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The beautiful beach of Cambodia   (published in Cambodia)

July 10, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Most parts of the world are coverd by the ocean, so a lot of country have beach and most of that beaches are awesome. A part of of that, Cambodia also has its beach and it is a famous place to tourism and local people. 

For special holiday, such as Khmer new year, International new year or Water festival etc... a lot of people intentionally will visit there and it will be full of tourism. And hotel, guesthouse, restaurants will be ready to served their guests. Among some those tourists they may prefer to have visit some islands which locate nearby the zone and those islands are wonderful with fresh air and good scenery. However, for normal days, it also has some tourists and not so crowded.

For our volunteers almost all of them have experienced to be there and they have said that it is amazing and nice.

Again, last week and this weekend some volunteers have visited there and they have a full of enjoyment at the beach.

Do not miss to visite the beach of Cambodia, and it is located in Sihanouk Ville province. It takes only 3 or 4 hours to arrive. We should mention that our Diving and Conservation project also have been processed at Sihanouk Ville province.


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The beautiful beach of Cambodia
The beautiful beach of Cambodia

Up close and personal!   (published in South Africa)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

(By Emily Hahn - from US, on Human Rights Project)

On 3 July, the following twelve volunteers went Shark Cage Diving: Emily Hahn (USA, Human Rights - HR), Talbot Beck (USA, HR), Veronique Lin (USA, HR), Krystian Opalinski (USA, HR), Sandra Lima (Sweden, HR), Joe Crann (UK, Journalism), Shalini Thomas (Canada, HR), Isaac Jones (USA, HR), Melissa Wirths (USA, HR), Sylvain Rivière (France, Soccer), Mary Johnson Phillips (USA, Care) and  Andy Ablett (Scotland, HR)

(From back left: Sandra Lima (Sweden), Krystian Opalinski (USA) and Melissa Wirths USA)

When I agreed to go shark diving, I could not imagine actually following through.  For as long as I can remember I have been extremely terrified of sharks.  I can’t even watch Jaws.  I joked my way through my fear until the moment I climbed on the boat.  30 minutes after we hit open water we heard the captain yell, “SHAAAAAARK!” I knew if I hesitated for one moment I would miss out on the experience of a lifetime.  I threw on the first pair of goggles I could find and jumped into the cage.

There is no way to explain the thrill of facing a 5 meter, great white shark underwater capable of taking my arm off.  We were eye to eye, and yet I felt strangely safe inside the cage.  Seeing such a powerful animal in its natural habitat is more profound and jarring than any wild animal program on television.  The second I climbed back up to the port side of the boat (that’s the left), I was overcome with a feeling of accomplishment and liberation. I had just dismantled a phobia I never imagined myself capable of conquering.  It was a humbling and awe inspiring experience that has strengthened my courage for the rest of my life.  Next ...

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Up close and personal!
Up close and personal!

Sports Day in Aseibu   (published in Ghana)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)


Aimee Townley, a volunteer living in Cape Coast and working at Children’s Home of Hope has been involved in a new community project in the town of Aseibu, just outside Cape Coast.   Aimee was spending her free time assisting Elvis, the director of Children’s Home of Hope, with some side projects.  One of these was a community sports project, which involved organizing after-school sports activities for the local children.  Elvis had already established a boys’ football team and asked Aimee to help him organize a program for the neighborhood girls. After establishing some guidelines for the project, like enforcing that the children must attend school in order to participate, and devoting one afternoon each week to discussing a social issue with the children, Elvis, Aimee, and the other volunteers met with the village chief to discuss the project.  The chief and the council were happy to have our volunteers involved and accepted the project proposal.   On the first day, about 40 girls arrived, eager to play sports.  By the second day of activities, the number of girls had nearly doubled.  As the third week of sports activities approached, Aimee, along with a few other volunteers, organized a sports day for all the Aseibu children with the social theme of gender equality.  They planned it for Saturday, the 3rd of July and recruited other Projects Abroad volunteers to assist on the day.  The volunteers organized prizes for the winners, and invited the chief of Aseibu, who happens to be a woman, to speak about gender equality. 

Events began at 9 a.m. and continued throughout the day until the late afternoon.  There was football, track races, ping-pong tournaments, and other events.  ...

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Sports Day in Aseibu
Sports Day in Aseibu

School Play At Christ King of Kings, Kumasi   (published in Ghana)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

When Mary Fisher volunteered as an English teacher at Christ King of Kings School in Kumasi, she noticed that her students had quite a creative side.  Using this to her advantage, she decided to try out some simple drama exercises to see if they could channel their creativity.  The idea worked so well, Mary decided to organize a short play.  Her students would have 2 weeks to rehearse and they would perform it in front of the whole school.   The story they chose to perform was the story of Jesus.  Each student was given a role in the play and everyone helped to make set backdrops and simple costumes.  On the day of the performance, the children were sufficiently rehearsed and ready.  The school provided a sound system and microphones for the children to use.  All the students and teachers gathered in the courtyard to watch and several Projects Abroad volunteers attended to show their support for Mary’s hard work.  The play was a success, and as it was Mary’s last day before returning home, a lovely send-off.   After the play, some of the girls did some dances and everyone, students, volunteers, and teachers were invited to join in, resulting in a giant dance party, with Mary at the center. It couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to a successful volunteer project. 

By, Jenny Shulman

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School Play At Christ King of Kings, Kumasi
School Play At Christ King of Kings, Kumasi

Preparing for Naadam   (published in Mongolia)

July 9, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Hello again!

This week has been quite a busy one here in Mongolia- lots of new arrivals and plenty to do! We are also busying ourselves with preparations for the highlight of the Mongolian calendar- Naadam festival, which starts this Sunday!

Naadam is short for "eriin gurvan naadam" (эрийн гурван наадам) meaning "the three games of men". These three games are Mongolian wrestling, archery and horse racing. The festival will take place across the country for three days. We will be celebrating it in the bustling capital, Ulaanbaatar, where festivities are undoubtedly the biggest and most exciting!

All the volunteers and staff will squeeze ourselves into the National Sports Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on Sunday morning which promises to be a great event featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians.

On Sunday afternoon we will go outside the city to watch the horseracing. Boys and girls aged 6-12 take part in the horse racing.

We are all looking forward to taking part in this festival, it has got to be one of the best times to be in this country!

We’ll keep you updated on our celebrations!


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Preparing for Naadam
Preparing for Naadam

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