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how exciting – a volunteer has written a book about her experiences !

volunteer Jenny has written a book about her experiences – which anyone can buy – and all proceeds will help to support the work of our local partners, Calabash in Port Elizabeth!

Hello Mrs Jenny

check it out here … Mrs Jenny Welcome

A great read – the realities of a volunteering experience !

 

 

we need your teaching skills – and not only in schools

Definition of teach: “cause (someone) to learn or understand something by example or experience.”

Definition of skill: “The ability to do something well; expertise.”

That’s what we are all about in all our volunteer projects

{As an aside we are proud that our programme is a skills-share programme. However, we need to use the term “volunteer” because in this Google search age the vast majority of people use the word “volunteer” when they do their searches – not “skills-share”.}

Many of our “education” volunteer programmes are not based in schools – many are.

All of our programmes need volunteers to share their skills – e.g. teach.

Here are some examples of where we need teaching skills – not only in schools but in community, health and vocational programmes too.

Please read on to learn more about the projects we work with that need and would warmly welcome your teaching skills .

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“gap years for grown ups” – the value of older volunteers

“Highly skilled people … are looking for career break activities” writes Matthew Jenkin in today’s Guardian newspaper.

At ‘people and places‘, we know that each volunteer has valuable skills to share – whatever their age. The key is to put the right people in the right places, and that’s something we work hard to achieve.

As Sallie says in The Guardian article: “… older volunteers can bring huge value … they are generally more patient and better prepared for voluntary work, not only professionally but also culturally.”

 

South Africa - school outing with volunteer Shan

South Africa – school outing with volunteer Shan

India - teacher training with volunteer Dianne

India – teacher training with volunteer Dianne