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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.

WELLS FOR ZOË

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Wells for Zoë is a voluntary, sustainable development organization helping communities in Malawi access clean, safe drinking water. They also nurture organic agriculture and education. 100% of all donations go directly to these projects.

We also have a Charity Shop in Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland, which is run by volunteers to support our activities in Malawi.

VOLUNTARY SERVICE INTERNATIONAL

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Voluntary Service International is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War. Voluntary Service International was founded in 1965 after several projects in the late '50s. Since then VSI has undertaken a wide variety of voluntary and community work throughout Ireland and has sent volunteers to similar projects in over 50 countries worldwide. OUR VISION - is a world of peace, social justice and sustainable development, where all people live together with mutual respect. OUR MISSION - is to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering in Ireland and internationally. OUR VALUES - We base all our work on the following values Volunteering - in the sense of acting out of self-initiative, without seeking material reward and for the benefit of civil society, as a method and a statement for social change, whilst never competing with paid labour nor seeking to contribute to strike-breaking. Non-violence - as a principle and a method. Human Rights - respect for individuals as stated in the universal declaration of Human Rights. Solidarity - international solidarity for a more just world and solidarity between human beings at all levels. Respect for the Environment - and the ecosystem of which we are a part and upon which we are dependent. Inclusion - to be open and inclusive to all individuals who share the aims and objectives of the movement, without regard to gender, race, colour, religion, nationality, social status, sexual orientation and ability. Empowerment - empowering people to understand and act to transform the social, cultural and economic structures that affect their lives at all levels. Co-operation - with local communities as well as other local, national and international actors to strengthen the positive potential within civil society as a whole.

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

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY DUNSHANE

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The Dunshane Community caters for young adults in need of special care. The community consists of five houses, which offer residential and day-care facilities for young people. The co-workers, their families and the residential students live together in extended families. Everybody is encouraged to take an active part in the running of the houses in order to develop a sense of independence and responsibility. We also have a garden, farm and workshops such as basketry, bakery, cooking, candlemaking and pottery which the young people all take part in to benefit the community. An important feature of the Dunshane Community is the special inter-relationship with the local people. There are app. 15 employed staff also. With a Government FAS scheme in operation, and local volunteers giving their time to help out, there is a mutually beneficial exchange of support and service. (FAS is an Irish government funded one year work placement scheme for the long-term unemployed). Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY BALLYTOBIN

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The Camphill Community Ballytobin is a small rural community caring at present for 22 children and 12 adults all with disabilities. Ballytobin has a school, a garden, an organic farm, a weaving workshop and also offers many individual therapies, for example: music, coloured-light speech therapy, eurythmy, physiotherapy and horse riding!



Ballytobin was established in 1979 to provide a home and school mainly for children with exceptional needs. The community has always been open to caring for challenging, disturbed and severely handicapped children, alongside more amenable and sociable children.



Ballytobin is part of the International Camphill Movement. Long-term volunteers beginning in July and staying for 52 weeks are needed. There are some places for short-term volunteers in the summer for only 4 - 6 weeks.



There are six houses. Everyone lives as an extended family, sharing in cooking, cleaning and the household tasks, with everybody contributing what he or she can. Every co-worker has a definite daily programme with main responsibilities. Some have the care of a group of children as a main task and in addition help out in the school, house or farm. Previous experience is not asked for, but willingness to do what is needed and enthusiasm to learn is essential!



To live in Ballytobin presents a challenge for most people. To share one's life with children and adults with disabilities in a community setting, can be demanding and tiring, especially in the beginning when there is much to learn. Yet it is intensely interesting, often humorous, good fun and is a life full of idealism. There are also 'fun things' to do together as co-workers, like singing, dancing, playing music and of course going out for entertainment too! Artistic activities are considered of great importance. Music especially has a well-established home here and if you play an instrument you must certainly bring it along. Individual creativity and initiative is particularly welcomed.

Volunteers with an offending background are not usually accepted.

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.

WEC INTERNATIONAL

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We are an international mission organisation taking the good news of Jesus to the nations! www.wec-uk.org

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To get in touch email: info@wec-uk.org

Our Short Term Mission programme is geared to fuel your passion for God through hands-on mission. For a Solo Trek, we aim to match your gifts and time-frame for short-term cross-cultural mission. We will place you alongside an experienced missionary in any one of over 80 countries, where you can serve God, share the good news and grow in your faith. Or you might choose to join a Team Trek: a group of up to ten volunteers, sent to a strategic location for two or three weeks.

Alongside the short term missions, Trek has an internship programme, with placements tailored to your gifts and calling. Internships are based in the UK but may include study and time abroad, and can focus on a huge range of ministries. Resonance Arts also offers Short Term internships in music, drama and visual arts.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

We aim to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE. Our participants are aged between 14 and 24.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered under special licence by over 500 partners (Licenced Organisations). Our partners support over 10,000 DofE centres including youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses to run DofE programmes and accredit their young people.

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

SEA WATCH FOUNDATION

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Working with the public, Sea Watch Foundation is a national charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK. Sea Watch, through its continuous programme of research and monitoring, provides invaluable information on changes to the status and distribution of cetacean populations and the condition of their habitats. This is used to raise awareness of any issues and prompt environmental change to help conserve and protect these mysterious creatures.

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.

DONG NAI BIOSPHERE RESERVE

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Our organisation was established with the aims of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use, as well as creating the environment in which humans live, in harmony with nature. Up to now, our organisation has co-operated with many partners in taking action to protect the environment, save wildlife and create the livelihood for residents. Currently, there are 35 members of staff working for Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve. They have many experiences in the field of forestry and conservation, but they are not good at English skills. That is a reason why our staff have many difficulties in approaching the global research papers, expanding our knowledge and seeking and writing grants. We are looking for a volunteer to help us improve our English skills, as well as exchange cultural values.

BIRDWATCH IRELAND

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Birdwatch Ireland undertakes research, surveys and applied conservation projects focusing on the protection of wild birds and their habitats in the Republic of Ireland. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Survey data can be entered directly onto our website.

INTERNATIONAL DISASTER VOLUNTEERS (IDV)

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is a volunteer driven, England and Wales registered charity that works with communities worldwide which have been affected by or are vulnerable to disaster. Our goals are to help survivors achieve sustainable recovery and build more resilient communities both before and after disaster. IDV does not charge volunteers a registration or administration fee, and we believe that anyone can make an impact in a disaster zone. You don't need to be a doctor, structural engineer, or rich to assist in the recovery of communities devastated by disaster. Volunteering with IDV is fun, challenging and rewarding you will work and live within a local community, working on projects which are decided upon by the local community so you will get to learn about the local culture, learn new skills, get to make great friends with both local people and a diverse group of international volunteers, all whilst knowing that you are contributing to long term sustainable change. We have just launched our 2013 deployment in Philippines and are looking for volunteers to join us.

L'ARCHE - UK

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L'Arche provides residential care for adults with learning disabilities. L'Arche communities are places where people with and without learning disabilities live and work together in a simple way, to build community in the spirit of Jesus - places which offer a way of life that is not competitive nor dependent on material success and intellectual achievement - places that heal rather than divide. L'Arche communities provide a family atmosphere within small homes that are well integrated into the local neighbourhood. L'Arche workshops provide different kinds of work where each person can find fulfilment and opportunity for growth. L'Arche's spiritual life is particularly important, and all homes offer a life of prayer which members can share as they wish. L'Arche is a Christian community, ecumenical in spirit, striving to live a life of simplicity in the spirit of the Gospels.

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