International Teaching Volunteers Wanted – Open to All???

International Teaching Volunteers Wanted – Open to All???

Picture the scene – you are in school but your normal teacher isn’t here today.  Instead there are two people from a foreign country.  You have had people like this in your classroom before – they are always friendly and quite good fun – it’s a nice break from learning.  They talk to you in a foreign language – you think it’s English because you have started to learn English with your teacher and you recognise some of the words,…

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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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our partner in The Gambia -deserved recognition

our partner in The Gambia -deserved recognition

By Sallie Grayson Programme director We are so thrilled and proud for our partner in The Gambia – Adama Bah – his honorary doctorate is so well deserved. I have known Adama for over 15 years – he is my friend, partner and most important of all – my mentor – much I have learnt about ethical and responsible volunteering – I have learnt from him – together we strive for the best and always challenge each other to do…

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A message from Kate

A message from Kate

First of all – THANK YOU everyone for your good wishes while I’ve been away for a while … Next – I may have been away from ‘people and places’ desk, but I’m still keeping my finger on the pulse. Frequent calls with Sallie and Dianne … and … a lovely get-together in the summer with our wonderful local partners from The Gambia, Lisong and Adama … as well as their daughter Mariama and grandchildren. Adama and Lisong were visiting…

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Luci to speak at leading responsible tourism conference

Luci to speak at leading responsible tourism conference

Our Young Professional adviser Luci Gardiner O’Brien has certainly been thrown in at the deep end – she is representing people and places on a panel discussing child protection issues at WTM London in November – Luci will be talking about something close to our heart – how volunteer travellers can work for children – working with projects that seek to keep children in families not in orphanages – for an example of our work take a look here

Sharing experiences works both ways!

Sharing experiences works both ways!

We often include articles in our newsletter written by volunteers describing a visit their experiences in schools abroad. This time we are taking the opposite point of view!  Lisong is the founder and manager of Mary’s Little Lambs, a nursery and prep school in The Gambia.  Joanne is a volunteer whose skills and experience have been matched to Mary’s Little Lambs, where she will be carrying out her volunteer placement in October.  But this article does not describe Joanne’s visit…

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It’s a hard life being programme advisor for people and places – I’m just back from beautiful Saint Lucia!

It’s a hard life being programme advisor for people and places – I’m just back from beautiful Saint Lucia!

Saint Lucia – what a stunning place to volunteer!  And there are several rewarding projects we support there, requiring a range of different skills, which enables us us to match volunteers to projects where they are really needed. I was last in Saint Lucia in 2013, right at the start of our volunteer programme there, so a return visit was long overdue.  I was delighted to go back and spend time with our local partner, Nova.  Together we visited all…

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Gill and Mandy-their volunteering experience at Treak , Cambodia

Gill and Mandy-their volunteering experience at Treak , Cambodia

Gill and Mandy have recently returned from their placements in Cambodia.  This is what they told us. We were known as Teacher Mandy and Teacher Gill (although we are both nurses) and we led teaching Yoga to most classes in the library. We did this to a story – We are going on a bear hunt and Yoga actions complemented this story and encouraged active learning of English. Both children and staff enjoyed the experience as did we and we…

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