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Mapungubwe   (published in South Africa)

July 26, 2010 by   Comments(0)

   This week was a little different to what we are used to as our numbers have risen now to 32 volunteers, making for a great melting pot of people from all over the world.  As our camp at Legodimo would be a little small for everyone at once, we have arranged to divide them up into 3 groups and alternate them between 3 different reserves.  This week, Pam and I were in charge of 7 volunteers as we headed off to the nearby Mapungubwe Nature Reserve across the border in South Africa.

    Mapungubwe may not be a name that is familiar to you, nor does it roll of the tongue easily, but it is a fascinating place.  It is here in 1933 that an ancient “forgotten city” was discovered buried under meters of topsoil - the legend of Mapungubwe Hill housing treasures of gold ornaments and beads was revealed to be true and it was realised as the first evidence if human civilisation in Africa.  Thanks to this, it has been awarded the status of a World Heritage Site and is one of the last bastions of unspoiled natural landscape you will ever see.  We were guided around the hill by Cedric - out local guide who regaled us with stories of the site as well as plenty of his own conversation-stopping jokes...

Pam and me on a rock..

   We stayed in tents at the western end of the park and were allowed the use of the kitchen and bathroom facilities of the main house there, which was a bonus, so we could make our own dinners in the evening - the volunteers really enjoying helping out with the preparation.  In this case, it seems that too many cooks make a cracking Spaghetti Bolognese! 

Group photo at confluence..

   The mornings were very early starts, as we were to join the rangers on their ...

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Teaching volunteer story, Mary Fisher - Kumasi   (published in Ghana)

July 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Just a few months agao I arrived in Ghana, and I can hardly believe it is all over already. I was based in Kumasi for 3 months, between March and June, as a teaching assistant at Christ the King of Kings school. I was helping with a class of around 40 ten year olds, who were quite a handful, but brilliant kids.

The highlight of my placement was my second last day at the school, as I had organised for them to give a short performance to the school, and other PA volunteers. I had felt inspired to arrange this after seeing how they enjoyed doing some drama games as well as singing and dancing. I set about looking for a script, but realised quickly they didn't really exsist, so after asking the guys at PA they said Bible stories were what most children knew best, so I started writing a script. We did five scenes from Jesus' life, and I got them to sing four different songs in between. I cast children to various roles, and they all became very excited. I was amazed at how quickly they learnt their lines, I gave them out on the Friday, and by Monday they knew them all! From the day I gave them the lines, we had ten days until the performance and limited resources.

However, the children just seemed to know what to do, and were keen to do it. The kept me going, and whilst it was hard to maintain a low noise level, we managed. At the end of the week, we had all five scenes under our belt, much to my amazement. I also managed to get some paint and large sheets of paper left over from other volunteers, and they drew some pictures for the scenery. I was rather surprised that some of them didn't really know how to use the paint properly.

Then the big day arrived, and when I walked into school I could hardly believe my eyes. The owner had got some plastic chairs, a small ...

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Teaching volunteer story, Mary Fisher - Kumasi
Teaching volunteer story, Mary Fisher - Kumasi

Armed Forces Museum, Kumasi   (published in Ghana)

July 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              Volunteers in Kumasi can all own up to this. Who has actually been to the Armed Forces Museum in Adum? We all see it every time we are in the centre and we all know it is there, but who has taken the time to go and visit it? I am fairly sure that no one has visited it in my two and a half months I have been here!

              So I took the initiative to go there and see what it is like. The museum is one of the easiest places to spot in the city centre. It has lots of tanks lined up just outside the entrance and it is opposite the Vodafone internet cafe the all volunteers go to. The entrance fee of 7 cedis seemed to be a lot, and on top of that I had to pay 2 cedis to take photos. I paid it as there was no turning back!

              I was not disappointed. In fact I really enjoyed the tour of the museum. It lasted two and a half hours and I could not have asked for a more thorough guide. The museum is actually pretty big and it has lots of different rooms, along with the prison cells and secret money storage room. The museum is built into the Kumasi Fort, which is why it is not just a museum, but a historical site. It focuses largely on the British-Asante wars in which many were won by the Asantes. It housed all sorts of weapons used in those wars, the old medals and badges and lots of photos taken in those days.

I learnt about the Ghanaians fighting the Japanese in Burma, which I must confess I did not know about. Old Japanese weapons and devices were kept in the museum.


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Armed Forces Museum, Kumasi
Armed Forces Museum, Kumasi

Donation to school   (published in Cambodia)

July 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Donation can be everything which is useful for the reciever. Projects Abroad Cambodia, recently, has donated money to making iron frame window to VDTO placement. VDTO has many class rooms but only one library and the library settle on the top floor of the schoold building. We made window for the library because it is very important to prevent any unexpected problems which may occure because the  children's careless which can upset their life.

There are six windows and we have spent 240 US dollars to made it. Director of VDTO thanks Projects Abroad that help to made the window for them because it is urgent need to protect children from risk.


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Donation to school
Donation to school

Last night in Phnom Penh   (published in Cambodia)

July 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)


Friday yester night was the last night of our some volunteers in Cambodia. We went out for a soft drink and dancing. There are around 25 volunteers and two staffs of Projects Abroad Cambodia participated at that night. We absolutely had a wonderful time and great dancing time at the local restarant in Phnom Penh. As some of our volunteers are a new comer so we introduce to each other and chatting about this and that and taking a lot of pictures.

Time coming to go back to apartment, we said good bye, good night and keep in touch to the volunteers who will leave tomorrow Saturday.

Sad and happy are at the same time :-).

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Last night in Phnom Penh
Last night in Phnom Penh

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