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WORLD AT PLAY

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Introduction

World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

WORLDWIDE EXPERIENCE

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Are you looking to take a gap year abroad, a career break, a possible sabbatical or even a simple summer holiday? Do you want to do something that will change your outlook on life? If yes, then you need look no further than Worldwide Experience. We also run exciting group challenges allowing your school or college to tailor make their conservation and community experience. Worldwide Experience strives to conserve what man is fast destroying- our own environment. We support conservation and community projects through the recruitment of volunteers from around the world to help work on these diverse and worthwhile projects. We have projects in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and our experienced team will help place you on a project that will suit your needs the most. Moreover, all the programmes have been set up with the needs and requirements of the placement in mind. This means that whether you’re helping to dart a lion, track a cheetah, ID an elephant or teach a class of children, you are making a difference through your work there. Your safety is also in the forefront of our minds, and as a fully bonded tour operator, all volunteers booked to travel through us will be protected by bonding, as required by ABTA and ATOL. We can also organise all flights direct from our UK office. Placements are offered all year from two to twelve weeks. Projects include: Conservation and rehabilitation projects. Working alongside conservation departments and wildlife on some of the worlds greatest game reserves, primate conservation and rehabilitation centres. Marine Conservation. Researching sharks, whales and dolphin behavioural patterns near Cape Town in South Africa. Community work and teaching in an underprivileged community in South Africa.

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.

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.

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.

BLUE WORLD INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION

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The Adriatic Dolphin Project is organised by the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation. Blue World is a Croatian NGO, formed to carry out scientific research, conservation and awareness of the marine. Blue World‘s research is conducted under the permission of the Ministry of Science and the Ministry of environment, Croatia. The Adriatic Dolphin Project (ADP) is a long-term study on ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphins (tursiops truncatus) around the islands of Cres and Lošinj. The aim of the project is to provide an overall picture of the population status and dynamics of the bottlenose dolphins around the Lošinj and Cres islands. Our research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, feeding ecology, and the impact of human activity. Collected data is used to produce a regular report on the status and ecology of the Lošinj and Cres bottlenose dolphin population and to offer a solution for their effective conservation. These actions are in line with international agreements for conservation of endangered fauna and habitats like recently signed Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area. The ADP has been awarded numerous awards for the research, education, and public awareness campaigns that are integral to this project. It was recognised by the jury of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award as, "a model of ongoing education, coupled with professional research and management", and by the Ministry of Environment as one of the top three projects for the preservation of biological and environmental diversity.

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.

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.

DOLPHIN volunteering with VIVAMAR: RESEARCH & Conservation of BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS in the Adriatic Sea

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A FANTASTIC volunteer opportunity!

Help us in the research & conservation activities of close to endangered Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the heart of the Mediterranean, the blue Adriatic Sea. Get richer for a wonderful lifetime experience and enjoy the most stunning creatures on Earth together with VIVAMAR!

If you love dolphins & admire the sea you will absolutely love it.

10 days journey of amazing experience and on a research boat, land-based, scientifically oriented work with the chief biologist researcher, since 2002.

What are your benefits in joining Vivamar team?

- have a first-hand insight into a “Day of a Bottlenose Dolphin” in the nature and into threats that they face

- learn about Ecology & Conservation of Marine mammals, physiology, ethology

- meet like minded people

- get to know new habits and different culture

- enjoy the Mediterranean sun, eat healthy food and learn how to prepare it!

- enjoy the crystal clear blue water in your spare free hours

- visit a new place, a new country, and get to know a beautiful research area with numerous small islands...

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VIVAMAR is in fact an AMBASSADOR OF DOLPHINS between people. It performs conservation activities with supporting scientific research, educating students and volunteers, raising the awareness, presenting lectures and events, publishing articles and similar. The team is flexible and adheres to the high semi-professional attitude for all involved. Check it out yourself and welcome! Be a part of the important story!

From the three dolphin species living in the North Adriatic a few decades ago, bottlenoses are the only remaining resident marine mammals. Our project started in 2001 in Slovenia, followed thereafter to of Istria, Croatia. There are about 100 animals and animals are mostly covering both areas. In this sense dolphins can be perceived also as “Ambassadors of the sea" - they know no borders and involve more countries.

In the face of higher anthropogenic pressures off Istria (fisheries, nautical tourism and growing underwater noise), VIVAMAR put its core activities into this area. Dolphins here have a more difficult situation even if a portion of the research area is part of the Natura 2000, the largest coordinated network of nature conservation areas in the world. As top predators, dolphins are bio indicators and are indirectly pointing out about the health of the sea, which is the key baseline condition for the whole marine ecosystem. Consequently, long term follow up of the presence and the population dynamics of this flag species is indicating towards critical conservation measures. A rich biodiversity area, full of beautiful small islands, offering great wealth and diversity of small marine habitats for numerous other species, all are essential as part of the local marine ecosystem. During the research days at sea, we have the chance to see also other big vertebrates in the area, like the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a swarm of tuna, numerous sea birds.

CONCORDIA

Description

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,)

GAP MEDICS LTD

Description

Gap Medics is a specialist company that is dedicated to arranging hospital work experience placements for students who are applying to medical or nursing school. Our Head Office is in Newcastle upon Tyne in England, but students join us from all over the world – in particular the UK, USA, Canada, Australia.

Our placements offer students from age 16 upwards a genuine insight into the work of doctors and nurses in Africa, Europe, Thailand and the Caribbean. Our comprehensive support service is designed to make these opportunities as safe and secure as possible, calling on all our experience from placing thousands of students in healthcare settings around the world since 2005.

All of our overseas programmes are run by professional staff teams with expert local knowledge who are employed and trained directly by our highly-experienced UK team.

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

Description

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

Description

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

CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY - short term mission service

Description

A community of mission service, loving God's world and living God's way - The Call in Action. We aim to encourage people to live a mission lifestyle, equip people in mission service and share resources for mission work. Church Mission Society short term placements provide an experience of mission service alongside Christians in other cultures overseas. Immerse yourself in another culture, build relationships, learn about the global church and challenge your understanding of mission. Opportunities also provide professionals space to share skills, experience and faith where appropriate. Example opportunities: youth worker in Brazil, nursing assistant in Nepal, English teaching in Uganda, working with visually- or hearing-impaired children in Lebanon, church planting in France. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted - each case is assessed separately.

COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Description

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.

OPERATION MOBILISATION - SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITIES

Description

Operation Mobilisation (OM) is an interdenominational, evangelical Christian missionary organisation with work in over 110 countrie and sent by more than 100 nations. Short-term opportunities are usually with multinational teams that involve some kind of evangelistic work, sometimes combined with social or practical work. There are more short term events in the summer, but there are all-year opportunities too. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: IT projects, mainly programming.

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY JERPOINT

Description

Camphill CommunityJerpoint is a small residential, landbased community with adults, some in need of special care. We have a gardening and food processing workshop, as well as a small farm. Living at Jerpoint Community means sharing everyday life and responsibility for supporting adults with intelectual disabillities, the work in the houses and on the land.Most of our adults work part of the week outside of the Community in local services.

We are a mixed bunch of long and short-term volunteers from various parts of the world, employed people and people on various work-schemes.Jerpoint is home to 25 people, who live in two beautiful houses on 10 acres small holding next to the River Nore.We are a busy little places with about another 25 people joining our community through out the week.

Every year 9 young volunteers join us for internships or a gap year/ social year abroad, during their time with us they get training, where they join volunteers from other communities.We celebrate the christian festivals and many other occasions through out the year.

All enquiries are welcome. jerpoint@camphill.ie

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