I joined Platform2 in order to gain a deeper perspective of Ghanaian culture and to view the way of life of some Ghanaians. The project was based in Kasapin which is located in the Bronafo Region in Ghana, West Africa. It is about 150km away from Kumasi, which is Ghana’s second city. The main language is Twi and English is widely spoken. I worked as a volunteer in Kasapin for ten weeks, helping to build a community centre and also working in...

We’re now over half way through the project. The time has gone so quickly. I’ve spent the last two weeks working at Akal boys school as we weren’t allowed to our project area because the kids had exams. It’s a real shame we weren’t allowed to teach the kids who didn’t have any exams. At the boys school we planted trees and wrote slogans on the walls. It was tough writing in Hindi on a bumpy wall with 2ft high letters. Some mistakes were made...

A combination of a dodgy internet connection, power cuts and Jaisalmer being too interesting to spend time there starring at a computer screen means writing regular blogs is hard!
 
So we’ve all settled in to life living at are camp in the middle of the Thar desert - we’ve just moved rooms to ones that have fans - as the mercury will soon be climbing above 50 degrees! I’m surprised how well I’m coping with the heat - though...

We’ve been in India for 5 days now- minus one day spent on a coach and one night on a sleeper train. India is quite like how I expected, just, more extreme. Its busy, extremely hot, the poverty is in your face, and a lot of people try to rip you off. On the other hand I’ve had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, provided by IDEX and our host family. The time we spent at our host family was fantastic, they were hospitable, friendly, amazing...



 
I recently travelled to Peru in South America for three months with Platform2. After a 15hr long haul flight with 15 other young people from across the UK, we travelled through the capital city Lima where we were to stay for the three days in order to...


Namaste! Or hello shall I say… I have recently returned from a trip of a life time to India with Platform2. I went for ten weeks from August until October 2009.
 
Following a flight into Delhi airport, a three day home stay with a host family in Jaipur and a sixteen hour...


Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by many Muslims around the globe. The purpose of keeping a fast is not just to abstain from food and water for thirty days but also to remind people to think about the more important things in life and to think about those who go without.
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MICHAEL ANTHONY
MAMRE
I walk in [Moravian crèche] and I see little young children sitting, walking, running and talking- i then think to myself what's going on! Where's the teacher's and staff? I then visualise what will happen in the Moravian crèche and what are the young children going to do? Activities start happening.... but something just doesn’t seem right! It looks like they are improvised...

It's February already and time is speeding up ever so slightly. It's getting hotter, but still comfortable.
 
During the whole of this month is a water festival. Kids run around with water balloons and pistols with the volunteers as one of the main targets. The children here are so amazing that I may even see some water balloons in small hands and encourage them to chase me. On the subject of festivals, Pachacutec (with all...

After a week in i´m not sure if i could cope with leaving. The family feel like a second family and i´m constantly describing them as mama and papa. Meeting the rest of the family was so nice too. I am most in love with the way of life here. I´m constantly forgetting this is classed as a third world country and that they are classed as deprived and in poverty. As i said, the way of life here is great, I think we have something very wrong with...