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Almost Twins of Twins- Dutch volunteers get introduced to placement. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)   (published in Jamaica)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Ooohhhhhhhhh! So cute! This is definitely a picture that can speak a thousand words if you simply tap into your imagination. Marloes and Brigitte Goverde are Dutch sisters who arrived in Jamaica on July 24, 2010 with a mission to do voluntary work for 1 month. On the first day of visiting their placement (July 26, 2010) at the Windsor Lodge Children’s Home, they kept asking, “Where are the babies?” Both sisters patiently or impatiently waited through a tour of the institution and introduction to staff members to finally have their hearts desire-holding the babies. As the sisters stepped into the nursery they were greeted by a pair of female baby twins, one enthusiastically stretched her hands up to Brigitte. Marlores quickly took up the other twin saying, “How wonderful!” I then remarked, “Twins holding Twins, well almost; more like sisters.” Both ladies were genuinely caught up with the young ones, saying, they could not wait to come back the following day to start their voluntary work.

In the Netherlands, their homeland, Marloes the older sister is a teacher who previously worked with children in the four- twelve age group. However, on this trip she is anticipating spending more time with the babies. Brigitte on the other hand is a nurse who has worked with babies before, but said those babies unfortunately were sick; she is therefore looking forward to hanging out with healthy babies. The sisters immediately warmed to the new environment, saying, “I definitely think I am going to like it here. The Goverde’s kept remarking that the Winsor Lodge Children’s home is very clean, nicely painted and decorated. They examined their surroundings like health inspectors ready to pass a failing grade. In the end they ...

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Almost Twins of Twins- Dutch volunteers get introduced to placement. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)
Almost Twins of Twins- Dutch volunteers get introduced to placement. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)

Bobiri Forest Reserve   (published in Ghana)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(1)

                The whole Ashanti region is rich with lush forests and wildlife. So I decided to visit a rainforest about a 40 minute drive from Kumasi called the Bobiri Forest Reserve. The way to get there is to get the tro tro to Kubease and the walk to the guesthouse in the rainforest is about an hour. The turn into the rainforest is nice, as the temperature suddenly drops and the sun is not shining directly onto you.

              I went in the early morning so it was nice seeing the birds in the trees and bushes on the way to the guesthouse. There were numerous butterflies as well and going past the houses that people live in made me see how the people in the outskirts live like. The little children were carrying heavy loads of wood both on their head and arms so it was understandable to see why some Ghanaian men are so built.

             The guesthouse was a neat little place with running water and decent sized rooms. If you order early, the guesthouse will cook you a meal made from fresh supplies from Kubease. There is a guided tour around the reserve where research is practiced. The tour was interesting, seeing all the different types of trees, huge trees may I add, and also the guide will make you eat a bit of the bark of mahogany! Make sure you ask the tour guide about the dwarves in the forest! He told me that as much as they can help it they do not walk through the forest on Friday nights. There is a story about some woman and her child who got lost in the forest and never came out. He told me that he has only seen the dwarves flash by. We ...

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Bobiri Forest Reserve
Bobiri Forest Reserve

Football in Kumasi Children's Home   (published in Ghana)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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    In Kumasi we like to mix things up and not always have just a quiz night in the office. So on one Wednesday afternoon we went to the Kumasi Children’s Home. The volunteers who were not doing the care project were not familiar with this place so it was nice to take all the volunteers to have a look. Kumasi Children’s Home was established in 1965 by Social Welfare. It houses over a hundred children from 0 years to 25 years old. They have either been abandoned by their parents, their parents could not support them or they are in jail. The Children’s Home is a volunteers’ favourite and continues to be one of the most popular placements.

              We take the volunteers there often to challenge the children for a game of football. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. It really isn’t the point of going there, but it does get quite competitive sometimes! Every time we bring biscuits, sweets and juice to the children so that they are kept happy despite the result. A lot of the time it is a fair game, since the children playing will be the older ones who are quite a lot better than some of us, and despite the size difference, a lot of the volunteers don’t know how to play football! The volunteers who don’t want to play football can just play with the little ones who always want attention.

              Somehow for the last two times in a row, the match has ended in a draw so we had to settle it on penalties! We have one won and lost one so we will be going back there soon to settle the score.

By Minato Kobori

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Football in Kumasi Children's Home
Football in Kumasi Children's Home

Two Week Special Volunteers at Our Lady of Hope Child Care Facility( Written by Sheryl Clayton)   (published in Jamaica)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)


Wow!! Excitement galore!

It was all fun and games as the two week special volunteers got involved in their projects at Our Lady of Hope Child Care Facility. They were welcomed with open arms and bright smiles as the children ran and hugged each and everyone. The volunteers showed much enthusiasm as they got the children engaged in Art and Craft where they did colouring of sketches, drawings, painting of t-shirts, murals and painting of the chapel. This allowed the children to showcase their artistic abilities, realize other hidden talents and develop present ones. The painting of the fabric was fun as the children and volunteers not only painted the fabric but had lots of fun painting their faces in various colours which was a belly full of laughter. The volunteers had fun while they shared their musical talents, where they sang and dance for the children which they enjoyed.  

The gardening and beautification project was also a lot of fun, as the volunteers got involved and dug weeds from the garden, tilled the soil and prepared it for new plants. The painting of the chapel was executed by the volunteers with the aid of the children who eagerly showed lots of interest especially the younger ones. Everyone took painting supplies (brushes) and was ready to paint before the project even started, it was emotional for one to see the younger children painting away and getting the job done in a timely and effective manner. They worked like the ‘ants’ as one could not see the spot they were painting until they all moved away and the beauty emerged of their magnificent jobs. Both the children and the volunteers shared dance, music and drama with each other which was also a great cultural exchange. The Macarena was the highlight of the dances ...

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Two Week Special Volunteers at Our Lady of Hope Child Care Facility( Written by Sheryl Clayton)
Two Week Special Volunteers at Our Lady of Hope Child Care Facility( Written by Sheryl Clayton)

Our new coodinator of Marine and Diving Conservation project   (published in Cambodia)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Hi my name is Carly Atkins and I am the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Diving and Marine Conservation project on Koh Rong Samleom, Cambodia. I am from Melbourne, Australia. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in zoology and reproduction and development.

I fell in love with the island, back in April last year when I was one of the first volunteers to join the project.  I had the most amazing experiences and saw the potential for this new project. I completely adored the village and all its characters and knew that three months was never going to be enough.

I returned to Melbourne for four months and then bought a one way ticket back to Cambodia. Returning back to the island was perhaps my most favourite thing that I have ever experienced. All the villagers welcomed me back like family and the project had grown and achieved so much in the short time I was away. I completed my PADI rescue and dive master training and helped out on the project for another seven months. As I was leaving I was offered the opportunity to return and work for Projects Abroad apparently ten months was still not enough time to get Cambodia out of my system. So I had a three week holiday in Australia and returned to my new home on the island.  

Cambodia, the island and the village has completely got me hooked and I am proud that I can now work on the island and continue to watch the changes and be part of the incredible achievements that are still being accomplished.


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Our new coodinator of Marine and Diving Conservation project
Our new coodinator of Marine and Diving Conservation project

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