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Habari! That is slightly more authentic Swahili for 'how are you' to which one usually replies 'mzuri'. This week is a little less exciting than last week but there is plenty to talk about nontheless.

I believe I promised a bit more about the home stays; I am staying with three other guys (Nathan, Fraser and Luke) in a home about 30 minutes or so walk from the church project site. The walk is usually tiring as it involves hills and...

Finally getting settled both into work and the community made us realise why we were here. The kids at the day care centre were really warming to us and we were getting to know them as individuals allowing us to develop a teaching style. Although the women in the day care centre were more of an issue than the kids as they would talk over our teaching in Hindi and generally disturb the kids.

One of the women also hit a school child...

Hum well...what can I say? I am coming to the end of my adventure and I would have to say it has been a proper mix of emotions some of the good some of them bad. We were told that it was going to be like this but it is only when you are on the ground that you appreciate it.

In a way being here has been a lot like home except I have tried proper hard to be part of the culture and learn something about myself but just like 'real' life...

Oh My Goodness! There's one week to go before we jet off to Africa! I am so excited its unbelievable, I cannot wait. I was so happy when I got the call from Platform2 and they confirmed my placement, even more exstatic when I discoverd I was heading to Kenya for ten weeks. I have met some of the people I am going with and they're all lovely, can't wait to meet the rest.

I am really hoping to have an amazing time, meet lots of people,...

I am still a bit homesick I think - but I am doing good. got five days off and I am going on a train ride to a place called Huanayco, it is a train that goes over the Andes and is the highest in S.America so I can't wait.

Work at the house is going well and we just finished laying down the floor for a new bathroom and bedroom - the guys I am working with are really cool and we have been given the chance to work on a new project away...

Hey peoples, I have just got back from a weekend in Lima - this has been the first time that we have been given a full weekend off and time to do stuff outside of Las Flores.

I am loving peru and the majority of the people are warm and friendly. There is, unfortunately, a lot of poverty as well and desperate people do desperate things and most Peruvians even though they don't have a lot, care about each other and most of them are very...

Cooking chilli con carni and pancakes today as part of the workshops that we have four nights a week, we had a brainstorm over what would most effectively represent the cusine of Britain and opted for a Mexican dish and pancakes - go figure. Shepherds pie would probably have been a lot better but we don't have an oven and most popular British dishes require an oven and two hours cooking. We could always use the classic phrase 'here's one I...

Hi there peoples! Where to begin???

life in Peru is pretty hectic we spent the first three days in lima and were staying in a hostal I think a lot of people were glad to leave so that we could actually begin to do what we came out for which was to live and work in the community.

We arrived at Las Flores on Sunday and were introduced to our families. Me and another girl Keisha are staying with 4- soon to be 5- as the daughter is...

Namaste Everyone!

I hope you are all really well and have had a great start to the New Year?

My time out here has really picked up since the new group arrived. The house was so quiet until they arrived last Monday. We were all out cheering and clapping to welcome them in and put red thread bracelets around their right hand - a sign of prosperity and good luck in India.
There are two other Scottish people in the group and...

Hey all!

OK so I think I emailed you last on Thursday. Sorry if I make lots of mistakes but internet is slow and this silly keyboard is really stiff and I can't be bothered to go back and correct it all.

So on Friday we went out and about in Accra. We visited the main market, the first president's tomb and also the cultural market (more for tourists!). The main market was amazing. The new president had been sworn in like the day...