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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.

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.

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.

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.

CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS AUSTRALIA

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RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL

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Help combat child poverty in Nepal. Your volunteering will help to supply water and sanitation to schools and rural families and prevent child deaths. Give your time to help us enable children from poorer families to attend primary school.

If you are applying to the World of Difference scheme we can work with you to develop a realistic and worthwhile project for your application. We would like to hear from you.

We need help with:1. Promoting Life in Nepal teaching resources. 2.Recruiting members and other volunteers 3. Fundraising in your local area.4. Developng our monitoring and impact measurement procedures 5. Funding applications and budget preparation.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Many of our volunteers work from home and make a significant difference to our work. A computer and a phone enable you to help us wherever you are. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. Each individual case reviewed on its own merit.

LIGHTMEN COLLABORATE

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Lightmen Collaborate has worked for the last 27 years in the enchanting Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal. We’ve worked in human resource management, mountain farm, socio economic projects, handling international volunteers, interns, students (medical and non medical), social services and many other various volunteering projects. We operate a small mountain farm and conservation project, a natural retreat and training centre at the foothills of the Himalayas, a very picturesque place for volunteers, interns, students and visitors. We have our own home stay accommodation in Kathmandu and other places. We have extensive experience in handling overseas volunteers, students, interns and visitors. Volunteers can create and assist on various projects and programmes as well as creating new projects including teaching at school, working at temples/monasteries, orphanage, study/working at various hospitals, organisations,offices, medical, science, information technology, nature and jungle conservation, journalism, heritage conservation, village community development, business development, micro industry development and many more. Our objectives are to help individuals in career development, professionalism, new experiences, meeting future needs and delivering desired results as well as achieving a high satisfaction to all involved. We handle airport pick ups, orientation, training, the placement and all other required services. If you would like to become part of our volunteer programme, please contact us by email collaborate@wlink.com.np

IROKO THEATRE COMPANY

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IROKO is a theatre-in-education Company that works mainly in schools, colleges, libraries, community centres, hospitals, young offenders' institutes, etc. The organisation works with all ages and abilities.

IROKO advances the education of members of the public in a variety of topics including health, education and heritage. Our projects incorporate interactive performances and/or workshops in oral storytelling, drama, music, dance and visual arts. IROKO also uses traditional African theatre art forms to explore social issues that are of relevance to young people and young people and offers INSET to teachers.

IROKO has and is supported by a number of funders - currently Big Lottery, Awards for All and Heritage Lottery Fund. It also carries out bookings at schools and other organisations and runs a two weeks Summer School course in Newham each year

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

(AFSU) ADVOCACY THROUGH FILMING AND SCREENING UGANDA

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Advocacy Through Filming and Screening Uganda (AFSU) is a non-profit making, non-partisan and interdenominational charity organisation. AFSU is duly registered with the Non-Governmental Organization Board of Uganda by ministry of internal affairs. AFSU is based in Kampala, Uganda. The inception of AFSU is to conduct and carryout activities that address needs for children, women, aged and youth. This is done with a focus on broad thematic areas of health, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, education, environment protection, climate change, agriculture through use of educative short films, workshops, consultancies, participatory research, training, development of training materials and tools, sensitising communities and music, dance and drama. Special attention is to raise voices of the marginalised communities through advocacy activities. We would like volunteers to pay a visit to our office and our community projects, to enable us to share knowledge, experiences and learn more from each other. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

Together for Women and Children

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Together for Women and Children – TOWOC was founded by a group of Social Workers, gender experts, Community Relay Agents and lawyers who were concerned with the plight of children, widows, young people, single mothers, female school drop-outs, orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV and AIDS infected persons. Especially those in the hard-to-reach areas.
Much of our work as in previous years has been based on the three pillars upon which our strategic plan lies namely; Gender and Capacity Building, Education and Support for orphans/vulnerable, Health and HIV/AIDS.
Inspired by the existing laws of the government of Cameroon, which seeks to empower individuals to assure full responsibility in nation building, and the noisy confusions surrounding human existence, TOWOC was created to culture and redirect the lapses affecting our communities. This is in defense of the principles of globalization and sustainable development.
Sustainable development entails the putting together of the limited resources at the disposal of man for positive achievements to humanity. It is a collective procedure whereby the skills and resources of collective fragment account for a collective whole. In this quest there of TOWOC seeks to exploit the lost skills buried in the heart of every living being. It is empowering the people to stand up and work for the well being of the community. It to the development of every society and should not be left out in the race for globalization and sustainable development. Of worth is the education and re-education of the individual with an emphasis on the symbolic relationship and relevance of the environment on human existence. This ultimately attunes to the importance TOWOC attributes to human health and community development.
So far, we have reached 3500 people directly and about 11,500 indirectly in our activities.

UNA EXCHANGE

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UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.

BIG BEYOND

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Big Beyond facilitate ethical volunteer placements in Africa for adventurous and ambitious individuals looking for experiences far beyond the norm, off the beaten path and the chance to truly immerse in another culture.

Our volunteer opportunities are for people that want to genuinely be part of conservation and development in some of the most stunning places in the world, and are interested in working across a range of exciting high-impact community projects. Volunteer placements are always tailored to your skills, interests and level of experience, as well as the needs of the local community.

Originally headquartered in the UK, our team is now based in East Africa and currently run project sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They’re all located next to national parks and we work hand-in-hand with the adjacent communities to integrate the conservation and socio-economic development objectives of the local area. Volunteer involvement ranges from education, enterprise, environment, health or culture related projects.

This is the chance to take your knowledge, experiences and energy to people and places that genuinely value your contribution, but it's also a great way to learn just as much as you give, explore lesser known corners of the world, gain unique insight by truly immersing in another culture, build memories of a lifetime, and be inspired about new possibilities.

Each and every Big Beyond volunteer has a placement designed to match their motivations, skills and passions, with all activities directly supporting the local community and the conservation area in which they're based.

We also offer International skills-based employee volunteering combined with CSR initiatives. Whether it’s specific skills you’re looking to develop or a global issue that you’d like to support, or both, Big Beyond strive to help organisations and employees reach their goals.

To check out our full range of incredible volunteer opportunities please visit: www.bigbeyond.org

Call us: +44 (0)800 098 8440 or email us: hello@bigbeyond.org

Ubhetyan-O-Africa

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Our local and international volunteer programme at Ubetyan in Southern Africa offers the opportunity to make a vital contribution to Endangered Wildlife while enjoying a life changing, hands on volunteering experience.This program is classified as "working volunteer holiday" for those who believe in making a difference to preserve and conserve wildlife for future generations. We are in the business of changing lives and giving the opportunity to discover an experience of a life time.
Ubhetyan also works on helping rural communities who live alongside protected wildlife areas to develop and provide with reasons to love, protect, and respect for animals and nature.

PARA LA TIERRA

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Para La Tierra is a non-profit conservation organisation based in Paraguay at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca. We are focused on the protection of fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach and invite volunteer to help us in our mission.

You can join in at any time on any one of our ongoing projects which could be anything from monkeys, to frogs, to fish, to beetles. Or we'll help you to design your own project - it's up to you! You'll meet people from all over the world, all with an interest in nature, and you might even learn a bit of Spanish. If you don't speak Spanish don't worry, we speak English at the research station. You will also get the chance to see a bit of Paraguayan culture, try the cuisine, and have a go at Guarani, the native language. You'll also have access to wifi so that you can tell your friends and family how you're doing.

The Volunteer Coordinator will give you a welcome presentation and orientation soon after your arrival. This will include a brief introduction to Laguna Blanca and Para La Tierra, health and safety training, explanation of rules and regulations and a tour of the area.

You can make an important contribution to the ongoing work at Para La Tierra and you may even see your name in print if any of your research/photographs are published!

PIT PONY SANCTUARY

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Pit Pony Sanctuary. We are a small group in Wales who help Pit Ponies and all the other needy horses & ponies we can with our meagre resources. No riding opportunities. Our ponies don't generally like people and certainly don't want to be ridden. Opportunities for physical work on the 20 acre Farm, fencing, general repairs, walling, mucking out, etc Also administration opportunities in the Charity office. Our small Hill Farm overloos Pontypridd and the Taff Vally. From its lofty perch there are panoramic views off to the Brecon Beacons on a clear day. We share the land with much wildlife and try to do minimal disturbance.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Fundraising. Letter writing, Help with web sites, searching opportunities on-line etc. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background. Each case individually assessed.

OIKOS

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OIKOS is a non-profit volunteering organisation founded in 1979 for protecting and studying the environment. It works internationally on environmental problems in big cities on defence and the reintegration of woods, especially mediterranean ones. Oikos staff consists of experts in various subjects and volunteers participate at work camps and long-time volunteer projects. A large part of Oikos work is focused on communication, networks, cognitive features, in order to grasp a systemic vision of the ecological crisis. Volunteers will be involved in all our outdoor activities and there will be space for their ideas. Main duties involve work in Biological horticulture and general maintenance. Long-term volunteers can be involved in administration work also. We may be able to accept a volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence, the work and the background of the other volunteers.

ASTOVOT

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ASTOVOT ("Association Togolaise des Voluntaires au Travail" or Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work) is an educational, apolitical, non-profit association, created in 1957 and registered on April 12th, 2002 under no. 0455/MISD-SG-DAPSC. It is recognized as an association of young volunteers and as an NGO. Its goal is to foster and promote local development, working towards the improvement of the standard of living in the rural areas of Togo. One hundred volunteers are recruited each year to work in short term workcamps for about one month to help with building of health centres and schools, and also with tree planting and agricultural work. Volunteers have brainstorming sessions with local volunteers before starting their projects. ASTOVOT organises national and international solidarity projects, social reinsertion, youth camps and awareness raising campaigns in rural communities. By now ASTOVOT has supported the construction of over 150 village schools, 30 health centres and public latrines, implemented afforestation projects as well as literacy and vocational courses and socio-educational workshops. ASTOVOT has been leading LMTV projects since 2006. In 2007 ASTOVOT received about 10 LMTV volunteers coming from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Middle-term workcamps are organised all year round. Please note that the alternative email address is sgastovoct@yahoo.fr.

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