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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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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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appreciation of our volunteers in The Gambia, from The Gambia !

appreciation of our volunteers in The Gambia, from The Gambia !

Volunteers Susie and Chris have been working with ASSET in The Gambia since the end of October – dealing with the inevitable challenges of any volunteer placement … but their hard work and dedication is most definitely paying off and appreciated ! This from our local partner, Tejan, today: “I want to say that Susie & Chris have done a good job during their short stay with us. They have gone beyond their terms of reference both in terms of…

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planning & preparation for volunteer visitors … and then …

planning & preparation for volunteer visitors … and then …

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…

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volunteer in a learning centre close to Kruger National Park

volunteer in a learning centre close to Kruger National Park

We are thrilled to announce that we are now working with a very special programme in South Africa. Here is what Dianne wrote about it after her visit. To learn more about how you could work here take a look here Good Work Foundation, led by their CEO Kate Groch, have set up Digital Learning Centres in four different rural communities, with a fifth due to open next year. They believe that traditional education methods are failing people in rural communities,…

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