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people and places - responsible volunteering

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people and places, an international award winning organisation, provides well-matched, rewarding, challenging and safe experiences for volunteers and local people – with their mutual informed consent.

Volunteers’ skills and experience are matched specifically to the projects’ needs – we put the right people in the right places, at the right time.

people and places is a social enterprise and is not run for the benefit of shareholders.

At least 80% of volunteers' funds are spent in the host country – and volunteers know HOW and WHERE their money is spent.

people and places matches skills and experience to need – our role is to enable both volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits. Crucial to this role are our relationships with our local partners.

The planning and development of projects is through our local partners, our project management teams – people who are inspired and inspiring, and who are in and of their community – they are the ongoing link with projects and volunteers, thus maintaining sustainable development and continuity in the project.

Volunteers are fully involved in the planning of their own individual placement – we match their skills to the project’s needs; we discuss the project’s proposals with the volunteers; with mutual agreement, the volunteer’s placement is confirmed.

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!

VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

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Volunteers Without Borders (VWB) is bridging the gap between international volunteers and local NGO organizations. Volunteers Without Borders opens doors and guides you to help make a difference to those less fortunate while volunteering abroad. We offer 100's of different programs in 18 different countries. We CONNECT international volunteers with opportunities to make a difference in countries that need it the most. While volunteering abroad, you will gain valuable experience that will change your life as well as changing the lives of those around you.

Whether you're looking to live & help out at an orphanage, work with street kids or children from the slums in India or Indonesia, volunteer abroad at a Sea Turtle conservatory in Sri Lanka or Kenya, get involved in Wildlife Conservation efforts in South Africa, or teach English in South East Asia or Africa, we have so many unique opportunities to offer you. We provide a means for people seeking to make the world a better place with the opportunity to do so at the most affordable rates possible.

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.

HAVILLA CHILDREN CENTRE

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Havilla Children Centre. The name of the proposed project is “Support for orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera slum of Nairobi-Kenya-Africa."

Project Location: The project is situated in Kibera slum Nairobi with offices situated in the same place because of proximity of the needs of the community.

Project Objectives: The Havilla Children Centre, support for orphans and vulnerable children is aimed to; advocate for child rights and reduce mortality among school children in Kibera slum of Nairobi Kenya through the following specific objectives:

1. To improve the education standards of orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera.

2. To improve the quality of life of children through provision of quality education and basic needs.

3. To advocate and protect the rights of children through community empowerment and support of those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.

4. To help poor children in Kibera slum achieve their goals, realise their potential talents and achieve their dreams through provision of basic needs.

TEAM KENYA

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Team Kenya works with others to empower communities in Western Kenya to overcome poverty, injustice and inequality. We do this by encouraging sustainable development and the use of appropriate technologies, and by providing training and advice. We are an independent organisation registered as a charity, with partners, volunteers and supporters in the UK and Kenya. We act as an umbrella organisation for other community groups in Western Kenya, providing a forum for the sharing and exchange of information. We develop programmes and solutions that empower people, empower communities to develop capacity and skills with particular emphasis on girls and women, promote sustainable development by encouraging preservation, conservation, protection of the environment and prudent use of resources, allowing communities to achieve sustainable economic growth and regeneration. The organisation enables people of all ages to fully participate in our activities by getting involved here in the UK or becoming part of the community in Kenya. Team Kenya can offer a wide variety of opportunities, depending on the individual’s skills and interests. For example:

• Teaching and homework support for local girls in Ndhiwa

• PR/marketing, such as one off projects to design promotional materials and networking to devise a full marketing strategy, including media coverage and website.

• Provide mentoring and support to the women and girls that we work with

• Teach IT to women and girls in our resource centre in Ndhiwa

• Provide football coaching as part of our building brighter futures programme - https://www.teamkenya.org.uk/2017/03/24/brighterfutures/

• Provide agricultural training to women in Ndhiwa

Team Kenya has also established Karibuni Eco-Cottages: a community-based tourism initiative in Ndhiwa, rural Kenya. The project offers visitors the chance to experience life in a traditional Kenyan village, in an ethical and sustainable way, as well as offering a wide-range of volunteering opportunities. Visit www.karibunicottages.com for details of this specific volunteering opportunity.

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 !

CHANGE AFRICA FOUNDATION

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How would you like to spend this summer working with children in Kenya? Change Africa Foundation (CAF) is the only charity which gives volunteers the best opportunity to experience life at the point of delivery and to see first hand how we are helping children in this region of Kenya. We run a centre for orphaned children in Kisumu in Western Kenya and are now recruiting a limited number of volunteers. The programmers will run for 3 weeks in February and 6 weeks in July 2013. It will represent a major cultural experience over a period of 6 weeks which they will never forget.Experience another culture? Share and exchange ideas and skills with community and local volunteers where we work? Want to boost your CV by learning a lot, working in a team and gaining lots of new skills? Want the opportunity to stay involved and help run a charity? Then look no further....You can be part of CAF..It is not all Work and no Play, During the stay some of the time is spent on Safaris in the Masai Mara, visiting the home village of President of United States Grandma; Sara Obama who is supporting Change Africa Foundation. Volunteers will live with the villagers in thatched mud huts for part of their stay, they will learn to live like the villagers participating in the everyday tasks that maintain village life in rural Kenya. Tasks like fetching fire wood,fetching water from a stream, attending to crops and small holdings and milking cows.Volunteers will experience cooking over a wood fire and making African dishes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to witness Kenyan celebrations, festivals, weddings, funerals and witch doctors; part of daily life in the surrounding area.Volunteers will stay at the Change Africa Foundation orphanage helping out with painting and general maintenance at the orphanage. Spending time with the orphans - playing and talking to them, helping with homework and learning English.Helping out in the local hospitals,schools and sightseeing around Kisumu,

We include a beach holiday in Mombasa, visits to museums, visit to the Big Rock (Kit Mikayi)and to Fort Jesus.

Change Africa Foundation is a UK registered charity set up to try to address the poverty, education and ill health in Kenya. We run a centre for orphaned children in Kisumu in Western Kenya and are now recruiting a limited number of volunteers.

We now run two programme one in February 2013 for 3 weeks.To book the February one:Please upload the application form from our website,fill it in and send it to us.The July one will run for 6 weeks. Four weeks will be spent working in the orphanage and with the community in Kisumu. The last 2 weeks will be spent in Nairobi where we will visit Nairobi slums and orphanages and do some touristy things.To engage in cultural exchange and skill sharing in a variety of settings, including schools, communities and children's homes. We aim to form and maintain long and lasting relationships with volunteers,local community and organisations to ensure a sustainable positive impact.

For more information and how to upload CAF volunteers programme form.Please visit: www.changeafricafoundation.org



Caf will support the volunteers locally with fundraising activities.

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.

AFRICAN IMPACT

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As GoAbroad's Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2016, African Impact is now a multi-award winning volunteer travel organization that is operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. We have over 16 years’ experience and have facilitated over 12,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent!

OUR VISION:

To maximise the positive force of volunteering and make sure our volunteers have a fun and rewarding adventure with us. We truly believe that volunteering has the power to change lives; we’ve seen it first-hand.
We aiming to integrate ourselves into the community from grassroots to partnerships with local governments and strive to nurture a culture of mutual respect.

Our volunteer experiences are based on three key things:

- We want our volunteers to have an amazing time experiencing everything Africa has to offer and leave knowing they’ve contributed to something bigger than themselves.

- We want our volunteers to learn as much as they can about local history, culture and wildlife

- We want to support local communities and conservation efforts through education and hands-on help.


Our Charity: The Happy Africa Foundation

As part of our commitment to making a positive impact, we set up The Happy Africa Foundation in 2008. The charity helps to independently monitor our projects and provides tools and expertise that help to ensure our sustainability. The charity also ensures that donations given by our volunteers are managed responsibly.


Our Wildlife Trust: ALERT

African Impact were also instrumental in the establishment of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) in 2005, a non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion in consultation with governments, wildlife authorities and communities.

Alongside African Impact, ALERT also aims to support the ground-breaking four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program developed by our founders in 1999.


Our Projects

To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we thoroughly evaluate each potential project with a detailed scorecard before setting up a volunteering program. This involves analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project as well as its long-term viability and impact. Also, every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won’t run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential.

We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.

MAFANIKIO COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION

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Mafanikio Community Based Organisation (MCBO) was started in 2003 to promote quality education through tailored programs. As such several programs were set up that help in the achievement of the objectives.

Our School development program focuses on providing volunteer services for local and international volunteers to the local marginalized schools, which have very few teachers and limited learning resources. The volunteers work with the local teachers and community together with the children. This creates an opportunity of interaction and roller coaster of grassroots experience.

The experiential learning is beneficent to all the parties involved in that they all learn from each other in a very dynamic interesting manner.

Our student placement and internship program focuses on providing professional placements for students in various fields in order to engage in work experience abroad under supervision. This opens up a whole world of possibilities because in most cases, the students are taught to improvise in order to provide certain services. Besides, they also strengthen professional skills and interpersonal relationship in professional setting. In this program everyone is a beneficiary in terms of wealth of experience and services respectively.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.

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.

Adventure Alternative, the Responsible Travel Company

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Adventure Alternative work alongside it's charity Moving Mountains Trust to offer gap years, electives and sabbaticals that have direct value to communities in Kenya and Nepal, with long term sustainable wealth creation as our aim.

The trips combine overland travel and international development, and we have started our own companies and NGOs in each host country. Training is provided to successful applicants, as well as excellent staffing and post-trip support and benefits. Rewarding, meaningful and challenging. Our trips are all Fair Trade Volunteering.

We offer volunteer posts in Kenya and Nepal which allow people to engage with the work of an NGO - this includes:

Teaching non-examinable subjects (sports, arts & crafts, drama, ethics and values, music)

Running extra-curricular events like after school reading club, conversational English, play time, sharing stories, putting on a play or teaching a new sport. This depends on personal interests and skills

Helping to manage the childrens home where you will be living - discipline, cleaning ,food preparation, homework, weeding the shamba, looking after the cow, running evening activities (Kenya only)

Helping in the on-site Early Child Development centre - games and play, basic numerical and literacy skills (Kenya only)

Learning Swahili or Nepali

Mentoring and counselling - group sessions with our youth groups, individual coaching and assistance with life skills

Duration is from a minimum of two weeks but we much prefer a minimum period of at least one school term (beginning start of January, April, October). Volunteers work with our staff who run the NGO and are experienced in social welfare and education. You will learn about these issues in a developing country.

BIG BEYOND

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Big Beyond facilitate ethical volunteer placements in Africa for adventurous and ambitious individuals looking for experiences far beyond the norm, off the beaten path and the chance to truly immerse in another culture.

Our volunteer opportunities are for people that want to genuinely be part of conservation and development in some of the most stunning places in the world, and are interested in working across a range of exciting high-impact community projects. Volunteer placements are always tailored to your skills, interests and level of experience, as well as the needs of the local community.

Originally headquartered in the UK, our team is now based in East Africa and currently run project sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They’re all located next to national parks and we work hand-in-hand with the adjacent communities to integrate the conservation and socio-economic development objectives of the local area. Volunteer involvement ranges from education, enterprise, environment, health or culture related projects.

This is the chance to take your knowledge, experiences and energy to people and places that genuinely value your contribution, but it's also a great way to learn just as much as you give, explore lesser known corners of the world, gain unique insight by truly immersing in another culture, build memories of a lifetime, and be inspired about new possibilities.

Each and every Big Beyond volunteer has a placement designed to match their motivations, skills and passions, with all activities directly supporting the local community and the conservation area in which they're based.

We also offer International skills-based employee volunteering combined with CSR initiatives. Whether it’s specific skills you’re looking to develop or a global issue that you’d like to support, or both, Big Beyond strive to help organisations and employees reach their goals.

To check out our full range of incredible volunteer opportunities please visit: www.bigbeyond.org

Call us: +44 (0)800 098 8440 or email us: hello@bigbeyond.org

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.

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.

VOLUNTEER KENYA

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The name Volunteer Kenya is used as the international name for our organisation, but we are known as ICODEI (Inter-Community Development Involvement) within Kenya. We work in the Western Province of Kenya and we have discovered that if we invest a sufficient amount of time and energy and work hand-in-hand with the local people of Western Kenya, we can facilitate improvements in health, education and the local economy. We are a grassroots volunteer organisation that has been active since 1998. One unique feature of our organisation is that we operate through a partnership between overseas volunteers and a staff of local Kenyans. All of our international coordination, fundraising, and marketing is done through a member of staff or unpaid volunteers from the US and Canada. Our on-the-ground operations are all run by local Kenyans who are trained in development, education, HIV/AIDS counselling and home-based care. From our first-hand experiences in Kenya, we have witnessed certain situations in development work that can inhibit progress. Unfortunately, development and education projects offered by some organisations often reach a limited number of individuals. Most often, only those living in easily accessible locations benefit from knowledge and treatment offered by these organisations. We believe that it is important to reach those that are often overlooked and to teach from within and not from above. Working with and educating those living in the rural villages, we hope to have an impact in areas not often touched by international aid. Through our HIV/AIDS Education programme, we equip rural community members of the Western Province with the tools and knowledge that are necessary for preventing the disease, which is a major obstacle to sustained growth and development. We also provide Kenyans with the skills they need to teach each other, which facilitates knowledge transfer following our visits. Through the provision of affordable healthcare at the Bill Selke Memorial Clinic and our mobile clinics, we are decreasing the number of serious illnesses and deaths due to manageable diseases. We provide general health care to rural community members who would otherwise never have access to such care. Through our Microenterprise Development Programme, we are helping rural women's self-help groups start small income-generating projects, such as sewing/tailoring shops, bee-keeping projects to harvesting honey, fisheries, and horticulture projects on group land. Through our primary school, we are building a strong culture of education for the future leaders of Kenya. Our public library provides an opportunity for increased literacy for adults and children in the Kabula area. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with us.

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IKO PORAN SOCIETY

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Iko Poran Society - International Volunteer Programs in Brazil. Iko Poran means 'Alright' in the Mbya dialect of the South Guarani Indians. Our mission is to implement volunteer programs that make a positive impact on the communities in Rio de Janeiro, promoting a wide exchange between cultures and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Iko Poran offers very strong volunteer programs and projects that make a positive impact on the projects, promoting intercultural exchange and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Volunteers have a unique experience by actively participating on developments within communities and on the construction of a fairer world for all. The role of the volunteer is to work side-by-side with and learn from local people, to exchange ideas, and to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding. Volunteers learn the hard but valuable lesson that the giving of aid can sometimes be a complicated business. An important side to volunteering is playing the part of a motivator, having often travelled far to lend a hand. An international volunteer can be a positive presence in a community, a source of inspiration and empowerment.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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Kaya is a responsible travel organization with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. We work alongside NGOs, Charities and local community projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America who need the help of volunteers in the fields of environmental and community development. With Kaya, volunteers can combine work experience with travel and live and work alongside the community. Learn local culture, customs and language to gain a more thorough understanding of the country in a mission to promote responsible travel for the benefit of sustainable social, environmental and economic development, the empowerment of communities and the cultivation of educated, compassionate global citizens. Kaya works to identify quality projects that are in specific need of volunteer assistance providing volunteers a great choice of locations, fields of interest, types of work and the flexibility to build a travel experience to fit the volunteers needs whilst maximising skills and building personal CV’s. Itineraries can be set by volunteers and we welcome any student regardless of degree type or specification. We have over 180 placements for skilled and unskilled students to choose from with our more targeted skilled projects covering journalism, business and marketing, medical specialism’s and NGO back-end development work.

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