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Black Friday in Romania (written by Ali Ichim)   (published in Romania)

November 22, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!

Or I should better say 'Happy Black Friday', for Romanians. For the rest of you my friends, let me tell you what 'Black Friday' means. Today, Romanians have a shopping event similar to what is known in other countries like  'The Boxing Day', so everything is on sale, all shops are super crowded and everyone buys products, even if they don't necessarily need them, only because they are on sale...well, what can you say? This morning, me and Georgi, we were totally shocked by the attitude of the people in one of the supermarkets in the city: While shopping for the foster homes together with Valerie and Amy (two of our volunteers), we witnessed extremely long queues of people buying the newest brands of TV Plasmas, just because they were on sale, maybe just 100-200 lei less than the regular price. In any case, it looked like they were given for free! The shop was so crowded and everything was a chaos, even if it was only 10 in the morning.

All of this started from the idea of borrowing customs and habits from the West, which we consider better and more interesting than our own. Romanians became so crazy about Valentine's Day, Halloween and now, about Black Friday, than they sometimes forget to celebrate and cherish their own ones. The intriguing part is that the prices on Black Friday are not even that low. The system of Romanian shops or supermarkets is to maximize the price a week or two before, in order to offer discounts on Black Friday. Sometimes, the deals are nice and you can buy cheaper products, but that is happening only in a few cases.

With this occasion, we would like to emphasize once again the importance of our journalism volunteers, who come here to research, study, write and reveal our Romanian traditions. Thank you ...

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Black Friday in Romania (written by Ali Ichim)
Black Friday in Romania (written by Ali Ichim)

Getting Started   (published in Ethiopia)

November 21, 2013 by   Comments(1)

I have just paid half of my overall payment so i can comfirm my flights! so excited. This will be such a great oppurtunity.. me and my friend are going together and will have an amazing time. Any information from previous visiters? 

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Getting Started
Getting Started

"Eat Jamaican" In Jamaica!   (published in Jamaica)

November 21, 2013 by   Comments(0)

When it comes to food, Jamaicans pride themselves on being great cooks and chefs- even if the meal may be prepared at the community’s corner shop.

The menu in a Jamaican restaurant may consist of chicken prepared in various ways; fried, stewed, curried, baked, bar-b-qued and the list goes on and on.

It may also include fish, (fried, steamed, brown stewed or escovitched)

The menu may also have curried goat, oxtail stewed beef and of course steamed vegetables.

Jamaicans are blessed to have such fertile soil as we do, and persistent entrepreneurs in the form of farmers.

These agricultural experts provide ground produce for the entire nation, supplying the local markets with food sources such as various kinds of yams, potatoes, bananas, cabbages, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, and this is just to name a few of the vast amount of natural food sources available to Jamaicans and visitors alike.

Our national dish which is ackee and salt fish, from time to time is combined with these ground provisions that are rich in fibre and nutrients.

As the years roll by, we see more and more individuals gravitating to the field of agriculture, spending more time with the land, supplying our countrymen and women with our own produsts and ensuring that families are provided for through this medium.

The Government has intensified efforts to get Jamaicans to eat more locally produced food, and thus November has been designated as ‘Eat Jamaican Month’. November 25, 2013, will mark the official celebration of "Eat Jamaican" month.  

During the staging of the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger ...

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"Eat Jamaican" In Jamaica!
"Eat Jamaican" In Jamaica!

A Visit to CECAM - by Jessica Marx   (published in Argentina)

November 21, 2013 by   Comments(0)

“Sometimes all you need is a second chance, because time was not ready for the first one.” (Unknown)

When I come into the room, all I see is three teenage girls sitting around a table. They are talking loudly to each other while watching one of their favorite TV shows. As soon as I introduce myself, they start asking me personal questions: 'Do you have a boyfriend?', 'Is that your real hair color?', 'Do you like the band “One Direction”?'

 Although on first impression these girls seem like perfectly normal teenagers, something is different here – these young women are inmates of a correctional facility for juvenile delinquents. Some of them have murdered a person – although nobody here is older than 19.

This article is meant to give you an insight into a correctional facility for young women called “CECAM located in Córdoba. 

While the institution is clearly a prison, it still allows the girls some freedom in order to reintegrate them back into society. An important part is their education; the detainees go to school and are also allowed to get certain on-the-job-trainings – one of the girls for example went to a supermarket to participate in a course.

Another essential part of the reintegration program are volunteers and social workers who visit the institution regularly. The human rights volunteers of Projects Abroad come to Cecam twice a week in order to do some activities with the girls or just to have a chat.

One of the activities that the volunteers did with the teenagers was a day of baking Alfajores, which are traditional Argentinean pastries. This was a very nice experience for us volunteers as well as the inmates. The most impressive thing about that afternoon was the shift of mood of one of ...

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A Visit to CECAM - by Jessica Marx
A Visit to CECAM - by Jessica Marx

PRO Volunteer, Sabine Spoler from Netherlands!   (published in Costa Rica)

November 21, 2013 by   Comments(0)






As part of Projects Abroad office, we want to share with all of you the excellent job that this volunteer from Netherlands, Sabine Spoler, has been doing since her arrival at city Liberia, Guanacaste as part of the teaching program . 

I am glad to say that she is a very special volunteer, and a very special woman as weel, tanks a lot Sabine for being such a nice person, thanks for your EXCELLENT job , for choosing this destination in which I am sure you have learned and enjoyed every moment. Today a one day of your departure, we want to thank you for everything, for your dedication, your ideas in the English program, for your help with the kids in the evening classes, and for being a great volunteer in general. 

All will miss you a lot!. Kisses!!!!

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PRO Volunteer, Sabine Spoler from Netherlands!
PRO Volunteer, Sabine Spoler from Netherlands!

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