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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.

KIDS FOR KIDS

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Kids for Kids is virtually the only organisation helping children who are living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan, through long term, self sustainable projects identified and run by the communities themselves - based on the simple loan of goats, but much more as well, including the training of midwives and environmental projects such as the extensive planting of indigenous trees. Kids for Kids was started by the Chairman after she met a nine-year-old child walking for seven hours to reach water, despite one of the largest aquifers in Africa lying under Darfur. Our main aim is to support long term self sustainable projects working with the local communities, principally in North Darfur, in the far west of Sudan. We raise funds for hand pumps, and to lend goats so that the children have milk (and the vitamins it contains). We also lend donkeys to carry the water, and provide training for villagers to become paravets and village midwives and first aid workers. We train farmers in irrigation and farming technique improvement programmes, as well as establishing tree nurseries for long-term environmental improvement. We are already helping over 100,000 villagers in 60 village communities, with more planned - with better access to water, livestock and education - plus healthcare in a region torn by violence where enabling people to stay in their homes literally saves their lives in a very direct way. We need help running projects from the UK and help with the administration in the UK. But most important of all, we need to help raise awareness not only in the UK and in the States where we have just created a Friends of Kids for Kids, but worldwide. In Sudan we would welcome volunteers to help raise awareness and funds on our committee in Khartoum. Additionally we are looking for keen supporters who will help set up groups to raise awareness and funds for our activities. Our administration is kept as low as possible so that funds go directly on the projects themselves. In our last financial year our admin was less than 12.8%. KIDS FOR KIDS’ projects are reaching over 100,000 people, despite the violence and difficulty in access. In 2006, 3,914 goats and 573 donkeys were distributed to 650 families in 21 village communities, while 42 village midwives were trained and are now working with young mothers. We would need to discuss and individually assess interest from volunteers with an offending background.

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.

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.

CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY - ENCOUNTER TEAMS

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The Church Mission Society (CMS) is a mission community committed to sharing Jesus and changing lives, existing to equip and support people in mission service and share resources for mission work. CMS was established in 1799, and has developed working partnerships with Asian, African, Middle Eastern and East European churches, sending and receiving personnel to share in and learn from each other's mission. The Encounter programme offers a Tailor Made Programme to help church, youth, University groups to organise and prepare for cross cultural short term visits. We understand that each group will have their own story, strengths and needs so we offer a flexible service from offering training for Team Leaders, Breifing and De-briefing of teams, organsing the whole visit, practical advice and connecting groups people with people and projects over the world. CMS also offer ReSource weekend training courses focussing on ‘Creating Church in the Emerging Culture’ various times throughout the year. CMS Gap years and individual placements can also be arranged if that is an area of calling for you. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted. Each case is assessed separately.

Accounting for International Development (AfID)

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Accounting for International Development (A f I D) is an award winning social enterprise that offers all accountants the opportunity to use their skills to make a genuine difference as volunteers and gain rewarding hands-on International Development experience in Asia, Africa and South America. Individually tailored assignments ranging from 2 weeks to 12 months form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of charities and non-profit community organisations across the world.

AfID’s partners, which include orphanages, hospitals, micro-finance organisations, conservation projects, women’s empowerment programmes and the Country Offices of international NGOs, are all doing amazing work to tackle extreme poverty and inequality in their communities but due to their limited resources are unable to access vital accounting and financial management training.

The main focus of all AfID assignments is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people so that our partners have the financial management capacity they need to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their beneficiaries. Volunteers could be coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Cambodia , budgeting with a street kid centre in the Philippines, financial reporting for a primary school in Nepal, or implementing new financial controls at the Country Office of an international NGO in Africa. Each assignment is tailored to the volunteer’s skills and experience, availability, passions and interests.

AfID is now supporting over 170 charities and non-profit organisations in 33 countries across Asia, Africa and South America. Since our inception in 2009 we have placed over 500 volunteer accountants taking the total hours of pro-bono financial management coaching to over 70,000 - equating to over £7 Million worth of professional services.

AfID is the winner of the 2012 Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award; a multi-award winning social enterprise supported by UnLtd & The Millennium Awards Trust (Funded by the National Lottery)

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES

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Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors without Borders) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF combines the provision of emergency medical care with a commitment to speaking out about the suffering people endure and the obstacles encountered in providing assistance.

MSF is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by doctors and journalists in 1971. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement with 19 national offices and an international coordination office in Geneva, Switzerland.

MSF’s core work is in providing emergency medical assistance to the most vulnerable people in crisis due to armed conflict.

MSF also provides medical care to help people survive in catastrophic situations where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. MSF provides assistance during epidemics, following natural disasters, and to people who are excluded from healthcare.

When MSF witnesses serious acts of violence against or neglect of individuals or groups, we may speak out publicly based on eyewitness accounts, medical data and experience. We also give a voice to those who have witnessed such acts .

MSF is an independent and self-governed organisation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF strives to ensure that it has the power to evaluate medical needs freely, to access populations without restriction and to control the aid it provides directly, giving priority to those in most grave danger. MSF does not take sides in armed conflict and demands unhindered access to patients and the space it needs to carry out emergency medical interventions. In addition MSF only accepts private donations and never accepts funds from parties directly involved in any conflict or medical emergency that MSF is dealing with.

The work of MSF is carried out by thousands of national and international health professionals, logistical and administrative staff. Together they manage projects in approximately 65 countries worldwide.

MSF recruits medical and non-medical volunteers to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.

More details http://www.msf.org.uk/work_overseas.aspx

VMM

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VMM is a lay Christian non-government organisation (NGO), founded in 1969, whose members share their lives, faith, resources and skills to promote equality, respect and dignity for all. VMM is a membership-based organization based in three regions: England/Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Our founding ethos is based upon ecumenical Christian principles and we work with people and communities regardless of religion, politics or social status.

Founded in 1969, VMM has invested significantly in faith based development over the past 10 years and aim to considerably expand such investments over the coming decade. Our aim is to build the capacity of local development organisations' through strategic partnerships affecting and positively impacting and empowering individuals. VMM sends volunteers on 3 month to two year contracts. We have built partnerships with over 25 countries since our inception

For VMM the concept of mission is about sharing, in a balanced way, our lives, faith, resources, skills and culture with the local people, and learning from them with mutual respect. It is about solidarity. For VMM sustainable development is synonymous with Christian practice. VMM’s office is located in Liverpool Hope University College, Liverpool. Hope University welcomed the VMM to its campus over three years ago.

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.

DOCTORS OF THE WORLD

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Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian aid organisation, which provides medical care to vulnerable populations who are in crisis situations or who are excluded from healthcare. This includes caring for people who are victims of natural disasters, war, famine, disease, political repression and poverty. Doctors of the World’s projects take place in both developing and developed countries. We recruit medical and non-medical volunteers to participate in the overseas projects. DOW UK launched a healthcare project in January 2006 called Project London. For overseas posts, international experience is desirable and some knowledge of French and/or Spanish is useful. If you are interested in volunteering, please send a CV and covering letter to Chris Bonfiglioli at Doctors of the World UK at recruitment@medecinsdumonde.org.uk

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translation of documents from French to English or interpreting for patients over the phone, and graphic design.

GOAL

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GOAL is an international humanitarian organization, dedicated to the alleviation of suffering among the poorest of the poor in the developing world. It was founded in 1977 by sports journalist John O’Shea who is the organisation’s Chief Executive. It is non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political. Since its inception, GOAL has responded to almost every major natural and man-made disaster and catastrophe, spent over 1 billion dollars on humanitarian programmes and employed over 1,200 Goalies. Besides implementing its own programmes GOAL works with partner organisations with similar objectives. It has achieved this on an exceptionally low administrative cost base. Over 120 GOALies are currently employed by GOAL to work alongside over 2,800 local staff in the implementation of a variety of humanitarian programmes in the developing world. GOAL prioritises assisting the victims of emergencies, natural or otherwise. Our other principle areas of concentration includes assisting street children and those affected by HIV/AIDS. GOAL also implements a range of rehabilitation and development programmes in the health, nutrition, infrastructure and water and sanitation sectors. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: - Minimum two years post qualification work experience - Team player - Willing to cope with demanding conditions - Willing to take on responsibility - Resourceful and adaptable - “Can do” attitude

MAKE EVERY WOMAN COUNT

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Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is a young women-led organisation committed to actively promoting and advocating for the empowerment and rights of African women and girls and to raise awareness of the African women's Decade. The MEWC website aims to be a comprehensive online resource to support the empowerment of African women and girls. Make Every Woman Count focuses on 6 priority areas that are vital to women's rights and gender equality: Human Rights of Women, Women, Peace & Security, Violence Against Women, Political Participation & Leadership, Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDS & Reproductives Health.

Mission

Make Every Woman Count's mission is to provide accessible, timely and accurate information, resources and tools to support and strengthen the work of African women's rights advocates, grassroots, and activists to effectively promote the economic, political and social rights of African women and girls; and to inspire and support young women to be the future generation of African leaders.

Vision

Make Every Woman Count's vision is a world where African women and girls are empowered to fully participate in the economic, political and social life of the continent. MEWC believes that the empowerment of women and girls will lead to real participatory democracy and social justice for all, hence peace and sustainable development, food security and better healthcare which will benefit the whole continent.





SUDAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

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Sudan Volunteer Programme (SVP) works with undergraduates and graduates who are native English speakers (regional or national accents are not usually a problem) and are prepared to give at least six months to our urgent cause. Most will have experience of work or travel abroad and some will have experience of teaching English. TEFL certificates and Arabic are helpful but are not mandatory. We do not take gap year students. Volunteers with offending backgrounds may be accepted.

WORLD SERVICE ENQUIRY

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World Service Enquiry, is the only registered charity providing expert, impartial information and advice about working and volunteering in the third world to people of any faith or none. As World Service Enquiry, Christians Abroad provides information on voluntary and paid opportunities, short or long-term in aid, development and mission programmes overseas - for skilled and qualified professionals and unskilled people. Our comprehensive 2006/7 guide, updated annually, is geared mainly to unskilled people without professional experience. It gives details about how to start a search for voluntary placements and work overseas, outlines organisations with information on development issues and international organisations who recruit volunteers. For those considering where and how they can best use their experience abroad, World Service Enquiry also provides One to One vocational career guidance. They provide a forum space to discuss your interest in working overseas and possible ways forward. E-volve is our unique internet self coaching program, written by a leading life coach to help you access your suitability to work in international development and aid. For those already qualified with some work experience we publish a monthly job magazine, Opportunities Abroad, available on subscription, which contains up-to-date vacancies (overseas and in the UK) from international and UK agencies. Alternative email address wse@cabroad.org.uk VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translators, media specialists, sales and marketing, database design and administration, fundraising. Volunteers with offending backgrounds may be accepted.

FIDESCO

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Fidesco is an international NGO which sends volunteers throughout the world to developed and under developed countries to place their skills at the service of development projects and humanitarian projects. Project missions include among other fields: social work, teaching, medical, agricultural, construction, education, formation etc.

THE MINHAJ UL QURAN WELFARE FOUNDATION

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Minhaj Welfare Foundation commonly known as (MWF UK), is a dynamic registered charity organisation that carries out education, health and welfare projects across the world. Main activities include: The relief of poverty, sickness, distress and suffering of any persons who are in need irrespective of their nationality, race, ethnic origin and religious beliefs. We are looking for volunteers for our dynamic new project ‘Poverty Over’ that will assist in combating illiteracy, providing clean water, assisting in emergency aid, etc. In UK we have a range of activities for young members of society including media, community radio, social and leisure activities for street youth, projects dealing with social issues, health, education and community projects. Most of our activities are carried out by volunteers including holding events, seminars and fund raising. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background depending on the offence.

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.

CATHOLIC NETWORK OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE

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Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS) is an organisation of nearly 200 full time, Christian faith based volunteer programmes. The programmes offer volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on a full-time basis (30+ hours/week) for as little as one week to three years. Programmes place people in numerous ministries, and in over 110 countries. We are based in the US and place volunteers in all 50 states in the US. Guiding users should check for the most current placment information on our website www.cnvs.org under Response Directory. We may have placements for volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence, but acceptance varies between programmes.

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