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The last update; de laatste update   (published in Nepal)

January 7, 2018 by   Comments(0)

The last day in Kathmandu was a great day full of building! Below you can see a before and after picture of the classrooms we have worked on. I enjoyed working on this project so much, it was great to do something for other people during Christmas. It was very special. After the last working day, me and two other volunteers that also had their last day were thanked by the principal of the school in a goodbye ceremony. All three of us got a red spot on our head and a red stripe on our cheek. We also got a "scarf" with the logo of the school on it. 

Back at the guesthouse, I took a shower, had some tea, and packed my last things. The taxi came at 18.00 and drove me to the airport. I was relieved when we arrived at the airport, because I did not recognise the road from when I arrived and the taxi driver even entered a dead end street once. At the airport I quickly got through security since there was a separate one for men and women. There were many men waiting at their security, but there was no line at the women security. The gate was not announced on the screens, but there were only five gates, so I sat down at a random one and waited until they called for boarding. Without any sleep, I arrived on time in Amsterdam where my grandmother was waiting for me. When we got home I had been travelling for 27 hours, and when I went to bed I had been awake for 42,5 hours.. Turns out I'm not so good at sleeping on planes. 

This has been a great experience and something I will never forget. The country is so different from what I am used to and the living conditions too. I am happy to be back to heating, clean air, reliable electricity, and organised traffic. But it was good to experience how other people live and see with my own eyes that they need and appreciate help. ...

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The last update; de laatste update
The last update; de laatste update

3 weeks to go!   (published in Tanzania)

January 7, 2018 by   Comments(0)

So, Only 3 weeks until I will start my adventure in Tanzania!

At the moment I'm so excited, I have all these ideas about how it's going to be.
But the truth is, you just don't know what to expect. Its exiting and terrifying at the same time.

The only thing to do now is waiting to start!
But while I'm waiting I need to prepare so many things. From my bag till my knowledge!

Well, wish me luck! 

the countdown has started!


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3 weeks to go!
3 weeks to go!

Het is begonnen   (published in Thailand)

January 3, 2018 by   Comments(0)

Wow, een eigen blog! Ik had nooit gedacht dat ik hieraan zou beginnen, maar ik wil het hele verhaal van mijn avontuur vastleggen omdat ik weet dat dit een 'once in a lifetime experience' is. 
27 december 2017, de dag waarop ik me inschreef om aan dit avontuur te beginnen! Ik heb lang getwijfeld tussen Thailand en Cambodja, omdat ik het evenwaardige landen en projecten vind. In de nacht van 26 december had ik een droom waar ik in Thailand zit en voilà, de knoop was doorgehakt. In ben zeer 'excited' om aan dit avontuur deel te nemen, maar ik denk ik dat ik nog niet 100 procent besef waar ik aan begonnen ben. Het is alsof een droom net is uitgekomen! Ik vertrek 2 juli 2018 en ik verblijf een maand dichtbij Ao Nang. Ik ga werken aan het project van natuur en milieubehoud, omdat dit me het nauwst aan het hart ligt. Ik hou van de oceaan en al haar aspecten en bovendien ben ik zeer geïntereseerd in wetenschappen. Op dit moment zit ik dan ook in mijn laatste jaar wetenschappen aan de middelbare school. Volgend jaar zou ik me graag verder verdiepen door verder te studeren aan de hogeschool. Aan de andere kant is het ook een geweldige kans om mensen over de hele wereld te leren kennen en mijn Engels bij te schaven. Ook heb ik nog nooit gedoken, dus dat wordt ook heel spannend!
Nu kan ik me beginnen voorbereiden door te leren over de vissen, koralen en de oceaan in haar geheel!

Lieve Groeten,


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Het is begonnen
Het is begonnen

Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar   (published in Nepal)

January 1, 2018 by   Comments(0)

The safari was great! We sat in a big jeep and drove around in the jungle for four hours. Nature was beautiful and we saw rhinos, crocodiles, deer, a big lizard, peacocks, a monkey, different types of big birds, wild pigs, and a bear! See picture below. It was amazing and made the bus trip totally worth it! Sunday morning, I left the hotel at 07.00. This time, I got a chair almost at the front of the bus, plus that I did not feel sick before the ride ven started like on Friday. So there was way less bumping and I did not get sick! On our way, the most beautiful sights appeared so I enjoyed the trip very much this time. So much in front, however, I could see hou dangerous the driver was driving, but everything went well. Back in Kathmandu I did some shoppin to get rid of my Nepalese money (good excuse huh ). And back at the house I had a relaxed evening with nice calls to family to wish them a happy new year.

2018 started with potato pancakes with tomato ketchup for breakfast... I guess the year can only get better now . The large group of young volunteers did again have some activity after lunch, so it was again a short day. With the four of other volunteers remaining, we held a small talk about tooth brushing at one of the classes in the school. The school we are building is for pour children from the area, and they do often not have very good teeth. Each of them got a tooth brush and they sang a song they learned to us about brushing teeth. 

I have started packing my bags, and am ready for my last day tomorrow! Hope this will be a full day of working so we make good progress this last day. My flight leaves at 22.45 tomorrow, so a taxi picks me up at 18.00. I should be back in The Netherlands at 12.30 on Wedneday.

De safari was geweldig! We zaten in een ...

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Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar
Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar

Moving Blogs   (published in Cambodia)

December 31, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Hi all! I'm having a hard time blogging on this weblog (uploading and internet problems)...follow my blogs here!

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