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Dianne visits our Cambodia volunteer projects – old and new

Friday, September 30th, 2016

CAMBODIA – PROJECTS NEW AND OLD FRIENDS 

Dianne

Dianne

by Dianne Ashman, volunteer programme advisor

As I write this article I am right at the end of my latest trip, to visit our projects in Cambodia.  I was last here in 2011 working with Michael, founder of ConCERT who are our local partners here.  On the ‘tips for volunteers’ sheet Michael and I compiled in 2011 he asked that volunteers bring a jar of Marmite with them as he and his family love it and it’s hard to get hold of here, so on my arrival at Siem Reap airport I was not at all surprised to see someone holding up a large sign saying

GOT ANY MARMITE?

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a really great visit to Chitardai, the school our volunteer programme support in India

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

DSCN7987I have recently returned from a really satisfying and encouraging trip to India.  I went to visit the school where our volunteers work, Chitardai Upper Primary School, in Rajasthan.  I have volunteered at Chitardai twice myself, in 2010 and 2011, working with the English teacher in his lessons and helping all the teachers to develop their school motto ‘Learn Through Play’ by showing them a number of techniques for active learning – I must confess it’s my favourite of the places where I have volunteered.  Other volunteers have taken a similar approach: bringing books, games and a variety of other resources to show the children (and teachers) that learning English can be fun!  Like all of us who volunteer, I have sometimes questioned whether the resources I took to Chitardai were really relevant and useful to them, and whether the teaching techniques I demonstrated to the teachers would ever be used when I returned to the UK.  So it was fantastic to see on this trip that some of the teaching strategies and resources taken to the school by me and other people and places volunteers are now embedded in the school.  Some examples . . .  (more…)

why was April 23rd an important day?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

CIMG1233April 23rd 2016 . . . St George’s Day, Earth Day, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death . . . and, most importantly of course, the day we held our latest volunteer social!  This time we met at volunteer Val’s home near Hemel Hempstead, the weather was kind to us, and we all enjoyed a lovely sociable afternoon catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  There was a good mix of previous volunteers who could tell us about their placements in a variety of different countries and potential volunteers who wanted to find out all about how people and places works and were keen to learn more about the places where they might volunteer soon.  We try to find venues for our socials in different parts of the country to give everyone the chance now and then to come to a social not too far from home, but some volunteers had made the effort to travel quite a long way to this one, and we must make special mention of the new volunteer who flew in all the way from Donegal!

It is interesting that at some socials the focus seems to be, quite by chance, on the projects in just one or two of the countries where we volunteer.  At last November’s social there happened to be a lot of volunteers who had either just returned from or were just about to go to South Africa, and our different projects there dominated the conversation.  This time the flavour of the month was definitely Cambodia, with new volunteers in particular wanting to know all about the volunteering opportunities there.  They will of course need to go through the matching process to make sure their skills and experience match the needs of the projects there, but it certainly looks as though Cambodia can expect several new people and places volunteers later this year!  You can read more about our volunteering opportunities in Cambodia by clicking here and here.

Thank you once again to Val for hosting this social in her lovely home – we hope your family enjoyed eating up the left-over food!  Our socials are always such an enjoyable way to catch up with each other’s news, and we hope to see many of you again at our next social later in the year.

Watch the latest volunteer interview videos taken at this social here

Watch volunteer Robert talk about why and how he has chosen to volunteer with people and places and how important the volunteer social was in this decision.

 

12th November – our next volunteers’ social in Faversham

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Yes, I know – November’s a long way off, and you’ve only just read Dianne’s report about this month’s social meeting near Hemel Hempstead …

But we also know that everyone’s diaries seem to get busier all the time, so we wanted to give you early notification in the hope that many of you will be able to come along to our volunteers’ social meeting here at ‘head office’ (aka Kate’s home!) in November.

The usual 1-5 p.m format – plenty of time to chat and share news of the projects and volunteers’ experiences, as well as meeting new friends and making plans for the future!

We’ll send out further details later in the year …

Meanwhile please email Kate if you’d like to put your name on the guest list !

local groups: putting you in touch with other volunteers who live near you

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

If you have told us that you would like to be put in touch with other people and places volunteers who live not too far away from you, you should by now have received a contact list of email addresses for volunteers in your area.

We have always encouraged a new volunteer on a particular project to make contact with others who have volunteered there before as a good way of getting to know about that project.  However, meeting with other volunteers who live near you should enable you to find out about people’s experiences at a variety of projects in many different countries.

people and places network

people and places network

Hopefully some of you have already taken the opportunity to meet up with each other.

If you would like us to publicise group meetings in our newsletter or to share any photos or news, please do let us know.

how did that happen ?! people and places-responsible volunteering is 10 years old –

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

It’s 10 years since we placed our first volunteer!     10

There’s a “curse” that many erroneously believe is Chinese –

“May you live in interesting times.”

There is a wonderful Xhosa word – “Ubuntu” – which has no direct translation into English but portrays the qualities of humanity and compassion – ‘I am because you are’.

Well, boy-oh-boy, have the last 10 years been interesting times for people and places – successes to celebrate  and challenges to overcome – boy, have we been blessed by Ubuntu!

We were going to write some clever 10 point lists (apparently people are more likely to read lists!) – but (more…)

Important message to all volunteers re a BIG email problem

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Gee thanks and Happy Christmas to you BT Internet!

IMPORTANT note to all our volunteers and friends who have btinternet email addresses – there is currently a big problem surrounding BT and the service it uses to filter messages – and the vast majority of our emails to btinternet email adresses are being rejected.

Please make sure you add us to your safe sender list – and if you think you should have heard from us – please email – we are getting your emails just cant respond – with either another email address or a phone number.

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We have recieved notification that manyour volunteers and supporters have not recieved our latest newsletter due to this problem  – here is the link to the latest newsletter 

planning & preparation for volunteer visitors … and then …

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Well … “best-laid plans” and “circumstances beyond our control” combined to create an interesting volunteers’ get-together here in Faversham on 7th November!

We love our ‘people and places’ social meetings and had done as much prep as possible ahead of time so that we could enjoy our guests’ company and lots of time to talk with each other. Lists, signs and name badges had been printed off the day before; food and drinks had been purchased, and with volunteers due to arrive at 1pm, Dianne, Sallie and I (Kate) were enjoying a leisurely start to our day.

Kate

Kate

Dianne

Dianne

Sallie

Sallie

Our morning’s preparations were well-planned over coffee with final tasks allocated (planning and preparation are very important to us here at people and places, you know!) so we were feeling well and truly ready for a lovely afternoon … but then, at about 8a.m. the power went off. No worries – “this isn’t The Gambia”, we joked, “the power will be on again very soon” …

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to volunteer as a family takes even more planning – but is so rewarding

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

We love hearing from families who want to travel and volunteer together – especially as we know that, to people in the projects and communities where we work, ‘FAMILY’ is so important !

Tim, Rosalind and Millie  came along to our November meeting here in Faversham to meet us and other volunteers as they begin to make plans for their family volunteer experience in 2017, and it was so good to meet each other!

Kate had something to say ...

Kate had something to say …

 

This from Tim: “We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed meeting you, Harold, Sallie, Dianne, Nigel and all the volunteers. The whole session really brought to life our ideas for volunteering so we have much to think of over the next few months.”

and here’s a video of Tim, Rosalind and Millie talking with our very own Harold Goodwin.

Really looking forward to our working together !

our next volunteer social – April 23rd

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Even as I write this, I can hear you saying “What? It’s not even Christmas yet, and you’re talking about April.”

Saturday 23rd April

Saturday 23rd April

 

Please bear with us, as there’s a very good reason: April 23rd will be our next volunteers’ get-together, and we know that your busy diaries fill up quickly after New Year, so we’re trying to beat the rush !

Lots of you know that we’ve been hosting November social meetings here in Faversham for years, but thanks to a previous volunteer’s generous offer to host a meeting for us, we’re now delighted to invite you all to our spring meeting – a different season and in a different place: Val’s home in Hemel Hempstead.
Everyone who’s attended any of our previous social meetings knows how useful it is to get together with other volunteers and talk about their experiences and the realities of volunteering overseas, and these informal occasions are always thoroughly enjoyable.

As previous volunteer Bob wrote:
“I was able to talk directly to the staff and to people who had been  before.  These conversations were very helpful.  I also met another volunteer who would be in the school at the same time … so a potential ‘team’ identity was established.”

So, whether you’ve already volunteered with us or you’re thinking about the possibilities of volunteering in the future, you will be welcome to come along.

We’ll send full details early next year, but meanwhile, please let us know whether you will be planning to join us for a spring afternoon in Hemel Hempstead.

As you’ll understand, Val will need a good idea of how many people to expect, so please
email: kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk – by 20th February. Thanks.

We look forward to another opportunity to meet and hope to hear from you soon!