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NuMundo – Building a platform for the new world in Chile

In early April, I crossed Brazil and Argentina and arrived in Santiago de Chile, after almost 5 month in Brazil, living and working at the eco-village Piracanga in Bahia. I had heard about Project Nuevo Mundo, now suitably rebranded to NuMundo, while volunteering at Boom Festival in Portugal in August last year. A startup with…

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Piracanga – Life in an Ecovillage

I’m back on the road and my journal is back too. I’m truly thankful for the last four month and found a new home in Piracanga, an ecovillage and human development centre on the Brazilian coast in Bahia. It’s been the longest I’ve stayed anywhere since I started my journey and it was good to…

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Working for UNAWE at Leiden University

At some point in Australia earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to get an email from Pedro Russo, Universe Awareness International Project Manager at the Leiden Observatory. He invited me to come and work for UNAWE. The organisation develops educational resources about astronomy to get children interested in science. Kids are fascinated by the…

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Portugal and a website for Marlies

After Boom Festival I travelled south, to one of the places on our planet I call home. I grew up in the sunny Algarve and went to school in a small costal town called Tavira. Along with it’s 37 churches there’s a old roman bridge and Tavira island, reached by ferry and a popular holiday…

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Volunteering at Boom Festival 2014

“Boom is not only a festival, it is a state of mind. Inspired by the principles of Oneness, Peace, Creativity, Sustainability, Transcendence, Alternative Culture, Active Participation, Evolution and Love, it is a space where people from all over the world can converge to experience an alternative reality.” What started in 1997 as a small psychedelic…

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Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand

Finally, my first trade for a NGO in south-east Asia. I found out about Openmind Projects while studying my Lonely Planet ebook, shortly after arriving in Thailand. OMP offers volunteer training, teaching english and IT to trainees and locals. They support various projects in Nepal, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The description sounded really good and…

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Southern Thailand and a trade in Khanom

Departing form Jakarta in Indonesia, I flew to Thailand. I was a bit of a short notice decision, but a good one. I didn’t know much about Thailand, except it having a slightly fragile political situation, a buddhist majority and an abundance of german expats (among others). OK, maybe I knew a little bit more…

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A website for the Community Recycling Network Aotearoa

My journey from Queenstown led me to Waiheke Island, just a 30 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s busy center. The Community Recycling Network of New Zealand invited me to build a website and would be hosting me on the island. My new project for the “Auckland Community Resource Recovery Network”, in short ACoRRN, shouldn’t only…

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Bartering with artist Georgia Hill

It’s been a while since my last article and busy times lay behind me. I am now in Indonesia and there will be a few stories following up in quick succession over the next 2 weeks. Travelling and working on different projects made it hard to keep the journal updated and here goes another promise…

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The good people of Melbourne

After my time exploring the coast south of Sydney, I arrived in Melbourne (apparently the world’s most liveable city) and I was ready for some cultural treats. I had the best of all arrivals, since some good old friends live in the city and their hospitality is some of the best I have ever experienced. My…