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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.

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.

Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (SCBC)

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The Soutpaspansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation was established in 2014 in order to catalogue the biodiversity of understudied animals in the Soutpansberg region of South Africa. The project initially began with a strong herpetological emphasis; soon it became apparent that it would be impossible to limit the study to a single group. Soon amphibians, small mammals, scorpions, Theraphosidae, Odonata and Lepidoptera were added to the focus of the study. The inclusion of the additional groups has not hampered the reptilian data collection as these groups are often encountered while searching for reptiles. We aim to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

We require research assistant volunteers to help us with our ongoing project:
Currently we are looking for people interested in herpetology, entomology, arachnids and small mammals. Participants need to be comfortable around reptiles, reasonably fit and happy to live without electricity (we do have solar power) and in a remote area. Data is collected through fieldwork as well as accessing existing databases and private collections/lists. Where possible fieldwork will be conducted in understudied regions to the East and north of the Soutpansberg range. The collected information will indicate biodiversity hotspots and highlight areas for the consideration of conservational action.

The information generated from this project will include species lists, distribution within the region, habitat preferences and also biological notes of observed behaviours. One of the intended outcomes of the project and the collected information is the consolidation of the information into a publication for future research reference as well as for the education of the interested public.

Research assistants who wish to partake in their own research may do so after discussing their options and drafting a proposal with our help. We are also able to take on students who need to do an internship as part of their course if we our informed upon booking.

The SCBC aims to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

Skills and Knowledge you will acquire through participation:
• Reptile and Amphibian Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Setting up and maintaining Pit Fall and Funnel Traps for small vertebrates and invertebrates
• Arthropod Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Horticulture for Conservation
• Basic Tracking
• Bird Identification and Bird Conservation Data Collection
• Basic Ecology and Conservation in a Changing World
• Macro Photography
• Living off the Grid.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

SERVICE VOLONTAIRE INTERNATIONAL

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Service Volontaire International (in English: International Volunteering Service) is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. It is an apolitical and non-religious organization. It is open to everyone, without discrimination of nationality, origin, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation. SVI is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization (NPO).

The organization mainly works in the field of international volunteering (international projects), but also in the areas of social economy, solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world. Each year, it sends more than 350 volunteers abroad and welcomes about 100 foreign volunteers to Belgium and France. The aim of the Belgian organization is to stimulate young people’s interest (from 16 to 30 years old) to volunteering. SVI thinks it is not only an act of solidarity, but also an opportunity to live an experience of active citizenship and a way to learn how to live as a community. Beside international projects, SVI also offers opportunities for young people to meet and encourages them to create their own projects and to take over the management of the organization.

NGOabroad

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NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter international humanitarian work, in addition to providing frugal, customized international volunteer options.

This is a condensation of our International Volunteering & Internship Opportunities for 2016

CAMEROON, TANZANIA, SACRED VALLEY PERU, SRI LANKA: Nursing, Medical, Physical Therapy

INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities

SRI LANKA, NEPAL: Slums

UGANDA: Human Rights Education

NEPAL: Trafficking

SRI LANKA: Trauma Counseling after Atrocities of Civil War

KENYA: Counseling Sexual Abuse - Social Work or Psychology

INDIA: Geriatric Social Work

TANZANIA: AIDS

MONGOLIA: Emerging Civil Society

NEPAL: Public Interest Law -> Democracy Building

UGANDA: Community Organizing & Women

RWANDA: International Development

COSTA RICA & ECUADOR; TANZANIA & RWANDA: Micro-finance & Small Enterprise Development

UGANDA, MOROCCO, CAMEROON & COSTA RICA: Women

UGANDA: Secondary School

PERU, HONDURAS & NEPAL: Education

GHANA, INDONESIA & COSTA RICA: Agriculture & Ecology. Environmental.

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation

THAI-BURMA, TANZANIA, RWANDA: Refugees

THAILAND & ECUADOR: Dance, Music, Theatre to work with kids with Disabilities

COSTA RICA, UGANDA, CAMEROON: Domestic Violence

INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

These are volunteer internship positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date.

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. http://www.ngoabroad.com/ then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to info@NGOabroad.com

COMMUNITY CARE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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Community Care Development Foundattion (CCDF) is a non-governmental organization set up in 1997. It uses both local and foreign sponsors to fund its social care initiatives in the Mathare and Huruma slums of Nairobi, and Rakwaro Village in kisumu in the rural areas, where unemployment and poverty levels are both extremely high. It is connected with several local schools, runs Entrepreneurship Education and Vocational Training Programs for the mentally challenged children , conducts HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling programs ,is engaged in Environmental Projects ,pre-schoo,lfish farming on fishponds and peace building initiatives CCDF is officially registered under the Kenyan Ministry of Culture and Social Services as a Foundation to be a lead organization to promote challenges experienced in our village.we work with Rotary international to some of our goals are achieved.



CCDO is involved with the following projects in the Mathare and Huruma communities:



• Subjects teaching in primary and secondary schools

• Counselling and HIV/AIDS activities in local clinics

• Environmental initiatives with youth groups and peace

• Entrepreneurship Programmes for the unemployed

• Vocational training for the unemployed and mentally challenged persons

WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST

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Writers and Scholars Trust combines the best in editorial journalism with campaigning advocacy to confront freedom of expression abuses wherever they occur throughout the world. We have a series of in-country programmes (Tunisia, Belarus, Burma), some research and campaigning initiatives (UK Libel Law reform, Press Freedom, Internet and Privacy) and we maintain a website with news updated daily and a quarterly magazine "Index on Censorship". We run events tying in with both our editorial and advocacy work. We have a long record of offering intern positions, enabling places to write, edit, (translate if they have the skills) news stories, to blog, to participate in organising events, including arts and youth based and a wide range of activities. As a charity there are also the conventional opportunities for administration and fundraising should applicants be interested in that. In 2012 Index on Censorship celebrated its 40th anniversary, having been set up in response to the persecution and censorship of Soviet writers during the Cold War.

COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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CCIVS was created in 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO as an international non-governmental organisation responsible for the coordination of voluntary service world-wide. CCIVS has an associate status with the UNESCO and is an elected member of the NGO Liaison committee. CCIVS is charged with networking and international representation of IVS, training and capacity building, communication and campaigns.

Its 200 member organisations implement voluntary programmes in the fields of sustainability and environment, peace and human rights, poverty reduction and health promotion, active participation and social inclusion, cultural heritage and diversity. These programmes are generally carried out through workcamps or mid to long term volunteering, consisting of a national or an international group working on a common project.

Please note that workcamps and longer-term projects are not organised directly by CCIVS, and that we do not recruit volunteers directly. These activities are carried out by CCIVS member organisations who undertake the recruitment. The full list of CCIVS members can be found on our website.

Earthwatch

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Earthwatch Institute. Our expeditions aim to gather information about the impacts of climate change, monitor habitat needs of endangered species, and find solutions to land conflicts between wildlife and local communities. The aim is to better understand critical environmental issues in order to influence conservation decisions. For environmentally conscious travellers, an Earthwatch expedition offers the rare opportunity to spend time learning from the experts in some of the most beautiful parts of the world while directly contributing to conservation. Some expeditions, such as Madagascar's Lemurs and Icelandic Glaciers are physically demanding, while others such as Elephants of Tsavo and Dolphins of Greece are mentally stimulating - offering volunteers the opportunity to observe animal behaviour at close quarters. The work of volunteers really does make a difference. In the Virgin Islands, Earthwatch volunteers have patrolled turtle nesting beaches for the past 25 years ensuring that turtle eggs are moved above the high tide mark and poachers are deterred. As a direct result of this conservation the number of hatchlings born has increased twentyfold. And in 2007 the International Maritime Organization agreed to divert shipping lanes off the southern coast of Spain in order to avoid important bottlenose dolphin foraging grounds as a direct result of Earthwatch research. Since Earthwatch's inception we have brought together over 80,000 members of the public to volunteer on field research projects, a unique approach which not only provides essential funding for long term research, but also supplies a 'hands on' workforce of enthusiastic volunteers to support the scientists. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence.

CLANN SONA

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Clann Sona - In 1990, just after the revolution in Romania, our niece went to work in an orphanage there. The ages of the children ranged from babies up to seven, some had disabilities or were blind. 70 out of 200 children had AIDS. There was heating and water for one hour per day and very little food, medicine, nappies, or baby milk. We appealed for nappies, creams, food etc. and got a great response. The first load was delivered in 1992 and, with the help and support of schools, churches and chapels; over 500 tonnes of aid have gone to orphanages, special needs units, various hospitals and villages. We have to meet the costs of £3000 each trip and have sent over £10,000 to foundations, Special Needs Clubs and the School for the Blind in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Our Local Council donated a vehicle to collect donations of goods. The running costs for this and rents for premises are covered by collections, sale of goods in our shop and individual donations, mostly via Gift Aid. We support a Foundation in Cluj which is housing, training and re-habilitating orphans from the institutions to give them a chance of starting an independent and self-supporting life. In addition to the work in Romania, we help any area where need is identified, in Europe and Africa and victims of abuse or poverty in our area of Scotland VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: We would welcome any help in the Virtual Volunteering project which WWV is introducing at present. This could consist of searching for grant funders on the internet, obtaining email and postal addresses for possible donors of goods, writing to these donors, preparing a newsletter for us to distribute, etc. All our funds are used for transport, fuel and ferries - nothing is used for administration as volunteers do our work. BT, North and South Lanarkshire Councils have donated all office equipment. We prefer not to accept volunteers with an offending background, as donated goods can include medical supplies and could be dangerous in the wrong hands.

WEeast Chernobyl

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WEast Chernobyl is a voluntary humanitarian and development aid organisation, based in Northern Ireland and working in Belarus.

Our organisation each year is based on a project site within Belarus, an orphanage or an adult institute, where we work. We have two sides to our programme the arts (music, drama, visual art etc) and building, so we often have opportunites for volunteers to join us.

ECOTEER

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Ecoteer is a volunteering website that offers the chance to volunteer in over 50 different countries at ecolodges, conservation, teaching and community development projects. You may think this is another high cost volunteer company! We are not! We have five staff and all have suffered trying to volunteer on a low budget (all being ex-students). Therefore we have created www.EcoTeer.com Some of our placements offer free food and accommodation; the rest make small charges for food and accommodation and occasionally for a donation to the project. Therefore volunteers may only have to pay for their travel expenses and extra luxuries, plus a £15 Membership fee. This possibly makes us the cheapest volunteer placement website! We make no profit and have purely started EcoTeer to help enable students to volunteer at the right price!!

INTERNATIONALER BAUORDEN - DEUTSCHER ZWEIG

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Internationaler Bauorden - Deutscher Zweig (IBO) was founded in 1953. It aims to realise more justice by building international friendships and social work camps. IBO's motto is "we help build". We help through building and renovation works on homes for children, orphans, the elderly, people with disabilities and by building meeting centres for young people. IBO concentrates on people in need of help. The volunteers work on the sites for up to eight hours a day, 40 hours a week. The groups are international. We now also have three-month long programmes in different camps in Germany.

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL AND AGRO TOURISM, THE

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ECEAT, the European Centre for Eco and Agro Tourism is an international network of organisations for the promotion and integration of tourism with rural development, sustainable land use and nature protection. ECEAT has been established in 1991 - with financial support of the European Union - in order to promote tourism as an alternative source of income for the farmers and rural populations of Central Europe. At present, ECEAT consists of 16 national members. As one of its core activities, ECEAT maintains a network of almost 2,000 ecological and small-scale accommodation businesses in 24 European countries, including nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Via so-called "Green Holiday Guides" the eco-farms and pensions are marketed to European consumers. In the year 2000 more than 120,000 people were visiting these places thanks to the ECEAT promotional activities. We focus on rural development, sustainable land use and the environment in relation to sustainable tourism. We have a small team of full time staff and a pool of volunteers to assist us maintain our objectives during busy periods. Our sister company in Frnace, RebelFarmer, specialises in supporting and promoting ecological workcamps and learning placements in several Eastern European countries (e.g. Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus etc.). This organisation is regularly looking for volunteers to perform certain tasks in Eastern European villages like organic gardeningm eco-construction, development of nature routes, marketing, campaigning etc.

CHILDAID TO RUSSIA AND THE REPUBLICS

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ChildAid to Russia and the Republics was established in 1973 to help persecuted Christians in the USSR, but has evolved to meet current needs. We now support our Christian partners' humanitarian initiatives with street children and orphans, the elderly, sick and disabled, war and disaster victims, self-sustaining farms and businesses in the former Soviet Union. We also operate a child sponsorship scheme. Volunteers are essential to the running of our Bromley office and provide valuable assistance to our project partners in the former Soviet Union. In addition, overseas volunteers' feedback is useful for ongoing projects and evaluation, and for fundraising purposes. May take offenders depending on individuals' circumstances.

SOLIDARITÉS JEUNESSES

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Solidarités Jeunesses organises international workcamps in France as well as in over 70 countries worldwide. They work in co-operation with partner agencies in these countries, and exchange volunteers through each other. On workcamps, volunteers work on a wide variety of projects such as conservation, protection of the environment, construction, renovation of historical sites, social and community work etc. Volunteers are expected to work for about five to six hours each day on the projects. Solidarites Jeunesses places volunteers that live in France on its own and on partner' projects. Persons living in other countries normally are required to contact partner organisations in their respective countries - when those exist.

QUAKER VOLUNTARY ACTION (QVA)

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You do not have to be a Quaker to be a QVA volunteer but you should be familiar with and in agreement with Quaker values. QVA offers working retreats at Swartmoor Hall, Cumbria for five days in May and October. Up to 12 volunteers split their time between working in the ground and Hall and spending time in reflection and spiritual retreat. Volunteers cook and eat together. Cost is £50 for accommodation and food. Other working retreats and projects are organised in UK and mainland Europe from time to time. See website for details or contact QVA.

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