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NEW! an easy and safe way to donate to your volunteer project

NEW! an easy and safe way to donate to your volunteer project

We do not ask or expect volunteers to donate more to the project they work with, other than the initial sum detailed in their placement costs. But we are constantly humbled by the number of volunteers and their friends and families who wish to give additional support. We are thrilled that now we have an easy, cost effective and safe way to help with those donations. Our sister charity, Travel Philanthropy (Charity No 1122270), now enables us to offer this…

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just saying … I love my job :)

just saying … I love my job :)

Every now and again I feel especially proud of how we work here at ‘people and places’ … and welcome the appreciation of people we work with … This just in from Hannah, who won’t be able to volunteer this year, but will be back ! “As you may have deduced, I have been extremely busy recently. So busy in fact that it may not be possible for me to go to Cambodia as I wished. Thank you so much…

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international accolades for Paul

international accolades for Paul

“This world is in desperate need of people like you, who always keep asking questions, care for others and are never afraid to say what needs to be said – but now we must soldier on without you.” Freya Zandatra journalist “A great guy…I will never forget sharing the panel with him at the WTM Africa conference in Cape Town and he opened his presentation by showing how disgraceful and unacceptable it was for South Africans to be attacking people…

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school sixth forms or colleges – do you have links ?

school sixth forms or colleges – do you have links ?

I am hoping some of you can help me.  I have started going into schools to give talks to sixth form students about how to choose good volunteering projects for their gap year or student travels.  There are many good and worthwhile projects to choose from (including those offered by people and places of course!) but there are also many pitfalls to avoid, and most students are unaware that volunteering opportunities that sound great may be very different in reality. …

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please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

people and places was founded to make volunteering a better experience for volunteers and the communities they work with – we decided the best way to campaign for better was through example. We believe in the power of well matched and well prepared volunteers – we believe the overwhelming majority of people want to do good….but we also see the damage being done in communities where poorly thought out, managed and monitored programmes are being run. We believe volunteers and…

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to campaign or not to campaign …

to campaign or not to campaign …

TO CAMPAIGN OR NOT TO CAMPAIGN – WHY I HAVE DECIDED TO GET INVOLVED by volunteer programme advisor Dianne Ashman As you will know, there are two connecting strands to the work people and places does.  We send volunteers on placements where their skills and experience have been carefully matched to local needs, and we campaign for responsible practice in volunteer tourism – and both these categories have been reflected in awards people and places have won, for Best Volunteer…

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thoughts of Aleppo and volunteer travel

thoughts of Aleppo and volunteer travel

I just posted the on FaceBook and it made me proud – why? because the first question from the  vast majority of our volunteers is : “Where can I be of most help”? “my reaction to the news from Aleppo – I want to go there now and help – but you know what I would be a hinderance not a help – I have no medical skills – I have no counselling skills – i am not an engineeer…

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the cruel scams of ‘orphanage volunteering’

the cruel scams of ‘orphanage volunteering’

Kate Stefanko interviewed by BBC1’s “Fake Britain” – about 35 minutes into the programme The programme was first aired in May 2014 and repeated again this morning … sadly, so much of the content is still relevant … and not only in Cambodia. The cruel scams of ‘orphanage volunteering’ are exposed – cruel to children & scamming naive & well-meaning volunteers ! at people and places we support organisations and projects which focus on keeping children in families check out childsafe  and…

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orphanage volunteering – there is a better way

orphanage volunteering – there is a better way

In November Sallie paid a flying visit to Bangkok to participate in an important child protection workshop. (and our local partner Paul from Calabash Tours in Port Elizabeth was there – so an additional treat!) Volunteering in orphanages is a hugely popular way for many to “give back” but child protection experts have been telling us for some years that there are many dangers in this well meaning practice. A whole “industry” – that would horrify well-meaning volunteers – has…

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