I decided to volunteer again with people & places because you are a truly responsible company that delivers to its promises. From the minute I spoke to you about the possibility to go to South Africa until now I felt supported, well advised and appreciated for the skills I could bring to the placement. The fact that you maintain an excellent network of people who share the same values and ethics in regards to responsible tourism makes your company stand out amongst other volunteer companies. You DO care and this gets reflected in every aspect of the experience, before, during and after the placement. Keep up the great work you’re doing!
Ever wondered why we work the way we do, in open and honest partnership with local people ?
Read a volunteer’s view and comments about our local partners in Saint Lucia:
“Just thought I would let you know that I have been very pleased with the help Delroy and Yinka have given me so far. I feel Delroy – having lived and worked all over the place, including the UK – has a good understanding of the difficulties all the volunteers will face when we first come out and will be very supportive when we need help.
“I have discussed things to do with my work with Delroy and plans for the next week and I really find his straight talking, no nonsense but no fuss approach very much to my liking and extremely helpful to me.”
people and places placements director, Kate, has been interviewed by World Travel Guide for an article about the plusses and minuses of choosing to volunteer abroad …
“We believe that a carefully placed, thoroughly screened, well-prepared, skilled volunteer can – and does – have a positive impact,” says Stefanko.
All volunteers through People and Places have to apply for a position. Then, if accepted, the volunteer is matched with a … project that can benefit from their skill set.”
“I think that the whole process of arranging the placement had a very personal and intimate feel to it. It was really made very simple, but there was no sense that anything other than the utmost care was being taken in making sure that the placement benefited both volunteer and host.” volunteer Teri who volunteered working with marginalise youth in Saint Lucia in October.
How very encouraging! Our initial email to a new volunteer applicant, Linda, was met with the following reply:
“I am especially pleased to answer the questions because it assures me that the organization is doing its part in making a “match”. I like that …
My motivation for pursuing volunteer work at this stage in my life is simply to continue to give and to learn—what schools and classrooms cannot teach.
I would defer to those making placements to find a match for my skills and interests and the needs of the organization … my preference is to work where I can be of most assistance; and my schedule for participation is flexible.”
Thanks Linda – I’m already enjoying working with you!
Would you tell your story for us ?- your story will recruit more volunteers for your project
or write a review for us that we can share when we are asked -
This publication - Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good - is due out in January and promises to be an important read, drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference. It’s for travellers,volunteers, volunteer sending and receiving organisations and academics. The list of contributors is impressive – people who have a wealth of knowledge about volunteer travel. Register for a copy on publication here
Here is Sallie’s contribution -
While You Act: Make Bullied Communities and Disappointed Volunteers Things of the Past
While many have celebrated the merging of community service with tourism, others are highly critical and correctly so. Three particular issues need close investigation:
(1) Where does the money go?
(2) Do the negative impacts outweigh the positives for local communities?
(3) How much do the local communities know?
In search of clarity about these issues and more, potential volunteers and fundraising motivators need to ask questions. But they need to be the right questions!
NEWS FROM THE PROJECTS
from Dianne – volunteer programme advisor
We hope to include a regular slot in our newsletters giving updates on things that have been happening at the projects where you volunteer.
This time we have news from five countries – Morocco, India, Swaziland, The Gambia and Peru. We hope to be able to include news from the other countries where we volunteer in future newsletters.
If you have news from the project you have worked with that you haven’t shared with us – please do – we would love to share it with other volunteers!
Here at people and places, we constantly try to raise the bar to ensure volunteering is the best it can be for the projects we
work with and you the volunteer.
Our latest initiative is to publish on our site the goals and achievements for our volunteer programmes.
Each project on our site has a link to what we call, grandly, the development plan. Dianne has worked closely with the projects to design these – they outline the goals (as set by the projects) of the volunteer programme and how volunteers can and do contribute.
We believe we are the first volunteer organisation to do this – are we wrong?
Here is an example Schools Support South Africa