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“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

When any new volunteer placement is accepted and agreed, we send previous volunteers’ reports and encourage our new volunteers to get in touch with those who have been to the same project before. This is a vital in enabling continuity of project support and placement roles – and also avoids volunteers “re-inventing the wheel”. Individual placement roles differ according to volunteers’ individual skills and experience – whether in education, training, practical skills, social care, nutrition, health care, social work –…

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Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

The following extracts are from volunteer Kathy’s report following her 2 month placement at Gede House – a school for children with special needs. My son, Joe, and I decided to volunteer for different projects in Kenya this year and we were lucky enough to come across People and Places through our search for potential placements. Joe worked at Sita Community Snake Farm on a conservation placement and I volunteered at Gede Special School. The whole process and experience was…

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Cambodia – a volunteer stresses the importance of flexibility

Cambodia – a volunteer stresses the importance of flexibility

people and places’ volunteers have so many skills and experiences to share with local communities – the following from Stephanie, an American social worker with a particular interest in nutrition. I had an incredibly wonderful experience with Treak Community Centre . I enjoyed my time immensely and was able to quickly integrate into their work in the community! The staff members at  Treak Community Centre were very supportive, kind and welcoming. During my time there, I assisted the head teacher with…

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a chance to meet project leaders and other volunteers

a chance to meet project leaders and other volunteers

November 4th 12.00 to 17.00 Put it in your diaries – more news in a few weeks time. Come and meet previous, present and co volunteers – and some of our local partners – as well as the people and places team. A chance to learn more if you plan to volunteer – and a chance to meet old friends if you are a previous volunteer. We have not confirmed our location yet – and we appreciate that this is…

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just saying … I love my job :)

just saying … I love my job :)

Every now and again I feel especially proud of how we work here at ‘people and places’ … and welcome the appreciation of people we work with … This just in from Hannah, who won’t be able to volunteer this year, but will be back ! “As you may have deduced, I have been extremely busy recently. So busy in fact that it may not be possible for me to go to Cambodia as I wished. Thank you so much…

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how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

(the following is a story from volunteer, Anke) Paul and I met more than three years ago, when he left a short message on a people and places Facebook post about my volunteer placement in The Gambia. His comment turned out to be the beginning of an exciting chapter of the lives Paul and I shared for a while as colleagues, passionate advocates for responsible tourism and social justice, co-authors, and friends. It seems appropriate telling our story through the…

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recollections & respect from volunteers

recollections & respect from volunteers

We have been touched by all the messages we have received from volunteers. “I have fond memories of Paul when he took us under his wing in Port Elizabeth back in 2010. I am sure he will be greatly missed and I hope Calabash finds the strength to continue his legacy. And thanks should go to you, too, for providing me with the opportunity to meet such a great guy and to take part in such a worthwhile project.” Sue…

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