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Return to Morocco – devastation and hope – can you help?

Return to Morocco – devastation and hope – can you help?

I am delighted to be writing this article while in Morocco – my first visit to see the people we work with from Education For All (EFA) since last September’s devastating earthquake.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to catch up with our local partners, the house-mothers and girls in person rather than on the Zoom screen! There is still much evidence of the devastation caused by the earthquake in the town of Asni.  Many people are still living…

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Volunteer stories – just home and just setting off

Volunteer stories – just home and just setting off

As always, our volunteers have been working hard, sharing their many and varied skills and experiences with local people.  Here are a few examples: Diana loves reading with her grandchildren.  She has just completed an e-volunteer placement listening to children read and helping them with their vocabulary.  She says: ‘A highlight was when the students used more expression in their reading and stopped and paused at full stops.’ Zoe is a teacher.  She worked alongside a new untrained teacher to…

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Requests from our partners – can you help?

Requests from our partners – can you help?

We can place volunteers with a great variety of skills and experiences and we always look forward to finding out about new volunteers and creating a match with a local project which is beneficial to both volunteer and the local community.  At the moment, in particular, we would love to hear from potential volunteers who could: Link up online to listen to children read and to read with them – Diana’s placement described above was so successful that teachers and…

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Goodbye, good luck and thank you to Dara

Goodbye, good luck and thank you to Dara

Everyone who has volunteered at Treak Community Centre in Cambodia will know the headteacher, Mr Dara.  After 14 years at Treak, at the end of February Dara moved on from Treak to start an exciting new teaching job at Westgate International School in Siem Reap. Dara started working at Treak straight after school and his first role was as a volunteer in the nursery.  This was in 2010 and over the years he rose through the ranks to become head…

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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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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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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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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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A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

The Education for All boarding houses (where many of our volunteers work) are not just about enabling girls to go to school and get their qualifications. They are also about preparing the girls for life and for work, giving them the skills and confidence to become independent women. Here is a great initiative from the travel industry to support them in this aim. From the Education for All newsletter: Hays Travel Internships start this Summer We are so excited to…

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