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INJERA – ETHIOPIAN TYPICAL FOOD.   (published in Ethiopia)

June 4, 2010 by   Comments(0)

Injera is the basic ingredient of any Ethiopian meal. It looks like a large spongy pancake and some of the sizes produced are huge. It is usually laid down in a large circular tray and sauces, meat and/or vegetables are poured right in the middle. Then you use you right hand (only) to tear pieces off the side and scoop up the wonderful food. It has been described as having a slightly sour taste. It’s a sharp taste, but blends in well with sauces to produce a mouth-watering flavour whatever the dish.


Injera is made from Teff, a small grain packed with calcium, fibre and protein. It is an alternative for anyone allergic to gluten in wheat. It is also less fattening than wheat.

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My amazing time in Jamaica!! by Zerin Osman   (published in Jamaica)

June 3, 2010 by   Comments(0)

As I approach my halfway point I can without any doubt say that I could quite happily stay on here for a few years, no trouble at all (although I fear my family and friends might have a few things to say about that!)

My 33rd birthday was easily the best birthday I have had on the planet to date! The kids and I were on countdown mode a month before and then it was upon us! I bought two 9 inch Birthday cakes to bring in for all the children and staff, made up hundreds of little gift packs to give all the kids and staff at Hanbury with Australian flag stickers, balloons, glitter, lolly pops and as many sweets as I could squeeze in! It was a stampede as soon as I got out of the car. But I wouldn't have had it any other way!  I'm not sure who was more excited me or them!

The day was spent doing little to absolutely no work what so ever! Everyone was so excited! We all drew on each others faces with bright Aussie Zinc (Thanks Mum!), face paint, blew up balloons, party hats, stuck stickers on our faces, played games and ate rainbow iced birthday cake! The kids sang me the Jamaican version of happy birthday in the morning and the morning's Devotion or Prayer time was dedicated to me. I have to say I was almost brought to tears but just about held it together! It was SO SPECIAL!

In the evening 23 of the volunteers joined me for a trip to Treasure Beach for my birthday and upon arriving at the Restaurant later that evening I had the surprise of my life with a huge table covered with sweets, balloons, Happy Birthday Banners, hand drawn posters all decorating this gorgeous beach side restaurant. How touched was I.... I really did not expect that, especially as my family knows that I am always the one behind all the surprises normally! I honestly could not have had a better ...

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My amazing time in Jamaica!! by Zerin Osman
My amazing time in Jamaica!! by Zerin Osman

Catalina's Experience   (published in Cambodia)

June 3, 2010 by   Comments(0)


Two months in Cambodia seemed like a long time to be away from my family and friends back in Europe. I remember thinking “What am I getting myself into?” as I was settling into my new accommodation, which was deserted at my arrival in the early morning. I felt lonely and I felt insecure. Who were my roommates? Would I make friends easily? Will I get used to the culture shock?

The answer was YES. After just a few days in Phnom Penh I started feeling more at ease with my surroundings and I even found myself feeling “at home” sooner than I expected. The staffs were always there and helpful, smiling and offering whatever they could to help. My first month’s placement was at the Southeast Asia Globe Magazine and I was to be a journalist intern. Having very little experience in that field I was both excited and apprehensive of what was to come. On my first day on the job I got to go to a press conference at the Australian Embassy with my boss and I remember thinking: “Wow this is some serious stuff!” It was a nice start to what was going to be an otherwise office-confining month. My daily work consisted of researching the web for international news that wouldn’t be old a month later and that was relevant for the Mekong region…needless to say that was quite a difficult task. I then got to write some short news stories, which were published in the next month’s issue along with an interview I had done via email with a young and successful Vietnamese chess-player. As the days flew by, I did more and more things both on my own and with others. One weekend five of us volunteers went to Sihanoukville and had a blast. We stayed at Otres Beach, a beautiful beach but very quiet and far from the lively town centre ...

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Catalina's Experience
Catalina's Experience

Dirty Weekend in India   (published in India)

June 2, 2010 by   Comments(0)

This past Sunday, several volunteers based around Madurai came to the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary to help repaint part of its complex as part of the program’s “Dirty Weekend”.

The six volunteers, along with the help of three staff members, were able to spiff up two of the rooms with blue and red paint, and have an awesome time in the process! We gave the walls a new cover of paint, touched up the room’s furniture, and even covered some of the outside shutters and doors.

TTS thanked the volunteers for a job well done at the end of the morning, after which the volunteers celebrated their success over a wholesome Indian lunch of sambar, chapati, and other dishes provided by Projects Abroad India.

Contributed by John Qua - Staff from Projects Abroad UK

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Dirty Weekend in India
Dirty Weekend in India

Mole National Park adventure!   (published in Ghana)

June 1, 2010 by   Comments(0)


              4:00AM. Hardly the ideal time to meet up, but in Ghana this is a pretty standard time to set off on a journey. So I met with the rest of the volunteers in the Metro Bus station in Kumasi to head to Tamale in order to eventually get to Mole. Getting tickets for the bus was no easy task, having to resist the hoard of Ghanaians trying to push through the queue!

The metro-bus was fairly uncomfortable for all the 6 hours it took to get to Tamale, but if you have experienced long distance tro tro rides, this was nothing. Highlights of journey included a roadside pineapple lady who managed to cut up a pineapple perfectly in 30 seconds flat and being sandwiched between two volunteers who wouldn’t let me sleep (thanks guys!).

The plan was to get to Larabanga, a town about four hours away from Tamale, and stay there for the night. After hours of sweating on the tro tro and bus we finally managed to get to our small beaten-down hostel. In a small village without running water or any particular cuisine to mention, one would wonder why we decided to stay there. The attraction of the hostel was that we got to sleep on the roof (yes!), and the attraction of the village was that it had the oldest mosque in West Africa. The night on the roof was a wonderful experience, lying under the stars and enjoying the nighttime breeze.

The next day we visited the mosque and somehow ended back at the hostel with all of us with a child holding our hand. This is something quite common too in Ghana! The ride to the national park was probably one of the coolest ways to get to a destination, sitting on a back of a motorbike, racing through the dirt road. Mine was a particularly exhilarating ride after ...

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Mole National Park adventure!
Mole National Park adventure!

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