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Thoughts on Mongolia   (published in Mongolia)

June 21, 2010 by   Comments(0)

By Alex Marquaroll - who took part in the Nomad Project and also a Care placement earlier this year.

 

About Mongolia

 

*The Mongolians are very proud of their Chingis Khan, because he united the several Mongolian tribes and he had the biggest empire ever.

*The market in UB (Ulaanbaatar) is the biggest in Asia.

*Mongolia, for me was more of an adventure and a challenge than a holiday.

*The hospitality of the Mongolians is great; you will never get hungry or thirsty.

*When you live with the nomads, you can feel alone, but sometimes it is good for you to be alone.

*Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital in the world.

*Even after two and half months, i still have a problem trying to find the correct pronunciation for thank you in Mongolian.

*I thought the Mongolian women were the tallest and nicest in the world. At the end of my stay  i realised that they like to wear high-heel shoes, but for me they are still the nicest.

*You should visit a Mongolian ensemble. The throat singers, traditional dance acts, acrobatics and the different instruments players are amazing.

 

Customs

*When you enter a ger, you should go head first and then with your feet this is more polite.

*Don’t whistle in an apartment or a ger, because it means bad luck for the owners.

*When you enter a ger, the left side is female part,  and the right side is male part.

*Don’t cross the two vertical woods ticks in the middle of the ger, when you are not married.

*When you step on someone’s shoes, you have to shake the hands. This is polite.

*This is a Mongolian proverb: to see a wolf brings you luck, to touch a wolf brings you more luck, to shoot a wolf brings you luck until the end of your days.

*The Mongolians love to eat the head of a sheep.  

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River of Hearts - Sorting Donated Clothes Ready to go to Underprivileged Parts of China   (published in China)

June 20, 2010 by   Comments(0)

So it was a hot. The sun pelted down onto our browed faces from the moment we congregated outside the metro station in the morning, making it very clear to us what its plans were for the rest of the day. From there we dashed between shaded areas to our taxis and drove off to the spot. The location was a big British school with hundreds and hundreds of boxes of clothes to be sorted within and it was those clothes that were to dictate how we would be spending the rest of the day. We were there to sort the donated goods from the city so that they could be sent off to the poor parts of the Chinese countryside.

I’m not sure on whether you can be fashionably late to a charity event, so I will just say that we were about 10 minutes late and this being so, were thrown straight into the work as soon as we arrived. With a thick resolve we went about getting the whole lot sorted, folded, bagged and thrown onto the truck ready to go off the poorer parts of China. It was all a bit of a blur from there really. The 24 odd of us who were in attendance broke off into various synergistic groups and went about getting things done.

The largest room of the operations contained the place where people were sorting the clothes into different categories. They would take them out of the boxes and place into piles for male, female, kids etc and then they would be folded ready for the next stage. Clothing transporters would then collect the piles and take them to the next station. The next station was a row of tables with people receiving the folded batches and putting them into big sacks according to their categorisation. From there the sacks went to be sealed by ‘stitchers’ and after that, it is the final and possibly the most rewarding task of loading up these large sacks ...

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River of Hearts - Sorting Donated Clothes Ready to go to Underprivileged Parts of China
 

Khurta Shopping in Kathmandu   (published in Nepal)

June 17, 2010 by   Comments(0)

We had a rather long retail therapy session with two of the volunteers who are here at the moment, Leah and Gen, when myself and Sajani took them shopping for Khurtas. Well, the shop was very neat and tidy when we arrived, and looked (in the words my mother would use to describe the state of my bedroom) like a bomb had hit it. Even a quick glance at one of the Khurtas on the shelves resulted in it being pulled out and unfolded to show us the full thing. By the end, we were sat among huge piles of fabric that filled the shop... I felt quite sorry for the person who had to fold them all back up! But we all got a couple of nice Khurtas, and the girls impressed the children at Snowlands the next day with their new outfits, who thought they looked “beautiful miss!”.

Quote of the trip: “I give you good price!”

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Twi in the Ashanti region   (published in Ghana)

June 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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            It is often misleading when it says in the guidebooks that the official language in Ghana is English. This is not the same as saying the official language in the UK or the US is English, but this in Ghana means that all official documents are written in English. It does not mean that it is their mother tongue. I have come across plenty of Ghanaians who cannot speak English, but only speak their local language. This in the Ashanti region is Twi. The local language in for example, Cape Coast, is different. Do not be put off though! The majority of Ghanaians can at least understand English to a basic level and you are likely to come across those who can speak it very well. You can get around just fine with English. It is common though, to have road side sellers and taxi drivers to only speak a few words or cannot understand what you are saying.

 

            So before departing, it is quite a good idea to learn a few phrases of the local language. In Kumasi the locals will hardly ever speak English to each other. The advantage of knowing Twi is that it is great for bargaining a price. Once the seller or taxi driver knows that you can speak a little bit of Twi, it makes things a lot easier. A lot of the time when they see a white person, they tend to quote a high price to try and get more money of f you.

 

            So on one Wednesday meeting, Gabby, the regional coordinator in Kumasi, set out to teach the volunteers Twi. It was amazing to see that the volunteers had already picked out a lot of phrases and were using them regularly. It was also great to see that they had ...

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Taricaya Lodge puts on first inter-school Environmental Awareness Competition   (published in Peru)

June 15, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 By Stuart Timson of Peru Conservation

There have been many new highs at Taricaya and the most noticeable of these was a competition we organised amongst all the schools in Puerto Maldonado. May was the month in which the world celebrated its “Biodiversity Day” and to honour this we inaugurated the first inter-school “Environmental Awareness” competition in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Each school had held its own internal competition and the winners passed to a grand final that was held in the main square of Puerto Maldonado on May 22nd. The fantastic displays were accompanied by the four pupils who had designed them and their teachers. Our volunteers were assigned groups to supervise as the four judges went around each display and having listened to each group they chose their top three. The judges came from the Tambopata National Park, the INC (National Culture Institute), the Ecological Police and the Ministry of Education. The winning displays are currently being displayed in the local museum and the top three schools won a variety of prizes from visits to Taricaya, a camping trip in the national park and free pizza! The event was covered by local newspapers, radio and television and it was incredibly satisfying to see how the young Peruvians see the threats to their land and heritage. A great time was had by everyone concerned, and I must thank the volunteers for giving up their Saturday morning to help out. I am confident that this will now become an annual event, and I am very proud to see our work filtering through to the next generation of Peruvians. These youngsters hold the key to the future of the rain forest, and whether there will be any left for their children to enjoy.

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Taricaya Lodge puts on first inter-school Environmental Awareness Competition
 

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