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Hip hop breaks into Sri Lanka!   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 23, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Hip hop, breaking, popping, locking... These were the moves we were all showing off last week at Wadduwa Town Hall. Break dancing outfit from Switzerland, the ABCrew, were kind enough to share their talents with around 60 school kids from the Panadura and Mawala areas.

"Every Sri Lankan can dance!" said one of the group's members, Sebastian Rajakaruna... And it turns out he was right! Everyone got amongst it...

Milk packets and cream buns galore, the kids and volunteers danced their socks off. The crew taught us an hour of hip hop followed by an hour of break dancing. Gishan got some real cred after pulling off an awesome headstand!

The final treat was a performance from the professionals… they lit up the stage with flips, helicopters and incredible holds. Seeing the kids breaking it down was brilliant too. I’m sure the kids’ parents were tearing their hair out all night while the mini b-boys were breaking furniture all over the house! It was such a super day and it’s certain that the children will remember it for a long time!

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Hip hop breaks into Sri Lanka!
Hip hop breaks into Sri Lanka!

Ma Première semaine a Colombo - by Ayesha Cubukcu   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 23, 2010 by   Comments(0)


By Ayesha Cubukcu

Dans le cadre de mes études je devais réaliser un stage professionnel à l’étranger et plus particulièrement dans un pays anglophone. Apres avoir fais de nombreuses recherches je tombe sur l’annonce de Projects Abroad, recherchant une personne francophone pour travailler dans le service des anciens volontaires, a Colombo, au Sri Lanka, après avoir passée plusieurs entretiens, me voila sélectionnée pour ce poste et prête a faire mes valises ! Les jours précédents le départ, j’étais très angoissée, stressée, allais-je réussir à m’intégrer ? Où allais-je atterrir ? …

Apres 12 heures d’avion dont une escale a Dubaï, j’arrive enfin à l’aéroport de Colombo, le chauffeur de Projects Abroad me reconnait immédiatement et me conduit dans un hôtel : Indra regent hotel. Premier repas du midi, attention très spicy, la rumeur est donc vrai : les sri lankais mangent vraiment épicé.

Le soir venu je rencontre la responsable du réseau alumni (anciens volontaires), avec qui je vais travailler durant plusieurs mois, nous prenons un tuk tuk pour aller au restaurant et en même temps en profiter pour visiter un peu la ville, cet a ce moment la que je me suis vraiment senti en Asie : le tuk tuk, la chaleur étouffante, les paysages, les palmiers, les noix de coco et les bouchons !

Le jour suivant je rencontre une autre membre de l’équipe, qui est allemande, ce qui fait au moins 2 européens à Colombo ! Tout en regardant le match entre ...

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Ma Première semaine a Colombo - by Ayesha Cubukcu
Ma Première semaine a Colombo - by Ayesha Cubukcu

Market market, Modarawila market!   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 23, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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This week the kids at Modarawila Tsunami Camp got into their Sunday finest and ran a special fete selling fruits and vegetables. Dressed in blouses and skirts, the children sold melons, papayas, lychees and jackfruit at bargain prices! A couple of the volunteers working at Welapitiya Montessori and Malamulla wandered around to pick up some goodies.


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Market market, Modarawila market!
Market market, Modarawila market!

Grassroot Soccer - FIFA Football for Hope Centre   (published in South Africa)

July 23, 2010 by   Comments(0)

By Noah Lichtenthäler (US/GER)

Being a sports management student at Minnesota State University, and knowing that South Africa was going be the center of world class soccer for a month, I knew volunteering at Grassroot Soccer in Cape Town would be a lifetime experience.

Grassroot Soccer is a NGO that uses the tool of soccer to fight HIV&AIDS. I volunteered at GRS (Grassroot Soccer) for two months, one pre-World Cup and the other during the Cup. My first month of Grassroot Soccer was helping GRS employees hire new coaches and train them into the Grassroot Soccer curriculum, called Skillz. Coaches’ responsibility would be to take children through a 9 step curriculum and teach them about the risk of HIV while playing soccer. I was responsible for lots of data entry and some analyses. Most of the data that I was responsible for were pre and post tests that children took before and after the Skillz Curriculum.

During the World Cup, GRS ran 11 Skillz Holiday Camps, where I had several responsibilities to help the camp run smoothly: making sure all materials were available, helping in other areas that needed assistants. I was also generally in making inventory of the tons donations GRS received from various organizations, which was sometimes hard to keep up with. Since Grassroot Soccer was the chosen NGO to run the Football for Hope Centre, Sony Donated 5000 World Cup tickets to GRS, which were used to take many of the Skillz Holiday Children to matches.

During the World Cup there was plenty of media attention on Grassroot Soccer, maybe it was because GRS is making a change in South Africa society or maybe it was the celebrities who visited the centre, such as Bobby Sagger, Drew Carey and the Queen of Spain, who knows. One of the most interesting things from ...

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Grassroot Soccer - FIFA Football for Hope Centre
Grassroot Soccer - FIFA Football for Hope Centre

Carrying things on your head in Ghana   (published in Ghana)

July 22, 2010 by   Comments(4)

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              Anyone who has spent any length of time in Ghana would have seen people carry things on their heads. They will often be on the side of the roads, selling things to the passing vehicles. They can carry an extortionate load on their head without problems, and they can run with it too! After a while you get so used to seeing it that it is easy to forget actually how difficult it is.

              So why do they do it? For foreigners it might look silly, but in actual fact it is the foreigners that are silly not to carry things on their head! It is a lot easier to carry heavy loads and awkward shaped items on your head than carrying it in your hands. It also makes sense for both hands to be free when they are selling things by the road.

              Most Ghanaian people - men, women and children alike have this particular skill, as the Ghanaian staff have been eager to prove! It comes from years of fetching water in buckets as a child along with other things. People living in the farms are even more accustomed to it, as they have to carry things like food and firewood back to their homes and are unlikely to have running water. I have often seen mothers carrying their babies strapped onto their backs as well as carrying huge loads on their heads!

              So this skill was put to the test for the volunteers during a Wednesday meeting. Our medical coordinator was keen to show off by running around with a plant pot on his head. The volunteers and I tried to do it, but to no avail! It really is ...

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Carrying things on your head in Ghana
Carrying things on your head in Ghana

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