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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.

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.

ALL OUT AFRICA

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ALL OUT AFRICA's mission is to engage people from around the world in the research and action necessary for a sustainable Africa. We run projects that conserve biodiversity and improve human wellbeing and support the projects through offering people the opportunity to participate in the projects as a rewarding travel experience. Our conservation projects tackle both ecosystem and species level conservation issues within National Parks, Nature Reserves and areas of important biodiversity in Africa. Our social projects focus on orphans and vulnerable children and involve mostly education with aspects of health and nutrition and other basic needs. Both our conservation and social projects include hands-on action and research. Our conservation projects involve a variety of research and conservation activities in Swaziland and Mozambique. Depending on the time of the year, you can be involved in a number of different studies. Recent projects have focused on threatened plants, big game, bats, reptiles, endangered birds such as blue swallows, vultures and marabou storks. The marine conservation project focuses on Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, dolphins, turtles coral reefs and much more. Learn essential skills such as capturing, banding and radio-tracking and help to conserve Africa’s endangered wildlife. Our community projects works with schools and a number of small care centres and non-profit organizations that are assisting orphans and vulnerable children. You can help to improve the quality of life and future prospects in different ways by constructing basic shelters, water systems, developing trench gardens, and giving children basic education in English, maths and essential life skills. We believe that this is a very rewarding social experience helping children in need of support both for our volunteers and the children themselves.

BOSCO VOLUNTEER ACTION (BOVA)

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Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) is the UK volunteering organisation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic Religious order. It offers placements for adults to serve the young and the poor, living and working alongside Salesian communities around the world. In addition it supports and encourages methods of raising awareness of development issues. This includes short term group experiences of the developing world for groups from schools and sixth forms, working with other groups who have had an ‘experience of poverty’ and instances of development education (justice and peace) within youth ministry. In all aspects of BOVA’s work there is a particular focus on providing a well-planned educational experience; stimulating, preparing and encouraging a continued involvement with development issues, faith in action and the Salesian family. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence. If CRB acceptable for working with vulnerable young people for instance.

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS

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Voluntary teaching and sports coaching placements in South Africa, Swaziland, India, Bali, Thailand, Ecuador and The Galapagos. Will appeal to all overseas volunteers, adults and students, who are genuinely interested in actively making a difference in some of the most impoverished areas of the world.

Sports coaching placements such as our unique project in Port Elizabeth, South Africa are ideal for gap year travel, university students, and for career breaks. If sports are not your thing, you could also help out in our South African schools on a standard teaching placement (primary or secondary) or care placement in an orphanage, giving much-needed love to some of the most disadvantaged children.

A village primary school and boys' orphanage in the hills surrounding Udaipur in Rajasthan are the locations of our Northern India projects. Here volunteers teach English, Maths, arts and sports to a generation of children who are first in their families to access formal schooling - an amazing opportunity to work with families living far below the poverty line.

Other projects include Construction and Renovation (Udaipur) in July every year and Health Promotion. All our India projects are suitable for under 18s providing they are accompanying an adult volunteer, so perfect for families with children wishing to help their parents. They are also perfect for older volunteers who have so much to offer. Duke of Edinburgh Gold can also be taken their with our partners who are an approved activity provider.

Volunteer rugby coaching and HIV/AIDs edcuation in Swaziland is also very popular. Whilst in Swaziland, volunteers can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and learn about the AIDS/HIV educational programme that this amazing charity executes in the schools and communities. This is a fabulous opportunity for someone to get heavily involved with not only rugby coaching but making a difference in this country with the highest HIV/AIDs figures in the world. Personal trainers would also be most welcome.

Our project in Thailand consists of working with vulnerable children in pre-school groups and helping them with socialisation, personal hygiene and general pre-school education. These placements may be suitable as part of your degree and are with an organization that receives University students from many countries already.

The charity in Bali are looking for volunteers to come in pairs who are 25+ and who are willing to get involved in their Outreach Project, teaching disabled children, helping with fundraising activities, driving or teaching English in local schools.

Ecuador and The Galapagos offers Spanish speaking placements for anyone who wants to improve their language skills and also get involved in a project. Projects include teaching in schools, street children schemes, looking after rescued jungle animals, working in conservation, working in an Eco Lodge, and coaching football. All volunteers spend their first week in the Spanish School in Quito to work on their language skills and at all times live with Spanish speaking families.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

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.

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

RACHEL'S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

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Rachel’s Development Programme is a National NGO working in Gatundu North, Gatundu South, Ruiru, Thika District and Kiambu County in provision of free basic health facilities with a special emphasis on health and sustainable development. The organization was registered in July 2003 under the NGO Act, with an aim of poverty alleviation, health and food security.

The organization sits on 10 acres of land with River Karimeno on the bottom overlooking coffee plantations. It is located on a Highway which is accessible to many people from various locations.

The organization has wide experience in the provision of medical services, having held many free medical camps in collaboration with Ministry of Health. Rachel's Development Programme has premises that can be used as a hospital.

We practice Agri-Business and all fresh food comes from the farm. It has a very good environment which links Agro-Tourists to other farmers, organized groups, community and internship students.

Our Mission

To reach out and rescue the less fortunate children, like orphans, street children, abused children and children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and reintegrate back to the community after the environment where they are supposed to settle is sensitized and made better for their livelihood.

Objectives

1. Provision of homely environment to the neglected and vulnerable children in need.

2. Education for life through formal and informal training in order to make them self reliant.

3. Promote their identity and personality to make them complete people.

4. Provision of love, care and counselling.

5. To re-integrate back to community and take after care services.

6. Empower their guardians in order for them to cater for their children when they leave Rachels’s children home from 18 yrs and below.

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.

WAVA

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WAVA. So what do we do? Well, the aspirations of travellers have changed – people nowadays don’t just want to take undemanding holidays where they merely observe other peoples’ lives, they want to get involved in their surroundings and have authentic experiences that leave them changed by the encounter. It is these types of travellers that we cater for – travellers for whom simply ‘seeing’ is not enough, they also need to be ‘doing’. See More. Do More. is our mantra at WAVA – and we send participants to projects all over the world, permitting them to get up-close and personal to real life situations, and allowing them to see exactly what needs to be done and the capacity in which to do it. Today, we have sent hundreds of participants around the world by offering three broad types of travelling experiences (made possible through solid partnerships with highly reputable local providers in various parts of the world): . Volunteering on projects in developing countries · Internships in professional environments around the world · Seasonal paid and unpaid working holidays in developed economies. Our Responsible Travel Policy is the backbone of WAVA (central to our culture and value) promoting sustainable and respectful behaviour throughout all our practices and operations. Everyone that works with and/or for WAVA is involved in the process of implementing change, and securing our goal to be a sustainable enterprise. Our Responsible Travel Policy is not an ideology. It is not a cast-iron set of rigid guidelines and procedures. Rather, it is a spectrum of principles and concepts that promote co-operation and learning not only by those in our London office, but also with all the parties involved – travellers, partners and host communities – ensuring each can mutually benefit. Formerly Twin Work and Volunteer Abroad 6.10>>

BIBLEPRESS

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BiblePress - educational blogs for teachers, students and institutions.

BiblePress lets you easily create & manage blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure so try out an BiblePress today! We believe in the power that blogging can have to transform the peoples life’s have seen first hand how BiblePress has increased ownership of learning, for teachers, students and institutions.

The information on BiblePress is intended to be comprehensive and reliable enough for students, teachers, journalists and religious professionals. BiblePress therefore offers detailed articles and treatments of specialized topics as well as just-the-basics overviews, facts and figures, timelines, maps, glossaries, and comparative charts.



Similarly, BiblePress.com is intended to be a useful resource for people of any religious background or none at all.

FRONTIER

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A world of possibilities awaits you with Frontier. You could be spending memorable days scuba diving off the brilliant white sand beaches of Fiji or discovering Madagascar on a conservation project with lemurs and chameleons.

Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations. We have used our wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of ethical and gap year travel, wildlife conservation and community development to ensure that we find you the perfect project. With Frontier you can be sure that you will get the best projects at the most competitive prices. You can learn a multitude of skills, discover hidden talents, challenge your preconceptions, gain qualifications and make lifelong friends.

You can contribute to positive change in the future of marginalised communities with one of Frontier's development projects. Teach a class of neglected children in under-funded village schools, before adventuring through forests spotting bush babies and flying foxes, or scuba dive and take part in marine conservation in a protected marine eco park. Work towards your TEFL certificate, making your time with Frontier the perfect combination of learning and gaining valuable practical experience whilst having an amazing experience in fascinating destinations.

Visit www.Frontier.ac.uk to view all of our gap year, volunteering and adventure travel placements.

SCRIPTURE UNION

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Scripture Union is an international mission movement working with churches in more than 130 countries to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to children, young people and families and to encourage them to develop spiritually through the Bible and prayer. Scripture Union relies on volunteers for all aspects of its work and there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved if you are a committed Christian in agreement with the aims of Scripture Union. Within England and Wales there are opportunities to get involved on the team of holidays for 8-18 year olds, some of which are multi-activity whilst others specialise in outdoor activities, IT or karting. We also run summer missions and regular events for children during the school day or at weekends. So there is a lot of flexibility to suit when you are available and what skills you have. Further afield, Frontline is our European summer mission programme where teams are sent to work alongside national volunteers to run camps and holiday clubs for 1-3 weeks in Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania.

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.





PROJECT TRUST

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Project Trust sends school leavers from the United Kingdom overseas as volunteers for twelve months. Since 1967 it has sent over 5500 volunteers to 53 different countries. Project Trust aims to give young people a better understanding of the world outside Europe through living and working overseas. Project Trust offers eight and twelve month placements to young people who at the time of application are in full time secondary education and are between 17 and 19 years at the time of going overseas. Projects fall into the following categories:- English language assistants - schools, colleges and universities. Care Work - helping in children's homes, with the disabled or homeless. Assisting in health and community development projects - in hospitals or with aid organisations. Education projects - teaching or assisting in primary and secondary schools. Outdoor activity projects - in Outward Bound Schools. Journalism - research, writing and distribution of an English newspaper. Our selection course and training courses are accredited for the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The overseas projects count in the service section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award where the criteria for the skill section is often met. Project Trust is a member of The Year Out Group.

URBAN SAINTS

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Urban Saints is a Christian youth organisation helping churches and volunteers reach young people with the Christian message, through youth groups, holiday programmes and overseas projects. The emphasis is on relevance and on equipping volunteers with training which is relevant to their role. This could involve different methods including: leadership training, active teaching materials and the latest specialist youth resources, through local and national support. Committed Christians are invited to volunteer as youth leaders for new or existing Christian outreach youth groups, as holiday leaders, for short term service opportunities overseas or in the UK. Roles that volunteers can fill on holidays include small group team leaders, speakers, caterers, programme planners; anyone aged 17+, with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for young people can apply; those with gifts in specialist areas such as sports, music, etc especially welcome. CRUSOE: for any committed young Christian aged 14-22 to put faith into practice in projects during summer break. Selection w/e in February and de-brief w/e in September. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted depending on circumstances and subject to references..

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.

HANDS AT WORK IN AFRICA

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Hands at Work in Africa is a Christian NGO based in South Africa. Our vision is the local church in Africa effectively caring for orphans, widows, and the dying. We work in vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS, poverty and orphans are at their highest and support structure is very low. Our ministry is to all those in need, regardless of race, class or religion. Operationally, we identify local Christian leaders within vulnerable communities who are already demonstrating a passion to serve the poor and broken among their neighbours and to fulfil the biblical mandate to care for orphans, widows and the dying. We support those leaders in developing a locally-owned project in their community and begin a long-term relationship of service and partnership, where we continually work to increase the project’s capacity to provide care in an effective and holistic manner. Hands at Work in Africa has a network of more than 30 locally-owned projects across sub-Saharan Africa and manages a constant flow of information, resources, and people out to and among those projects to be used in the service of increasing sustainability and local capacity. Institutional care (such as hospitals and orphanages) in our project communities is often completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS and orphan crisis it faces, so, in accordance with UNAIDS recommendations, we help our projects to develop community-based solutions for the crises around them. Hands at Work have Service Centres which support the six countries we are currently operating in. The base of Hands at Work is in South Africa and all volunteers begin their service here to receive training and orientation to the organization. The six aforementioned countries operate projects in their surrounding areas which are community run; the projects are constantly expanding. We accept volunteers in two categories: short term volunteers, who will serve for less than three months, and mid to long term volunteers, who commit for six months or longer. Mid to long term volunteers must participate in an orientation program called Footprints in Africa. The aim of the orientation is to prepare volunteers to serve at one of the Hands at Work projects throughout Africa. The projects function year-round. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background. It is not always possible due to the nature of working with vulnerable children. Mid to long-term volunteers are required to submit a police clearance certificate from their home country and to disclose any legal offences. Child protection policies are also in place.

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