seventeen girls in Morocco – first in their families to go to university

seventeen girls in Morocco – first in their families to go to university

Very few girls from the rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains get the opportunity of continuing their education beyond primary school. Secondary schools, mostly several kilometres away in larger towns, are not accessible to them because: Their parents can’t afford to pay for lodgings or transport near secondary schools Their parents don’t have the confidence in existing facilities to entrust their daughters to be away from home. One of the programmes we work with is Education for All in…

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working to make our support for volunteer projects worthwhile and sustainable

working to make our support for volunteer projects worthwhile and sustainable

One of our core values at people and places is to make sure that the work our volunteers do is of real use to the communities where we work and forms part of an initiative that can and will be continued after the volunteer goes home.  We are determined to avoid the kind of volunteering where someone goes into a community with an idea we think is good but which is in fact irrelevant to the way things work in…

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stories from the field – by volunteers

stories from the field – by volunteers

Elsewhere in this newsletter, you’ll be able to read Dianne’s full report from her own recent volunteer placement in Port Elizabeth.   At people and places, we firmly believe that sharing volunteers’ reports, before and after placements, is vital in helping everyone to appreciate their own role in a project’s development and sustainability. Here are some extracts from 2 more volunteers who also worked in South Africa this year, though on a different project from Dianne – in Kruger. Husband &…

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be careful what you share on social media-you might unknowingly break the law!

be careful what you share on social media-you might unknowingly break the law!

This is a cautionary tale. Sharing images of abuse, even when the goal is to question those images and promote best practice, could be a criminal offence in the letter of the law. Recently I (Dianne) was sent a video via social media by someone who works at one of the projects we support.  The film showed shocking scenes of violence towards children.  It was sent to me with the best of intentions by someone with whom I had have…

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child welfare and volunteering

child welfare and volunteering

We, at people and places, sincerely believe  in the power of well-matched and well-prepared volunteers – we believe the overwhelming majority of people want to do good … but we also see the damage being done in communities where poorly thought out, managed and monitored programmes are being run. We believe volunteers and the communities they seek to serve are often exploited – and they deserve BETTER. We started people and places because we believe that it is possible to…

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back to Port Elizabeth as a volunteer – not as p+p’s programme advisor!

back to Port Elizabeth as a volunteer – not as p+p’s programme advisor!

Emmanuel Advice Care Centre in one of the Port Elizabeth townships is a project people and places volunteers have been supporting for many years now.  I (Dianne) was last there in October 2017 in my role as programme advisor, but that did not give me enough time to do any meaningful volunteering work myself, so I returned this spring for four weeks as a volunteer.  Here is my report. Placement outline This placement was slightly different to a normal volunteer…

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a new guide for turning good intentions into effective results

a new guide for turning good intentions into effective results

We at people and places have been asked to advise on many volunteer guides in the past – here is one we can wholeheartedly recommend.  You can buy The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad direct from the publishers here. ‘The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad offers a powerful and transformative new approach to international volunteering. The “learning service” model helps volunteers embrace the learning side of their adventures—and discover how cultivating openness, humility, and a willingness to reflect can enhance…

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trade not aid – we need your business skills

trade not aid – we need your business skills

“trade not aid” we hear this all the time from so many development experts but what does it mean? For us at people and places it’s pretty straight forward – we have worked hard to ensure that our business support programmes give the communities we work with the skills they want and need to earn money – and we all know in our own lives that thats what we need to do – it’s all about the money. No we…

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volunteer socials – “everyone…so helpful and enthusiastic”

volunteer socials – “everyone…so helpful and enthusiastic”

A good time was had by all at our recent volunteer social, held at Leicester University.  New volunteers were able to chat to people who have volunteered in the past, hear about their experiences and learn about what it is really like to be a volunteer on one of the projects we support.  People who had volunteered together years ago were able to have a good catch up chat, and people who had volunteered on the same project at different…

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volunteer junkie

volunteer junkie

This article was written for the Leicester press just before our recent social at Leicester University. SHE’S KNOWN AS GRANDMA ALL ROUND THE WORLD Do you think volunteering in the developing world is something just for young people?  If so, you should talk to Yvonne Coulson!  Yvonne, who lives in Lutterworth, is 77 years old and has been volunteering since 2007.  In that time she has completed ten volunteer placements, in six different countries – South Africa, Nepal, The Gambia,…

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