Archive for June, 2012

Organization Of London

Organization Of London
As with many of the major metropolises of the world, London has several ways of being divided into boroughs and districts. Some of these are more official, pertaining to city planning, while some are based upon more popular conceptions of different areas of town. Officially, Greater London is comprised of 32 different districts in addition to the historic City of London, and many of these districts are named after villages that have been integrated into the metropolis. For the average person who finds themselves in London, however, there are some informal designations that quite easily allow one to get to know the city.

The historic City of London, now in the centre of Greater London, is the main financial and business centre of not only the UK, but the world (alongside New York). Home to the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of England, only the wealthier members of the UK can afford to live in this area.

Tourists to the city are usually much more interested in the famed West End of London, home to the entertainment and night life of the city. Located within the City of Westminster, the major theatres, art galleries and shopping centres of London can be found in this district. Moving further out of the central city, West London is home to the grandest and most expensive homes in the city.

Limitations to outward expansion of London have lead to the regeneration of different districts. Most notably, the Canary Wharf area now competes with the City of London to be the main financial hub. Old warehouses and factories have been demolished to make way for hotels in Docklands, and some Docklands hotels and flats took up residence in the historic buildings.

Despite the multitude of official boroughs within Greater London, the more basic and informal designations of the city’s regions give a better understanding of what type of focus and interests can be found within the ever-changing boarders.

Tips for volunteering India

Tips for volunteering India

There are many people who for the sake of exploring south east Asia are volunteering in India.  If you are one of those then here are few tips for you that will help you stay safely in the country. The tips are given below and are as follows:-

Don’t commit too much: – Being a volunteer in India is quite a fun. However, sometimes working in s hot and humid region will drain you out. It is very important that you actively manage the amount of work that you can do.
Be careful with what you eat: – Indian foods are quite spicy and oily. During your initial days try to stay away from such things. Don’t consume non-vegetarian food and try to maximize your yogurt intake. Be careful with water and make sure it’s from bottled sources. Food is good but don’t experiment with it too much.
Traffic is a real mess: – Traffic in India is one of the most nosiest. Honking is quite normal. There are many unimaginable things that you will find on the roads such as cows, beggars etc. Stay at a safe distance from them. Don’t try to touch or move cows, they are considered auspicious there. Keep a distance from beggars and don’t easily give any money or food to them.
Cover yourself: – Shorts, t-shirts, minis should be completely avoided. Go for clothes which are comfortable and cover yourself to the maximum extent. India is a conservative country and women there don’t enjoy much freedom. Society in this country is mostly male dominated, so don’t be too adventurous with your dressing.
Always bargain before making the purchase:- If you are not shopping in any authorised retail shop try to bargain as much as possible. The bargaining level should be more intense in smaller shops. Don’t ever pay the amount the shopkeeper asked you for. Tell them you have been living in this country for a while and know every trick of theirs. This may help you in getting things at much cheaper price.

Learn a few Hindi words: – There are many languages spoken in India. You do not need to learn every one of them. However, Hindi is the most popular and spoken language. Learning a few basic words in Hindi will make the experience easier.

BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS aids flood victims

BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS aids flood victims

In response to the severe flooding in the city, caused by the highest levels of torrential rainfall recorded for many years, BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS has sent four of its volunteers currently in COCHABAMBA to help individuals, displaced families and the community.

Liaising with community leaders, the volunteers are providing immediate emergency assistance in a variety of ways, to try to help ease the devastating impact the recent floods have had. Recent flash-floods and continuous rainfall have totally changed the landscape. Rivers have burst their banks, and in many locations have changed their course completely – now passing through townships and agricultural land.

It is widely acknowledged that the recent inclement weather is the worst recorded for many years, and the local forecasters predict that there will be several more weeks of rainfall, before Bolivia´s ´Rainy Season´ draws to a close. Traditionally, the rains arrive in the central South American country during November and December, but this year – following severe droughts in many areas – the excessive amounts of rainfall have caused chaos throughout the country.

Bolivia Volunteers, who organize volunteer placements in the city of Cochabamba have answered calls from the community to assist where possible, by assigning additional volunteer tasks to some of its volunteers.

´Just take a look around you – the place is devastated,´ says Tony Lee – in Cochabamba with Bolivia Volunteers on a three month Building Trades project – ´Nothing I´ve ever seen before has been anything like this.´ Tony, along with construction project volunteer Marston Adabaye, will be helping in the massive clean-up operation, and helping local community leaders co-ordinate the construction of make-shift temporary accommodation blocks for homeless families.

Other volunteers, Abigail Harman-Scott and Brigitte Le Croix, are in the region with a focus on health and social care. ´It´s not just the houses that have been destroyed – Community centers, schools and medical facilities have not been spared. We are doing all we can to keep things running as smoothly as possible at this difficult time for everybody here´ says Brigitte.

Bolivia Volunteers continues to monitor the situation, and has several other volunteers on stand-by to be deployed in the area if needed.