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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.

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.

Seeds of Change

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We are an umbrella association to more than fifty community Base Organizations in Cameroon. created in 2008 to focus on:

-Internships and voluntary programs to local and International Volunteers who are able and willing to make a difference in poor communities in the field of medical/health Care,Teaching , agriculture,Orphanage,Special Needs Care,Elderly Care,Construction and Renovation, Counseling ,Daycare placements etc.We also carry out outreach programs in poor communities by:

-Creating workshops awareness on FGM,HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence

-Soup Kitchen for street people and an after school computer classes for youth

We believers in a future where any traveler any where in the world is empowered to make a meaningful difference in the community they are visiting and we take pride in making this happen.

In recent years voluntary work, has become increasingly popular with our Organization. Voluntary work in Cameroon is definitely for you if;

You've always dreamed about making a contribution to this great continent
Your heart rate rises when watching a documentary on Africa
It makes you extremely happy when fantasizing on staying in Africa which allows you to work with orphans,Students ,women,or assist in the preservation of nature and wildlife.

Cameroon is a unique and wonderful country in a magnificent continent and will make you feel at home without any doubt. The culture, the residents, the scenery and atmosphere create an unprecedented feeling, that results in a change of view. With a wide variety of possibilities, we intern Cameroon match you with a project that meets your heart.

Our Impact since 2008:

. Grew our overall volunteer numbers to more than 700 since 2008

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.

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.

LOTHLORIEN COMMUNITY (ROKPA TRUST)

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Lothlorien is a therapeutic community where people with mental health problems can develop their potential through living alongside people who are relatively well, in an atmosphere of friendship, acceptance and mutual support. Lothlorien is situated in an isolated rural area in South West Scotland. The community consists of a large log house with 13 bedrooms and communal living areas and further accommodation for up to 5 people living in the move-on house, Roan Lodge. It is set in 17 acres of grounds which include organic vegetable gardens, woodland, workshops and outbuildings. A volunteer placement at Lothlorien offers a valuable opportunity for personal growth and will be of particular interest to those considering a career in a helping profession. There are places for five live-in volunteers who play a key role in creating a warm, accepting atmosphere through which everyone in the community feels valued. On the practical level, volunteers along with all the community members, work in the vegetable gardens, participate in domestic tasks and undertake maintenance work on the house and in the grounds. A staff team of six provide continuity and an administrative structure which facilitates the community in functioning effectively. The staff also offer individual and group supervision to the volunteers. We have vacancies on a regular basis. Volunteers receive free room and board, pocket money of £60 per week plus a monthly travel allowances of £120. We require a minimum commitment of six months.

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

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.

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.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN IN CONFLICT (AfCiC)

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Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) works with children and young people to break the cycle of violence, hatred and despair by providing psychological, emotional and educational support to enable these survivors to come to terms with their past experiences, make the most of their present and build a better future. AfCiC currently operates programmes in Kenya. Our work focuses on children and young adults as often they are the most vulnerable during and after conflict and the most able to overcome the conflicts in their communities and to bring about change in the future. 1. We have four charity shops in Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon and Grove and intend to open more. We are always looking for responsible volunteers to work in our shops. 2. There are three main options for volunteering in Thika, Kenya. Firstly there is Holiday Club Volunteering, where volunteers work directly with vulnerable children in a school enviroment during the August school holidays, teaching in the morning and then helping with fun activities in the afternoon. Secondly working with street children at the Interim Care Centre, where volunteers live on-site and assist in the care and rehabilitation of the children. Finally, there are posistions for volunteers working in legal aid - Kenya's Children's Legal Aid Work provides legal advice, advocacy and mediation for children affected by the law. Volunteers with a law background are needed for a minimum of three months to assist with this programme.

VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

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Volunteers Without Borders (VWB) is bridging the gap between international volunteers and local NGO organizations. Volunteers Without Borders opens doors and guides you to help make a difference to those less fortunate while volunteering abroad. We offer 100's of different programs in 18 different countries. We CONNECT international volunteers with opportunities to make a difference in countries that need it the most. While volunteering abroad, you will gain valuable experience that will change your life as well as changing the lives of those around you.

Whether you're looking to live & help out at an orphanage, work with street kids or children from the slums in India or Indonesia, volunteer abroad at a Sea Turtle conservatory in Sri Lanka or Kenya, get involved in Wildlife Conservation efforts in South Africa, or teach English in South East Asia or Africa, we have so many unique opportunities to offer you. We provide a means for people seeking to make the world a better place with the opportunity to do so at the most affordable rates possible.

Saint Ann Foundation

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Saint Ann Foundation (SAF) is local independent non-profit organisation dedicated to work with children, women and promote volunteerism in Uganda. SAF is a registered and works with the poor to overcome poverty and injustice and alleviate the distress of the vulnerable and defenseless, We provide care and support to those in society who are in need of compassion, disenfranchised or have been rendered voiceless.

SAF) offers meaningful volunteer opportunities in Uganda. As a volunteer, you will work on a worthwhile project that addresses specific community needs and immerse yourself in the rich and hospitable Ugandan culture. You will make a lasting impact as you teach children in a local classroom, improve the quality of care for orphans and infants, and work alongside local people on sustainable, community-driven projects that make a lasting difference.
SAF offers a variety of different projects, so whether you are a student or professional, you will be able to find a program in a field that will match your interest, experience or studies. Our volunteer programs are safe, reliable, hands-on and affordable with high-quality service guaranteed. Find out which program is right for you!

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

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