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2 Week Special Volunteers build an incinerator at the Children's Home!!   (published in Fiji)

August 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Our 2 Week Special volunteers who came here for a Care and Construction Placement, have not only managed to paint all the gate posts at the Treasure House Children's Home, but in their last five days also completed the construction of an incinerator.

The Children's Home specifically asked for an incinerator as they find that buring their garbage openly in the back yard poses a safety risk for the kids.  So an incinerator it was - not the most glamorous construction project, but a very necessary one!

The first step was to level out the area the incinerator would be built and create a sturdy base for the structure.  The volunteers had to mix the cement by hand (!) which turned out to be quite the strenuous task so everybody took turns to try and get the cement to have the texture of ‘cake mix’ as Mr. Khan, the project supervisor, put it! 

Over the next two days the volunteers started laying the bricks.  Again cement was prepared and then scooped onto the base and bricks to work as glue and slowly slowly the walls of the incinerator grew.  Once a couple of layers of bricks were laid, they had to be filled with cement so that the walls would be solid and able to contain heat.

On Thursday the volunteers were busy filling in little holes in the structure with soft cement and creating a rounded ledge around the top of the incinerator, and on the final day we painted the structure.  

Mr. Khan and myself, and all the staff at Treasure House Children’s Home were astounded at how fast the volunteers had worked!!  We thought the incinerator would take a couple of weeks to complete, but this group of volunteers had it done in five days!!

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Asenema Falls, ER.   (published in Ghana)

July 31, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Asenema Waterfall is one of the hidden gems in the Akuapem Hills. There are many waterfalls in the Eastern Region, but Asenema is only 15 minutes in tro tro from Akropong (where our regional office is).  The drive to get there is wonderfully scenic, with beautiful views across the rolling hills that are so typical of this region. There is no entrance fee, and it's just a 5 minute walk from the main road along a marked trail.  Ok, so aside from taking a few pictures and enjoying the cool spray from the water, there's not much to do, but as it's so near it's definitely worth a visit all the same.  Perfect for a half day outing, just like myself and seven of our volunteers did this morning!

 

            

Volunteers left to right: Paul Kastner, Benedict Gillard, Elle Houby, Laura Wainwright, Alexandra Pare, Tiphaine Mollard, Philippine Terisse

 

By Anne Buglass

 

 

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A tope!   (published in Argentina)

July 30, 2010 by   Comments(0)

“A tope”? An expression used often in Spanish-speaking countries to mean something that is lived fully. July has definitely been a tope with over 68 arrivals, weekly Socials & Dirty Weekends. I’m going to miss many of the volunteers who came to Argentina and I really hope they come back and visit us!

Last weekend the second group of the Two Week Special arrived. A young group mostly who are here to discover Medicine and the Argentinean way of life. They are all very nice and have been enjoying the different events organized for them during their first week in Argentina: A visit to an internationally renowned Anatomy museum, a diner and tango show at El Arrabal restaurant, a city tour of Cordoba city, a game of Bowling, a surprise 18th Birthday Party organized for one of the volunteers and much more!

This weekend they will have the chance to discover the beautiful mountains of Cordoba province & different exciting outdoor activities like zip lining! And me? I’ll be relaxing at home, enjoying the warm spring-like weather while sharing a mate with friends, a typical Argentinean drink.

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“Qué será, será, whatever will be will be!” - Julie Curran, Teaching volunteer, Australia   (published in Peru)

July 30, 2010 by   Comments(0)

My choice to volunteer in the Sacred Valley ticked these boxes:

 

 

v      An opportunity to live amongst mountain landscapes with spectacular starry nights;

v      A long held desire to learn another language and find it really useful;

v      The opportunity to “sample” a career that was different to working as a nurse;

v      A chance to live in a non-Western country and perhaps have an impact.

 

I don’t want to mislead you with sunny Doris Day quotations but there is wisdom in her warbling “Qué será, será – whatever will be will be!”  Those words sum up for me, the union between expectations and experiences whilst volunteering in Peru.

           

So the hot showers may only be a trickle, the roads will be noisy and dusty, the bus from Cusco will be crowded and you will find out how a sardine feels, you like potatoes but more so when they are ‘chippies’.  If teaching, the best lesson plan is flexibility and the home cooked foods are better than anything in the restaurants. 

 

The most memorable moments of my volunteering experience occurred during the challenge and excitement of teaching. My preparation commenced 10 months prior to my arrival in Spanish language classes; a very useful endeavour as the students and local English teacher had limited English skills. Great for my Spanish language challenge!  Now, as I recall, the title of the English grammar book from which I learnt English when I was at school, which was some years ago - was “Let’s make English live”.  Indeed, ...

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“Qué será, será, whatever will be will be!” - Julie Curran, Teaching volunteer, Australia
 

A life in the day of Marion Frankland   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 30, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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A life in the day…Sri Lanka

 

   My day starts at 6.30am when my alarm goes off. Of course, I set it to snooze a couple of times and eventually get up at 7am. This will no doubt change when my room mates arrive in the next couple of weeks.  The morning starts with a nice cold shower (eurgh!) just as the call to school starts up from over the road. This is a collection of songs, blessings, prayers and chants to remind the students to get a move on and lasts for about half an hour. Once I’m ready, complete with sun cream and insect repellant, breakfast is a bowl of cornflakes and a yogurt then it’s off to catch the bus. There’s one about every 10 minutes and it’s only 20 metres or so to the bus stop.  Once on board we travel slowly for 10km to get to work – for the price of 18p!  Work is at an orphanage for girls with learning and physical disabilities – although for a couple of them the ‘disability’ is dyslexia and those are the girls who need lots of stimulation.  In the mornings I work with the adults who don’t go to school. Some of the girls have been abandoned by their families. Those that can usefully work after the age of 20 do so, the others stay here and help look after the youngsters, do the washing in the river, help cook meals and keep the place tidy.  We generally spend our mornings doing puzzles, playing games and having a go at art and craft work, with varying degrees of success.  We then serve lunch for the school aged girls (and the boy or two who live there as well). It’s rice and curry, brought each day by neighbours in turn and usually fish based.  We put a helping each onto a metal plate and put each serving ready for the girls when ...

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