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Cosmic Volunteers

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Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

EXIS

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EXIS is your ticket to put together a different kind of travel experience. EXIS got started in 1982 with restlessness and an urge to ramble – before globalization was a household word and the world could be Googled in five seconds. EXIS made sure nearly 30 years ago that Danish au pairs could drink tea on the High Street in London – and now offers unique language study and voluntary work on five continents. You can probably still be an au pair, but a lot of travellers think it is just as exciting to tend elephants in Sri Lanka, help out at an orphanage in Costa Rica, work with Masai women in Tanzania, teach English to young Buddhist monks in Thailand or work on conservation in the Grand Canyon, USA. EXIS’ philosophy is still the same – to make it possible for you to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for adventure. We work with partners all over the world to build the most secure starting gate for unique experiences – and you take it from there! Forget all about the world getting smaller. It’s bigger than ever and right within your reach. Join the world... it's yours !

LIGHTMEN COLLABORATE

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Lightmen Collaborate has worked for the last 27 years in the enchanting Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal. We’ve worked in human resource management, mountain farm, socio economic projects, handling international volunteers, interns, students (medical and non medical), social services and many other various volunteering projects. We operate a small mountain farm and conservation project, a natural retreat and training centre at the foothills of the Himalayas, a very picturesque place for volunteers, interns, students and visitors. We have our own home stay accommodation in Kathmandu and other places. We have extensive experience in handling overseas volunteers, students, interns and visitors. Volunteers can create and assist on various projects and programmes as well as creating new projects including teaching at school, working at temples/monasteries, orphanage, study/working at various hospitals, organisations,offices, medical, science, information technology, nature and jungle conservation, journalism, heritage conservation, village community development, business development, micro industry development and many more. Our objectives are to help individuals in career development, professionalism, new experiences, meeting future needs and delivering desired results as well as achieving a high satisfaction to all involved. We handle airport pick ups, orientation, training, the placement and all other required services. If you would like to become part of our volunteer programme, please contact us by email collaborate@wlink.com.np

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.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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

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

UNA EXCHANGE

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UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website www.icye.org.uk.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

Lattitude Global Volunteering

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Volunteer Overseas With Lattitude

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that provides overseas volunteering opportunities for 17-25 year olds. Our aim is to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their life skills while making a positive difference to the lives of others in a culture and community different from their own.

Over more than 40 years Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer on long-term placements from 3 to 12 months in over 17 countries around the world. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, care work, community projects and teaching.

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that will truly benefit from their skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provides comprehensive support to young people from beginning to end of their volunteer journey. To make our placements as accessible as possible we also offer bursaries and scholarships to eligible candidates.

‘In 2012 I volunteered to teach English in San Luis, Argentina with Lattitude. I can honestly say this was to date the best and most important 5 months of my life. I enjoyed my placement and the entire experience so much that I owe a great deal of gratitude to Lattitude. During my time abroad I also developed a passion for teaching, so much so that I have since enrolled on a BA in Education in University, none of this would have been possible had I not been offered the opportunity to teach abroad.’

Rhys Richards, Lattitude Volunteer

2014-2015 places available, apply today! www.lattitude.org.uk

VOLUNTEERING SOLUTIONS

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Volunteering Solutions is an organisation dedicated to promoting the most affordable and exciting volunteer programmes for the betterment of local communities in need. Its unique and innovative ways of working make it a highly competitive and popular volunteer placement organisation providing a truly satisfying and fulfilling experience for all. The organisation is run in a highly professional and methodical manner and overhead charges are kept very low. The advantages are passed on to the volunteers. Hence the cost of participating in our various projects is the best and most affordable. This is your gateway to explore and help the communities in need. We aim at supporting the work of local community organisations in different countries through the placement of international volunteers and offer a wide variety of volunteer programmes in Ghana,Kenya,Tanzania,Morocco,Uganda,South Africa,India,Nepal,China,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Vietnam,Cambodia,Philippines,Peru,Costa Rica,Ecuador, Spain and Australia.The organisation provides unique opportunities for safe and memorable travel experiences throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka combined with enriching and rewarding voluntary work. Our volunteers get opportunities to have in-country travel and have the real feel of a new culture by having a home stay with local families. Our Mission is to promote voluntary work in the countries that need it most, by connecting the right people with the right opportunity in each country. We aim provide meaningful, affordable and reliable volunteer abroad options to everyone. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

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

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.

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.

V4D ORGANISATION

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Volunteerism for Community Development & Environment Education (V4D) is a non-government, non-profit organization in Vietnam with a mission to build global community events through local environmental and community services.

As the first local Non-Government volunteer organization in Vietnam with official status to have volunteer programs, we provides opportunities that make a difference to the lives of people from all parts of the world. The organization also works to setup sustainable projects to protect the environment, provide basic education for vulnerable groups, and encourage community development and cultural exchange.

V4D is managed by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) with the support of Youth in Action program of European Commission in capacity building, and CCIVS (Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) in the volunteer management.

HELP DISADVANTAED HILL TRIBE TEENAGERS

We are helping disadvantaged hill-tribe teenagers by providing free accommodation, food and orientation trainning program at the suburbs of Hagiang city. They come from extreme poverty and hunger families & orphaned status.

With a deep belief that education is fundamental to create a better future, enabling these disadvantaged hill-tribe teenagers to acquire skills, knowledge essential for improving their quality of life and stay on human dignity.

Classes at beautiful eco-gardern are conducted by both local and international volunteers, local volunteers are teaching basic literature, cutural and history, the international volunteers assist with communication English classes, help the students to practice English as much as possible, helping organize short- term soft-skills training courses ; and supporting other activities to be realized with students.

These teenagers have not been afforded what could be called a normal upbringing and require special attention and love, therefore both teams of volunteers will have a responsibility to help our students communication, life skills as well as.

How To Join
To join a project you need to do below steps:

- Step 1 - Send to v4d.info@gmail.com your CV and motivated letter

- Step 2 - When we receive your application, we will notify you immediately. Please give us 1-3 days to process your application and match your placement. We will send you a notify of preliminary acceptance and a pre-departure booklet within 1-3days

- Step 3 - Once you receive your project from V4D, you should begin preparing for travel by obtaining all necessary documents (passport, visa)

- Step 4 - Make your travel arrangements and other practical arrangements.

- Step 5 - Go and enjoy your project our staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to Volunteers house of us and your beginning.

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.

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.

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

GLOBE AWARE, ADVENTURES IN SERVICE

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Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back, focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programmes. Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, but it is actually the involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the community that is of the greatest mutual benefit. We believe that understanding other cultures helps everyone to create better-informed solutions, not to mention leading a more enjoyable life!

Globe Aware adventures provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community and to develop a real appreciation for cultures unlike our own. The host provides a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help and have fun! The communities with whom we work choose the projects that they feel are most important to develop. The work is varied and can encompass everything from helping provide a better life for captive elephants in Thailand, playing word games with Peruvian children, planting trees in India, to painting a community centre in Costa Rica, amongst many other activities. We feel it is of supreme importance to respect the culture and heritage in which the volunteer is working. The goal is not for volunteers to change the host communities, but rather to help them in the needs that the host community has identified as important. Those who will enjoy the experience the most are those who bring an open mind and willingness to help. The natural healthy exchange of ideas and opinions leads to a mutual understanding of cultures.

WORLD ENDEAVORS

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World Endeavors provides international internship, studying abroad, volunteering abroad, and customized group programmes in over 20 countries around the world. We believe the best way to learn the most from an experience abroad is through total cultural immersion. World Endeavors uses homestays and offers language training whenever possible, to give participants the most intimate window into their new world.

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