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Expedition 4 - finding the tooth   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

A frustrating start to the weekend as I went to Colombo on Friday to sort out my Indian Visa. They had said before that I had to be there at 8am to get my visa – no one thought to mention that I wouldn’t be able to reclaim my passport until 5.30pm! So we went to visit the Projects Abroad office, and then went exploring Colombo. It’s busy, noisy, dirty and basically everything you would expect from a big city. Some of the shops have seen better days, and the area around the President’s residence is understandably heavily fortified. It was hot, so having had lunch we went back and sat in the Visa office, enjoying the air con.  The guest house in Colombo was amazing, the architecture was great; there were garden areas indoors with mesh roofs so that the rain and sun could get in. The only downside was that the car was parked next to the three piece suite!

 

The train the following morning to Kandy was lovely. The journey was mostly flat, until the last 40 minutes or so when we climbed steeply. Every tunnel we went through the children stuck their heads out the windows and screamed!  The scenery was lovely and worth the extra money on travel.  Kandy was again hot and busy; we went out of the centre to visit a tea museum – tea factories are noisy places.  The bus ride back into Kandy was interesting, I had to stand on the steps at the door because I was too tall to stand actually in the bus!  In the afternoon we had a look around, saw the lake and went shopping. The rain came down….In the evening we went to see some Kandy dancers who were good, but looked a little bored with what they were doing. After that we went into the Temple of the Tooth – again, heavily fortified and subject to body searches ...

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Expedition 4 - finding the tooth
 

Trees, Trees, Trees...   (published in South Africa)

July 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Saturday July 10, 2010

The past couple of days has seen us getting out in the bush as we got a real chance to get our hands dirty, as well as the rest of us if I’m honest!  Trees were the main theme as on Thursday we headed out to wrap them with thick wire.  Elephants have a particular attraction to the bark of the local Siringa   trees and they often rip off the bark with their tusks and, more often than not, push them over completely.  This is very evident when taking a drive through the reserve as we come across dozens of destroyed and dead trees lying stripped and shattered on the ground.  So in order to help prevent this, we coil wire around the trunk as the elephants dislike the feel of the metal on their tusks - much like us! 

Tree wrapping is a simple enough job in itself, but can be tricky when dealing with prickly acacia trees, ants, hammers, nails and no ladders to speak of.  Improvisation is the key and we split up into small groups to get to work.  Sofia, Loman and Hubert worked quickly and even got around the lack of a ladder by perching Sofia on Hubert’s shoulders so she could hammer in the wire on the upper trunk.

Yesterday we continued the tree theme as we headed out to chop down some Mapani trees with local man, Janee and 2 of his sons.  Janee has lived here all of his life and knows every inch of the 150 square kilometer reserve, so thankfully we were in no danger of getting lost.  Thankfully for me as I was following him in the Land Rover and my sense of direction can leave a lot to be desired at the best of times…!

We arrived at a patch of trees and set about choosing ones that were around 2-3 meters high to start chopping them down.  The reason we were doing this ...

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Trees, Trees, Trees...
 

An article from a teaching volunteer- Cape Coast   (published in Ghana)

July 12, 2010 by   Comments(0)

By Collette Brown, AUSTRALIA

Every blog I read before arriving in Ghana said to come without any expectations. It was not until I actually walked into my classroom for the first time that I realised it is really hard not to have expectations hidden in the back of your mind. One cannot compare the education system in a developing country to the equivalent of back home, instead accept it for what it is and adapt to the environment. The teachers did not give me any guidance and did not follow the class program posted on the wall, and to be honest did not show much enthusiasm towards teaching. Instead of letting this bother me, I took it as a challenge and asked myself what ideas can I bring to class, not only get the children motivated to learn, but to also give the teachers inspiration to continue with creativity once I had left. Projects Abroad offered great support and I never thought twice about asking for help and ideas when I came across any problems.

My biggest challenge was trying to teach children between the ages of 4 and 5 subjects like Maths and English. Most kids have been taught to remember their times-tables and alphabet in rhymes. To give them something new to think about, I mixed up the times-tables and asked for answers individually to challenge them and to teach them what it was they were reciting every morning. Praising the children for their efforts also went a long way and I could tell the children loved such positive attention for doing so well. It would be really easy to follow in the teacher’s footsteps of getting the students to recite their times-tables, the alphabet and sing some songs then let them play for the rest of the day while teachers sit around and chat. However in order to make the most out of your stay in Ghana, try to find ...

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An article from a teaching volunteer- Cape Coast
 

The Hills visit Cape Coast   (published in Ghana)

July 11, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last weekend, 15 of our volunteers in the Hills descended on Cape Coast to get a taste of what the Central region has to offer. After a long tro-tro ride we were welcomed by a Projects Abroad host mother Molly, who helped them re-fuel with a breakfast of pancakes and pineapple.  It was straight off to Cape Coast Castle from there.

Taking a tour around the old slave fort was an eye-opening and moving experience for everyone.  The afternoon was spent browsing and shopping in the bustling central market, and the day was rounded off back at Molly's house with an evening of african drumming and dancing.

It was an early start the following morning, leaving before light at 5am to beat the crowds to Kakum National Park.  We had the place virtually to ourselves, and everyone made it around the suspended canopy walkways without any vertigo-related panic attacks!

 

 

Before heading back to the Hills, we managed to squeeze in breakfast at Hans Cottage, taking the opportunity to greet the resident croc.  A busy weekend and great fun!

By Anne Buglass

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The Hills visit Cape Coast
 

Dirty Weekend   (published in Cambodia)

July 10, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Last month we had done a Dirty weekend, the activity was about the planting trees and grass. For this month, we plan to do a Dirty weekend at CFC orphanage. It is a neccesary need for our children at there. The activities is about reparing classroom and creating recreation ground for the children.

It plan to be done on 18th July 2010, and we hope that all volunteers can help to join this activity.

To me, I will keep you update how it will be with a pile of photos.

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Dirty Weekend
 

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