a Royal visit to the project we support in Morocco . . . and an MBE for one of our local partners!

a Royal visit to the project we support in Morocco . . . and an MBE for one of our local partners!

On February 24th the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited two of the Education For All boarding houses in Morocco.  This was a day of great excitement for the girls, the house mothers and everyone else associated with Education For All.  Dressed in traditional Berber clothes some of the girls sang to welcome Harry and Meghan, they were offered delicious Moroccan cakes and pastries, and one girl was chosen to paint a henna tattoo on Meghan’s hand, a traditional practice…

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welcome Luci to the p and p volunteer team

welcome Luci to the p and p volunteer team

We want to give a warm welcome to Luci Gardner O’Brien who has joined the people and places team. She brings passion and integrity – and, just as importantly, youth! to the team. Luci is working on our campaign to help volunteers find responsible and ethical volunteering opportunities – and not just with us. Her aim is to guide young people wisely in their search for volunteer placements. Luci graduated in 2016 from The University of Nantes gaining a degree…

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Saturday 18th May – we’ll be in Crewe – are you coming ?

Saturday 18th May – we’ll be in Crewe – are you coming ?

Our spring volunteers’ social meeting is confirmed – in Yoxall Village Hall, Cheshire – just 10 minutes from Crewe Station and 10 minutes from the M6 motorway. Time: 1.30pm to 5.00pm There will be an informal welcome at about 2.00pm, including the latest news from the projects in Morocco, The Gambia and Saint Lucia. Sallie and Dianne have visited all of those projects this year, so we will be able to give you the very latest news. Do try to…

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volunteering in The Gambia … one of the most significant experiences of my life

volunteering in The Gambia … one of the most significant experiences of my life

This just in from Karen, a volunteer in The Gambia My time with Mary’s Little Lambs has been one of the most significant experiences of my life and I hope that I will be able to assist with similar projects in the future.. I love the Gambia and can’t wait to return. On my first visit (stood on the outside looking in), The Garden Day One I noted a leaf covered area containing several trees, species mostly unknown to me,…

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Please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

Please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

people and places was founded to make volunteering a better experience for volunteers and the communities they work with – we decided the best way to campaign for better was through example. We 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…

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good news – we can now place a wider range of volunteers in Morocco

good news – we can now place a wider range of volunteers in Morocco

A few weeks ago I went to Morocco to visit the project we support there, the Education For All boarding houses for girls, the project recently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as described in an earlier article in this newsletter.  I had not been there since 2011 and wow! – what amazing progress has been made in the intervening 8 years!  I thought I had kept up to date with developments there through reading their newsletter, but…

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people and places – major changes to the way we work with our projects abroad

people and places – major changes to the way we work with our projects abroad

This was first published way back when – sadly – it still holds true! Here at people and places we are constantly struggling to get enough volunteers for our programmes – there are other sending organisations that manage to attract thousands of volunteers every year – we don’t  and I now know we have got so much wrong – so here’s my proposal – I’m sending it off to our advisory board tonight:  1. We’re going to start talking about our projects – after all, how…

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respect from a previous volunteer …

respect from a previous volunteer …

On the occasion of my (Kate’s) birthday, I received this lovely message from a volunteer who worked in the Swaziland project in 2007 ! “Hi Kate ! You won’t remember me (I do!) – but I remember your energy and commitment – and therefore the unforgettable experience of volunteering in Swaziland….. Just to say – I will always remember (if nothing else) how you took me on, and gave me the opportunity of a fabulous lifetime experience. Recently I have…

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