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Himalaya vs. Ghana by keys on 3 February 2005 1:00am
 
I've been bitten by the volunteer abroad bug and had originally wanted to go to Ghana, near Cape Coast (and stopping over in London for a few days!)

OR I've been recommended to try Latin America out first, something "tamer" as it'll be my first time with a (as she put it) "developing/third world nation"

OR surprise, suprise, the Himalayas and volunteering in Tibet.

Which one would be most worthwhile for someone who hasn't travelled alot (YET) during the summer? Also, not too expensive as I would like to go on more than one trip..

Thanks!
 
Re: Himalaya vs. Ghana by Godfather on 3 February 2005 2:56am
 
Depends where it is in Latin America really. Some of the countries are very developed. Others there are some of the poorest in that part of the world. So it depends where. But if you're volunteering in Tibet, that wont be too difficult. I just hope you'll like Tsampa. Again,depends where in Tibet too. Some areas are pretty developed now by China. Other areas are still out in the wild and wooly wilds.
 
Re: Himalaya vs. Ghana by keys on 3 February 2005 7:11pm
 
In Latin America, I was thinking of Guyana.

What's Tsampa?
 
Re: Himalaya vs. Ghana by Godfather on 3 February 2005 7:57pm
 

Hi. I've not been to Guyana. So i cant help. I dont much about it. But here are 2 links about the dreaded Tsampa.

http://tsampa.org/tibetan/tsampa/

http://tsampa.org/tibetan/tsampa/theory_and_practice/

Personally,i think it must rate as one of the most boring foods in the world. But it's what most Tibetans live on, and have lived on for centuries before the arrival of Chinese influence. Survival food really. A bit like the Monty Python thing "Erm..well we've got spam, spam, spam, and er...spam". It can be liike that in Tibet at times. "Well, how about a Tsampa Suprise. Tsampa,rolled into an amusing shape,with just a dash of Tsampa". Or, if you're feeling adventurous, how about "Tsampa Delight. Tsampa mixed with rancid yak milk, and some beer". Tibetans luckily have other foods though. Such as Momos, which is lovely. But for most poorer and very remote rural Tibetans, Tsampa is the norm. I'm a spicy man myself :)


 
Re: Himalaya vs. Ghana by Ken Dunn on 4 February 2005 10:41am
 
I'd be inclined to go to Ghana. People of Tibet are more able to look after themselves. Ghana is very hot and sunny and has a coastal area.
 



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