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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.

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.

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.

ANGLOVILLE PROGRAMME

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Free stay in beautiful resorts in Central and Eastern Europe. Join ANGLOVILLE!

Do you want to stay in a beautiful countryside resort for free while helping talented youth in developing their English speaking skills? Welcome to Angloville.

Angloville is offering volunteering programs in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania where you will stay for free in a quality hotel in the middle of the beautiful countryside for 7 days mentoring talented and ambitious youth from all over the country in a very laid back environment.

Angloville Junior focuses on enabling a cultural and linguistic exchange between the native English speakers and ambitious young people who are interested in studying abroad. During the program you will talk in English to junior participants, and share your knowledge and experience with them, be the ambassador of English culture and learn about local culture from them through a series of activities.

The program enables the participants to meet and talk deeper about their interests, learn from each other, exchange ideas, and simply have fun. This is great opportunity for them to practise their English and for everyone to discover other cultures.

Each programme gathers 15-20 native English speakers from all over the world, and 30+ local participants (aged 13 to 18).

So, what’s included:

· Free stay in beautifully located accommodation and food for seven action-packed days.

· A free tour (lunch included) of Wroclaw, Krakow Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Bucharest (depending on which location you leave from).

· Free return transportation from the departure city to the venue.

· An invaluable experience with native Polish/Hungarian/Romanian/Czech teenagers.

There are many reasons to volunteer for Angloville. One thing’s for sure: it’ll be an extremely unique and fulfilling experience that ends with many new friends, many stories, and many new people and places to visit!

Requirements
Successful applicants must be: at least 18, speak English at a native level, be enthusiastic and a good conversationalist (since you will be conversing with people for the majority of the day). Program especially addressed to university students and recent graduates.


If you feel that this is what you've been looking for - please apply at: www.angloville.com/apply or contact us at info@angloville.com

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.

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.

Cheetah Experience Ashia

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Founded in 2016 Cheetah Experience Ashia is a 35 hectares working agricultural farm supporting environmental values and with a strong focus on the conservation of endangered big and small cats, but in particular cheetahs.
Cheetah Experience Ashia offers a tranquil home and sanctuary to its hand-raised ambassador cheetahs, including the retired or unique cheetahs who need extra love and attention as they could not survive in the wild.
Volunteers have the opportunity to come and join us in our conservation efforts, getting hands-on experience working with our animals on a farm, whilst spending time with people that share a love and passion for new experiences and at the same time supporting the fight of an endangered animal.
Volunteers work alongside our family of experienced and knowledgeable staff, doing the same daily work they do, thus giving volunteers an amazing opportunity to have up close and personal experiences with our animals, whilst learning on a daily basis.
The volunteer programmes give you the freedom to volunteer for as long as you like; for shorter periods or extended stays depending on your requirements. Volunteers can choose to lodge in our volunteer house or our working holiday volunteers have the option to stay in our separate units for a more relaxing stay. Breakfast and lunch is provided, and volunteers have two days off per week to explore Cape Town and the surrounding Winelands area.
Cheetah Experience Ashia is fully supportive of all ethical research projects that will assist in the conservation of the cheetah now and in the future, as well as other studies that are of a conservation, environmental or tourism nature. To this end Cheetah Experience Ashia has relationships in place with universities in South Africa and Europe and encourages students to explore research options with us, whether data collection and studies for undergraduate dissertations or Masters / PhD. Experienced staff members offer mentoring, guidance and assistance to students conducting research projects and facilitate requirements around everyday activities.
“With our volunteer programmes, you’ll have once in a lifetime opportunities, as well as memories and friendships to last you for many years to come.”

HEEALS

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HEEALS is a vibrant civil society organization aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society. Its a platform to share create innovate and work on the issue which bring change for the betterment of the society .

Heeals is a non profit organisation registered under the Indian Government Section 21 of 1860 Society Act. Heeals is an acronym denoting our commitment to committing human and technical resource to achieve Health Education Environment and Livelihood Society for all.

Our Projects

WATER SANITATION MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AND GIRL EDUCATION PROJECT

CHILDREN INFORMAL EDUCATION PROJECT

GREEN EARTH PROJECT TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT ENVIRONMENT



Website: www.heeals.org

Email: communications@heeals.org

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.

Youth Partnership for Peace and Development

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With Active programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a voluntary and non-profit youth-led development organization working directly with development partners across the world. Established as a post-conflict initiative, the organization is staffed by a group of young proactive youths who are convinced that development does not lie in the hands of the elderly alone, about also in those of young people.

It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change, and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation in various communities and the world at large.
The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country.
Our work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.

Ninth Wave Global

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Ninth Wave Global is an independent, international organisation and think tank which works in unknown or forgotten territories over the horizon, generating space for investigation and positive change in environmental, community and social settings. We currently work in Europe, the Americas and Australasia, encouraging quiet, humble and slow exploration of places and people, opening up space for people to recognise shared humanity, needs and aspirations, culminating in concrete programs of local-led, grass-roots developmental projects fundamentally based on local horizons, not imported value systems or solutions.

Having worked in territories over the horizon with remote communities for many years, we fundamentally believe that all meaningful change is necessarily slow, locally-led, attitude-and-aspiration-based. Communities with appropriate resources and assistance are capable of generating the autonomous power to develop systems for themselves. As such, working with communities primarily in the Americas, Ninth Wave is intent not on generating change per se, but on identifying and empowering people who are capable of generating change for themselves and their communities.

ORANGUTAN HEALTH PROJECT

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Orangutan Health Project is a unique and fascinating project investigating the special behaviours and ecological conditions necessary for maintenance of health in wild orangutans. As part of a 13-day volunteer team, you will perform various tasks necessary for the project’s work at the time you are visiting. Much of this fieldwork will be carried out in the jungle, where you will have a once in a lifetime chance to experience a living, breathing rain forest in one of the most beautiful areas of the world. If that isn't enough, you will be within viewing distance of the most graceful primate on earth (physical contact is NOT allowed). The importance of our work cannot be emphasized enough - it will bring knowledge to basic science, public health, and wildlife conservation management and help save both flora and fauna. Possible research tasks in the forest include: Finding and following orangutans to collect behavioural data and/or faecal and plant samples, nest counting to provide seasonally varying estimates of the orangutan population, fruit trail transects to record the range of foodstuffs available to orangutans in an area, or locating areas with a significant wild orangutan population.

Sharing Dreams Project

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"Sharing Dreams Project" is a local non-profit organization that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and runs a number of volunteer projects, with a focus on improving the well-being of women and children.

Our organization was legally founded in 2009, and since then we are developing social projects directly in Andean populations subject to social, economic and cultural exclusion. Precisely in those areas where most people live, descendants of the old Inca state, with the greatest problems of economic development and subject to socio-cultural exclusion here in Peru.

Our projects are developed by ourselves, thus providing a more real and rewarding experience of volunteer work and cultural exchange.
We are delighted to offer to all the participants a personalized and totally experiential experience of knowing our beautiful country, culture and real social situation

Cosmic Volunteers

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Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

Wildlife SOS

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Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani with the holistic belief that providing sustainable alternative livelihoods and education to communities dependent on wildlife and natural resources, would lead to sustainable wildlife protection.

Wildlife SOS’s major project was the abolition of the barbaric practice of dancing bears in which sloth bear cubs were poached from the wild and trained using cruel methods to entertain tourists. Wildlife SOS started work on the rehabilitation of the Kalandar communities (originally Muslim gypsies with a highly nomadic lifestyle who were famous for their mastery over animals) through education and an alternative livelihood program as an extension of this dancing bear rescue project.

Our other project focuses on the plight of captive elephants in India, who are privately owned and have the cruel history of being used for begging, or are held in temples for blessings or are being forced to perform in circuses. Wildlife SOS is trying to improve the situation
for these elephants by rescuing injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in oppressive conditions as well as doing advocacy and using legislation to prevent the capture and trading of wild elephant calves and their sale and trade in private ownership as that will go a long way to resolve the abuse of privately owned elephants.

WARWICKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is the leading local environmental charity, dedicated to protecting wildlife and natural habitats throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. It is one of 47 independent trusts forming The Wildlife Trusts - the largest body in the UK concerned with all aspects of nature conservation. The Trust manages over 60 nature reserves totalling over 2,000 acres, including woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Practical work on these reserves is carried out by a network of local volunteers. The Trust also works to protect wildlife by campaigning on nature conservation issues, by liaising with other organisations, individuals and community groups, and by promoting a greater awareness of conservation to the general public. The Trust promotes wildlife education in schools, colleges and local communities through talks, exhibitions and guided walks. In addition to income from membership, the Trust raises funds by sponsorship, grants, donations and legacies.

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