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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.

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.

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.

EDGE OF AFRICA

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EDGE of AFRICA is combining a visit to breath-taking countries in Africa with a life-changing volunteer experience.

Our vast variety of wildlife, environmental, sports, medical and community projects ensures exposure to the colourful heritage, cultures and traditions these countries have to offer, with the valuable benefit of making an actual, tangible difference in the lives we touch.

Our organisation operates without any official funding. We rely solely on the goodwill, dedication and enthusiasm of our team members and volunteers. As winner of multiple awards, we accommodate all ages and nationalities, and guarantee an authentic, African experience in a safe and beautiful environment.

EDGE of AFRICA’s Ethos and Principles aim to encourage empowerment by promoting self-worth & education through responsible volunteering. We choose our projects very carefully. We aim to work at a grassroots level, meaning we work alongside locals, hearing what their needs and dreams are. We aim to empower individuals and to create a self-sustaining community. This is an instrumental factor in which projects we decide to run. EDGE of AFRICA hopes to inspire and educate individuals who otherwise don’t have the opportunities, creating a mentality of ‘I can do it!’


Why support EDGE of AFRICA?

We don't just go rushing ahead and creating part-time volunteer opportunities to please our voluntary workers. We don't go around looking for kids with runny noses, crèches in need of assistance, alien plants to be eradicated and HIV patients requiring a bit of sympathy just to act the part. We don't get our volunteers involved in services that offer them a sense of goodwill while they're over here, but then slowly dissolve as soon as they leave back home. Our projects are all sustainable and continue long after volunteers' footsteps have been washed off our beaches.

We accommodate all age, race and religious groups.

You can join us as a single volunteer or intern, or come over as part of a school or university group. We can recommend the most rewarding program for the more mature volunteers, and adapt our programs to suit your requirements.

The accommodation is very comfortable, the meals are heart-warming and the staff members will become your best friends.

Our headquarters are based in Knysna, in the jewel of the Garden Route and one of the top holiday destinations globally.

We have well established opportunities in Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Cameroon.

Our overall volunteer feedback is extremely positive and we boast a high return rate of volunteers.



For more information about our individual programmes please visit our website: www.edgeofafrica.com or email info@edgeofafrica.com to request a brochure

PERSONAL OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

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Awarded Best Volunteering Organisation, we have been arranging ethical and inspiring volunteer placements around the world since 2001. Whether you want to want to help elephants in Africa and Asia, learn to dive and contribute to reef conservation in the Caribbean, research the Amazon jungle and forests of Madagascar, or support children and education around the world, then Pod Volunteer has the project for you! Volunteers are needed for 1-12 weeks to help work with animal care and rescue, conservation initiatives, building projects and disadvantaged children and communities in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

We send over 600 volunteers around the world each year. We’re passionate about giving volunteers the opportunity to use their energy, enthusiasm and skills where it counts. At the same time our volunteers have the great experience of responsibly contributing to a sustainable, worthwhile project.

We work with long term projects that we know and visit personally so we can answer any questions you might have about them. We are focussed exclusively on overseas volunteering, it’s all we do and what we are passionate about and we’re driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

As a Pod Volunteer you will have a dedicated placement manager who will help you to choose the right project for you, and then support you all the way through the process, including 24/7 back up support. Our friendly team has a wealth of overseas volunteering and travel experience. We have all volunteered overseas and pride ourselves on our project and location knowledge.

AMAIDI International

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Since 2006 AMAIDI enables social organizations worldwide to get access to professional and general volunteer resources to be able to meet their global challenges.

Therefore we inspire and mobilize individuals, companies and universities to engage themselves locally or online, either with their skills (pro bono) or their work force (hands-on).

Amaidi International links overseas and local volunteers with local communities they want to support via building capacity of the local organizations that serve these communities such as non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, care-homes and social enterprises.

Amaidi International also partners with responsible travel organizations in the countries we work in, so that tourists are offered a different way of getting in touch with the soul of a country. This also allows opportunities to the local communities visited, such as earning respect for their culture and income towards their livelihood.

Amaidi International acknowledges that money, spent in the right way according to the real needs of a local community, can be a boon for the urban and rural poor, enabling them to place the first steps on the road to a better life, away from poverty and its ugly faces such as chronical illness, un-employment, lack of access to quality education and political empowerment.

SEED Madagascar

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SEED Madagascar is a UK registered charity, partnered with a Malagasy NGO, which has been working on sustainable development in the southeast of the Island for the past 15 years. To support our projects we run a number of volunteering programmes through which volunteers have the opportunity to work on conservation and development projects on-the-ground and for which we won the,British Youth Travel Awards (BYTA) for “Best Volunteering Organisation” in the 2013 and were finalists in 2016. We now welcome over 100 volunteers of all ages from across the world to join our volunteering programmes in Madagascar each year.

Pioneer programme - This programme gives you the opportunity to work on a on a variety of sustainable development projects across SEED's three departments; health & sanitation, sustainable livelihoods and environmental conservation for 10 weeks (shorter periods from 5 weeks may be arranged by request). Pioneers depart four times a year, in January, April, July and October, and get to live, work and travel through some of the most beautiful and remote parts of south-east Madagascar. Volunteers will work on various projects such as community building, health & environmental education, well & latrine construction and even tree planting alongside a team of like-minded volunteers and a team of Malagasy guides and staff and an international group coordinator. Volunteers fundraise a minimum donation of £2,000 that directly supports SEED Madagascar's projects. Pioneer is open to people over the aged 18 and over; no specific qualifications are required - apart from cultural sensitivity and enthusiasm to make a real difference!

http://madagascar.co.uk/get-involved/pioneer


Conservation Programme - This exciting programme offers volunteers the chance to get involved in all aspects of our conservation work in Madagascar. From running environmental education sessions and tree-planting, to monitoring lemur behaviour and researching critically endangered reptiles and amphibians. You can join the programme for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks. You’ll be an active member of a specialist team, committed to preserving Madagascar’s threatened ecosystems, and you’ll gain an understanding of the holistic way in which SEED approaches conservation. Volunteers acquire skills and vocational experience, invaluable for anyone studying biology or conservation, or looking to pursue a career in these areas.

http://madagascar.co.uk/get-involved/conservation-programme


Short-term Programmes - if you can only escape for a few weeks but still want to make a meaningful contribution on Azafady’s short-term programmes, you can choose to work alongside our team building schools in rural villages. From laying the foundations, to equipping the classroom with furniture, for 2 or 3 weeks.

http://madagascar.co.uk/get-involved/construction


English Teaching - Getting involved with the English programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to contribute to SEED Madagascar's work in the charming coastal town of Fort Dauphin in south east Madagascar. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of educational schemes with adults, secondary pupils or teachers.

http://madagascar.co.uk/get-involved/english-programme

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.

ASSOCIATION FILANA

Description

Association FILANA was established to work in partnership with local stakeholders in the south east of Madagascar to find and develop economic solutions to environmental problems, such as through partnerships with economic operators and the development of entrepreneurial spirit in local people. We are an organisation made up of people from development and conservation backgrounds, and local leaders. We aim to encourage and develop sustainable tourism and we encourage other local businesses to work with us to boost local employment and training opportunities for local people. Association FILANA is responsible for conservation and biodiversity management and research activities in partnership with local social enterprise Dadamanga SARL at the Sainte Luce Reserve. We are based in Tolagnaro in south east Madagascar and our activities for the time being are concentrated specifically in Sainte Luce.

Please note when reading out profile, we offer volunteering places at our reserve in Madagascar, but, we also offer volunteering in your own home in your country, anywhere in the world.

REEF CHECK

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Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is a California registered nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to save our reefs and oceans. Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs in over 90 countries and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits. For more information on Reef Check please visit www.ReefCheck.org

JOURNEY WITH US PROGRAMME formerly Experience Exchange Programme (EEP)

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The Journey With UU programme formerly known as The Experience Exchange Programme (EEP) is a self-funding volunteer programme run by Us, USPG - United Society Partners in the GospelG. It offers opportunities for volunteers resident in Britain and Ireland to spend between two months and a year experiencing a different culture and sharing in the life of the church overseas.
Placements are arranged through the USPG world church connections of partner churches. Placements are negotiated independently for each volunteer, taking into account personal preferences, skills and background.
Volunteers have taught in schools and vocational training centres; worked on agricultural, building and health projects; assisted with administration; and supported children’s and youth work, as well as other roles according to the needs and requirements of the placement and the local church. Our aim is to assist volunteers to develop their gifts and deepen their understanding of global development issues in relation to their faith. The scheme has been in existence for over 60 years and run by USPG - United Society Partners in the Gospel a 315 year old Mission Agency.

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.

GOECO

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

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

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

PROJECTS ABROAD

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Projects Abroad currently works in over 30 destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Founded over 24 years ago, we have vast experience in arranging Teaching, Building, Community, Conservation, Archaeology, Sports and Care projects as well as work experience internships in fields as diverse as Business, Law, Journalism, Medicine and Animal Care.

Our aim is to work with people in developing countries to ensure that our projects have a positive impact within their communities. In all of our destinations we have offices with fully trained Projects Abroad staff, so we can provide volunteers with 24 hour back up and support.

We take a flexible approach to volunteering and our projects have no set start dates. Placements are available all year round and volunteers can decide when to travel and for how long. Our minimum duration for projects is two weeks, and we also offer exclusive 'Short-term Special’ projects, which are specifically for 16-19 year olds.

The cost of your placement includes your food, accommodation, insurance, back up and support, airport transfers and travel to and from work where required. Projects Abroad is a member of ‘The Year Out Group’ and currently sends around 10,000 volunteers overseas each year. While many of our volunteers are ‘Gap Year’ students, we have an increasing number of mature and Career Break volunteers, who are attracted to our wide range of placements.

Whether you’d like to experience life as a Nomad in Mongolia, help develop a rural community farm in Ghana, work on a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon or discover more about Ancient Khmer Civilisations in Cambodia, Projects Abroad can help.

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

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ (IVHQ)

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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Ghana, South Africa, India, Cambodia, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, China, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Ecuador, Thailand, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Argentina and Bali. IVHQ assists developing countries by providing volunteers to work in a variety of jobs, such as teaching, medical work, sports education, animal conservation, surfing and swimming lessons, HIV/AIDS awareness and orphanage assistance. Volunteers can choose to work on projects for various periods of time, ranging anywhere from one week to six months. Our partner organizations in these countries will place you in institutions which align your interests and strengths with projects where there is a REAL NEED for help and assistance. With program fees starting from $180, you will not find a more affordable, high quality international volunteer organization.

CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY - short term mission service

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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

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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.

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