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My time in Ethiopia   (published in Ethiopia)

July 2, 2010 by   Comments(0)

By Eline  Verheul - Care and Community Volunteer        

My time in Ethiopia

At the end of January I decided to stop my studies. I started to search for some volunteering organisation. I found the website of Projects Abroad and everything looked beautiful. I made an appointment with Projects Abroad in Dordrecht (Holland) and after 2 minutes we agreed that Ethiopia was the best option for me.

After I made my decision and filled in all the forms the Projects Abroad staff in Ethiopia started to get in contact with me. The contact was very good and I could ask all the questions I had. They even called me a few times!

My host family

For those 9 weeks it really felt like my own family. I got my little sisters to play with; I had my older sisters to talk to, share clothes, go out with and meet new people. Especially in my first weeks! Then there was the lovely mother, who really takes good care of all the volunteers. You never ate too little, actually always too much. It is a big, busy family and almost everyday I saw new people coming to the house. During my first few weeks I spent a lot of time with the daughters of the family. My first Sunday I went to church with the oldest daughter of the family. It was a protestant church and I loved the worship there! 

My work

The work I was doing in Ethiopia was amazing. In the morning I started at Safe House, a day care centre where the children are given breakfast and sent to private school with lunch. They will return to eat dinner at Safe House. Every morning when I passed the gate of Safe House all the kids ran to me and gave me a kiss or a hug. I took my time over it because I really loved them. It is maybe the smallest thing you can do to make them happy.

I had really good ...

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My time in Ethiopia
My time in Ethiopia

Birth of the Bear Mobile!   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 2, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Charley’s car was somewhat of an icon here in Sri Lanka. Charley cared for it with the tender lovingness of a young mother towards her newborn. He washed it regularly, cringed when people tested the handles while it was still locked and seemed innately happy while driving it – it had a super cool air-conditioner. It brought us great sadness when Charley sold his car this month but alas, he has bought another which we have fondly christened the “Bear mobile.” However, here are some photos of Charley’s last moments with his old Toyota.


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Birth of the Bear Mobile!
Birth of the Bear Mobile!

Victory for the Dutch!   (published in South Africa)

July 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

(by staff member - Ryanne van Dormolen, Volunteer Supervisor at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office)

It all started a few weeks ago when lots of tickets went on sale; there was ‘World Cup Ticket Fever’ throughout South Africa and living in Cape Town I got infected immediately. Jos van der Linden, a volunteer from the Netherlands who works at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, volunteered to get tickets, for which I am still grateful. We soon discovered that a Dutch Grassroots Soccer project volunteer, Casper Engelkens, would be joining us.


High-heeled, well-spirited and wearing the best outfit of all of us, Sonia Niami from Cameroon (volunteers at the business project) joined us for the FIFA Fan Walk. An amazing mass of people dressed in orange, and the occasional Cameroon supporter, walked to the stadium. The atmosphere was cheerful and throughout the whole Fan Walk there were bands playing and people dancing. Cape Town is a beautiful, lively city; hopefully the World Cup will get this image across to all tourists.

As soon as I entered the stadium I was overwhelmed by its beauty, the massive orange crowd and the idea of seeing my countrymen play. Being seated close to the pitch we had a great view of the game and 1 – 0 got me in the best of moods. When Cameroon scored after being awarded a penalty I started to get worried.  Thankfully though the Netherlands managed to win 2 – 1. Watching a game in the stadium is nothing like watching it in front of the television at home. The ambience creates a natural high, ninety minutes fly by and leave you amazed and ready to celebrate.

After leaving the stadium we proceeded to Tommy’s, a Dutch sports bar. Dutch sing-along-songs were proudly played and even the ...

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Victory for the Dutch!
Victory for the Dutch!

Adios Amigos!   (published in Mexico)

July 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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I want to start this blog by saying that it has been a great season in Ciudad Guzman for Journalists. A great pleasure we had in Projects Abroad was to hear about the successful programme of Mr. Alberto Carniel, from Italy.

He was enrolled in the journalism project. He came here for a period of 2 months but he ended up doing 3 months plus 4 days! This week Alberto says 'Adios amigos' (goodbye my friends) having completed what it was for him a great experience.

A really important thing he achieved during his time in Cd. Guzman was the publication of his book 'A la sombra del diario' with the support of the local government he made it come true! In this publication he talks about the environmental problems that Mexico and Italy face, similarities and possible solutions!

Wait to hear directly from him very soon in this blog!!!Meanwhile...Thanks Alberto for your great enthusiasm and successful time in Mexico!

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Adios Amigos!
Adios Amigos!

Trip to Ada Foah   (published in Ghana)

July 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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              The most popular places to visit for the volunteers while they are in Ghana are Mole National Park, Kakum National Park, Wli waterfalls and the beaches near Accra and Cape Coast. These are all very nice places to go, but for my birthday weekend I decided to go to Ada Foah with the volunteers. All I knew was that it was in the southeastern part of Ghana and that it was where river Volta met the sea.

              Getting to the guesthouse in Ada Foah was probably one of the coolest ways to get to a destination. Using the motor bikes to get to Mole National Park was memorable, but this was something else. One minute we were riding on a dirt road, the next minute we were riding on a beach. It was amazing to see how the scenery suddenly changed. We could not believe we were in Ghana, it was like being on a tropical island!

              If you walk along the beach, you can eventually get to the actual point where River Volta meets the sea. It was an amazing experience to be walking on a thin strip of land, with completely still water to my left and then roaring waves to my right.

              It’s an idealistic place to go, and we called it ‘paradise’, as it was so beautiful. The sea had huge waves and it would have been really nice if there were not so many plastic bags in it, which came as a sad reminder of Ghana’s problems.

              At night time the guest house had a bonfire and a few of us sat ...

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Trip to Ada Foah
Trip to Ada Foah

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