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Cape Coast Castle   (published in Ghana)

May 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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The Cape Coast Castle is a must-do for anyone visiting Ghana. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Sight in 1979 and was renovated in the early 90’s. Located on a rocky cliff overlooking the beach, the castle is an imposing figure. From the outside, the castle’s high white walls contrast starkly against the blue sky and seem impervious to the ocean waves that break at its base. As you enter the gates, you are assigned a guide who takes you through the different rooms inside. The history of the castle is tragic and you really get the sense of what it must have felt like to be one of the hundreds of Africans detained in the dark, cramped underground rooms, just by walking into them. The tour guides give vivid descriptions of how these stolen people were treated as well as the politics of the time period, but do their best to keep the spirit light – as light as it could possibly be considering the subject matter. Although the castle illustrates a dark part of history, it plays an important part in the modern culture of Africa as well as the rest of the world. The castle also contains a very informative museum with artifacts of the different tribes, settlers, and traders that guests can tour at their leisure. After you tour the castle, you can take a stroll down the beach and buy souvenirs from the vendors selling beaded jewelry, wood carvings, and fabrics. Grab some lunch at either the Castle Restaurant or Oasis, both of which serve traditional Ghanaian food as well as western fare. 

By Jenny shulman

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Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle

Turtle Conservation in Mexico - A challenge for nowaday's environmental problems.   (published in Mexico)

May 24, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Our world...the place where mankind has created its civilizations throughout the ages, the place where the future generations will live, is in danger.

We need to put lots of hands-on work in the field to help our world to feel better! We need to create a bigger social consciousness in regards to this matter .That is why Mr. Glenn Blackburn gives you an insight to the kind of work needed and done in the Biological Station in Tecoman, Jalisco, MEXICO as part of the wide range that Projects Abroad offers in conservation programmes.

What are we doing to help our world feeling better? 

Thanks a lot ot Glenn Blackburn! 

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Turtle Conservation in Mexico - A challenge for nowaday's environmental problems.
Turtle Conservation in Mexico - A challenge for nowaday's environmental problems.

Jamaica Hosts HIV/AIDS Workshop… “Removing Myths Saving Lives”   (published in Jamaica)

May 20, 2010 by   Comments(44)

Imagine walking on the streets, in the malls and driving in the taxis and not knowing that the persons you pass on the streets, in the malls and sitting beside in the taxis might be HIV/AIDS positive! The thought of this may scare you. What may even be more frightening is if you don’t know your status - are you HIV/AIDS positive or negative?

In 2008, UNAIDS estimated that 25,000 people in Jamaica were HIV-infected. Of this amount the 10percent are children.Armed with these statistics and the knowledge of our voluntary involvement in child care facilities. An initiative in the form of a workshop was formed to bring to the fore issues affecting this vulnerable group.

The main objectives of the HIV/AIDS workshop were to educate persons about the transmission of HIV/AIDS, the treatment and care of children with HIV and the effects of stigma and discrimination particularly on children. The hope is that through the dissemination of valid information to care givers and teachers alike that this will illicit some behaviour change in their relationship and support of persons with HIV/AIDS.

Our audience consisted mainly of volunteers however we also joined by teachers, care givers and guidance counselor’s present from our teaching placements. We had a total of fifteen volunteers present 3 three care givers, one teacher and two guidance counselors.

The first presenter of the morning was: Mr. Jeffrey James, Regional Trainer from the Jamaica Red Cross, gave an in-depth presentation on the “Biology and Transmission of HIV/AIDS”. He took the time to explain what is HIV; what is AIDS; how do you become infected; what is the process of infection; how don’t you become infected and how do you know if you are infected.

What is HIV? Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus ...

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Jamaica Hosts HIV/AIDS Workshop… “Removing Myths Saving Lives”
Jamaica Hosts HIV/AIDS Workshop… “Removing Myths Saving Lives”

An insight into Ceramics in Mexico!   (published in Mexico)

May 20, 2010 by   Comments(0)

The world of ceramics is a vast one! In Mexico it has been one of the most important sources of income for the country. The great presence of Mexican ceramics around the world is more present than before. The technics and ways to make ceramic have evolved in such a way that sometimes it is difficul to find workshops using the traditional process and tools.

In Projects Abroad Mexico we are glad to work in partnership with Ceramic 1, one of the biggest, but must importantly, one of the most traditional workshops in Tlaquepaque (cradle of Mexican handcrafting). Volunteers learn how to prepare ceramics in the traditional way and at the same time they can develop their artistic skills.

Enjoy the video we have prepared for you!

Cheers from Mexico! 

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An insight into Ceramics in Mexico!
An insight into Ceramics in Mexico!

Essay and Poster Competition - Villa Road Primary & Junior High School   (published in Jamaica)

May 19, 2010 by   Comments(1)

Reading, Attendance, Punctuality and Discipline (RAPD) Programme - Essay and Poster Competition

The Villa Road Primary and Junior High School celebrated national reading day within schools on January 28th 2010 with the theme: “Readers are Leaders” The day was scheduled with motivational talks and visual and auditory activities surrounding reading. Various business persons and members of staff from local institutions came to read to students and encourage them to develop this habit of reading within there spare time not only for academic purposes. The Teaching and Medicine Project Officer for Projects Abroad Jamaica was present for the latter part of the day’s proceedings which was to culminate in the announcement of the winners for the 2009 Projects Abroad Jamaica Essay and Poster Competition.

In preparation for the day the volunteers for the placement Laura Johns, Silke Brebisch and Marcus Vinberg as well as other teaching volunteers were able to lend their efforts in terms of decoration, refreshments and administrative logistics for the day. A large component of their help was with students of the school for the Essay and Poster competition. The competition was launched in December of 2009 and promoted for all grade levels through the subject teachers and the Guidance Department.

The volunteers utilized their two project meetings of the month to do consultation with the students about their essay or art pieces; making corrections for grammar, punctuation and choosing colour schemes.

The aim of the competition was to encourage students to hone their writing skills and convey positive messages about the concepts of Reading Attendance Punctuality and Discipline (RAPD) through an artistic medium. The competition guidelines were created and sent to all grade ...

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Essay and Poster Competition - Villa Road Primary & Junior High School
Essay and Poster Competition - Villa Road Primary & Junior High School

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