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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.

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.

Cosmic Volunteers

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

BRETHREN VOLUNTEER SERVICE

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Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is people giving their time and skills to help a world in need. It is a way for people to work at issues greater than themselves, recognizing that their efforts may not immediately solve deep-rooted problems, but can be part of ongoing work for justice, peace, and the care of creation. As sponsor of the program, the Church of the Brethren exemplifies its heritage in peacemaking and service through the goals of BVS: Working for peace, advocating justice, serving human need, and care for creation.Some volunteers engage in projects that deal with immediate needs. Others work towards changing unjust systems. Sharing God's love through acts of service, volunteers bring hope to shattered lives, offer food and shelter to those in need, and build understanding between individuals, groups, nations and humanity and the world we share. BVS seeks volunteers willing to act on their commitment and values. We challenge individuals to offer themselves, their time and their talents to work which is both difficult and demanding, rewarding and joyful.

EXIS

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EXIS is your ticket to put together a different kind of travel experience. EXIS got started in 1982 with restlessness and an urge to ramble – before globalization was a household word and the world could be Googled in five seconds. EXIS made sure nearly 30 years ago that Danish au pairs could drink tea on the High Street in London – and now offers unique language study and voluntary work on five continents. You can probably still be an au pair, but a lot of travellers think it is just as exciting to tend elephants in Sri Lanka, help out at an orphanage in Costa Rica, work with Masai women in Tanzania, teach English to young Buddhist monks in Thailand or work on conservation in the Grand Canyon, USA. EXIS’ philosophy is still the same – to make it possible for you to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for adventure. We work with partners all over the world to build the most secure starting gate for unique experiences – and you take it from there! Forget all about the world getting smaller. It’s bigger than ever and right within your reach. Join the world... it's yours !

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.

LATIN LINK

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Latin Link works in partnership with churches to send and receive individuals, families and teams, to and from Latin American communities, to share the love of God.

We do this through three inter-related programmes:

Step: Our renowned short-term programme for teams. Get a hands on experience of mission in Latin America, living and working alongside a local church, helping with a practical project and joining them in reaching out to their community. Apply as an individual or put together your own team. Projects last for 16 weeks each spring and 3-7 weeks in the summer.

Stride: A programme offering student placements and mission training opportunities.
Student Placements: 6-9 months suitable for language students on their year abroad or 6-8 weeks suitable for medical students requiring an elective. An opportunity to explore how your study and mission can work together to support churches and Christian projects in Latin America.
Mission Training Opportunities: Bespoke placements for individuals, married couples or families to spend 12-24 months putting their faith into practice in Latin America. Use and develop your gifts and skills while working alongside a church or Christian run project. Stride could be a career change, sabbatical, or something to pursue in early retirement. A Stride placement is a great way to explore whether cross-cultural mission is for you. A 24 month Stride is the pathway into the Stay programme.

Stay: We have over 100 members of many nationalities, working with local churches and organisations to help them meet a diverse range of spiritual and practical needs - from caring for street children, to training church leaders and supporting university students to generating employment opportunities.

Latin Link's vision is to see vibrant, Bible-believing Christian communities in every part of Latin America, impacting their neighbours, their societies and the wider world.

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.

Global Dental Relief

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At Global Dental Relief our mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world.

Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages.

With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya and Cambodia.

PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL UK SECTION

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Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a human rights organisation which was created in 1981. Our aim is to help create space in conflict zones so that the civilian population may organise to defend its rights without fear of reprisals and violence. PBI is an independent organisation not affiliated to any religious or political institutions. We are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Kenya to protect organisations and individuals who have requested our involvement. You must have a mature outlook, be fluent in Spanish for the Latin American projects and be able to make the minimum time commitment of 12 months (18 months for Colombia). PBI holds orientation weekends for potential volunteers. For more information please email us on admin@peacebrigades.org.uk. There are also volunteer opportunities available in the London office in the areas of outreach, fundraising, publicity, administration and advocacy.

ARCAS

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ARCAS hosts nearly 500 volunteers each year, from all over the world at our two main conservation project sites in Guatemala.
Its first and most established project is its Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre situated on 45 hectares of forested land on Lake Peten Itza in the northern Peten region of the country, close to the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
Volunteers help in feeding and caring for the animals at the centre, including parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, coatimundis and kinkajous. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from the illegal pet trade and the rehabilitation process can take years. Volunteers are vital for assistance in this process. There are also opportunities to take part in veterinary medical treatment, animal releases and wildlife surveys, though the scheduling of these activities cannot be predicted.
ARCAS's other volunteer programme is its sea turtle and mangrove conservation project near the town of Hawaii on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Volunteers here assist in conducting nightly patrols of beaches in search of nesting sea turtles, collection and burial of eggs in the hatchery and collection of research data. Volunteers also take part in mangrove reforestations, educational activities in area schools and other community projects.
The turtle season in Hawaii is June to December with peak months in August and September for olive ridleys. For the much scarcer leatherbacks, the nesting season is December and January. In addition to the above projects, ARCAS also hosts volunteers who are interested in helping out at in its Environmental Education Program, but this does require a higher level of Spanish language ability, and there are opportunities to help out at its central office near Antigua with marketing, publicity and research.

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

Asociación Pop Wuj

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Asociación Centro de Estudios de Español Pop Wuj (www.pop-wuj.org), set in highland Guatemala, is a collectively owned and operated Spanish language school that has been serving international students since 1992. Through a unique mix of intensive language study and social service projects, students come to a better understanding of the political, social, and cultural realities of Guatemala, while contributing to a better way of life for families in the rural areas surrounding Quetzaltenango.

Volunteers are needed to coordinate the association’s community projects. Our community projects include a scholarship program, a family support center, safe stove building and other environmental projects, and a medical clinic. More information about each program can be found at: http://www.pop-wuj.org/volunteer/community-development.html and http://proyectospopwuj.blogspot.com/

Our short-term volunteers are students at Pop Wuj, while our long-term (3+ months) volunteers are recruited via EntreMundos, http://www.entremundos.org/en/internships.html. The long-term volunteers coordinate the projects and are supervised by the social projects director.

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.

WORLD ENDEAVORS

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World Endeavors provides international internship, studying abroad, volunteering abroad, and customized group programmes in over 20 countries around the world. We believe the best way to learn the most from an experience abroad is through total cultural immersion. World Endeavors uses homestays and offers language training whenever possible, to give participants the most intimate window into their new world.

PACIFIC DISCOVERY

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Pacific Discovery offers inspiring gap year and international educational travel programs. Our unique programs combine cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, volunteer and community projects, ecotourism focus, college credit options and lots of fun. Join us on a life-changing adventure! Pacific Discovery also specialise in custom educational tours for high school and university groups. Awarded National Geographic Adventure "Best Travel Companies on Earth” 2009 and 2008. The New Zealand Volunteer Conservation Program was awarded best new trips for 2009 by National Geographic Adventure.

SOUTH AMERICA INSIDE

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South America Inside is an intercultural management agency and was founded in 2003. We promote intercultural, linguistic and educational exchange programs throughout Central and South America. We arrange and manage personalized programs such us

• Internships

• Work and Travel

• Volunteer Work

• Language Courses

• Wildlife and Nature projects

• Farm Stays

Our programs are for all people - whether students, professionals or retirees - who want to live a real life experience that goes beyond the ordinary rather than explore Latin America as a mere tourist!

Whether you want to work in the social sector helping children or the elderly, help defenseless animals, work in conservation efforts via environmental and wildlife projects, or teach English to local communities, we have a South America Inside project that suits you.

GOECO

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GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife, and environment they visit. Based on years of practice and in-depth field reports, GoEco presents you with a careful selection of excellent yet affordable volunteer and ecological-minded vacations.

Israel programs: GoEco has established dozens of ecological and humanitarian projects in cooperation with organizations both in the Arab and Jewish sectors in Israel. The organization offers an informed and vetted selection of projects to GoEco participants. Their target audience is the ecologically concerned and adventurous traveller who wants to explore a region first-hand and to get to know the local people, customs, and eco-system through a structured volunteer program.

International programs: GoEco arranges for hundreds of international volunteers each year to participate in ecological and humanitarian projects initiated by its partner organizations around the world. Through careful preliminary on-line interviewing, GoEco connects each volunteer with the most suitable project. GoEco selects the best available projects around the world, updates the availability and timing of projects, validates the quality and reputation of the project, and assists the volunteer in preparing for the trip.

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