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Drama Update written by Ali Ichim   (published in Romania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday,

It's the middle of the week and Projects Abroad Romanian Team is soooooo busy with selecting and sorting out donations, presents and prepare surprises for the children from placements we collaborate with.

Besides this, the drama group is doing very well, working hard on rehearsing for a Christmas Performance. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, our Black Juice Group comes at the office and works together with our drama volunteer, Elly Pugh, with our journalism volunteer, Laetitia Delmarche and with myself, Alexandra Ichim. We plan to perform two plays in front of parents, students, friends and children from foster homes, around Christmas. The main performance is 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas' and the other one represents three monologues of Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and Brumbly, The Elf.

Students are working hard and they are giving their best to form a performance that pleases the audience and that makes us, the coordinators proud. The Black Juice Group is formed of 9 members who are performing the roles exposed between brackets: Elena Teja (The Narrator), Maria Teja (The Grinch), Oana Juravlea (Cindy Lou), Ionut Butiu (Father of Cindy Lou), Madalina (The Mayor), Sabina Sancu (The Narrator), Sabina Cristian ( Max, the dog; Brumbly, The Elf), Alex Coca (Santa Claus), Diana Chirovan (Mrs Claus). They are very tallented and they are enthusiastic about everything they do within the drama club. Some of them will perform for their first time, so they are also very nervous about the plays.

Our newly arrived drama volunteer, Elly Pugh, already started preparing interesting helpful activities for the group, in order to get the best out of them. She is passionate with her work and she is willing to make these students work hard ...

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Drama Update written by Ali Ichim
Drama Update written by Ali Ichim

Hakuna Matata is not just a song, its a way of life   (published in Tanzania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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“I’m thinking of becoming a doctor so I wanted to see what it would be like,” explains 19 year old Peder Kjeldsen about his decision to volunteer abroad.


Peder and his bestfriend Frederik Kristensen set out on a three month medical volunteer placement in Arusha, Tanzania.

As part of the experience, Peder and Frederik lived with a local Tanzanian family allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the cultural cuisine, lifestyle and language. Peder reports to work at a local government hospital five days a week observing and assisting the medical staff.

“Projects Abroad helps the hospital get more staff, which makes the nurses less stressed because they have many patients. Typically there should be 4 patients per nurse, but in Tanzania there are 8-10 patients per nurse. On a normal day I work in the medical ward. I follow the doctor around or escort patients to the x-ray room, take blood pressure or the temperature of the patient. When the doctor is done, I follow the nurse around and help her to get the medicine for the patients.”

Thus far, the experience has been very educational for Peder. He’s been able to learn how to give injections and take blood pressure for the first time, as well as participate in a medical outreach in a rural community.

“It makes me happy that I’m here at a hospital out in the country and not in Arusha. Its very poor and dry, but that’s not what makes me happy. We are helping people who are sick and not feeling well and we do it without people having to pay anything.”

Pedae found that there were many differences between his home and Tanzania in terms of culture and medicine.

“There are many diseases in Tanzania that we don’t have in Denmark. And we ...

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Hakuna Matata is not just a song, its a way of life
Hakuna Matata is not just a song, its a way of life

Afslapning og Cape Coast Castle   (published in Ghana)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Efter mit besoeg hos Nzulezo, drog jeg videre til Busua, hvor den bare skulle staa paa total afslapning, jeg fik en lille hut for mig selv, med faelles toilet og bad, men det er jeg efterhaanden saa vant til! :D

Neaste dag blev naermest udelukkende tilbragt i en haengekoeje paa stranden, og laese en bog. Det var virkeligt rart, og den perfekte maade at afstresse paa :) Da sollyset var ved at forsvinde, gik jeg en tur i vandkanten, som var yderst forfriskende, og dejligt afkoelende :P Og saa var vandet rent for en gangs skyld!

Aftensmaden fik jeg ved en skoen fransk restaurant, bestaaende af en tre-retters middag - Tzasiki, hummer og is - fantastisk :DEfter en dag med ren afslapning havde al potentiel stress forladt min krop, og jeg var klar til at tage videre til Cape Coast den naeste dag, for at slappe af der, kun afbrudt af en tur til slaveslottet, som er det mindste af de tre i Ghana. Det var en fascinerende rundtur, men det er forfaerdeligt at taenke paa hvilke forhold de levede under!Resten af tiden tilbragte jeg med tota afslapning i en god stol paa hotellet, og en raekke forskellige boeger :P Jeg drog hjem til Nungua igen fradag, klar til at tackle de to sidste uger, inden turen gik videre til Thailand :D

Haaber alt gaar vel

Karen Marie

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Afslapning og Cape Coast Castle
Afslapning og Cape Coast Castle

Be Open Minded and Willing to Learn   (published in Tanzania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Tanzania was at the top of Genna Verbeek’s (23) list when she began searching for a place to complete her medical internship.

“I’m in my sixth year of medical studies in Australia and as part of our course we do a 6 week elective. We can do it any where in the world, but I had a friend who recently came to Tanzania and said it was an amazing experience.”

Genna signed up with a medical placement offered by Projects Abroad. She lived with a Tanzanian host family and volunteered full time at a government hospital. She spent 3 weeks in the pediatric ward and 3 weeks in anestetics.

“I get a fair bit of responsibility. I think it depends on how much you like to take initiative. They’ve been great in supporting me in what I’d like to learn and what I’d like to have more experience in. The other day I did and anastetic all by myself. The anestetician was in and out just checking on me.”

Genna says on a typical day she reports to the hospital in the monring where she “uses very limited Swahili” to examine the patients, take blood, and help administer anesthesia to patients preparing to deliver babies or who require surgery in the lower abdomen.

When asked if she’s been able to make a difference at the hospital, Genna says “I think it works the other way around. Its been more of a learning experience for me than me helping the staff. It’s been great meeting people who are medical students and  junior and senior doctors. I’ve been able to put into context some of the medical issues that are specific to Tanzania that we don’t see at home. Rather than me giving, I think I’ve received more.”

She further explains that she’s been able to improve on her nonverbal ...

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Be Open Minded and Willing to Learn
Be Open Minded and Willing to Learn

Accounting Pro shares expertise with Microfinance Project   (published in Tanzania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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“I’ve been working for the last 3 years and I wanted a break,” says Kodikara Saliyah (24) about his decision to volunteer abroad in Tanzania. “I just finished one of my qualifications for accounting so I wanted to take some time off and do something outside of my comfort zone.”

Saliyah believed he could use his degree in commerce and economics to help the microfinance project offered in Tanzania.

During his six week stay in Arusha, Saliyah says he had significant responsibility on the project. As a volunteer he was involved in preparing bookkeeping training, collecting money and writing a monthly report which goes to the head office in the UK.

Projects Abroad supports several groups of women in the Arusha area who are mainly single or widowed. The women have both an individual and collective business within the group. The volunteers provide business and marketing training, assessments and monitoring, and interest-free loans to the women.

“Projects Abroad makes a big difference. A lot of the women don’t have specific guidelines or capital to run their businesses so Projects Abroad provides those things so the women can invest and grow their business.”

Saliyah divided his time between working on administrative tasks on his laptop at the Projects Abroad office and in the field visiting the women.

“I hope I’ve made a difference and that my training and advice has had an impact. It’s quite different from the work that I do at home, but I’m able to have different perspectives now.”

The cultural experience was new for Saliyah who is planning to continue his career in Bali after the project.  “The way people live is very different. People are closer to each other in terms of relationships ...

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Accounting Pro shares expertise with Microfinance Project
Accounting Pro shares expertise with Microfinance Project

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