What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

Nicola in Cambodia Working in a busy NHS department, with the additional pressures of Covid I was at a point where I was losing my enthusiasm and enjoyment in my role as an A&E nurse. I knew I needed a ‘refresh’ and felt it was a good time to stop and reflect.  I volunteered at Treak Community Centre – my brief was to provide support to teachers with an emphasis on providing practical guidance for health and hygiene for both…

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Women’s Empowerment-The Gambia WOW!

Women’s Empowerment-The Gambia WOW!

an update by Sallie I have know Adama for just over 20 years – and every step of the way he has kept me on my toes. Adama is a visionary – our role at people and places is to support him convert his vision to reality. Our support for the Womens Empowerment programme started with education support for the cookery course for previously exploited women at the Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia and mentoring and capacity…

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Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

It is only 3 months since the devastating earthquake struck the High Atlas region of Morocco, destroying homes, schools and the entire infrastructure of the area.  The town of Asni, location of 4 of the Education for All (EFA) boarding houses supported by our volunteers, was badly very damaged and the small town of Talaat n’Yakoub, location of the other 2 EFA houses, was completely destroyed. When we published our last newsletter in September the earthquake had only just happened…

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We are great believers in kindness

We are great believers in kindness

“The quality of being generous,helpful and caring about other people” Here at people and places – kindness is really important to us……. …..and so we are thrilled to be working with an organisation who’s very core value is kindness. Kindness Adventures (an American not for profit) approached us earlier this year to explore the idea of working with us in Morocco – we spent time learning about each other (what corporates would probably call due diligence) – working together, led…

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Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

2023 was the fourth occurrence of the Treak Trek – an annual sponsored bike ride around Cambodia which raises money for the school, is a fantastic team-building experience for the staff, and a great opportunity for international cooperation as they are joined on the ride by friends and supporters from various countries around the world. ‘2023 was by far the best Treak Trek yet: financially undoubtedly, but also for the friendships forged, for the messages of encouragement we received, and…

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Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Just 24 hours later and the girls would have been safe in the EfA houses (the Education programme we work with in the Atlas mountains in Morocco.) some of the EfA girls in happier times The new school term was due to start on Monday 11th September – the house mothers were all at the houses to prepare them to welcome the students in their care for a new term. So the good news is that all the house mothers…

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“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

Our November social is filling up – if you would like to come please let us know ASAP “I just wanted to drop you a line to thankyou for arranging the volunteer on line meetings. The first meeting I attended was before I volunteered with you and I found it so reassuring to be able to hear from previous volunteers and local partners before I travelled. A few months after my return I attended another meeting and it was great…

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Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

I love my volunteer work for people and places – it is so rewarding to see the progress the programmes we work with make through working with our volunteers. BUT I love to volunteer directly with the projects too – time constraints mean I can’t do it as often as I’d wish but I managed to find three weeks earlier this year to work with the adult education and women’s empowerment projects we work with in The Gambia. My skills…

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The best placements are when one friend introduces another

The best placements are when one friend introduces another

In November 2022 volunteer Zara went to Cambodia to volunteer at Treak Community Centre. Zara works in the publishing industry so her placement focused on reading – the activities she did were based on instilling a love of books in the children and she ran a parents’ workshop on helping your child to read at home. On her return to the UK Zara talked to her friend Aimee, who also works in the publishing industry, about what she had been…

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Urgent request – we need a volunteer who can teach children to swim

Urgent request – we need a volunteer who can teach children to swim

This is one of our favourite photos on our website (taken in 2013). The little boy looking at the book is named Robert – he attended Mary’s Little Lambs School until he was 11 years old and those of you who have volunteered there may remember him – I know Yvonne (the volunteer reading the story to him) does. Recently we heard that Robert has tragically died, along with four of his friends. They drowned. Culturally children in The Gambia…

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