Fellows Blog Posts by jrauschkolb3

Oct 29, 2010 PH Philippines

By John Rauschkolb III, KF-12, Philippines

They have a saying in Tagalog (native Filipino language), “hnd k mggng kuntento kung lagi mOng hnahnap ay ang gus2 o ninais mo, matuto kang mag-appreciate ng kung anung meron ka”.  The translation to English is “You can never be content if you keep looking for something that you do not have, so start counting and appreciate the things that you do have…”

Here at Alalay Sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), Inc. in the Philippines they have found a great way to show their staff they are appreciated.  As with many businesses in the U.S., the term...

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Oct 25, 2010

By John Rauschkolb III, KF12 Philippines

What is a ‘Green Run’ was the first question I asked myself when I heard I will be participating in the first annual Green Run event.  It was explained to me as a community development program to raise awareness of global warming by running a 1k race with a tree in hand to a field where we are to dig a hole and plant our tree.  I thought to myself, ‘how does running a race and planting a tree have anything in common’?  It didn’t hit me until our group exercise before the run.  The green run is not just a program to raise awareness about the...

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Oct 14, 2010

By John Rauschkolb III, KF12 Philippines

The indigenous people of the Philippines are the descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines who have resisted both the Spanish and U.S. colonization.  They are to the Philippines what the native Indians are to the U.S.  Represented by 100 plus mountainous tribes who make up only 3% of the Philippines, they are a dying culture that is struggling to retain the native customs and traditions. 

During my travels in the Philippines I have been able to visit with a few indigenous people and was awed at their knowledge and...

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Sep 17, 2010 PH Philippines

By John Rauschkolb III, KF-12, Philippines

During my first lazy Sunday afternoon I sat outside, catching the rays and admiring the scenery.  A large ant farm freeway was busily working its way to and from it’s farm on the hill to a small apple core which was thrown there the day before.  The ants were diligent and tireless until 4:55 p.m.  GONE.  No ant to be seen and still plenty of apple core left to be consumed.  Why were they gone you ask?  They knew that in five minutes the rain would be coming and they needed to get to high ground.

While traveling in the...

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Aug 19, 2010 PH Philippines

John Rauschkolb III, KF-12, Philippines

The recent presidential election has changed the face of the Philippines for good.  Local elections in the Philippines were held on Monday, May 10, 2010, and the elected president, Benigno Aquino III, has become the 15th President of the Philippines.  With the rise of corruption in the government, this election brought many changes.  During the election, the Commission on Elections completed the nation’s first computerized election in the history of the Philippines in compliance with the Amended Computerization Act of 2007.  This paved the way...

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