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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

Saying Good Bye   (published in Cambodia)

July 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Saying good bye is very commend in general life. But for Projects Abroad Cambodia this word means something. Today, I took two of our volunteers to airport, one of them was our Human Right volunteers for two months and the other was our Care volunteer for one month. Even, one or two months, we felt that the time flied so fast, they just arrived and now it was time to return back.

Before leaving they had a party at their placement, and said good bye to students. Also, they also said good bye to everybody at the apartment which they lived while they were in Cambodia. Meanwhile, out volunteers also felt happy to see their family who is waiting for them at home. And there are a lot of thing they need to sort out when they return home.

Wish them a luck and thank for their time in Cambodia.


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Saying Good Bye
Saying Good Bye

A Lesson in Friendship   (published in Mongolia)

July 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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One of the first things to strike me about the Mongolian people was their unconditional friendliness and warmth. Everywhere you go you are greeted by a smile, even if your conversation is limited to ‘hello’ (sain bainuu), ‘thank you’ (bayarlalaa), ‘sorry’ (uuchlaarai) and the numbers 1-5. My terrible pronunciation of Mongolian does not seem to matter though, and everyone, young and old is welcoming from the first instance. I wondered where they get this from, and then at the Gandan monastery, on my induction with the fabulous Saruul (Projects Abroad Project Supervisor), she told me a  fairytale which may explain part of why the national psyche is so co-operative and helpful. The story is told to all children in Mongolia, from all religions, ethnicities and backgrounds.

One day, there were four friendly animals, namely an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit and a dove. They came across an apple tree. They all wanted an apple for themselves to satisfy their hunger; each animal tried to get an apple in turn, they reached and stretched but none could reach it alone. In the course of their efforts they had the idea to work together, starting at the bottom with the youngest of the four, the elephant, working their way up to the oldest, the dove. They stood on each others backs and found that by working as a team they could easily reach the fruit and they all had their share.

Another tale told to Mongolian children is one about an ancient Queen, an ancestor of Chingiss Khaan, named Alungua. She had 4 sons. As brothers do, they fought constantly among themselves. One day Alungua had had enough and taught them this lesson: she had each of them bring in an arrow from outside. Each boy did so. She then ...

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A Lesson in Friendship
A Lesson in Friendship

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