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This gift giving advice is spot on!

This gift giving advice is spot on!

This excellent article  by Jessica Lockhart -about the dangers and challenges of gift giving was first published in Verge Magazine important advice for anyone planning to give or send gifts to thier host family, projects or friends made whilst volunteering……………. Presents given with the best intentions can have disastrous results. Four months after Angela McKay* returned from her volunteer placement in Fiji, she decided to send a Christmas package to her host family. She wanted to say thanks, in some…

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Naxal Volunteer Dot is fundraising

Naxal Volunteer Dot is fundraising

Dot Coupe has now volunteered at Naxal orphanage ( read more here) three times! As many previous Naxal volunteers know the premesis for the childrens home is very run down and is not owned by Naxal. They are working hard to raise funds to buy and build a new purpose built home for the children. A large tranche of land has already been purchased – now there is the small matter of the building! If you would like to support…

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Volunteer videos and so much more!

Volunteer videos and so much more!

If you haven’t already spotted out you tube channel it’s so worth a look. There are video interviews from volunteers and even Kate and Sallie.If you have videos of your time volunteering or one of the talks you have done – we know many of you talk to groups on your return from volunteering – please send them to us so we can share them. Take a look at the YouTube videos here Take a look at slideshare for slide…

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fire makes over 600 homeless –

fire makes over 600 homeless –

The following came in from our partners Azafady in Madagascar at the beginning of this month Fire in Amparihy On Sunday evening at around 9pm a fire broke out in the fokontany of Amparihy. Fanned by extremely strong winds, it quickly spread from house to house and across the dry shrubs in between. People attempted to put out the fire by throwing sand on their houses and breaking a water pipe to use as an extinguisher. Two fire engines also…

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Futures Foundation, The Gambia – what a difference a year makes!

Futures Foundation, The Gambia – what a difference a year makes!

A long-held ambition of Gambian educator and trainer, Lisong Bah, had been to develop pre-school training for teachers and thus to provide early childhood education of real quality for her country. To learn about the volunteer programme supporting this project click here There had been teacher-training through Gambia College for some time, but there was no specialized training available in the field of early childhood development (ECD). In June 2010, after years of hard work and discussions with donor organisations and national…

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Swaziland children’s feeding programme loses funding

Swaziland children’s feeding programme loses funding

Many will have read about the crisis in Swaziland – our local partners in Swazi are stuggling but determined to continue their feeding programme – this from All Out “It is with great sadness that we announce that World Vision is no longer supplying the staple food for the orphaned and vulnerable children that we support at the six Neighbourhood Care Points surrounding the Ezulwini area. We have relied on their generous donations for the past year, but that has…

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“We need a revolution….”

“We need a revolution….”

….in philanthropy.” One of the aspects of our work at people and places that is most sensitive is advising volunteers about how to support their projects financially on their return home….its so tough to say that investing in things is usually not effective – where investing in people nearly always is!  I wish I had written this blog written by Daniela Papi of Pepys Tours ( an excellent responsible travel organisation)….I could not have put it better! Here’s a taster from her blog…

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