Thursday, 28 August 2008

My Ghana Experience

Images c/o Melanie Blair and Lynne Blecher

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

My Ghana Experience

Final Comments from GapBreak Ghana Students (April - July 2008)

“I had never left my country of origin before this trip, so I can happily say I have been immersed in a country’s culture and lifestyle that is vastly unlike my own, something completely alien to me, and I have enjoyed and embraced almost every aspect! I believe that in being forced to interact with individuals that I wouldn’t normally back in Australia, I have grown in communication skills, patience, and most importantly been humbled in relation to my perceptions of others in comparison to myself.”
-Lucy Hugh-Jones

“Staying in a village and then travelling around Ghana at the end really gives you a full experience, nothing like just sitting in a tour bus. I feel like I have grown as a person and become more mature and confident because of the programme.”
-Rosemary Venman

“Between restaurants bringing out meals from 45 mins- 2 hrs later, to tro-tros not having change, to our family members not knowing when to leave our room, to an ATM eating my bankcard, I have definitely become more patient. I am so grateful I have this opportunity and I would not have changed any of the bumps in the road that I have experienced. This is very cliché, but ‘what doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.’”
-Alana Andrews

“I feel I have gained a lot more confidence while in Ghana because there are so many things that I had to deal with by myself and it made me a lot more confident. I felt I fully experienced another culture and learnt a lot about the Ghanaian culture. The home-stay really helped me experience the culture as I could see how the food was prepared and how Ghanaians live.”
-Victoria Rebbeck

“I feel great, having come here and realising how amazing life can be when appreciating the simple joys of living! I hope that back home, I can bring this sense of self actualisation and retain this level of contentment!”
-Ashleigh Whittaker

Monday, 11 August 2008

Tanzania update

Written by Ryan Wallace - Tanzania 2008 Detours Volunteer

Climbed to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in the first week. It was so good. The view from the top is amazing. The glazier is awesome. Our whole group made the summit. The guides are amazing. the porters are just insane.

They carried my pack up the mountain on their heads. Each of them have about 25 kilos on their heads smoking cigarettes listening to their radios while casually walking up the mountain. I am enjoying my placement. It has seemed to go quick though. I am there for two more weeks then in the last week I am doing a safari with maasai wanderings. I'm looking forward to the safari. Lango and his wife are so nice. His wife is about to give birth and she is still washing, cooking and cleaning. I feel bad cos she does everything for me but she insists on doing it. She is literally days from birth. Branco and janeth are so cute. Janeth is a real character. If i pick her up then put her down she pretends to cry until i pick her up again. Then she bursts out laughing. the nursery kids are so cute. Its taken me 4 weeks to learn about 15 names. I think I pretty much have the swahili and maasai greetings under control. There are so many different greetings for different occasions. I have taken like 1000 photos and no doubt will be taking 1000 more on safari. my mum told me to buy a decent camera and im so glad i did. If you have facebook you can view some of my photos on my page. I bought a vodacom simcard so i can msg my girlfriend and family. I just have to turn my phone off in the village to save battery. So glad i got the phone working. Anyway having a great time. Home in like 3 weeks. Speak soon.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Settling into India

Written by Hayley Forbes – India 2008 GapBreak Volunteer

Photo Image by Madeleine White - India 2008 GapBreak Volunteer

We are having a great time and just today we are going to Jodpur and going on the desert trip, we are doing it with new group of volunteers that just arrived, then we are spending the weekend in Jaipur, with the other volunteers who have been here for 4 weeks already,so I'm pretty excited for a week away.

The accommodation is great, pretty close to the schools and the city centre. Bedla's a nice area. The food is fantastic, the rooms are comfy.

The ICA's are great we hang out with them heaps when they have spare time, Neeraj, Ritu, Gourav and Himanshu are so fantastic. They are really helpful, Himanshu basically helped us organise this whole week, he booked accomodation trains etc. The orientation was great, very comprehensive and useful.

The school we are at is great, the Aussie are at the really big school, and we are really enjoying it. i love my class, they are quite spirited and very cheeky and come out with some pretty funny stuff. It's great to see them get involved in the activities we plan for them.

Having the other volunteers here from Britain is great fun, we are living with some pretty cool people at the moment and we are just about to meet the 5 new volunteers in Jodpur.