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Fun with the Fog - Environmental Week

Fun with the Fog - Environmental Week

APRIL 9, 2019 | SALAAM OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SPAIN & MOROCCO - SALAAM

Written By Tori

The first day we were supposed to hike Mt. Boutmezguida to see the nets collect the fog, but it was raining. Instead, we were put into a jeep and small groups were driven up to the mountain to the nets. Gina, Kate, and Eliana were enjoying their time hiking when a hailstorm started. Luckily, the jeep came to save them. The upside of the rain was we were the first group to witness the fog harvesting in action! We all gathered around the nets and asked questions about the project before hiking down the mountain to have lunch. During lunch, Vanesia lead the group in asking questions to the beneficiaries of the fog project to see how having direct water supply has affected their lives. One example was how young girls could stay in school and continue their education because they no longer were needed at home to travel to gather water from the wells.

Time In Udaipur

Time In Udaipur

APRIL 9, 2019 | SHANTI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | INDIA- SHANTI

Written By Olivia

The following day we each had our own small adventures and plenty of naps, and then we visited the garbage dump of Udaipur. It was shocking to see the mass amounts of human waste as organic matter would sporadically catch fire and the smell of burnt plastic filled the air. It made us all think heavily on our own habits of consumption as we pointed out what waste could have been created by us. Even in the dump there was connected life though, humans living and sorting through trash for metal bits and cloth to sell, and fields of abandoned cows fat off of plastic. We’ve become more aware, and all hope in our separate ways that we may bring that awareness home with us.

Home stays in Jhadol

Home stays in Jhadol

APRIL 8, 2019 | SHANTI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | INDIA- SHANTI

Written By Olivia

We spent the last four days partially at an educational NGO in the desert and partially at beautiful home stays in an Adivasi village about a five minute walk through the sand. My feet were perpetually covered in dust, and then after trying to wash my feet I realized they weren’t actually (that) dirty, only tan from the sun and our outside adventures. Our home stay parents in the village were amazing. None of us could communicate too clearly through our language barriers, but we communicated through laughter and smiles. Amiah, Kari, and Charlotte stayed with the village head (Amiah was ill for the first day, but made it through sheer will-power to stay with her family the next day, and farm with us!). Georgia and Owen stayed with their mom Leelah-bhai, and Zevi and I with Nakkia-bhai and Debbie-lal, though Debbie-lal was out of town working on setting up tents for events. All of our parents were very kind, and welcomed us warmly.

Transition From Thailand To Cambodia

Transition From Thailand To Cambodia

APRIL 5, 2019 | SABAI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SOUTHEAST ASIA- SABAI

Written By Jess & Jackie

Hello!

During the past 2 weeks, Sabai 2019 has been finishing up our travels in Thailand and beginning our adventures in Cambodia!

We began our Cambodian adventure 4 days ago in Siem Reap and finally saw Angkor Wat this morning (at 6 am…). While the temples were breathtaking in the morning sun, one of my favorite experiences so far has been our visit to EGBOK, a nonprofit that trains poor, young Cambodians to work in the booming hospitality industry. The second we stepped on EGBOK’s campus, we were welcomed by 50+ smiling and waving 18-24 year olds. After a tour of the school, we learned how to make lotus flower decorations, were gifted scarves, ate spring rolls that we made, and snacked on bugs and snakes!

Plum Village Meditation Center

Plum Village Meditation Center

APRIL 5, 2019 | LEUM DTAA COHORT | SOUTHEAST ASIA - LEUM DTAA

By Loida Pat

After Spending a day and a half of exploring the big city of Bangkok, we left to Plum Village. Plum Village is a Vietnamese meditation center created in Thailand by Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a very famous for teaching Zen Buddhism, which is basically mindfulness. Mostly everyone was pretty excited to go on this retreat where we would learn mindfulness and get time to be on our own and just relax without thinking so much of the future. When we arrived to Plum village we were received by a grey cloudy sky and the oh so beautiful rain. To us the rain was a blessing to all the nuns and monks it was not. It was so cute although there was barely any rain compared to what we get in Portland, they were running around with their umbrellas. Our first day was very confusing, we literally broke most of the rules on our first day but we ended up learning by observing others. 

A Week From A to Z

A Week From A to Z

APRIL 3, 2019 | SALAAM OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SPAIN & MOROCCO - SALAAM

Written By Vanesia

Salaam! Welcome back to our blog, we have Vanesia on the mic today representing the Salaam group. We started off our week relaxing at Chez Yahia in Aghbalou and watching American movies. We then headed out to Amizmiz where we started our three-day trekking experience, and if I could explain what the week looked like in alphabetical order this is how I would put it:

Yoga, Homestays, & Arts

Yoga, Homestays, & Arts

APRIL 1, 2019 | SHANTI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | INDIA- SHANTI

Namaste!

We have just wrapped up our time in Rishikesh with a peaceful six day yoga retreat at the Phool Chatti Ashram which is located on the breathtaking banks of the Ganga river. Our week at the ashram was packed full of yoga asanas, nature walks, meditation, chanting, and delicious vegetarian meals. After we got used to the 5:30 am wake up time, the long days left us feeling refreshed and quite tranquil. Since we just passed the halfway mark on our time here in India, these six days were crucial to get the group fired up for the remainder of the trip. We also enjoyed a Holi celebration-an Indian holiday welcoming the arrival of spring with lots of colors.

Everything is Ait Ourir

Everything is Ait Ourir

MARCH 28, 2019 | SALAAM OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SPAIN & MOROCCO - SALAAM

Picture this ten Americans arrive in small Moroccan village: As they settle in Geoff, Eliana, Clemente, and Brandis begin a game of gin. Kayla becomes best friends with the little kids. Vanesia finds a way to get more apricot jam at tea time. Tori takes in mountain views while savoring a Coke Zero. Kate becomes friends with local women and begins baking bread and Sheldon as always finds a way to be the most relaxed human being alive. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Trekking in Northern Thailand

Trekking in Northern Thailand

MARCH 27, 2019 | SABAI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SOUTHEAST ASIA- SABAI

Hello everyone! This past week we all went on a 4 day 3 night trek through the jungle outside Chiang Mai. We started off at a orchid farm/ butterfly garden, and then went to cool off at a waterfall. Afterwards we began our trek to the first Karen village where we stayed the night. Day two was a long day of trekking. We finished off the day swimming a little bit in the river when we arrived at the village. On the third day we trekked a little in the morning and then after lunch everyone got to feed and bathe elephants!