Archive for the 'people and places partners' Category

Sallie visits our education volunteer project and plans a new one! – in Morocco

Friday, July 17th, 2015

My latest trip to Morocco was a glorious mixture of work and holiday, city and mountains, heat and cool – new and old friends.

The road to work

The road to work

This trip was all about seeing the new houses for Education for All with Latifa  and working with her and Dr. Jaouad Oudrhri of Atlas Sante – a local NGO working to improve wellbeing, particularly for women and children, in the Berber Villages in the High Atlas Mountains.

I haven’t seen Latifa for over 3 years ( Dianne has been the last to visit her) and I was thrilled by the leaps and bounds she has taken with her English – she is so confident now and can express complex ideas in what is her 4th language. When I praised her, she was adamant that it is the people and places volunteers who have helped her .


Sallie,Jane Latifa and Jaouad

Sallie, Jane, Latifa and Jaouad


volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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 …

tips & advice



“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 project where you’ll be working meet a real need, and is it the appropriate response to that need?”
and from Sallie: “Would I be allowed to do this work in my own country?”

ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

“Our programs are not designed to meet the expectations of volunteers to do ‘something new’.

Our programs meet the needspaul of the communities in which we work.”

Paul Miedema, our local partner at Calabash in South Africa, wrote this excellent article about the priorities for ethical volunteering.

The article is in German, but there’s a translate button at the top right of the article,

Well said, Paul 🙂

volunteers & social media – communication is all at our volunteer get togethers

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Everyone who already knows me (Kate) will also know that I have a bit of a reputation for being something of a pedant



(!), so I thought I’d start this post with a definition of ‘media’:

“Communication channels through which news, entertainment, education, data, or promotional messages are disseminated.”

Well – that certainly explains the buzz at our latest people and places social event, when there was plenty of communication among previous and future volunteers, local partners, and us!



Calabash – partners in the South Africa volunteer programme

Friday, December 12th, 2014

We’ve been working with Calabash since the very beginning of ‘people and places – responsible volunteering in 2005 … this is why !

mutual learning, sharing, hugging!

mutual learning, sharing & appreciation!




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 …


LOVE receiving volunteers’ questions … and answering them!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

At people and places, we always encourage volunteers to ask questions

Some people find asking questions easier than others … but asking the questions and assessing the answers is VITAL when starting to think about options to volunteer abroad, and helps volunteers to make informed decisions.

Q&A may be in person, by phone or in writing …

So, to show what I mean, I’m going to share some recent email questions with you – AND – my answers !

ask the questions - get the answers

ask the questions – get the answers


“ethical … responsible … transparent … trusted” – volunteers’ reviews

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

What I (Kate)  enjoy most about my work as placements director is getting to know each volunteer as we work together through their placement preparation. As all returned volunteers will know, we provide loads of information and also ask for rather a lot … this exchange  and attention to detail is what makes for a successful volunteer experiences … a ‘win-win’ situation.

a win-win situation

a win-win situation

It’s really encouraging to know that more and more potential volunteers are taking to time to do their research and consider their options carefully.

I shall let them speak for themselves – in their initial applications: (more…)

my favourite place to volunteer – Dianne in Kenya

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Gede Special School


comfortable children in class

comfortable children in class

Last month I returned to Kenya to re-visit Gede Special School and to meet up again with our local partners Damian and Ken.  I last went to Kenya in 2012, right in the middle of the Kenyan teachers’ strike, so although I had visited the school before and met the Head-teacher, I had not met any of the staff or children or had the chance to see the school in action.  This trip, I went there with Yvonne – I had volunteered with her in The Gambia last spring and she was to be our first volunteer at Gede.  I was only able to stay there for two weeks; Yvonne stayed for a month and I was really jealous of her being able to spend more time at this lovely school.


more from Saint Lucia – volunteers, local partners & projects

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Gosh – it’s turning into quite a Saint Lucia day ! This just in from our local partners:


the first weekly meeting for volunteers & local partners

the first weekly meeting for volunteers & local partners

Hi Kate, 

Just a quick note and pic to let you know everyone has arrived safely and is in good spirits. 

We met with the group on Friday and everyone was satisfied with their placements etc. so far. 

We also have had preliminary reports from their respective projects and all is well with them too.

Thanks much 

Delroy Alexander, Chairman

A ‘good news’ story from Kate

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I pondered for some time about this one – there have been so many good stories during 2013 that I simply couldn’t decide which one to pick. So, I decided to look forward to 2014 instead – where Saint Lucia will be welcoming our first 4 volunteers early next year.

As you know, we spend a lot of time and effort in building strong local partnerships before we begin to match volunteers to projects – here’s a photo of the team at Sacred Sports Foundation, our Caribbean partners.

The Alexander Family

The Alexander Family