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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.

EIL UK

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EIL UK is a registered charity and our mission is to bring people together from different nations to improve understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness.
Registered Charity No. 1070440

DOLPHIN volunteering with VIVAMAR: RESEARCH & Conservation of BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS in the Adriatic Sea

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A FANTASTIC volunteer opportunity!

Help us in the research & conservation activities of close to endangered Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the heart of the Mediterranean, the blue Adriatic Sea. Get richer for a wonderful lifetime experience and enjoy the most stunning creatures on Earth together with VIVAMAR!

If you love dolphins & admire the sea you will absolutely love it.

10 days journey of amazing experience and on a research boat, land-based, scientifically oriented work with the chief biologist researcher, since 2002.

What are your benefits in joining Vivamar team?

- have a first-hand insight into a “Day of a Bottlenose Dolphin” in the nature and into threats that they face

- learn about Ecology & Conservation of Marine mammals, physiology, ethology

- meet like minded people

- get to know new habits and different culture

- enjoy the Mediterranean sun, eat healthy food and learn how to prepare it!

- enjoy the crystal clear blue water in your spare free hours

- visit a new place, a new country, and get to know a beautiful research area with numerous small islands...

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VIVAMAR is in fact an AMBASSADOR OF DOLPHINS between people. It performs conservation activities with supporting scientific research, educating students and volunteers, raising the awareness, presenting lectures and events, publishing articles and similar. The team is flexible and adheres to the high semi-professional attitude for all involved. Check it out yourself and welcome! Be a part of the important story!

From the three dolphin species living in the North Adriatic a few decades ago, bottlenoses are the only remaining resident marine mammals. Our project started in 2001 in Slovenia, followed thereafter to of Istria, Croatia. There are about 100 animals and animals are mostly covering both areas. In this sense dolphins can be perceived also as “Ambassadors of the sea" - they know no borders and involve more countries.

In the face of higher anthropogenic pressures off Istria (fisheries, nautical tourism and growing underwater noise), VIVAMAR put its core activities into this area. Dolphins here have a more difficult situation even if a portion of the research area is part of the Natura 2000, the largest coordinated network of nature conservation areas in the world. As top predators, dolphins are bio indicators and are indirectly pointing out about the health of the sea, which is the key baseline condition for the whole marine ecosystem. Consequently, long term follow up of the presence and the population dynamics of this flag species is indicating towards critical conservation measures. A rich biodiversity area, full of beautiful small islands, offering great wealth and diversity of small marine habitats for numerous other species, all are essential as part of the local marine ecosystem. During the research days at sea, we have the chance to see also other big vertebrates in the area, like the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a swarm of tuna, numerous sea birds.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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

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

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

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

SERVICE VOLONTAIRE INTERNATIONAL

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Service Volontaire International (in English: International Volunteering Service) is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. It is an apolitical and non-religious organization. It is open to everyone, without discrimination of nationality, origin, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation. SVI is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization (NPO).

The organization mainly works in the field of international volunteering (international projects), but also in the areas of social economy, solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world. Each year, it sends more than 350 volunteers abroad and welcomes about 100 foreign volunteers to Belgium and France. The aim of the Belgian organization is to stimulate young people’s interest (from 16 to 30 years old) to volunteering. SVI thinks it is not only an act of solidarity, but also an opportunity to live an experience of active citizenship and a way to learn how to live as a community. Beside international projects, SVI also offers opportunities for young people to meet and encourages them to create their own projects and to take over the management of the organization.

NGOabroad

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NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter international humanitarian work, in addition to providing frugal, customized international volunteer options.

This is a condensation of our International Volunteering & Internship Opportunities for 2016

CAMEROON, TANZANIA, SACRED VALLEY PERU, SRI LANKA: Nursing, Medical, Physical Therapy

INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities

SRI LANKA, NEPAL: Slums

UGANDA: Human Rights Education

NEPAL: Trafficking

SRI LANKA: Trauma Counseling after Atrocities of Civil War

KENYA: Counseling Sexual Abuse - Social Work or Psychology

INDIA: Geriatric Social Work

TANZANIA: AIDS

MONGOLIA: Emerging Civil Society

NEPAL: Public Interest Law -> Democracy Building

UGANDA: Community Organizing & Women

RWANDA: International Development

COSTA RICA & ECUADOR; TANZANIA & RWANDA: Micro-finance & Small Enterprise Development

UGANDA, MOROCCO, CAMEROON & COSTA RICA: Women

UGANDA: Secondary School

PERU, HONDURAS & NEPAL: Education

GHANA, INDONESIA & COSTA RICA: Agriculture & Ecology. Environmental.

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation

THAI-BURMA, TANZANIA, RWANDA: Refugees

THAILAND & ECUADOR: Dance, Music, Theatre to work with kids with Disabilities

COSTA RICA, UGANDA, CAMEROON: Domestic Violence

INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

These are volunteer internship positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date.

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. http://www.ngoabroad.com/ then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to info@NGOabroad.com

COMMUNITY CARE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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Community Care Development Foundattion (CCDF) is a non-governmental organization set up in 1997. It uses both local and foreign sponsors to fund its social care initiatives in the Mathare and Huruma slums of Nairobi, and Rakwaro Village in kisumu in the rural areas, where unemployment and poverty levels are both extremely high. It is connected with several local schools, runs Entrepreneurship Education and Vocational Training Programs for the mentally challenged children , conducts HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling programs ,is engaged in Environmental Projects ,pre-schoo,lfish farming on fishponds and peace building initiatives CCDF is officially registered under the Kenyan Ministry of Culture and Social Services as a Foundation to be a lead organization to promote challenges experienced in our village.we work with Rotary international to some of our goals are achieved.



CCDO is involved with the following projects in the Mathare and Huruma communities:



• Subjects teaching in primary and secondary schools

• Counselling and HIV/AIDS activities in local clinics

• Environmental initiatives with youth groups and peace

• Entrepreneurship Programmes for the unemployed

• Vocational training for the unemployed and mentally challenged persons

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.

L'ARCHE - UK

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

ABRUZZO LAZIO AND MOLISE NATIONAL PARK

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The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, began its recovery in 1970 and has always considered volunteers as being an important. Each year hundreds of young people, students, environmentalists, researchers and teachers cooperate by freely offering their time to help the many activities the Park’s volunteers promote. Tasks can include collecting rubbish, helping the public in the Visiters Centres, marking the pathways, controlling the Park lands, creating awareness among visitors, mountain rescue, cultural activities and maintaining simple open-air structures. Volunteers take part individually, in small groups and in organized committees. Park volunteers grow in number each year and have also become more specialised and devoted to the actions which they carry out. The youngest take part in groups within the Nature Camps; the others, organised in special patrols, take part in the programme "Volunteers for Nature" which makes up watch-dogs in the more fragile and strategic areas of the Park, maintaining a surveillance over the Park lands and helping educate and raise awareness about the problems the Park faces. Without the volunteers, life in the Park would be less funny and poorer. Nature Volunteers: This initiative is promoted by the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park to offer young people who deeply care about the environment, a unique opportunity to work and live in contact with Nature. They spend a period up to 7, 14 or 21 days together with other motivated and involved people in an outpost of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise Park , working with Park operators, researchers, technicians and rangers in their various activities of prevention, control, education, assistance, maintenance and research. To participate, volunteers must be over 18 years old, have had some previous work experience in a natural environment and be able to live comfortably for a period in a mountain area, quietly and self- sufficiently in conditions that are sometimes difficult. This volunteer programme is provided by a group of 2-3 people equipped with radio telephones, a badge from the National Park and basic equipment that allows them to carry out their activities. This experience can be done throughout the year according to a calendar the Park holds. The Park provides lodging and contributes to the cost of food (€ 7,00/day), Volunteers follow the directions given by the Park personnel. The most interesting roles are: patrol activities by telemetric methods, fauna and flora surveys, keep in radio contact with the Park rangers, assistance to the public, follow scientific work, research, photographic reporting, special activities with very young visitors. All these activities are carried out with the help and the supervision of the Park personnel. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translation of documents and promoting volunteer programmes. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence.

ADVENTURES IN PRESERVATION

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Adventures in Preservation (AiP) was founded in 2001 by two women with a great love of historic buildings and a strong desire to travel and understand the world. While perusing the travel section of the Boulder Bookstore, the Volunteer Vacation section suddenly brought everything into focus. Judith Broeker and Jamie Donahoe combined their goal of saving the world's historic architecture with the concept of volunteer vacations, and created AiP's hands-on preservation vacations.

Work started on several sites in the U.S., and as word spread, requests for help began to pour in from around the world. The widespread importance of this issue became apparent, highlighting the great potential AiP's hands-on building conservation projects have for supporting community preservation initiatives. We found that our love of old buildings could translate into the development of environmental and economic sustainability for communities with no other means of becoming self-sufficient.

Adventures in Preservation has become a leader in offering volunteer vacations directed toward saving distinctive architecture that defines a region's history and culture. The fact that historic preservation is innately "green" provides yet another compelling reason for restoring historic buildings for integrated community use, from affordable housing to community centers.







Adventures in Preservation's staff and volunteers work with passion to save the world’s architectural heritage with the goal of renewing communities worldwide.

DIFFERENT TRAVEL COMPANY, THE

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The Different Travel Company. As our name suggests, we are a travel company with a difference!

We are a responsible travel company for people looking for a more authentic and ethical travel experience as well as fundraising charity challenges. Our small group challenges and tours combine an active challenge, such as a trek or long-distance cycle ride with opportunities to assist on meaningful, humanitarian, environmental, sustainable, development and conservation projects in developing communities in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America - run by local people, for local people.

Our charity challenges include the classics such as the trek to Machu Picchu, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and a few unusual adventures such as taking one of the world's highest altitude races the Great Ethiopian Run.

We also organise bespoke trips anywhere in the world. Get in touch and we will create an trip that suits your budget, dates, itinerary requirements and of course a trip that is as challenging (or relaxing!) as you like!

We are an ATOL registered tour operator you can rest assured that when you book with us, you're protected. Finally, because we believe that travel shouldn't be unethical, we have a responsible tourism ethos, which means your trip doesn't exploit either the environment or the local people. Experience, learn and contribute in ways which through traditional holidays you cannot - book a Different Travel experience.

INTERNATIONALER BAUORDEN - DEUTSCHER ZWEIG

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Internationaler Bauorden - Deutscher Zweig (IBO) was founded in 1953. It aims to realise more justice by building international friendships and social work camps. IBO's motto is "we help build". We help through building and renovation works on homes for children, orphans, the elderly, people with disabilities and by building meeting centres for young people. IBO concentrates on people in need of help. The volunteers work on the sites for up to eight hours a day, 40 hours a week. The groups are international. We now also have three-month long programmes in different camps in Germany.

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.

EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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Connect Youth is the British national agency for the European Voluntary Service Scheme which is open to all young people with no qualification requirement. There is a very wide range of tasks and positive measures will enable disadvantaged young people to have access to the programme. Although you will have a say over your placement and type of work you must be prepared to work in any one of the fields ticked. You will meet volunteers from other European countries to share experiences. You will have a rewarding experience doing something useful for other communities. You will learn a lot, at the same time helping yourself to develop as a person and to develop your future. You will learn new skills which make you more attractive to future employers. It is exciting and you will get to see places. You will be living in another country for quite a long time. You will learn about their customs and feel a sense of belonging to the European Union. You will make useful contacts for the future, even at European level, and also have an active part in discussing your role, place and responsibilities in the host project. At in-service training events you will have the chance to meet other EVS volunteers in your country and to discuss and reflect upon your experiences. You may be the only volunteer at your assignment or you may be working with a group of volunteers. But you will always be part of a team.

SOLIDARITÉS JEUNESSES

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Solidarités Jeunesses organises international workcamps in France as well as in over 70 countries worldwide. They work in co-operation with partner agencies in these countries, and exchange volunteers through each other. On workcamps, volunteers work on a wide variety of projects such as conservation, protection of the environment, construction, renovation of historical sites, social and community work etc. Volunteers are expected to work for about five to six hours each day on the projects. Solidarites Jeunesses places volunteers that live in France on its own and on partner' projects. Persons living in other countries normally are required to contact partner organisations in their respective countries - when those exist.

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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