at a craft market. I was interested in the hand carved wood art; they were rich in the true Jamaican culture. On Sunday we went to YS ...

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A Tale from the Land of Wood and Water-Jamaica Written by Kendra Bourgeault (2 week special care volunteer from Canada)
 

Jamaica Good Mon! Written by Sabine Jamal (2 week special care volunteer from England)   (published in Jamaica)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 

 

I came to Jamaica on a ‘2-week special’ and expected to find a country in need. In fact what I found was a loud, happy and vibrant country full of friendly people willing to share their life’s experiences.

 

For two weeks at the end of July I worked at Hanbury Children’s Home with 11 other volunteers. At first you could see that everyone was slightly hesitant but once the children came running up to us we felt right at home. Our mission was to run a summer camp for the children, which would culminate with a sports day and an art exhibition. While there, we also painted the boys dormitory and a mural.

 

At the start of our time at Hanbury we were split into groups. I worked with the babies (0-6 years) I found this extremely rewarding. Every day I would awaken, very excited about what I would be doing with my group. The activities ranged from art and craft to drama and dance. We managed to create beautiful art which was shown at the exhibition.

 

Although we did have a structure to our day, a feature of the two week special, we still had lots of free time to play with all the children. During our free time we really bonded with the children, which made everyone’s experience more enjoyable, although saying goodbye was extremely hard.

 

On the weekend we went on various trips. On Saturday we had a 3 hour bus ride-Jamaican style (5 to a row!) to the beach and craft market at Ocho Rios, on the way we stopped at some botanical Gardens as well as a historical site. My favorite part was the craft market, where we got to shop as well as mixing with the local people. While there I met a man who had sailed around the Caribbean islands as a child and had some fantastic stories to tell. On Sunday we went to YS ...

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Jamaica Good Mon! Written by Sabine Jamal (2 week special care volunteer from England)
 

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