volunteer stories from Morocco

volunteer stories from Morocco

‘We want to give girls the chance of a college education in Morocco because we believe that if you educate a girl you educate the next generation as well’.  This is the motivation for Education for All who, by building boarding houses for girls from the High Atlas Mountains, have enabled more than 300 girls to access education beyond primary school level. In October two ‘people and places’ volunteers, Tina and Linda, went to Morocco to volunteer alongside the house-mothers…

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my five steps towards being responsible and ethical

my five steps towards being responsible and ethical

by ‘Luci’ Gardner-O’Brien -people and places’ Young Professional Advisor 1. Be interested I was ten years old when I read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – a dystopian love story which turns racial dynamics upside down. Whilst reading the first chapter, I realised that the main character was a dark skinned girl. I remember going red in the face, I had pictured her white like me – this is the first time I was aware of my white privilege….

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people and places present at largest responsible travel show – and UN make an important declaration

people and places present at largest responsible travel show – and UN make an important declaration

Written by Luci Gardner-O’Brien -people and places Young Professional Advisor On 18th December 2019, for the first time ever, all 193 member states of the United Nations have formally recognised that orphanages do not protect children, that they are in fact harmful and have called for them to be eliminated. This comes weeks after the WTM Responsible Tourism panel – “Child Protection – What Is Better Than Orphanages?” – that we were so proud to be a part of. The…

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Bats, Bikes and Building Futures in Cambodia

Bats, Bikes and Building Futures in Cambodia

by Sallie Grayson Programme Director So many memories from my recent trip to Cambodia – here are a few highlights Dusk just outside Battanbang. A quiet murmuring, growing louder and louder as a couple of dark specks appeared from the mouth of the cave. There was a prolonged gasp from those of us that were experiencing this incredible spectacle for the first time, and then a mass, slowly mounting in size. The bats were flying in a perfect curved formation………

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working alongside Lisong – in the Gambia this time

working alongside Lisong – in the Gambia this time

In our last newsletter Lisong (from the Gambia) told us about her visit to a British nursery school run by Joanne.  This is the second episode of that story – Joanne tells us about her time volunteering at Lisong’s nursery school in the Gambia. A great example of a real two-way partnership….. ‘I was fortunate enough to meet Lisong (Owner of Mary’s Little Lambs) in August whilst she was visiting the UK and this really helped me in my preparation….

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The “Education Oscars”

The “Education Oscars”

We work with the most inspiring partners who are real drivers for change – and we love it when their work is recognised. Our partners in South Africa, Good Work Foundation have been shortlisted for the “Education Oscars” Good Work Foundation focuses on digital learning opportunities for young adults and scholars living in rural communities. Learn more about the volunteer programme here

New Foreign Office advice – volunteering in orphanages

New Foreign Office advice – volunteering in orphanages

Nobody doubts the good intention of the donors, travellers, and volunteers who give time or money to orphanages. It is natural and right to care about poor and vulnerable children, wherever they are in the world. But is this support part of the problem rather the solution? We have been advising volunteers about the risks and dangers of volunteering in orphanages for some years now. We are so pleased to see the recent initiative from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office…

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International Teaching Volunteers Wanted – Open to All???

International Teaching Volunteers Wanted – Open to All???

This is an article I wrote recently for our blog. As an ex-teacher, I of course hope lots of people will volunteer to improve the educational opportunities for children around the world. However it is important that this is done responsibly and thoughtfully to make sure these volunteers don’t do more harm than good. The article is designed to give some guidelines – it was included in discussions by the panel looking at alternatives to orphanage volunteering at the 2019…

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volunteer story from Cambodia

volunteer story from Cambodia

We work hard to ensure that all volunteers are carefully matched to the needs of the projects where they carry out their placements.  But it is not until we get feedback from the volunteer and from the project that we really know whether or not the placement has been a success.  Volunteer Kate went to Treak Community Centre in Siem Reap in June and we were delighted to read her positive comments about her volunteering experience in the report she…

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