Now we can choose to travel or stay at home to volunteer

Now we can choose to travel or stay at home to volunteer

We can start to plan to travel again – our volunteer programmes in The Gambia, Morocco, Cambodia, South Africa, Peru and Madagascar will begin to welcome volunteers in situ from late January. (We will be ale to provide dates for specific countries when you contact us) Many organisations recruiting volunteers for overseas have already been accepting “bookings” for some time. We believe we have a responsibility to be cautious. So we haven’t simply waited for international borders to open but…

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Volunteer Paul “the best of both worlds”

Volunteer Paul “the best of both worlds”

Written by Paul Reynolds and published by Sallie Grayson I had the great pleasure of hosting the volunteers’ room at the recent social for past, present and future volunteers, both for e volunteering and actual future placements when we are able to do so. I had undertaken an e volunteering placement at Treak in Cambodia for 12 weeks from January to March this year. (To learn about the project where Paul volunteered take a look at the links at the…

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What makes a good volunteer – the myths and the reality

What makes a good volunteer – the myths and the reality

Myth 1: To be a good volunteer you need to be a teacher It depends what you mean by teaching!  All skills-sharing involves an element of teaching – for example in the last few weeks I have taught a friend how to do a new knitting stitch, been taught by another friend how to fertilize my courgette plants so I get fruit rather than just flowers, and been taught by my brother how to top up the pressure on my…

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We need your skills to empower vulnerable women – skills you may not even realise you have!

We need your skills to empower vulnerable women – skills you may not even realise you have!

We have an urgent need for skills that will support this programme that aims to give vulnerable women practical and business skills. But when we say business skills we are not talking about the ability to run a multinational – we are not just talking professional qualifications – we are looking for volunteers who can help prepare young vulnerable women for work – either in employment or running their own micro enterprise. Young women who will be so much less…

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One location – different ways to volunteer!

One location – different ways to volunteer!

Mary’s Little Lambs is a nursery and lower basic school in The Gambia.  The Principal, Lisong Bah, also works at national level in The Gambia to run training courses and provide training materials for parents and teachers of pre-school-age children.  people and places volunteers have worked with Lisong for many years – this is how our volunteers have supported Lisong and MLL in the last few months. To see how you could help on this project take a look here…

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Chatting is important…we didn’t realise how important…

Chatting is important…we didn’t realise how important…

The people and places volunteer programme grew out of a series of chats. At the start of the pandemic a handful of previous volunteers to the programme we work with in Morocco approached Dianne to ask if we could help them contact the house mothers they had worked with – just to say hello…just to have a chat….. A year later we have a structured programme working with House Mothers and the young female students they support….this programme is not…

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Volcanoes to viruses – all taught by e-volunteers at Treak Community Centre

Volcanoes to viruses – all taught by e-volunteers at Treak Community Centre

Two volunteers with very different backgrounds – one a young engineer, the other a retired GP. One had already travelled to Cambodia to volunteer at Treak Community Centre (TCC), the other had a placement planned there which had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. Both determined to use their skills to work as e-volunteers to help teachers from TCC develop their skills and knowledge and help them with their own online teaching. Andy’s e-volunteer placement involved activities based around…

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“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are”

“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are”

Everyone working with our partner organisation in South Africa speaks good English – but it’s certainly not their first language.  To an extent all our e-volunteer work helps local people with conversational English – and volunteers have found the best way to approach this is by picking a different topic for conversation each week – but for this project our partners wanted a real focus on improving language and literacy.  It also needed to be fun!  They came up with…

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Could share your business skills with college students?

Could share your business skills with college students?

Do you have experience in the varied world of travel and tourism? Such a – hospitality, event management, tour planning, tour guide training – or even creative arts. Perhaps you have no experience in tourism but have book keeping,costing or marketing skills or IT and presentation skills – or, maybe, health and safety experience ? We need your help. Working from home could you link up with local people online, share your business and/or training skills to help people build…

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Could you help us put stories onto Powerpoint?

Could you help us put stories onto Powerpoint?

We have asked you previously to film yourself reading a children’s story, to be watched by children at all the schools and community centres we support.  We would now like your help to produce a different kind of story – on Powerpoint.  Click here to see the full slide show as an example: Our partners in Cambodia and The Gambia love the story videos – but they love the Powerpoint stories too and use them in a very different way. …

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