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Getting Closer - Nerves are setting in.   (published in South Africa)

April 8, 2018 by   Comments(0)

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I've got just under 9 weeks till I travel to Cape Town - South Africa. The nerves have started setting in! I have never travelled alone or been away from my family for this long, and that in itself is a scary enough thought. Despite all the nerves i cannot wait to arrive and start work. By far the most exciting thing I have ever done. 

 

The countdown has begun! Best start preparing!!

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Getting Closer - Nerves are setting in.
 

Just a few more days before my big adventure!   (published in South Africa)

April 14, 2016 by   Comments(0)

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Hallo allemaal, bonjour tout le monde (la version Francaise se trouve en bas de la page)

Hier dan mijn eerste verslag, ik zal elke keer in het Nederlands en Frans schrijven zodat iedereen mee kan genieten 
Na een paar hele leuke weken in Nederland is het bijna zo ver, dinsdag 19 april neem ik het vliegtuig naar Zuid-Afrika!!!
Via de organisatie Projects Abroad ga ik proberen mijn steentje bij te dragen aan het onderwijs in Kaapstad en Andasibe, Madagascar. Ik voel me er klaar voor, alles is voorbereid (tickets, vaccinaties, donaties, mediakaarten...) en ik heb er onwijs veel zin in! Maar wat ga ik nou precies doen zullen sommige zich wel afvragen? Hier dus even een kleine samenvatting;

  • Ik begin met 3 weken vrijwilligerswerk als gymdocente op een basisschool in Kaapstad. Ik verblijf in een gastgezin en zal dus veel van het lokale leven mee krijgen. Ik begin 's ochtends rond 9u en ben om 14u20 weer klaar. Tijd zat om nog leuke dingen te gaan doen na het werk dus!
  • Vanaf 11 mei ga ik met de Baz bus naar Johannesburg reizen. Het is een hop on-hop off bus dus ik bepaal zelf hoe lang ik ergens blijf. 
  • 29 mei neem ik het vliegtuig naar Madagscar waar ik 3 weken Franse, Engelse, Wiskune, Muziek en gym les ga geven op de basisschool van Andasibe. Ook hier verblijf ik in een gastgezin. Mijn dagen zullen er iets anders uitzien, de school begint namelijk om 7u30 en eindigt om 13u. Nog meer tijd voor leuke dingen na schooltijd. Andasibe ligt vlakbij nationale parken waar je allerlei diersoorten kunt spotten en horen, erg leuke omgeving dus.
  • Vanaf 18 juni ga ik daar een aantal dagen rondreizen, mijn plan is nu om via de oostkust naar het noorden te reizen, daar een binnenlandse vlucht te nemen terug naar Antananarivo.
  • Op 29 juni vlieg ik vanuit Antananarivo terug naar Parijs

Het is ook wel weer spannend om in mijn eentje te reizen maar ik kijk er naar uit om andere vrijwilligers te ontmoeten en nieuwe culturen te ontdekken! 

Ik zal niet zo vaak internet hebben dus verwacht niet al te veel verslagen maar zodra het kan zal ik een update plaatsen!

Wist je dat?
- Projects Abroad me erg goed geholpen heeft bij het organiseren van mijn reis?
- Ik 710€ ingezameld heb? Dit geld heb ik gebruikt om parachutes te kopen, een deel van mijn omkosten te vergoeden en Projects Abroad te betalen. Heel erg bedankt allemaal!!!
- Mijn moeder 51 (!!!) pittenzakken heeft gemaakt? De bonen ga ik daar kopen om ze te vullen.

Kus

 

Version Francaise 

Bonjour tout le monde,

Comme promis, je posterai à chaque fois une version en Néerlandais et la traduction en Francais en dessous.

Après un triste au revoir à la France suivi par plusieurs semaines heureuses aux Pays-Bas, mon départ s'approche. Le mardi 19 avril je m'envole pour l'Afrique du Sud!!! Grâce à l'organisation Projects Abroad, je vais essayer de contribuer à l'amélioration de l'éducation au Cap et à Andasibe, Madagascar. Je me sens prête, tout est au point (billets d'avions, vaccins, donations, outils pédagogiques...) et j'ai hâte de commecer cette aventure! Pour ceux et celles aui ne savent pas ce que je vais faire exactement, voici un petit résumé

  • Je commence par 3 semaines de bénévolat en tant que professeur d'EPS dans une école primaire du Cap, Afrique du Sud. Je serais hébergée chez l'habitant ce qui va me permettre de découvrir la vie locale. Je commence vers 9h et je finis mes cours à 14h20, ce qui me laissera largement le temps de me divertir. 
  • À partir du 11 mai j'ai 15 jours pour arriver jusqu'à Johannesburg. Pour ce faire, je prendrais le Baz bus qui s'arrête dans tous les villages touristiques quotidiennement. Je pourrais donc rester plusieurs jours au même endroit et reprendre le bus après. 
  • Le 29 mai je prend l'avion pour Madagascar. On vient me chercher à l'aéroport pour m'emmener dans ma famille d'accueil qui habite à Andasibe. Dans l'école du village j'enseignerais l'Anglais, le Francais, mais aussi la musique, les maths et l'EPS. Les cours sont de 7h30 à 13h, j'aurai donc tout l'après-midi pour découvrir le très bel environnement. En effet, Andasibe est entouré de parcs nationaux qui abritent toutes sortes d'animaux aux sons exceptionnels (pas de vautours malheuresement l'ACI ^^).
  • À partir du 18 juin j'aurai quelques jours pour voyager. Mon plan est de longer la côte Est pour remonter au Nord, prendre un avion pour revenir à Antananarivo.
  • De là je m'envole pour Paris le 29 juin. 
C'est un peu effrayant de voyager seule mais je suis sûre de rencontrer de belles personnes et de vivre des aventures exceptionnelles. J'ai hâte de découvrir de nouvelles cultures!
 
Je n'aurais pas toujours internet donc ne ous attendez pas à de nombreux récits mais dès que j'en aurai l'occasion je mettrai une petite histoire :)
 
Savais-tu que;
- L'organisation Projects Abroad m'a beaucoup aidé à organiser ce voyage?
- J'ai récolté 710 €? J'ai utilisé cet argent pour acheter 2 parachutes, des stylos, pour rembourser Projects Abroad. Un énorme merci à tous pour cette participation!
- Ma mère a fabriqué 51 (!!!) pochettes? Dans ces pochettes je vais mettre des petits pois et je vais les utiliser pour mes cours!
 
 
Bisous et à la prochaine!
 

 

 

 

 

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Just a few more days before my big adventure!https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/ciska/read/417402/just-a-few-more-days-before-my-big-adventure
Just a few more days before my big adventure!
 

Human Rights Organisation: Monthly Report   (published in South Africa)

December 17, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Human Rights Volunteer Jack Harrison from the United Kingdom wrote this month’s report, describing his experience of working on a criminal case with the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office.

Criminal Report: “On Thursday the 23rd of October, I went with criminal attorney, Sherwin, to meet two new clients who are currently incarcerated in the notorious Pollsmoor Prison, awaiting trial. We are only able to assist clients at Pollsmoor who are accused of 'petty crimes'.

 

The first step we had to take was to ensure that those we met were in fact those we could provide legal assistance to. The guards, despite our instructions, brought two men who we were unable to help. These men had to be sent away, unfortunately.

We were left with two men, who stood accused of crimes which we were able to defend them for. We interviewed them in one of the court video link rooms, with no guard present; this was an unnerving experience!

Our first new client stood accused of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (GBH). He wished to plead not guilty. The client claimed that he was watching some minstrels performing in the street outside of his house. His friend, who had drank too much, was vomiting at the time.

A woman came out of the neighbouring house, and began to shout at them. At this point, someone threw a large stone or brick, hitting the woman in the face and causing her with a reasonably serious injury. The client claimed to us that he had not ever seen this happen before. However, his friend (who the client claims likes to 'play around') blamed him for throwing the object at the woman. The client maintains it was in fact this friend who threw the object.

Two days after the incident, the police came and arrested the client, as the woman had apparently reported him as the perpetrator of the assault upon her. The client's bail had been denied, due to him having several pending cases related to attempted murder and possession of illegal ammunition. He therefore had to remain in Pollsmoor until his upcoming trial.

The second new client was a previous client of ours, who was once again in Pollsmoor. The client was accused of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.The previous case which we had assisted him with was also theft, which the client had been convicted of. This client wanted to plead guilty, as he had effectively been caught 'in the act'. One evening, the client broke into a shed, intending to steal hardware from within it. However, a loud alarm went off, and he was forced to flee the scene.

The next morning, the client tried to go back to the shed to retrieve the goods which he had attempted to steal. He discovered four grinders, which he placed into a bucket and tried to make off with. However, he was spotted leaving by a taxi driver, who kept him in place until the police arrived and arrested him.

This client had been unable to afford bail, so he was stuck in Pollsmoor until his trial. The client was very upset about this, as he had wanted to be home for Christmas. We immediately began preparing the defences of both of these clients.”     

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Human Rights Organisation: Monthly Reporthttps://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/southafrica-social-manager/read/375480/human-rights-organisation-monthly-report
Human Rights Organisation: Monthly Report
 

Journalism Volunteers attend The Global Youth Indaba   (published in South Africa)

December 17, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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The Global Youth Peace Indaba was recently held in Cape Town. The Indaba was sponsored by The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with the FW de Clerk Foundation.

The event was held for students from all over the world who had come to Cape Town in the hopes to attend The Nobel Peace Summit. However, the Dalai Lama, one of the most prominent speakers presiding over the conference, had his visa rejected by the Government of South Africa.

 The summit was cancelled since most Nobel Prize laureates, in a show of solidarity with Dalai Lama, decided to boycott the conference.

 Project’s Abroad Journalism volunteers attended the Indaba and had the opportunity to hear some very remarkable speeches, one of which was an inspiring speech on Leadership by former President FW de Klerk himself.

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Journalism Volunteers attend The Global Youth Indaba
 

Journalism Volunteers attend The Global Youth Indaba   (published in South Africa)

December 17, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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The Global Youth Peace Indaba was recently held in Cape Town. The Indaba was sponsored by The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with the FW de Clerk Foundation.

The event was held for students from all over the world who had come to Cape Town in the hopes to attend The Nobel Peace Summit. However, the Dalai Lama, one of the most prominent speakers presiding over the conference, had his visa rejected by the Government of South Africa.

 The summit was cancelled since most Nobel Prize laureates, in a show of solidarity with Dalai Lama, decided to boycott the conference.

 Project’s Abroad Journalism volunteers attended the Indaba and had the opportunity to hear some very remarkable speeches, one of which was an inspiring speech on Leadership by former President FW de Klerk himself.

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Journalism Volunteers attend The Global Youth Indaba
 

November Volunteer of the Month: Shane Waxler   (published in South Africa)

December 17, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Shane Waxler, 19, America

Music Project, 11 weeks

There’s nothing better than having a volunteer walk into our office and greet us with a huge enthusiastic smile.

That is exactly how 19 year old Shane Waxler stole the hearts of most off the staff here in the Projects Abroad South Africa office. Shane, who is currently studying music in the United States, is one of the favourite volunteers amongst our staff members.

Shane, who volunteered with our Music Project, teaches the children at Parkwood Primary school how to play musical instruments and read music.

Shane believes that music allows one to express their emotion in a harmless and beautiful way,

and preventing them from getting involved in activities that would have a negative impact on their lives.

 He loved that he was able to teach and also be an active contributor to the Projects Abroad music site, Sounds of The World. He had the opportunity to interact with local artists and assist them in gaining exposure.

 “I have learnt so much in such a short period of time, I know that my time spent here will provide me with lessons and relationships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” He says.

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November Volunteer of the Month: Shane Waxlerhttps://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/southafrica-social-manager/read/375475/november-volunteer-of-the-month-shane-waxler
November Volunteer of the Month: Shane Waxler
 

Adaptation phase in Cape Town   (published in South Africa)

August 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Now my first week in South Africa has gone. I wonder why time runs so fast. Maybe it is because I am always busy at my work in the journalism office, or because I always spent my time with the others and have fun. But, for sure, it is because my host mum Brenda is a very warm-hearted character that makes everbody feeling comfortable and welcome. Anyway, she is very funny, so that my housemates and I are always in a good temper.

Before I came to Cape Town, I was worried about that I couldn't speak English as good as the others. But now it is okay and everybody can understand me. When I really don't know how to explain something in English, then I can use German or French.

After the first days in the Journalism Office, I spent my weekend with friends in the Kirstenbosch Gardens and at Noordhoek Beach, where we did a Beach Ride. When we relaxed in a meadow in the Kirstenbosch Gardens, I felt absolutely content. I heard the birds around me and looked up to the sky. The atmosphere was so peaceful. My friends and I were the last people who left the Gardens in the evening.

I think I acclimatized quickly in Cape Town. I like the new habits I got from here. From Monday till Friday, I wake up early in the morning, have my breakfast and work in the journalism office until it's afternoon. When I come home, I often do sport with one of my housemates, or we go out to Long Street in Cape Town, where all people meet. So we spent the last night in a bar.

I like the food, the people, the new surroundings. Of course Cape Town is not absolutely like what I imagined. But I expected that people would be open-minded and friendly, and now I can say: that's true! I am so glad to be here. I am excited for the activities I will do the next two weekends, for example a trip to Robben Island, Paragliding from Lion's Head and the Garden Route. I will tell!

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Adaptation phase in Cape Townhttps://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/Annika0stkamp/read/363899/adaptation-phase-in-cape-town
Adaptation phase in Cape Town