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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.

ADELANTA INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

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Adelante offers low cost programs, based in cities around the world with a focus on cultural immersion and real-life experience in international study and professional settings.

In Spain, customized internships are available in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville in a wide variety of sectors including Marketing, Public Relations, Healthcare, International Law, Culinary, Tourism, Human Resources, Graphic Design, Information Technology and more. We also offer Semester and Summer Study programs at a university in Seville.

As of February 2017, we have opened up a new site location in Quito, Ecuador for candidates interested in internships with Human Rights, Medicine, Veterinary and Equine Veterinary, Work with Street Kids, and more. This is one of our most affordable programs offered.

Adelante also has two summer study programs based at a college near Edinburgh - choose the 4 week Equine Summer Program or the Ecological Conservation Program. We also offer six week Observation & Research programs in Scotland in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, veterinary, dietetics and childcare.

In San Jose, Costa Rica, internship opportunities include Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing and Administration at a Junior College or University, Law Offices, Automobile Service and Repair, Environmental and Ecology, Tourism, and Working with Underprivileged Children. Semester and Summer Study programs are also available at a private university in San Jose.

In Oaxaca, Mexico, volunteer positions are provided in numerous sectors including Arts/Museums, Teaching English, Social Work, Archaeology and Working with Children.

Internship opportunities in Viña del Mar/Valparaíso in Chile cover a wide range, including Marketing and PR, Teaching English, Social Work, IT, Engineering and Tourism.

In Montevideo, Uruguay, internships include Tourism, PR, Teaching English, Graphic Design and Medicine.

Internships can be from one to six months in Spain, or up to 12 months in South America, beginning the first Monday of the month, each month of the year.

We endeavor to always provide the most economical internship programs available. Please see our website for latest prices and application fee. Included in the fee are: airport pickup, intensive Spanish classes (two or three weeks depending on location), your own room in a variety of housing options, work assignment placement and an English speaking Advisor in-country. This can be an academic or non-academic program.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website www.adelanteabroad.com. You can also email us at info@adelanteabroad.com or call (562) 799 9133.

DISAWAY TRUST

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The aim of the Disaway Trust is to provide holidays for physically disabled adults who would not be able to travel alone. Our Trust provides a one-to-one carer for each holidaymaker who we try to match to a like-minded helper. We stay in regular hotels both at home and abroad and organise trips out to interesting venues. Venues change every year and are decided in the summer of the previous year. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

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.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website www.icye.org.uk.

MONA-UK/ FUNDACIÓ MONA

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MONA-UK is the UK branch of the Mona Foundation, a Spanish registered charity dedicated to the rescue of primates suffering in captivity. The origins of the Mona Foundation dates back to 1984, when Simon and Peggy Templer, an English couple living in Catalonia, Northern Spain, established a small sanctuary to re-home chimpanzees being used illegally by beach photographers. During this time, a local vet, Olga Feliu, helped the Templers in their work. Following in the footsteps of the Templers, Olga established a permanent sanctuary to offer abused primates a healthy and happy future. This became the Mona Foundation, located in Girona, Northern Spain. The first group of rescued chimpanzees arrived in 2001, most having spent their lives in total darkness, in filthy conditions, inside an old truck. The chimps could barely stand in their small cages but today they have an area the size of a football field, where they can roam, forage and climb. We unfortunately cannot accept volunteers with an offending background.

M.E.E.R. e.V.

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M.E.E.R.: During the last decades a new kind of encounter of humans and cetaceans (the biological order of whales and dolphins) has developed: Whale Watching - the observation of whales and dolphins in their natural environment. Whale watching today is promoted as an important means of increasing the environmental awareness of the public - if it happens within a context of awareness and ecological sustainability. The sea in the southwest of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands) is one of the most outstanding places in the world where humans can meet cetaceans in the wild. In the relative vicinity of the coast more than 20 cetacean species can be sighted and research is possible under extraordinarily good conditions. The Canary Islands meanwhile show a rapid and alarming expansion of the whale watching industry. With its project M.E.E.R. La Gomera, the German nonprofit association M.E.E.R. wants to guarantee that the encounters between humans and cetaceans happen with respect and consideration. We aim to realise this through the combination of ecological whale watching tourism, research and public work. Since 1995 whale watching boats operating off the island serve as platforms for the collection of scientific data. The investigation of the abundance and distribution of cetaceans as well as their interactions with boats is the main subject of this research. The results of the study are applied to the further development of whale watching regulations and management. In 2001, the project M.E.E.R.La Gomera was honoured with the international environmental award "Umwelt & Tourismus 2001", which is granted by the German association of travel and tour operators (DRV) since 1987. As was said during the bestowal, the project realises new ways of co-operation of research and tourism in an exemplary and innovative way". In 2003 the Association M.E.E.R. e.V published its scientific report "Interactions of Cetaceans with Whale Watching Boats", which is based on the findings of the Project M.E.E.R. La Gomera.

BMS WORLD MISSION

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BMS World Mission works in partnership with Baptist churches and other Christian organisations in approximately 30 countries across four continents - Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As a leading Christian mission organisation, BMS World Mission aims to share life in all its fullness with the worlds people by:

1) Enabling them to know Christ.

2) Alleviating suffering and injustice.

3) Improving the quality of life, with many people as our primary agent of change - motivating, training, sending and resourcing them.

We have around 200 mission workers engaged in pastoral and church planting work, engineering, teaching, agriculture, community and medical work etc, and then we also send short-term volunteers each year. BMS Action Teams (gap year) are designed specifically for young people between the ages of 18-23 and run from September to June. The programme starts with a month of quality mission training, followed by a six-month overseas placement working alongside BMS mission staff or a local partner church. On return to the UK, teams head out on a two-month tour of Baptist churches, sharing their experiences and encouraging other people to get involved in world mission.

The BMS Volunteer Programme is specifically designed for people who want to share their professional skills and experience to demonstrate Christ's love in another culture. Spending between three months and two years overseas enables you to impact on the lives of those in need in a meaningful way. We aim to match your expertise (technical and non-technical) with the needs of BMS personnel or partner organisations, so that the placement provides help where it is really needed and is a truly fulfilling experience. You may think that your particular expertise could never be used in short-term mission, but your skill could be the very one our overseas partners are looking for. There is no typical volunteer - we have individuals and couples from all walks of life serving on the volunteer programme. Applicants need to be over 21 years for this programme and we can accept people up to their mid-seventies as long as they can obtain health clearance. We are also able to place medical electives, language students and Bible college students for their placements.

OAFRICA

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OAfrica is a non-profit organization. It aims to empowers children and young people whose rights have been compromised due to institutionalization, poverty, violence, trafficking, HIV/AIDS, abuse and discrimination. We help them become productive members of their communities by strenthening families, and reintegrating them into safe, stable and loving environments. We are registered in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and USA.

More info at: www.oafrica.org

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translating positions for qualified translators, languages are from English to Spanish, French, Italian and German. In your country, do fundraising to support our projects or help with Social Media.

VOLUNTEERS IN GHANA:

We are searching only for long period volunteers (at least 1 year).

You have to be at least 21 years old and speak fluent English in order to participate.


If you are you interesting, please sent us an email with your CV to: info@oafrica.org

WORKINGABROAD PROJECTS

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WorkingAbroad is an international networking service for volunteers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide. We offer a personalised service on voluntary work abroad with details on organisations that are looking for volunteers in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and North America. WorkingAbroad Projects is non profit company, established in March 2002, which arranges and places volunteers on a variety of projects all over the world in the conservation and teaching domains in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.

MAYBE SAILING

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Maybe Sailing is a Tall Ship sail training organisation. With two gaff rigged vessels, we take young people and adults on sail training adventures across the UK, Europe and further afield. This year, our vessel Blue Clipper will be crossing the Atlantic, taking part in the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta; visiting Bermuda, Boston, Quebec, Halifax and Le Havre.

Sail Training is a platform for Youth development; helping young people build confidence, self-esteem and gain skills in team work, communication and leadership. We work with young people from all different backgrounds from across the UK and Europe.

VOLUNTEERING SOLUTIONS

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Volunteering Solutions is an organisation dedicated to promoting the most affordable and exciting volunteer programmes for the betterment of local communities in need. Its unique and innovative ways of working make it a highly competitive and popular volunteer placement organisation providing a truly satisfying and fulfilling experience for all. The organisation is run in a highly professional and methodical manner and overhead charges are kept very low. The advantages are passed on to the volunteers. Hence the cost of participating in our various projects is the best and most affordable. This is your gateway to explore and help the communities in need. We aim at supporting the work of local community organisations in different countries through the placement of international volunteers and offer a wide variety of volunteer programmes in Ghana,Kenya,Tanzania,Morocco,Uganda,South Africa,India,Nepal,China,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Vietnam,Cambodia,Philippines,Peru,Costa Rica,Ecuador, Spain and Australia.The organisation provides unique opportunities for safe and memorable travel experiences throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka combined with enriching and rewarding voluntary work. Our volunteers get opportunities to have in-country travel and have the real feel of a new culture by having a home stay with local families. Our Mission is to promote voluntary work in the countries that need it most, by connecting the right people with the right opportunity in each country. We aim provide meaningful, affordable and reliable volunteer abroad options to everyone. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

EIL UK

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EIL UK is a registered charity and our mission is to bring people together from different nations to improve understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness.
Registered Charity No. 1070440

Ambios Ltd

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Ambios is a nature conservation training organisation. We aim to help people achieve their goals for nature, science, education and employment. We manage an 80 acre farm on the Sharpham Estate, overlooking the stunning river Dart valley where we farm with wildlife as a priority. we share our farm with ROC, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities. All aspects of volunteer experiecnes either help support people of the natural world.

AMAIDI International

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Since 2006 AMAIDI enables social organizations worldwide to get access to professional and general volunteer resources to be able to meet their global challenges.

Therefore we inspire and mobilize individuals, companies and universities to engage themselves locally or online, either with their skills (pro bono) or their work force (hands-on).

Amaidi International links overseas and local volunteers with local communities they want to support via building capacity of the local organizations that serve these communities such as non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, care-homes and social enterprises.

Amaidi International also partners with responsible travel organizations in the countries we work in, so that tourists are offered a different way of getting in touch with the soul of a country. This also allows opportunities to the local communities visited, such as earning respect for their culture and income towards their livelihood.

Amaidi International acknowledges that money, spent in the right way according to the real needs of a local community, can be a boon for the urban and rural poor, enabling them to place the first steps on the road to a better life, away from poverty and its ugly faces such as chronical illness, un-employment, lack of access to quality education and political empowerment.

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.

CROSSLINKS

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Jesus challenged his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. At Crosslinks we aim to play our part in this great commission, with our stated aim being: Making Christ known through the proclamation and teaching of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are enthusiasts for creative worldwide mission, our slogan is: “God’s Word to God’s World”. Whether you are a school leaver or a highly skilled professional (or anywhere in between!) your gifts and servant-hearted attitude could be valuable in any number of different settings. Many of our placements involve teaching in some capacity, but this can range from home-schooling or teaching English in local secondary schools to lecturing in theological colleges. Placements vary from a couple of weeks to two years, but usually there is something to fit into the time you have available.

MUSCLES FOR CHARITY

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Muscles for Charity is a group of experienced people (average age of 40 years), who commit to using their experience, time and resources to assist challenged, elderly individuals. We commit up to 30 person hours and never handle any money. Only after a donation has been made to a registered charity do we undertake the work. Imagine how much work the team could complete in a period of up to 30 hours such as garden clearing, house painting and patio laying but any jobs are considered. We never need or use a bank account. More details of our work are available on our website.
www.musclesforcharity.org
Muscles for Charity has now completed over 370 projects benefiting over 130 registered charities, and our volunteers have completed over 14,000 voluntary hours. Muscles for Charity teams now operate in the UK, the USA, Belgium and Canada.

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