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July 2010 Blog Posts (6)

How Time Flies!

Wow! We only have a little over 2 weeks left of camp. So much has happened between this blog post and my previous one. To begin with, we started off camp with a disappointing number of kids but as the weeks progress we are getting more and more. Aside from discipline challenges, the kids' curiosity and love of life are so refreshing during tough moments of the day. They are so much fun and have caught me off guard at times. One of the activities we played with the kids was passing around a…

Added by Lauren Hovis on July 22, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

indigestion: not only reason chocolate should keep us up at night

Working with Oasis has brought about a lot of research projects for me. One of my first was to “translate” some documents about fair trade chocolate from British English into American English. Besides smiling at the occasional “whilst” and trying to remember which words need a “z” instead of an “s,” I learned about slaves in West African chocolate plantations. Pretty uneasy thing to think…


Added by megan beck on July 13, 2010 at 1:56am — 2 Comments

"I am a Gypsy and I am not ashamed" - by Caitlin Walsh - part of Camp TAG serving in Hungary/Slovakia

Growing up you learn so many different words nonchalantly. I now understand that you learn these words at an early age because the experiences in your life later on will define them. These past few weeks have given "flexibility," "challenge," "patience," and "contentment"…


Added by Amy Whipple Derrick on July 12, 2010 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Strength, Liberation...and Hatred.

I love public transportation; its like sensory overload in a good way. Even being crammed into a packed subway is exciting to me, despite the sometimes unfriendly smells. You can learn so much about personalities and culture just by watching the people around you.

For the second week of our journey we stayed in Hungary’s capital – Budapest. The city has a fabulous and quite efficient public transportation system – from buses to trams to the metro. Just about everyday this week the TAG…


Added by Janina Peppers on July 9, 2010 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Two Different (But the Same) Worlds

This week Caitlin, Nina, and I had the opportunity to work in two different communities with two different groups of kids. In Derecske, we worked with Hungarian kids (not Roma) at a Baptist church that our supervisors, Ralph and Tammy Stocks, attended when they lived in the community. We also worked with a Roma community in Pocsaj that Ralph and Tammy have developed a relationship with…


Added by Kolby Thomas Knight on July 9, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Week One at Camp TAG

Whenever you are about to go on a trip, you get an excited feeling in your

gut...butterflies galore! That's how I was when I got on the plane! Ready

for new adventures, ready for traveling out of the country for the first

time, ready for learning! It brings this lighter mood and you are floating

on air. One week later and my heart went from being light and floating to

heavy and full of love for new friends.

This past week we worked at Szatmarcseke, a small…


Added by Caitlin Walsh on July 2, 2010 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

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