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Copa de Leche by Saul Collyns (UK), Celia Rime (SWI) and Stella Charrington (UK)   (published in Argentina)

June 30, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Copa de Leche first begun when Nelida, an Argentinean lady, decided to help children in poor neighbourhoods by donating ingredients for a cup of milk and a small snack to be served in the afternoon. Nelida wanted to start helping out other children, after losing her sons in a car accident. Also, she was aiming at improving the educational performance of the children. Copa de Leche is in Hermana Sierra neighbourhood, in Arguello Norte, and every afternoon the children would come and get a cup of chocolate milk and either a biscuit, some criollitos or pan dulce. For some of the children, this is their dinner. The milk is served in the comedor of the local church.

In December last year, Consu, a vivacious, bubbly and smiling Argentinean, started volunteering at Copa de Leche, during her summer holidays from university. She was joined by the first volunteers in February of this year, and with the volunteers came the English lessons. The day would begin with the serving of the milk (making the milk perfectly is an art, which we've all mastered!!), which was then followed by an informal English lesson. The English lessons were great; the children enjoyed learning new things, and though at times it was loud and it felt like we weren't getting anything done, hearing those children say something we had taught them to us on the street, made it all worth it.

We divided the children into 3 groups: 7 years and younger were outside in front of the church with Consu and Celia, 8-12 were inside with Justine and Saul, and the eldest children, 13 years and over were also outside with a small whiteboard with Stella. The teaching methods included a lot of games and songs; we found they were an effective way of learning for the children, though some of the games ...

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Copa de Leche by Saul Collyns (UK), Celia Rime (SWI) and Stella Charrington (UK)
Copa de Leche by Saul Collyns (UK), Celia Rime (SWI) and Stella Charrington (UK)

Kakum National Park   (published in Ghana)

June 30, 2010 by   Comments(1)

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               One of the volunteers’ all time favourite destination to travel to is Kakum National Park. It is located in the Central Region, about a half an hour drive from Cape Coast. The attraction of the park is the Canopy walkway, a set of 7 hanging bridges that allow people to walk over the Park at canopy level.

              Make sure to bring your volunteer cards with you, as they have raised the price to 17 cedis!

              The canopy walk was very fun, but maybe it’s not for those who are scared of heights. People like me are bound to shake the bridge to frighten people (sorry Michael Hyon, not really)!

              Things close to Kakum are Hands Cottage and the monkey sanctuary. In Hands Cottage they will allow you to touch the crocodiles for a small fee. In the monkey sanctuary you can meet the nice Dutch owner who will show you around the place. It is worth doing as you get to see a variety of animals which are not always possible to see in Kakum.

              One thing the volunteers all need to be careful is to hire the right driver to drive them to the Park, Hands Cottage and the monkey sanctuary. We had particularly bad taxi drivers who kept raising the price and to top it off, they got stopped by the police for ignoring their barrier!

              It is an almost a regulation trip that most volunteers do despite the high price, but I ...

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Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park

Four volunteers conquer Table Mountain!   (published in South Africa)

June 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 (by Pierre-Alain Petit, from France - Care Project)

On Sunday 20 June 2010, I went up Table Mountain with three other volunteers, Lucie Maignaut from France (Human Rights Project), Michele Morello from Italia (Building Project) and Jonathan Riascos-Montoya from Colombia (Care Project).

Gerry, the father of our host family, dropped us at the bottom of the mountain as we had chosen to climb to the top.  The walk was supposed to be easy but in reality it was pretty hard. The path was a kind of stairway with many irregular high steps. It was a hard walk, but beautiful scenery with some waterfalls.  The view of the landscape was worth the effort.















After two and half hours of trekking we finally arrived on the top of Table Mountain. The view was wonderful; on the left side it was a sea of clouds on top of the ocean and on the other side a clear view of Cape Town without any clouds.

We took a lot of pictures of the landscape and we had some coffee and hot chocolate at the Table Mountain restaurant.

Finally we took the cable car down and went to Muizenberg to have some rest.   We enjoyed our day of adventure and can recommend to all volunteers to climb Table Mountain.

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Four volunteers conquer Table Mountain!
Four volunteers conquer Table Mountain!

How to eat Sri Lankan style!   (published in Sri Lanka)

June 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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The rumours are true… Rice and curry tastes better when you eat with your hands. The colours are more vibrant, the flavours are more pungent, the smell is more fragrant. But, as you may have guessed, the technique takes a little practice. Sam Jacobs took the situation into his own hands and gave us all a lesson on how to eat Sri Lankan style…

Step one… Massage the rice in the fingertips of your right hand, mixing a little of each curry in with the rice and making a small clump.


Step two… Place the delicious food onto your tongue carefully. No spillage!




Step three… If that’s too hard, just shovel it all in, as Sam so gracefully demonstrates!


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How to eat Sri Lankan style!
How to eat Sri Lankan style!

A Sri Lankan Wedding   (published in Sri Lanka)

June 29, 2010 by   Comments(1)

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By Anne Quirijns

Soon after my arrival in Sri Lanka I heard that the son of my host family would get married soon and I started secretly hoping to be invited! During the week before the wedding, there were a lot of people in our host family’s house to help with the preparations for the wedding. And all week Alice (my roommate) and I were still hoping to be asked to attend! The day before the wedding we finally got the call: we were invited!! We were so excited, even though we had no idea what to wear!

The day of the wedding we went by bus to the Mount Lavina Hotel. There we met our host family, dressed in nice suits en beautiful saris. The son (Subash) was wearing a very impressive king’s outfit! He told us it took him half an hour just to put it on! First some typical Sri Lankan dancers entered the room, singing and dancing. Behind them were Subash and his groomsmen. Alice and I followed him together with the family. We felt somewhat uncomfortable because we could feel everyone looking at the two white girls, but at the same time we felt so honored to be treated as part of the family! When Subash was standing in front of the altar, the bride entered the room, also accompanied by dancers, bridesmaids and her family. She looked stunning in her golden dress with lots of beautiful jewelry! During the wedding ceremony Subash and his family stood on the side of the altar and the bride stood at the other side. Unfortunately the monk (at least, I think it was a monk..) who performed the ceremony spoke in Singhalese, so it was impossible for us to understand what exactly was going on. After some words from him, Subash and Pradeepa (his bride) said something (I suppose something comparable to ‘I do’) and stepped on to the altar. There they stood for a ...

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A Sri Lankan Wedding
A Sri Lankan Wedding

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