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volunteer in Nepal – new projects and an old friend

volunteer in Nepal – new projects and an old friend

We are working in Nepal again! As many of you know we stopped working in Nepal a few years ago – firstly because of the legal issues of volunteers needing ( almost impossible to obtain ) work permits – and then post the devastation of the earthquake we felt it was inappropriate to send volunteers Well HOORAY we can now announce that we are working again in Nepal. Our programme causes no problem with work permits because all our volunteers…

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donations in Paul’s memory are pouring in-thankyou-here’s how you can help if you wish

donations in Paul’s memory are pouring in-thankyou-here’s how you can help if you wish

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Calabash Trust in Paul’s memory. We know how important this money is to help Calabash Trust continue the work Paul started. We appreciate that many of you reading this newsletter may want to do similar  – so here are some ways we can recommend. We know the money you donate will be used well if you use these methods. Donate to: Calabash Trust here AV Bukani School here Joe Slovo…

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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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Paul was always my role model….

Paul was always my role model….

by Dianne The partnership between people and places and Calabash was already well established by the time I came onto the people and places team and one of the first visits I made in my role as education advisor was to Port Elizabeth.  Paul and I worked well together from the very start and it was immediately apparent how much Paul cared about our partnership work at the different township schools and at Emmanuel, and how committed he was to using volunteering and tourism…

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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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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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Saint Lucia – volunteer Amanda fitting right in !

Saint Lucia – volunteer Amanda fitting right in !

Amanda talks about her daily journeys to and from work … and how she’s “starting to feel like a local”. “The trip to work on the bus and wandering through Castries City has become the norm for me now. Yesterday I stopped to remind myself this is a temporary lifestyle. One that I will look back on with fond memories. A reminder to absorb the sights, sounds and feelings… and this is what happened…”  

Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

people and places has facilitated several such placements – Master’s students who need ‘in situ’ experience to complete their research & assignments. The key for us is that such placements will also be of benefit to the communities / projects where volunteers such as Lisa are placed … Lisa’s report shows how this can work, and what we mean about this being a ‘win-win’ volunteer placement. Lisa worked in Port Elizabeth (PE) with our local partners at Calabash in one…

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NEW local partner, NEW project, NEW volunteers

NEW local partner, NEW project, NEW volunteers

It’s so exciting: a new local partner and project near Kruger National Park … about to welcome NEW volunteers! The latest addition to our programme is about to welcome their very first ‘people and places’ volunteers. Ray and Catriona recently took early retirement from full-time work in training and mentoring, as well as business and hospitality management … so, what better match for their placements than in the amazing Hazyview Learning Centre in South Africa? Needless to say, Ray and…

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volunteers’ work in India shows clear results !

volunteers’ work in India shows clear results !

LOVE this news about successful volunteers’ skills-share and achievements in Chitardai primary school in India. Dianne regularly re-visits projects and local partners to assess achievements and future needs … this just in: “Now I am about to leave Chitardai, I just want to say how pleased I am both with the level of support given to the current volunteers by the teachers at Chitardai and with the quality of their teaching and focus on the job, both of which are much improved from when…

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