‘A one-of-a kind experience’ – a report from a creative writing volunteer

‘A one-of-a kind experience’ – a report from a creative writing volunteer

Otancia specialises in teaching creative writing – some of her own short stories and poems have been published in her home country of Trinidad. She is currently doing an e-volunteer placement with a group of girls in Morocco. Here is her poem about her experience A breath of fresh air (the pen has power) Journey into Morrocco, with the eager students at  Dar Al Asni Powerful girls like buzzing bees Brilliant minds and willing hands creating lines of poetry and…

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Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

In their most recent newsletter, Treak Community Centre in Cambodia wrote: Volunteers are back in town! What a wonderful feeling to have volunteers back at school for the first time in 2 years. Brinje and Kristin from Norway are with us for 4 weeks, assisting in the classrooms and the library.  They will also run some science and PSHE sessions with our older students. e-volunteering (online volunteering) is here to stay In addition to our volunteers here on the ground,…

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people and places are recognised as “movers and shakers” 

people and places are recognised as “movers and shakers” 

Early in April our South African partners, Good Work Foundation picked up our latest award for us. Thanks Gemma and Fumani for representing us and all our other African partners! We’ve just won GOLD at the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards These awards “ champion the very best work in Responsible Tourism on the African continent. …. – sustainability champions, changemakers, movers and shakers – who continue to make a positive impact and lead by example.“ We won the award for…

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Women’s Empowerment and Adult Education in The Gambia

Women’s Empowerment and Adult Education in The Gambia

I have just returned from three weeks in The Gambia…to catch up on the adult education and business projects we support and to learn more about the new women’s empowerment programme we are working with – No Woman Left Behind. I’m not going to write about how tough it’s been in the past couple of years in The Gambia – that’s true for most of us and certainly everywhere we work. Nor am I going to write much about the…

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We’re travelling again – back to The Gambia!

We’re travelling again – back to The Gambia!

March 18th – it was two years to the day since I was last at Gatwick Airport.  On this day in 2020 I returned from a volunteer trip to Morocco, cut short as the borders closed and the pandemic took hold, lucky to get a rescue flight home, and Gatwick was dark and deserted.  Now travel is starting to open up again and I was back at Gatwick, with Sallie this time, boarding a flight to The Gambia for our…

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Don’t want to travel? – not a problem – e-volunteering is here to stay

Don’t want to travel? – not a problem – e-volunteering is here to stay

We continue to be heartened by the wonderful work and close relationships that can be achieved through e-volunteering.  Our e-volunteers go from strength to strength and a number of them are now on their second e-volunteer placement.  Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite for this different but very worthwhile way to volunteer with a project overseas. Eileen is about to start her second online book club, working with our partners in South Africa, Good Work Foundation. …

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Another fantastic volunteer meeting

Another fantastic volunteer meeting

“I really enjoyed listening to the other volunteers and their experiences and it was managed most skilfully by Paul who drew in plenty of people as well as managing the time very well.  What struck me was that most were, like me, people who had not worked abroad before but welcomed the opportunity to share skills, visit new places (eventually!) and meet people from other countries. ” “Thankyou for arranging such an informative session – I am now even more excited…

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It’s International Women’s Day every day at people and places!

It’s International Women’s Day every day at people and places!

We are blessed to work with some amazing women – role models and leaders – in Morocco, South Africa ,Cambodia and The Gambia. International Women’s Day was last week – but we don’t apologise for being late! – because every day is women’s day here at people and places In this post we have chosen to focus on a programme we work with in The Gambia – but wherever you choose to volunteer with us – be assured the projects…

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Our first in-country volunteers since March 2020 are arriving at their placements! “Every day here is a present…”

Our first in-country volunteers since March 2020 are arriving at their placements! “Every day here is a present…”

Our volunteers are on the move again!  Our first in-country volunteer, Eva, is in Morocco, teaching mindfulness and relaxation skills to girls and house-mothers from the Education for All boarding houses.  Eva says: Already one week has passed!!! And I’m even more excited than I was before coming here. Every day here is a present for me. Every day, not just a new experience, but many new experiences, and all of them wonderful, deep, fun, moving, special, enriching… Honestly I…

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It’s been a great year for our e-volunteers

It’s been a great year for our e-volunteers

It’s always great to hear news of our volunteers, especially when their volunteering has contributed to other achievements in their lives. An award winner: One of our volunteers was all set to go to Cambodia on her volunteer trip when Covid struck in 2020.  As part of her day job she hosts travel podcasts so during the last two years, as her contribution to e-volunteering, she has made podcasts for two of our local partners, in Cambodia and Morocco.  In…

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