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MEDAIR UK

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MEDAIR

Do you have experience in any of the following: project management, finance, HR, administration, logistics, IT, health services, water and sanitation, engineering or construction?

A brief introduction to Medair: Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation to the most vulnerable people affected by disasters, conflict, and crisis - particularly the forgotten men, women, and children who live in difficult-to-access regions in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Medair is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with Internationally Recruited staff and Headquarters staff who are motivated by their Christian faith to care for people in need. Our work is compassionate and practical, providing life-saving care and support which upholds the dignity and independence of every person, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Are you ready to work for a greater purpose?

Countries of Operation: Medair is currently running multisectoral relief programmes in: Afghanistan, Chad, D. R. Congo, Haiti, Madagascar, Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, the Syria crisis and Zimbabwe.

Project Overview: Working alongside local staff, our teams use their professional expertise to provide aid for people whose lives are at risk from political conflict and natural disasters. This is often in remote places where the infrastructure has broken down and outside relief is essential.

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.

WRITERS AND SCHOLARS EDUCATIONAL TRUST

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

OPERATION MOBILISATION - SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITIES

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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.

ORPHANS RELIEF FUND AND CHARITABLE TRUST (ORFACT)

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ORFACT is short for Orphans Relief and Charitable Trust. It was initially set up to work for orphans all around the world and has since been able expanded its scope of work. Orfact has been a registered charitable organisation with the UK’s charity commission since 1983. ORFACT is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1983 by Dr Wathib Al-Amood a neurophysiologist determined to come up with an initiative to help alleviate the suffering and attend to some of the world’s most vulnerable and forgotten people. ORFACT specifically targets orphans and children in hardship in the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities worldwide.

TRÓCAIRE

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Trócaire is the Irish Catholic organisation for overseas development. We use volunteers to assist with our fundraising, campaigning and education work in Ireland (NI and ROI). Volunteers work together or singly to promote our organisation and the work of our partners in developing countries- a placement with Trócaire is an insight to our work and an opportunity to help others in need- and gain skills about the development sector.

CERTINTERNATIONAL (CHRISTIAN EMERGENCY RELIEF TEAMS)

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CERT International is a non-profit humanitarian organisation that provides short-term opportunities, usually lasting about two weeks, to various parts of the world. The volunteers become instruments of charitable assistance to hurting, suffering and displaced persons. CERT sends medical/dental teams assisted by lay volunteers into remote areas of the world. The basic philosophy of CERT is to go where there is little, if any, help available to the people. CERT teams go at the request of missionaries, indigenous pastors, other non-profit organisations that have a permanent presence in a country, national ministries of health, and occasionally corporations such as Chevron and others needing medical assistance. CERT also sends a limited number of construction teams and water well-drilling teams. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted - each case reviewed independently.

ENGINEERAID

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EngineerAid is an international charity working to provide remote solutions to engineering and technology problems in the less economically developed countries by providing a platform to engineers to collaborate and solve problems. EngineerAid works in over 33 countries world wide along with other partner organisations around the world, ranging from Government departments to NGOs and leading social enterprises. The use of our services is as far-reaching as the need of technological support and innovation in every sector, including, but not limited to health, education, transport, agriculture, energy, water, sanitation and construction. The engineering technologies involved within these sectors include electronic, mechanical, electrical and clinical amongst others. Our vision is to be in direct communication and collaboration with engineers across the globe to advocate self-help and long-term sustainability of the expert knowledge and skills provided. We aim to provide a service to aid development, with open access, giving simple, direct and timely advice, working independently and in collaboration with other NGOs. Our mission is to create a global community together with people in developing countries and engineers across the world for the sharing of expert knowledge As a team we promote the values of honesty, humanity, passion and enthusiasm for what we do. Our approach is proactive, always ethical, and eager to face new challenges in the sharing of expert knowledge. We display an apolitical attitude, keeping ourselves committed to the cause of social development. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: All opportunities are based online. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background.

IRAQI CHARITIES

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The Iraqi Charities Forum is a non-profit charitable organisation that supports affiliated charities in Iraq through fundraising projects and programmes that are planned and executed in London. We seek to enhance the general cohesiveness of Iraqi charities so that we can work towards transforming lives, eradicating poverty and bringing about social and economic stability in Iraq.

We see ourselves as ambassadors of transparency and good practice - our vigorous monitoring processes ensure that all donations reach our beneficiaries, and that the charities we work with continue to provide the best services they can.

We believe in empowering women through employment projects, caring for oprphans and disabled children, proviing them with medical care, and standing up for the rights of Iraqis with disabilities.

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