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Summer in CeCAM by Eva Scott   (published in Argentina)

July 22, 2010 by   Comments(0)

In February of this year, I went out to Cordoba to volunteer on a Care Project. Three weeks before I left I found out that I would be working at CeCAM, a prison for young girls. My immediate thoughts weren’t those of fear at the prospect of working with criminals, they were: these girls are going to hate me! Here I was, an 18-year-old gringa, who had come to be a “role model” for them.  After a few phone calls to Ariel, an email from Sofia, and a word or two with a previous CeCAM volunteer, my worries were slightly alleviated. Obviously it was still going to be a challenge but that is what I came to Argentina for. I wanted to be completely taken out of my comfort zone… and I was.

I had been in Argentina two days when Horacio took me for my first day at CeCAM. I had the nerves that come with any first day at a new job but they were slightly enhanced by the fact that I could speak very little Spanish. Standing at the locked iron gates of CeCAM, waiting to be let in, Horacio turned to me and said, “This is gonna be tough.” “Yep!” was all I could muster as a response. Eventually we were led in. After being told what I could and couldn’t do by the director of CeCAM and having left my bags with the guards, I was led into the ceramics classroom where the girls were having their morning lesson. I was met with about 15 staring faces and all eyes on me. I was told all the girls’ names and introduced to the two ceramics professors. For a while I simply sat trying my best to understand any Spanish that I could. I tried asking a couple of girls their ages and other simple things like when their birthdays were. One or two of them seemed very wary of me but others were really friendly and interested and ...

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Summer in CeCAM by Eva Scotthttps://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/argentina-social-manager/read/8220/summer-in-cecam-by-eva-scott
Summer in CeCAM by Eva Scott
 

"Philisa Abafazi Children's Programme" by Shelley Smith (US)!   (published in South Africa)

July 22, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Another great video by US volunteer Shelley Smith.  This one focuses on the children of her Care/Teaching Project "Philisa Abafazi Bethu" in Lavendar Hill.  If you're interested to know more - visit the Project's website http://www.philisaabafazi.org (also updated by volunteers)! 

 

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"Philisa Abafazi Children's Programme" by Shelley Smith (US)!https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/southafrica-social-manager/read/8207/philisa-abafazi-childrens-programme-by-shelley-smith-us
"Philisa Abafazi Children's Programme" by Shelley Smith (US)!
 

US volunteer’s video documentary of her Care/Teaching Project!   (published in South Africa)

July 22, 2010 by   Comments(0)

US Volunteer Shelley Smith filmed and edited this awesome video for her Care/Teaching Project "Philisa Abafazi Bethu".  It documents the work the Women's Programme does and the involvement that Projects Abroad volunteers have with the project and amazing people there. Well done Shelley!!!

 

 

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US volunteer’s video documentary of her Care/Teaching Project!https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/southafrica-social-manager/read/8206/us-volunteers-video-documentary-of-her-careteaching-project
US volunteer’s video documentary of her Care/Teaching Project!
 

Book Fairy Has a Novel Dream,(Jamaica) Written by Alison Johnson (UK Parenting and Education volunteer)   (published in Jamaica)

July 21, 2010 by   Comments(0)

BY HOOK OR BY BOOK: Alison Johnson hopes to collect 3,000 books for the impoverished Jamaican town of Albion and eventually raise enough money to build a library to house them in.

A mother of four has started the long process of building a library for an impoverished Jamaican community – one book at a time. Alison Johnson, 44, spent two weeks on the Caribbean island in April volunteering on a parenting and education programme. In the poor rural town of Albion she was touched by the poverty and lack of resources children and adults had access to. Mrs. Johnson, from Mitchley Avenue, Sanderstead, was particularly moved when she handed a four-year-old boy a book.

“He looked like I'd given him gold, his mouth was wide open," she recalled. I thought 'this is crazy'. I think in our society we have such an abundance of books they have become invisible. To read is to know and I think we take it for granted how a book can change our life”. "Everyone has at least one book lying around they don't read any more, so I'm like the book fairy, collecting as many as I can!"

Mrs. Johnson, who works with disaffected youths in Croydon, has been inundated with donations since returning to Britain and has collected more than 500 books so far. Her aim is to collect around 3,000 books, which she will have shipped out to Jamaica.

In the long term she hopes to raise enough money to build the town a library in which the books can be stored. She said: "It will be an ongoing project, but I think 3,000 is enough for the first delivery and should keep everyone happy for a bit.”People are being generous. I think it appeals to people because everyone's always asking for money, so to ask for a book is quite different. "Here we can pick one up cheaply at bookshops, charity shops ...

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Book Fairy Has a Novel Dream,(Jamaica) Written by Alison Johnson (UK Parenting and Education volunteer)https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/jamaica-social-manager/read/8159/book-fairy-has-a-novel-dreamjamaica-written-by-alison-johnson-uk-parenting-and-education-volunteer
Book Fairy Has a Novel Dream,(Jamaica) Written by Alison Johnson (UK Parenting and Education volunteer)
 

“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!
 

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