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time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

… we’re delighted that we’ll be holding our next volunteers’ social meeting in central Leicester … more accessible for more people, whether travelling by road or rail ! Saturday 24th March – 1.00 to 5.00 p.m.  Come and meet previous, present and co-volunteers, as well as the people and places team, of course ! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the projects if you’re planning to volunteer, and to meet old friends if you’ve volunteered with us…

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Paul was – a gladiator – a huge force for good

Paul was – a gladiator – a huge force for good

It has taken me some time to put pen to paper – well digit to keyboard –  to write about the horrible loss of my friend and our partner, Paul Miedema. My first reaction was to write about the loss – huge loss – for his family and friends and colleagues at Calabash; the communities they work with; volunteers; and indeed to me as a friend and people and places as a partner – but I wasn’t comfortable with writing that…

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memories of Paul … IN CAPS LOCK !

memories of Paul … IN CAPS LOCK !

We’re proud to have worked with Calabash since the very beginning of ‘people and places’ … and as with any strong relationship, our working relationship was based on mutual trust and learning. Needless to say, our years together had occasional moments of misunderstanding or lack of understanding … but our mutual strength developed by our working through such moments TOGETHER. The projects’ needs are and always will be our starting point. My role in ‘people and places’ involves working closely with…

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new projects in Cambodia

new projects in Cambodia

New projects in Cambodia are on our website.  Take a look and see which project interests you in volunteering here. Siem Reap, with its close proximity to the World Heritage temples at Angkor Wat, is a popular destination for volunteers.  The projects we currently support there are two community centres, both doing fantastic work at providing education, training and community support for some of the poorest villages around Siem Reap.  They provide worthwhile and enjoyable placements for volunteers who have…

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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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international friends – and a lunch party !

international friends – and a lunch party !

WOW – each year, the World Travel Market offers fabulous opportunities for us to met up with partners, colleagues and friends from around the world … November 2016 was no exception. Pictured here, raising our glasses to our friendships and each other’s work in responsible travel are: Najeeb Khan (Pakistan), Yashin Dujon (Belize), Harold Goodwin (people and places), Glynn O’Leary (South Africa), Adama Bah (The Gambia), Gillian O’Leary (South Africa), Kate Stefanko (people and places) …        …

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social meeting – from November to spring 2017

social meeting – from November to spring 2017

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our November volunteers’ social meeting … but fortunately we were able to let everyone know in good time … not with a sky-writer, but with a ‘sorry’ email. Fear not – there are plans afoot for another social get-together in late spring, hopefully, in a more readily accessible location than the south-eastern corner of England ! Volunteers – previous and future – will be able to chat about their experiences, and the people and places team…

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Saint Lucia – a volunteer story

Saint Lucia – a volunteer story

Volunteer Amanda has been in Saint Lucia since mid-October, working in C.A.R.E. (Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education) with work-related training for young people. Amanda has been embracing all aspects of her time in Saint Lucia – from organising workshops and sharing her skills with local staff, to enjoying all that the island offers during her time off ! Here are some extracts from her story, so far … Arrival  Well this is a first…blogging and St Lucia that is…It’s 3am…

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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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Calabash – partners in the South Africa volunteer programme

Calabash – partners in the South Africa volunteer programme

We’ve been working with Calabash since the very beginning of ‘people and places – responsible volunteering‘ in 2005 … this is why !       and here’s a link to their end-of-year newsletter, packed with positive stories of achievements and ongoing community development.   responsible volunteering – that’s what Calabash & people and places believe in … and that’s how we work! read more below …