Greetings from Gulu!

Hey PED family!!!

First of all, I am going to make an apology. We have been positively AWFUL about blogging. However I am going to use the being in Africa with little internet as our excuse!

We arrived in Uganda late late on Monday night. After waiting several hours for misplaced boxes, we made the trek to Abdul’s house where we were given African tea and warm beds (not that being warm is a problem here!) The next day we set off on our last traveling adventure until we make our way back home and headed to Gulu where the project site is located. The drive was supposed to take 6 hours, but ended up taking 12. You will have to ask Drew why that was! Something about leaving a backpack in town and not realizing it until halfway through the trip….perhaps…. 😉

When we arrived at our hotel Tuesday evening, we were exhausted and that is putting it lightly. Bed time was early and we awoke the next morning ready to go to our work site. As many of you may know, we are working at the Gulu Remand Home. We are building a chicken coop. I cannot vouch for everyone on the trip, but I have never in my life made a chicken coop before. Chicken coop’s aren’t in very high demand in Chicago. Having said that, the next three days were quite the learning experience. I learned how to hold a hoe, how to mix cement and that wheel barrows are not called wheel barrels like I have been calling them my whole life. We spent our days working harder than we have in a long time under a super bright sun with a group of amazing people. The boys from the Remand home worked alongside us the whole time, especially after they realized how little us Muzungu’s (foreigners) know how to build chicken coops! In addition to the construction of the coop, we have played games with the kids and really worked on developing lasting relationships. We aren’t just going to build a chicken coop and leave. We want to leave a lasting impression. Give them everything that we take away from the trip ourselves!

Tomorrow is another work day, and you should be getting another post from us as well! We really feel like we are doing good here. I can’t wait until the rest of the group can share with you their experiences and emotions as well! Here in Uganda we shall be going to sleep, but enjoy your afternoon!

 

Love to you all!

 

Emily 

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Volunteer Applications are now open for the 2013 Summer Trip

2012 Volunteer Experience Trailer from Pangea Educational Development on Vimeo.

Remember what an awesome time our volunteers had last year?  (If not refresh your memory by checking out the video above)

Want to be apart of our story this summer?

APPLY NOW!  

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Thank you! Gobble Gobble!

 

 

While you and yours gather around the table today to say what you are thankful for, we wanted to take the time to thank you.  To you our supporters, who have provided the resources to help rebuild and strengthen our schools in Uganda for years to come. To you our volunteers, who have been the heart and soul of our movement by giving your time and passion to create a unified family that transcends continents.  To our believers, thank you for continuing to support our movement.  Thank you to all, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Thank you, Zooniverse!

The new website is looking great and nearing completion. However, since the Zoo Crew is the great bunch of guys (and Nathalie) that they are, we are going to take a bit longer to finish it up the way we want. Hang tight, it will be well worth it.

Today, though, Pangea Educational Development and the PED family would like to give the most sincere and heart felt thank you to the Zoo Crew from Zooniverse.org!  This crew of dedicated coders, astrophysicists, and gentlemen saw our vision and were able to recreate our website to make something truly incredible. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work and passion.  Your impact lies much further than the development of a website, but the furthering of a dream and creating endless opportunities, not only for us as an organization, but for the people we serve.

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New website is here!

Enjoy our new website!

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Winter Volunteer Trip

 

Join us this December for our winter volunteer trip! We’re very excited to bring you to Uganda.

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24 hours of Madness (PED at the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge)

Follow PED all night from 9 a.m. on November 17 to 9 a.m. on the 18th.

November 17th (8:30): Registration has begun…..check put the cool SWAG.(stuff we all get)

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9:30  We got our web pros………………ZOO CREW!  And the 24 hours begins!  We are hard at work with the design and priorities needed to make the site.

10:45    Meet a Webpro:

Name: David Miller

Job: Designer

Favorite Cereal:  Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Favorite Childhood TV Show:  Hey Dude or Global Guts (Especially when Israel was represented)

Would you rather…have inverted knees or inverted elbows?  Inverted Knees…..elbows

11:45 Meet a webpro (Arfon Smith – Backend Extraordinaire)

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Name: Arfon Smith

Favorite Super Hero: Spiderman

Would you rather fight a shark in water, a lion on land, or a pterodactyl in air (assuming you could fly): I’d have to say that I’d rather fight a lion on land. Death in water is one of my greatest fears…and at the mouth of a shark. Plus Spiderman can’t really fly so I’d be at a disadvantage there. I suppose I’d have the best chance on land. I’m rather agile.”

1:00 pm  LUNCH TIME!  Our sandwich options included Berry Beefy and Mega Meat…..Epic.  Any-who,  we are plugging away on our projects with our awesome team.

Speaking of our awesome team, meet our next Webpro:

Name: Nathalie Rayter

Job: Editor

Her favorite childhood book:  The Phantom Tollbooth

Favorite Party Ever:  Her 7th birthday when she had a Pocahontas themed party.  She ended up going missing, and was found behind the couch reading a book.

Would you rather have telekinesis or the ability to fly:  Telekinesis because it is more practical.  If I wanted a glass of water and I was to lazy to get up…….oh look, problem solve.

2:00pm Meet our next Webpro:

Name: Brian Carstensen

Job: Front-End Developer

Favorite Color: Burnt Sienna

Would you rather be a pirate or a ninja: Pirates. They have way better attire.

3:00pm  (Only 18 hours left!!!!!)  Team is getting crazy…..by crazy we mean still programing.

Speaking of programing, meet one of the programmers.

Michael Parrish (Backend Developer/ Heartthrob )

Least Favorite Starwars Character:  (Would be Jar Jar Binks, but he does not exist because those movies do not exist)  I would have to say Luke, cause he whines to much.

Favorite Breakfast food:  Cliff Bars, cause they have caffeine in them.

Would you rather never be able to say “I’m sorry” or “I love you” again:  I’m sorry (said extremely quickly)

4:00pm

We’re thinking of our #POW friends getting ready for their event tonight. Join them for POW’s Bustin’ Out at EasyBar in Wicker Park, Chicago.

We’ve got another studly Webpro to introduce you to:

Name: Stuart Lynn

Fun Fact: Sucks on Fruit Rollups when he eats them. Oh, and he holds a PhD in Astro-Physics from Edinburgh University.

Would you rather fight James Bond or Jason Statham: James Bond. I feel like Jason Statham would fight dirty. After the fight with bond I know we’d go for a drink after.

5:02 p.m.- We are hoping everyone is getting ready for POW’s Busting Out, which starts at 7!

With 16 Hours to go we are in full stride!

Chris Snyder has been running code and consuming coffee all day.  He is another one of our awesome WebPros.

Favorite Ice Cream:  Mint Chocolate Chip

Would you rather be half you weight or double your weight:  Double, if I was half there would be something extremely wrong.

6:00pm With the smell of dinner in the air we’ve come to presenting our last Webpro of the day…or night?

Name: Ed Paget

Job: Front-End Development

Favorite Disney Movie: The Great Mouse Detective (much to the pleasure of his British colleagues)

Would you rather be the star of your favorite team who has a losing record or ride the bench on a winning team: Ed is a dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan so he says not only would he be well adjusted to being the best player on a losing team, he’d make more money on top of it. This one was a piece of cake.

7:00  Zoo Crew and PED super team has been working so hard……we didn’t stop in time for dinner to be there.  I guess us and Roosevelt University underestimated how much about 100 nerds can eat.  #emptybelly

7:45  Maybe waiting this long payed off! #morefoodforus #fullbelly

P.S. We hope your reading this on your phone, while at the POW Event.  If not….Hurry and get there.

8:30 Just about halfway there!

9:40  After over 12 hours of constant work…….the boys are still going strong.

11:21pm

We’re approaching the 15 hour in mark and we’re still going strong. We’re well fueled with food, sugar, and energy of all kinds….

12 am (Midnight)  With the stroke of the midnight hour, we are exactly 9 hours from launching an awesome new website.

1:00AM

Reinforcements have arrived and our stomachs were ready for them. We’re heading into the dark hours of the night with much to do. Things are looking great, we can’t wait to show you all in the morning!

1:45 am:  After almost 17 hours straight of website development, we are working around the clock.  No rest!

3:00am- 6 hours left. The battle has officially begun. Fatigue is setting in and our final push has begun! Sleep tight everyone of the outside world!

4:35am – our team has taken shifts of catching some shuteye as we push on through the night. With less that 4.5 hours left things are really coming together complete with infographics, maps, and more media than you’ve ever seen of our projects in one place. Although many of us are counting down the hours until we can sleep, we are also counting down the hours that we can unveil you all a new site. Let’s go Zoo Crew!

5:45 am: After a quick nap (by Andy, not any of these fine fellows), we are putting on some of the bells and whistles with a few bugs to fix!

6:35am – The sun has begun to creep over the horizon indicating we may have made it through the night. Now that the sun’s up, it’s crunch time.

7:00 Hey everyone, with the sun coming up and the judges coming around, we wanted to officially tell you that we will not be launching our website this morning.  Zoo Crew  and Kevin Oh did an amazing job developing our website, and we could not be more thankful for them.  This is the website PED has been waiting for, and we want to make sure that when we launch it that every little speck is worked out.  Thank you to everyone for following us on this amazing 24 hour journey. We will be sure to update you when the official website will formally be launched!

8:00 The judges just past and we are awaiting their decision.  To be completely honest, we don’t care what they think.  Zoo Crew and Kevin developed a website that we can’t wait to launch, all in 24 hours.

Here is a sneak preview.

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