I’ve moved! Come join me!

Hey Globally Thinking followers!

Thanks for all your support over the last two years – I’ve truly enjoyed blogging about all things social justice and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my thoughts and experiences!

I’ve now moved over to a new site: www.caitlinramrakha.com where I’ve continued to blog about social justice amongst other things.

I’ve just started a project: 365 days, a project where I’ll learn, experience or achieve 20 things by June 30, 2013. This is a journey I want to share with you, so please come on over and subscribe!!

I look forward to seeing you there,

Caitlin

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The 365 Day Project

Hey Globally Thinking followers! Thanks for all your support over the last two years – I’ve truly enjoyed blogging about all things social justice and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my thoughts and experiences! I’ve now moved over to a new site: http://www.caitlinramrakha.com where I’ve continued to blog about social justice amongst other things. I’ve just started a project: 365 days, a project where I’ll learn, experience or achieve 20 things by June 30, 2013. This is a journey I want to share with you, so please come on over and subscribe!! See you there,
Caitlin

Caitlin Ramrakha

I am feeling particularly reflective today – it’s the first day of the second half of the new year, and I feel that calls for new beginnings. A time for new resolutions, new hopes and new inspiration. A 365 Day Project. 

For the past five years I’ve spent New Years Day running a holiday camp on the South Coast and in that time of craziness, intensity and being surrounded by people, it’s hard to find time to find a quiet space to reflect, relax and get into a rhythm that’s brought in by the promise of a new year and a fresh start. But today, I feel ready to lay down some resolutionssome things that I want to tick off over the next twelve months and some goals to achieve and I need you to keep me accountable! I’m now going to see Sundays as the beginning rather…

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Nepal Vision Trip Blog

So I have been absolutely consumed by uni and work this semester and haven’t yet put up my Timor blogs (sitting on my computer waiting to be posted!) But, good news! I officially finished my degree yesterday and in typical Caitlin style, I’ve already jetted off to my next place: Nepal.

I’ve got a separate blog for the trip as I’ll be blogging on behalf of everyone, so please go check it out here: www.nepalvisiontrip.wordpress.com

As a treat, I’ll put my first post from that blog here, but make sure you get over there and read about the rest of our experiences!!

Hi everyone!

Thanks for checking out the blog that I’ll be writing whilst I’m over in Nepal. I’m looking forward to sharing my discoveries, my experiences, my reflections and my photos of my time with the International Nepal Fellowship in Nepal from the 4th-21st of November. I’ll be doing my best to update at least every second day, and will be doing regular tweets. Follow me here.

So why Nepal you ask? Great question! To be honest, I’ve been incredibly blessed to fall right into this opportunity and have everything fall into place for me. At the beginning of the year, Nepal would definitely not have come to mind as a particular place I was dying to travel to (seeing as I’m definitely not a trekker, and that seems to be the primary reason for tourism!) or really work in. I’ve had my heart set on India for quite a long time now (the sights, the smells, the sounds, the CULTURE!!!), so it seems my heart was almost in the right place – it just needed a bit of redirection (north!) this year.

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In the last 6 weeks…

So in the last 6 weeks I’ve been in four different countries, with four different time zones and five different languages – from Tetun, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian, Thai and English, I’ve currently got many words, phrases and numbers that I’ve learnt swimming around in my head as I begin to process the many experiences I’ve been blessed with since I last blogged.

My 4 week trip to East and West Timor with the Oaktree Foundation was a huge learning experience, challenging my perceptions and understanding of development and giving me the opportunity to meet with a variety of young people, all doing some pretty revolutionary things in their country.

Following my trip with Oaktree, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a leader at the 2nd University Scholars Leadership Symposium held in Pattaya, Thailand.  After attending the 1st Symposium in Malaysia last August, it was a huge privilege to return this year and provide 340 new delegates from around the world with an even better learning and cultural experience then I’d been given the year before.

The conference aims to introduce students to humanitarian issues around the world and encourage them to take action about such issues back in their home countries.

I’ve got many stories to share from these countries – stories of defeat, stories of hope, stories of poverty and stories of small people doing HUGE things in their villages and communities. Over the next month I’ll share all these stories with you, so bare with me as I get through the backlog of blogs I need to write!

Some blogs to come include stories from Oaktree’s projects in East Timor, impressions from both East & West Timor, including the surprising differences between the two areas, an inspiring story of a woman named Poo from the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok and an overview of the Father Ray Foundation, an organisation I worked with in Thailand.

I look forward to sharing these experiences with you, and many more, in hope of giving a voice to many marginalised youth in Timor, and raise awareness about some exciting projects that are occurring in Thailand.

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