Title: Jen does Delhi with VSO (India)

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URL: http://jendoesdelhi.blogspot.com/

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The End of an Era...Adieu! - 06/Jan/2011 16:27 - 4846 days ago
I've held back on my last post as I didn't want to jump in when the first two weeks back have been manic. It's been a bit weird ...
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Lost Weekend: Finishing up in Delhi - 04/Dec/2010 15:59 - 4879 days ago
Ok so it wasn't a lost weekend but where did it go? In fact the last 4 weeks just went. In training they tell you the last month...
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Tourist India - 20/Nov/2010 10:42 - 4893 days ago
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How very Vipassana - 12/Nov/2010 09:51 - 4901 days ago
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Fever. In the morning, fever all through the night… - 08/Nov/2010 13:21 - 4905 days ago
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Let the Games commence… - 17/Oct/2010 11:04 - 4927 days ago
I missed out on my swimming ticket due to a rescheduling of theCoimbatore interpreter training. I’d had a few emails whilst I ...
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Coimbatore - Interpreter Training Course Number 3 - 13/Oct/2010 08:00 - 4931 days ago
There are always some ups and downs in the first few days of the interpreter training. You rock up in a strange new town, unpack...
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10 Down, 2 to go - 07/Oct/2010 10:50 - 4937 days ago
As is usual on the old blog, I feel the urge to reflect on what has happened and what the coming months will bring. A VSO placem...
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All Aboard... - 04/Oct/2010 10:30 - 4940 days ago
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Bodhgaya: Finding some peace - 23/Sep/2010 12:22 - 4951 days ago
After the delivery of the Kolkata interpreter training over 9 days including two weekends it was time for some R&R. I had on...
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Round 2: Interpreter Training in Kolkata - 17/Sep/2010 10:36 - 4957 days ago
The first course was in Delhi and was our tester. This was Kolkata and this was for real. We had our Deaf trainer to lead the co...
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Dharamsala and The Dalai Lama - 07/Sep/2010 10:18 - 4967 days ago
After the nine days ofinterpreter training in Delhiit was time for a break. I went straight to the hills toDharamsala, the site ...
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Training the Interpreter Trainers - 25/Aug/2010 08:50 - 4980 days ago
We just completed the first interpreter training program for bilinguals i.e. people already fluent in ISL (Indian Sign Language)...
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Cleaned Out - 19/Aug/2010 16:43 - 4986 days ago
One plus of living in India is having hired help. You feel slightly embarrassed you’re paying someone the equivalent of £15 a...
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A Million Dollar Success - 15/Aug/2010 12:04 - 4990 days ago
You may have seen myTwitteror Facebook updates already in which case you’d know: I have had a pretty damn good week.The main a...
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Blogpost for VSO: My Story So Far - 12/Aug/2010 11:57 - 4993 days ago
So I've been at it again: blogging for others, this time forVSO.They asked me to write of my experience so far. Now it's been a ...
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The Good Life– Urban Vs Rural - 07/Aug/2010 19:14 - 4998 days ago
It was off to the farmland scrubs ofRajasthanlast weekend where I visited afriend in her VSO placement. We’ve often compared p...
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The Indian Sign Language Academy - A Work Update - 26/Jul/2010 15:18 - 5010 days ago
Back in February the Finance Minister announced in his budget funding for a Sign Language academy. The Deaf Way Foundation Direc...
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Single, White, Female - 21/Jul/2010 15:37 - 5015 days ago
Solo?Yes solo.Just one?Yes just one.No man?No man.On average I had this conversation twice a day whilst away in Malaysia. It’s...
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India Vs The Rest of the World - 20/Jul/2010 15:03 - 5016 days ago
I took my credit card, a budget from my savings and for my birthday did what I always do: took off somewhere tropical to do some...
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Cleared out by The Games - 28/Jun/2010 07:11 - 5038 days ago
With theCommonwealth Gamesonly 98 days away there have been reports that the government is up to no good again. In the year lead...
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Manali and Mountains - 23/Jun/2010 05:59 - 5043 days ago
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Wot choo looking at? - 08/Jun/2010 11:30 - 5058 days ago
So I’m more used to the auto drivers now. I even have a bit of a laugh with them when negotiating in Hindi. I still occasional...
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Lingua Franca - 31/May/2010 04:56 - 5066 days ago
Learning two languages has been a challenge and one fraught with usual faux pas. In Hindi if you don’t roll your R enough in K...
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Video Killed the Radio Star - 28/May/2010 09:46 - 5069 days ago
Not content with my own You Tube channel:www.youtube.com/jenpenwenI've got in on VSO-UK's. See the clip of a few volunteers talk...
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The Heat is on... - 20/May/2010 18:03 - 5077 days ago
I didn’t think it could get much worse: 47 degrees, trying to stay indoors anytime between 10 and 6, going for a run only afte...
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Indian Interpreter Idol: The Search is on - 12/May/2010 09:21 - 5085 days ago
Someone recently made a comment about my blog that it was personal and not about work. It is true. There have only been a few re...
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It's The Final Countdown - 03/May/2010 10:06 - 5094 days ago
On my way to the doctors last Friday I was unceremoniously dumped out of my auto at the bottom of Sansad Marg. I didn’t know t...
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A Recipe for Successful Weight Loss - 29/Apr/2010 16:57 - 5098 days ago
IngredientsSome street food such asChole Kulchaor ChickenMomosA lassiA reduced intake of alcoholGreatly increased intake of wate...
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A Recipe for Successful Weight Gain - 21/Apr/2010 17:12 - 5106 days ago
Weight yoyo-ing is apparently usual in Delhi due to the change in temperature between winter and summer. Mine may have been a li...
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Easter in Varanasi– Bodies, bulls and bacteria - 08/Apr/2010 05:16 - 5119 days ago
In Delhi they say travel before April when it really hots up in India. Two other volunteers, B and N, and I decided on a last tr...
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Get your coat love, you’ve been pulled! – The Indian Traffic Cops - 31/Mar/2010 16:25 - 5127 days ago
I was working at the weekend. Shocked at getting up at 4am on a Sunday, I got the train to Agra for a Deaf event. My colleague a...
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The Volunteer and the Balloon Seller - 16/Mar/2010 09:17 - 5142 days ago
Recently a fellow volunteer told me this story which made me laugh. She doesn’t have a blog so I’m putting up here:In Delhi ...
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Queuing at the Delhi Counter Part II - A Legal Alien in New Delhi - 26/Feb/2010 10:13 - 5160 days ago
The visa process is painful. The expat forums are full of queries and no-one knows what the processes are or what the different ...
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Travels, Touts and Trauma - 21/Feb/2010 10:52 - 5165 days ago
After my recent conference my guest speaker and friend, over from the UK, stayed on for a tour of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. He has...
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Would the real ASLI please stand up? - 19/Feb/2010 07:32 - 5167 days ago
Seven weeks into my placement and we had a conference for the Indian ASLI. Coincidentally‘asli’ in Hindi means ‘real’. O...
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The Three Month Meltdown? - 10/Feb/2010 09:45 - 5176 days ago
A few days ago, I crossed the infamous three month mark. Infamous in VSO terms and amongst volunteers here. It’s sink or swim ...
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Queuing at the Delhi Counter - 04/Feb/2010 18:37 - 5182 days ago
This is a tale of Indian bureaucracy and a one-woman crusade to get a parcel through customs duty-free. Our story starts a few d...
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We Can Work it Out... - 31/Jan/2010 06:22 - 5186 days ago
I haven’t yet blogged about work yet and I guess it is time that I did as that is what I have come here to do. Although my CEO...
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Jaiho Jaipur - 28/Jan/2010 06:03 - 5189 days ago
At the weekend a few of us went on a trip to Jaipur for a break out of the chaos that can be Delhi. We went to a literary f...
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Bollywood: Aquafresh on Acid - 20/Jan/2010 20:27 - 5197 days ago
Coming up to three months in India it was about time I went to see my first Bollywood movie. The film everyone is talking about ...
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Shut up and Drive - 15/Jan/2010 16:06 - 5202 days ago
(Pic from:http://rickshawchallenge.com/blog/)It’s official, auto drivers have become the bane of my life. I’ve spent three p...
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It’s Christmas Time... - 01/Jan/2010 12:54 - 5216 days ago
Most of the festive season has been spent shopping for the new flat. It felt a bit like doing theBoxing Daysales in the UK but i...
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Flat hunting: The one with the Broker Wars - 24/Dec/2009 21:09 - 5224 days ago
There’s been mayhem, stress, upsets and danger in the hunt for a flat. It’s been a better drama than an Eastenders Christmas...
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On the Road for Deaf Drivers? - 23/Dec/2009 22:31 - 5225 days ago
I was asked to go on short day trip with work. Excited to be on a train out of Delhi, it was a great chance to chat to my collea...
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Sign 4 - 19/Dec/2009 18:35 - 5229 days ago
They say try not to see anyone from home in the first few months of your placement as it can make you feel homesick. I didn’t ...
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First Day at the Office - 09/Dec/2009 20:59 - 5239 days ago
The flat hunting saga continues but work must carry onas ever. I spent the first two days of this week visiting many flats with ...
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Volunteering to Clean up the Yamuna - 05/Dec/2009 20:29 - 5243 days ago
Only two days after attending my first big event in India I got on a bus with 10 or so other volunteers and turned up at the inf...
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World Disability Day 2009 - 03/Dec/2009 18:12 - 5245 days ago
Some countries call it the International Day of People with Disabilities. Others the World Disability Day (WDD) as it is named i...
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Delhi's Homeless - 27/Nov/2009 21:54 - 5251 days ago
We had a visit organised for tonight to one of the homeless shelters run byAAA, an Action Aid funded project. It was a little di...
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Can tech savvy teens affect change in India? - 25/Nov/2009 14:20 - 5253 days ago
I’ve been at a VSO strategy conference all day on the outskirts of Delhi with the aim of helping to shape VSO India’s next t...
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Delhi Eat-a-thon - 21/Nov/2009 15:54 - 5257 days ago
I’ve now been in India for two weeks and it’s about time I mentioned food. It is a big topic of conversation between all the...
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Market Mayhem - 14/Nov/2009 18:33 - 5264 days ago
Free from the confines of the group with the weekend ahead, I could plan a day out. I feel I get on with everyone here but I fin...
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To Beer or not to Beer - 13/Nov/2009 23:29 - 5265 days ago
This afternoon we were told Indian women rarely drink alcohol and they will usually drink soft drinks when out. Drinking is gene...
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Back to School - 13/Nov/2009 18:14 - 5265 days ago
We have now had a day of introductions and a further two days of training. This has been Hindi lessons in the morning which are ...
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A Wecome to VSO India - 11/Nov/2009 23:20 - 5267 days ago
After language lessons in the morning we were herded into these fantastically old-fashioned taxis. I sat in the front and got to...
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Stroll in the Park - 10/Nov/2009 22:45 - 5268 days ago
After a fitful sleep on a brick-hard pillow, all the volunteers that had already arrived met for lunch at the Indian Social Inst...
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Arrival and Orientation at the Indian Social Institute - 10/Nov/2009 19:55 - 5268 days ago
We arrived at 2am at Delhi airport to a few beeping cars but it was fairly quiet other than that. I was surprised but then it wa...
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T5 and counting... - 09/Nov/2009 19:32 - 5269 days ago
I had two other volunteer’s phone numbers who will be on the same flight. There should have been around 10 of us, some co...
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Packing District - 08/Nov/2009 19:28 - 5270 days ago
After a weekend away visiting friends before the chaos of packing, I’ve had a pretty stressful week. I only left myself seven ...
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Drinks? I couldn't possibly. - 30/Oct/2009 18:58 - 5279 days ago
So it was potentially my last night of drinking red wine for a while and I managed to get a few in. It was a lovely night and a ...
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Bob Geldof's Lost Daughter - 20/Oct/2009 11:33 - 5289 days ago
It's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at times over the last week. Getting a bit stressed, then realising there's not mu...
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Subtitling my Placement - 18/Oct/2009 01:42 - 5291 days ago
Ever since I got the call from VSO offering me a Flip camera I'd been wondering how to make clips accessible for Deaf people. No...
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VSO, Web 2.0 and the Social Media Revolution - 12/Oct/2009 22:04 - 5297 days ago
I set up aTwitter accountbefore I left for Asia as I thought this would help me keep in touch whilst I was away either in Asia o...
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VSO is go - 10/Oct/2009 21:48 - 5299 days ago
I applied to doVSOafter I saw an advert go out on an Interpreter's e-group. The minute I saw it I knew it was something I'd alwa...
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