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be careful what you share on social media-you might unknowingly break the law!

be careful what you share on social media-you might unknowingly break the law!

This is a cautionary tale. Sharing images of abuse, even when the goal is to question those images and promote best practice, could be a criminal offence in the letter of the law. Recently I (Dianne) was sent a video via social media by someone who works at one of the projects we support.  The film showed shocking scenes of violence towards children.  It was sent to me with the best of intentions by someone with whom I had have…

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exceptional service for disadvantaged young people royal accolade for our partner in Saint Lucia.

exceptional service for disadvantaged young people royal accolade for our partner in Saint Lucia.

We are so proud to work with Delroy and the team at  Sacred Sports Foundation Recently received this recognition “Delroy Alexander, of St. Lucia as the 16th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional service leading sports development programmes for disadvantaged young people across the Caribbean.” Delroy Alexander is the Chairman of the ‘Sacred Sports Foundation,’ which helps disadvantaged young people aged 6-25 through inclusive sports development programmes. Delroy works in low-income areas to help young people access sport,…

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Visiting speakers – thanks to everyone

Visiting speakers – thanks to everyone

It’s hard to find a good speaker, or so I’m told by people faced with the task of booking different speakers for the social groups they belong to.  Well we can help!  A number of people who have volunteered on people and places projects, including myself, regularly give talks to different social groups such as the WI, church and U3A groups – I was once even invited as speaker (to talk about volunteering) to the local gardening club!  This is…

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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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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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should I volunteer abroad ?

should I volunteer abroad ?

just re-read an article about ‘voluntourism’ (a word I do not like!) in the World Travel Guide … actually rather proud … “Kate Stefanko, Placement Director at People and Places, … thinks volunteering abroad can be beneficial to all concerned if it is done right. 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,…

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“orphanage volunteering” – NO !!!

“orphanage volunteering” – NO !!!

astonishing … just as we clicked ‘publish’ on our previous post about “orphanage volunteering“ … we received the following enquiry about a placement: “Citizenship: United States Category: Volunteer Abroad Term: Winter Age: 34 Desired Program: Orphanages Duration: 2 weeks max this winter” We responded politely and fully, explaining why this is a BAD IDEA … Here are some of the links we sent: orphanage volunteering – the issues Cambodia campaign site Better Volunteering on FaceBook Better Child Protection on FaceBook…

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volunteering & ‘voluntourism’ – there’s a difference!

volunteering & ‘voluntourism’ – there’s a difference!

It’s taken a while, but gradually the media is beginning to recognise and write about the POSITIVE results of volunteering, and how to achieve such results. At ‘people and places‘, we’ve always differentiated between volunteering and ‘voluntourism’ … this understanding is beginning to be expressed in the media … gradually ! ‘people and places‘ was featured in an article in The Guardian in May … with the usual sort of headline, unfortunately … but with a far more positive sub-heading:  “If…

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The Guardian – positives and negatives of ‘voluntourism’

The Guardian – positives and negatives of ‘voluntourism’

Seems to be a ‘media day’ …  this article in The Guardian today asks, yet again, whether ‘voluntourism’ does more harm than good … “If volunteers are truly to help communities overseas, charities and NGOs must take the time to match their skills with the right projects,” says Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers Key word: “MATCH” … Our own approach here at ‘people and places‘ is – and always has been – to begin with an understanding of local need in…

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volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

Really useful tips, advice and pointers in this article to guide your research when you’re beginning to think about volunteering in projects abroad … how to find the right project for you …     “short-term volunteering – how to do it well” Begin by asking lots of questions … and expect full answers ! Sallie is quoted, as is Michael, our local partner in Cambodia, where our volunteers work in this community project in Siem Reap. Michael’s question 1: “Does the…

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