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QUEST OVERSEAS

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Have a passion for languages? Thrive off environmental conservation, construction and helping the survival of others? Or is good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure your kind of thing? Then check out Quest Overseas' gap year programmes and summer projects across South America and Africa.

Quest Overseas is looking for all the language lovers, the eco-friendly minded, and the world traveling thrill seekers to join their team!

“Quest was an easy decision for me because of its language + volunteering + expedition combo – it was the only company I found which did all three in one! The whole 3 months were crazy busy with hardly a moment to spare so I felt I really got my money’s worth, and they were very clear about where every penny gets spent” Jessica Bailey, Villa Maria Gap Adventure 2011

Quest Overseas fights poverty and the destruction of the environment in Africa and South America. Volunteers and projects include:

Transforming the lives of children living in poverty in Peru through workshops and education.

Climbing, swimming, crawling, surfing and laughing your way across South America on the Andean expedition.

Supporting children in Malawi through school by building schools and child sponsorship.

Working hard to protect the environment and rescued animals in Bolivia through construction and care.

Assisting with scientific research and sustainable agricultural initiatives in the Manu region of the Peruvian Amazon.

Building a new home for street children orphaned by the genocide in Rwanda.

FRIEDENSDORF INTERNATIONAL (Peace Village International)

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Since 1967 Friedensdorf International has worked with wounded children from war-torn and crisis areas including Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Armenia, Georgia and Tadzhikistan who need medical treatment in European hospitals. After appropriate treatment the children stay in the Peace Village care station in Oberhausen for rehabilitation until they return to their native countries and to their families. The children range from two years up to 11 years of age. About 15 volunteers/interns work in the Village every year. In PEACE VILLAGE there is a possibility to do a training which is for interested candidates who would like to gather some practical knowledge or want to try out their capabilities. Applications in the following departments is possible: ·Children's home ·Rehabilitation center ·Kitchen/ house keeping services ·Children's schoolhouse included wood- metal, garden and kitchen training units ·Sorting second hand clothes, things in second- hand shops ·Public Relation ·Educational establishment. (We would like volunteers/interns in the department of Children’s home or Reha-Center to stay more than 6 month long, because it is very difficult for our children to adapt to many different persons. A high fluctuation means that they always have to say good bye to someone whom they just started to love, and they desperately need some stability. In other departments like Kitchen/ housekeeping services or technical departments, the duration could be more than 3 month-long.) The applicants are supposed to mention their desired work area in PEACE VILLAGE. Since we have only limited positions to offer in the different departments, we cannot guarantee that the applicant's desire can be definitely fulfilled. But we would try our best to meet the requirements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get paid training, however, we offer free lodging and food to the volunteers/interns in PEACE VILLAGE. It's also a great chance to work along with a committed team having an international atmosphere and be engaged in a variety of tasks where high amount of responsibility is expected. Volunteers/interns also receive a certificate and of course last but not the least, a sense of personal achievement. Applicants are advised to gather information about the concept of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL before they apply. Please send written applications to the address above. Knowledge of German language is necessary. Most of our staff members do not speak English, and the communication with the children is done in German.

Volunteering Matters

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Volunteering Matters invites all people aged 18-35 to experience the challenge, excitement and reward of helping people in need. Each year it places hundreds of volunteers away from home on full-time projects throughout the UK, supporting adults or children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, also young people who are in care or in trouble, the elderly and homeless people. Volunteers work hard, have fun and gain valuable experience volunteering away from home for six to twelve months. Applications are welcome throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to be flexible about their hours but are not expected to volunteer for more than 35-40 hours per week. Accommodation and subsistence is provided which includes food (or £40/week to buy food ) and £35/week towards day to day expenses along with full support, relevant training and a certificate. Placements provide excellent work experience for a variety of careers including social work, youth work, healthcare, teaching and many more. No experience or qualifications are required to join the programme, just commitment and a willingness to be flexible and open minded. Applications welcome from UK or EEA nationals who are applying from the UK. Volunteering Matters is a registered charity.

Hope for the Destitute People's Foundation

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Our vision is being the catalyst for change to destitute women, children and the youth living in rural areas of Tanzania by helping them make positive lasting impacts on their lives.

GLOBE AWARE, ADVENTURES IN SERVICE

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Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back, focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programmes. Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, but it is actually the involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the community that is of the greatest mutual benefit. We believe that understanding other cultures helps everyone to create better-informed solutions, not to mention leading a more enjoyable life!

Globe Aware adventures provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community and to develop a real appreciation for cultures unlike our own. The host provides a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help and have fun! The communities with whom we work choose the projects that they feel are most important to develop. The work is varied and can encompass everything from helping provide a better life for captive elephants in Thailand, playing word games with Peruvian children, planting trees in India, to painting a community centre in Costa Rica, amongst many other activities. We feel it is of supreme importance to respect the culture and heritage in which the volunteer is working. The goal is not for volunteers to change the host communities, but rather to help them in the needs that the host community has identified as important. Those who will enjoy the experience the most are those who bring an open mind and willingness to help. The natural healthy exchange of ideas and opinions leads to a mutual understanding of cultures.

Development Initiative Network (DIN Malawi)

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Development Initiative Network (DIN) is a local non-profit organization currently working in the Lower Shire southern region of Malawi. DIN was established in February 2012 to respond to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje. We believe for change to be effective and sustainable development to materialize, communities need to be the drivers of the process. Our aim is to empower a network of community groups and organizations and ensure they have access to adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty. Partnering with local, international and government organizations, our programs focus on improving water, sanitation and healthcare, providing access to good quality education and community awareness and addressing food insecurities through rural agricultural development, while tackling climate change.

Our mission is to alleviate poverty and create lasting change in vulnerable communities.

The objectives of the organization are:
1. To promote community education through training and awareness programs on the following issues: gender equality, child marriage prevention, youth development, governance and democracy.

2. To partner with local, international and governmental organizations and link communities with the expertise and resources required to tackle poverty.

3. To improve food security among vulnerable communities through viable agricultural practices, improved storage and management techniques and increase income levels of marginalized groups by establishing agri-business schemes.

4. To empower communities in climate change adaptation strategies with special emphasis on community forestation and risk disaster preparedness.

5. To improve health and WASH standards through the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene resources, establishment of home based care committees and training of community health workers in HIV/AIDS and safe mother programs.

6. To promote access to early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education, improve quality and ensure adequate resources.

Volunteering
Come and volunteer with DIN and have a life changing experience, while making a difference in the lives of others. We welcome volunteers to assist with our education, water and sanitation, gender equality, HIV/AIDs and agricultural projects or help with marketing and fundraising. Come and experience traditional Malawian life, immerse yourself in the culture and gain an insight into the problems facing people living in poverty. We offer a number of volunteer opportunities where you can lend a helping hand and learn about the workings of a grassroots NGO. Programs will be tailored to suit the volunteer’s skills.

Uganda For Her Initiative

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Uganda For Her Initiative (U4H) is a unique Non-profit organization registered under the Ministry of gender-labor and Social development operating outside Kampala in rural areas of Uganda in Mpigi District. It believes in absolute transparency and functions almost entirely through the efforts members plus unpaid volunteers, who give their time, skills, energy and love to help our girls and women in Uganda.

Our Main Activities Includes the followings.

a) Promote sexual and reproductive health.

b) Mentoring and empowering the young women through participating in income generating activities.


c) Promote and protect the rights of the girl child and increase awareness of her needs and potential.

d) To conduct research and organize forums for the exchange of information on conditions affecting the girl child.
e) To serve as a national center for prevention and protection against child abuse neglect.

f) To collaborate and build partnerships with other organizations working in the field of the girl child and child rights

U4H is a training ground for everyone wanting to learn leadership skills in reducing poverty and abuse. We believe the best teacher is honestly shared experience. We teach all our Girls and Women how to fish. As the old adage states “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Our Mission is to provide opportunities and empower young women and girls to become leaders in their communities through self-sustainability, A holistic education, Economic empowerment and to realize their full potential.

for more information visit our website www.uganda4her.org

TIME FOR GOD

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Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

People's Welfare Society

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People’s Welfare Society, Nepal is a non-governmental, non-profit making, independent organization established in 2012, is duly registered with the Government of Nepal. The Organization is also affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Nepal. It is led and managed by youth committed to the sustainable development of Nepal. We work on themes including Education, Peace & Security, Legal Aid support for judicial remedy, Democracy & human rights, Poverty alleviation, Health & sanitation and Climate change, volunteering, internships to list a few, with funding support from various organization.
Our Running Volunteer Programs on following fields:
Teaching Program
Health & Sanitation program
Teaching at Monasteries
Orphanage Program
Agriculture
Environmental Awareness
Fund Raising with Community Development Progran


Volunteers are also welcome to design their own program in various area. You are most welcome to work in any field and we will support you to arrange the all necessary things.

CAMPHILL VILLAGE KIMBERTON HILLS, INC

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Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

Coworkers are invited to live and work in our community, while receiving room, board, and may include a monthly stipend. Workshops include maintaining family households, participating in one of our crafts (weavery, pottery, mosaic workshop, and fiber arts), helping in our organic bakery or cafe, or tending our bio-dynamic gardens, orchard and dairy farm. The village fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art and is located one hour west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the eastern United States. If interested in joining Kimberton Hills as a volunteer, please contact our Admissions Office at 610-935-3963, or by email at information@camphillkimberton.org, or for more information, visit our website at camphillkimberton.org.

SUNFO (SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONS FRIENDSHIP ORGANSATION)

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SUNFO (Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation) is a non-political, non-racial, non-sectarian organisation working towards peace, harmony and well-being of mankind. SUNFO was founded on 22nd May 1999, National Heroes Day of Sri Lanka. Objectives - To develop friendly relationships and mutual understanding among Sri Lankans and other nations. To assist in educating affiliated members and the general public about the United Nations organisation, its objectives, purposes, principles and programmes. To motivate communities to observe and live according to the principles of the United Nations. Organise various activities and functions to celebrate special days of UN Member Nations. To be a centre for the collection of data on inborn talents, issues, interests and culture of children, youth, elders, women and men, and promote activities, camps, counselling centres, leadership training, exhibitions, international exchange programmes, educational and vocational training, workshops, conferences, career guidance, intellectual, physical and other activities. To implement social services and economic enterprise development projects in different fields and involving children, youth, women and men. SUNFO has expanded its services island wide by establishing branches in all provinces of Sri Lanka. SUNFO mainly promotes volunteerism and overseas volunteers are welcome to join SUNFO to implement projects here in Sri Lanka. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Graphic designing, translation, fundraising, project report preparation, website designing.

We may place volunteers with residential facilities at our centers at Moratuwa and Ambalangoda. We invite volunteers for community services, child care, teaching English and other languages, Youth development, costruction, gardening, music, sports, environmental programs, etc. contact sunfomobile@yahoo.com with your details.

ANIDASO NSAE FOUNDATION

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We work in Ghana to provide impoverished, orphaned and street children with Health Care and Education.

We need volunteers to help with teaching in one of our partner schools (any subject of your preferred choice), helping in local hospitals (i.e. during child delivery in the Maternity Unit), holding HIV/Aids awareness talks etc. These are only a few examples of the things you could be doing here in Ghana and we are willing to accommodate you with any skills you may have. If you have an idea in which area you would like to volunteer you can also let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available.

VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

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Volunteer Latin America provide free and low-cost work abroad opportunities in Central and South America. We aim to connect volunteers to some of the best grassroots projects in the environmental and humanitarian sectors.

The environmental projects we offer are as varied and interesting as you might imagine, ranging from forestry to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. A multitude of other opportunities exist in a diverse range of species, habitats and locations. As well as offering a vast range of environmental projects, we offer volunteers the opportunity to help the economically, socially and politically disadvantaged people of the region by providing a wide variety of humanitarian work. There are opportunities to get involved in child welfare, community development, education and health programmes.

The projects we offer either require the volunteer to make a small financial contribution (participation fee), are free but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses, or provide complimentary accommodation and food.

Projects vary in length from one week up to a full year. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter or longer periods of time.

Because we help hundreds of grassroots organisations find people willing to help them achieve their objectives, we support environmental conservation and local community development in the region. Without the support and commitment of volunteers many of these organisations would be unable to carry out their vital work.

MENCAP

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their family and carers. We work with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose. We are an individual membership organisation, with more than 500 affiliated groups. Mencap's mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap's vision is a world where everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support that they need. Mencap is a membership organisation; membership is open to all approved and properly constituted groups. There are volunteering opportunities across the organisation in local groups, campaigning, fundraising, with children and young people, at Gateway clubs (leisure and sports). Volunteering with all ages from children to the elderly. Throughout the country there are over 500 local groups and clubs offering a wide range of activities for varying age groups, covering leisure, sports, arts, and other recreational activities. They are a bridge into the local community giving groups and individuals the opportunity to take part in community activities as any other person or group would. Volunteers looking to work with vulnerable adults or children will be asked to apply for a criminal records check. To welcome, help and support our volunteers in their roles we offer accessible information, support and training on things such as Health and Safety Awareness, being an advocate, a supporter and a campaigner.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation is an Aberdeen based charity providing evidence-based health information, confidential advice and support to people with asthma, their families, carers, friends and other members of the community.

We offer free advice to all. Our aim is to ensure that all those who turn to us for support get the help they need so they or their loved ones can live healthier and active lives.

The organisation also provide volunteering opportunity for young people to gain vital experience and skills that will help them move into paid employment.

OUTSET YOUTH ACTION

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Outset Youth Action (Outset) is an independent county wide youth organisation and registered Charity which operates over the whole county of West Sussex.

Outset acts as a volunteering agency for young people aged 13 – 25, encouraging and supporting young people to take on a wide range of volunteering opportunities within their community. The nature of these opportunities is to provide support and benefit to West Sussex communities and contribute to each young person’s own personal development.

Volunteers choose the type of activity they wish to be involved in. Their skills and interests are carefully matched to a wide range of projects in their community.

Outset Youth Action believes that every young person should be recognised for their contribution, no matter how big or small. We think it’s important to give young people the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to identify the skills they have gained through their volunteering experiences.

All Outset volunteers receive a signed certificate giving details of their personal involvement and commitment. Young People aged between 16 - 25 can work towards and receive a nationally recognised award and also complete an ASDAN short course qualification in volunteering.

Outset Youth Action encourages and supports a wide range of young people to volunteer for the benefit of their local community, irrespective of their personal situation. They do not need any qualifications and it will not cost them any money.

Central to Outset’s work is the continuous support given to the volunteers by Outset’s team of Youth Volunteer Advisers. Each district of West Sussex is represented by a Youth Volunteer Advisor who is responsible for the supervision of the volunteering activities of young people drawn from the district.

They are responsible for organising placements and for overseeing matters relating to health and safety. All placements are carefully monitored and risk assessed by Outset to ensure that they are both appropriate and safe for volunteers.

Outset Volunteers don’t need to have had previous volunteering experience – just a commitment to helping others and making a difference in their community.

people and places - responsible volunteering

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people and places, an international award winning organisation, provides well-matched, rewarding, challenging and safe experiences for volunteers and local people – with their mutual informed consent.

Volunteers’ skills and experience are matched specifically to the projects’ needs – we put the right people in the right places, at the right time.

people and places is a social enterprise and is not run for the benefit of shareholders.

At least 80% of volunteers' funds are spent in the host country – and volunteers know HOW and WHERE their money is spent.

people and places matches skills and experience to need – our role is to enable both volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits. Crucial to this role are our relationships with our local partners.

The planning and development of projects is through our local partners, our project management teams – people who are inspired and inspiring, and who are in and of their community – they are the ongoing link with projects and volunteers, thus maintaining sustainable development and continuity in the project.

Volunteers are fully involved in the planning of their own individual placement – we match their skills to the project’s needs; we discuss the project’s proposals with the volunteers; with mutual agreement, the volunteer’s placement is confirmed.

BULBULIR BASA WELFARE SOCIETY (ORPHANAGE IN KOLKATA)

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Helping Needy Children Find A Loving Home Since 2000

The Bulbulir Basa orphanage was found in December 2000, as a direct response to the high levels of homeless children and street children in Kolkata. This orphanage provides a safe and secure environment for these vulnerable children. The orphanage is a loving family atmosphere, dedicated to helping the children build character and advance in academics.

The name "Bulbulir Basa" comes from the word "bulbuli" which is the name of a small, grey, singing bird found in India, and "basa" which means home. The children of this devoted establishment are like little birds, lost and uncared for, with no place to call home. This orphanage welcomes them to a home that gives them a family.

Bulbulir Basa is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious society. It is registered in the West Bengal Societies Registration Act (registration number S/IL/3311). We also have a Tax exemption & FCRA (Foreign Contribution Registration Act) papers from Government of India.

Come join our family by volunteering and experience something life changing.

Objectives of the Orphanage:

1) To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for abandoned children and care for all their needs, including medical, education and cultural. The children will attend school and recieve classes in Bengali music and arts in order to strengthen cultural ties.

2) To promote and encourage the advancement of literacy. A free coaching center will be maintained at Bulbulir Basa for street children.

3) To help the sick, aged and destitute. The on site dispensary will offer free medical treatment to people of all ages and religions in the community.

The goal for which the Bulbulir Basa society was established will benefit the orphans and with your support it can become reality. Shelter, education, health and culture are the main activities in our orphanage.

OUTPOST CHARITY

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Providing Emotional, Social and Practical support to Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

We give our beneficiaries the opportunity to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and encourage and motivate towards integration and socialisation.

The alternative therapy we provide through our programs and support uses concepts that possess a potential to significantly id in the treatment of Mental Illnesses and physical Injuries in members of the Armed Forces, in combination with standard therapies.

Africa ICT Right

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Africa ICT Right (AIR) is an ICT-oriented NGO established in 2007 and run by a team of volunteers. AIR was established in order to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to address critical national problems pertaining to education, gender, youth empowerment and health in Ghana.

AIR was created out of the belief that the modern world is in the midst of a profound technological revolution where personal computers, mobile phones and Internet technologies play a critical role but there is great inequality in the distribution of these tools, which is detrimental not only to underserved communities, but also to our society.

We partner with donors, governmental and private institutions, NGOs and local communities to address this detriment through our integrated development programs that provide technological solutions and support to educational and health facilities especially in less privileged areas where the digital gap is most pronounced.

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