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Can you help with coding or robotics?

Can you help with coding or robotics?

Our partners at Good Work Foundation are looking for volunteers who can hep with coding and robotics Good Work Foundation support 32 local schools from their six campuses, exposing young learners from rural South African schools to digital technology as a means of learning. Part of their programme, Open Learning Plus, takes the most talented group of learners and provides workshops in the following activities: robotics, coding, Lego education, Skype, drones and advanced mathematics. These classes take place after school…

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New micro enterprise volunteer opportunities in Cambodia

New micro enterprise volunteer opportunities in Cambodia

When I visited Treak in 2019 Salin (Treak Director) was planning to launch a social enterprise – COVID struck and her plans had to be shelved. As life to returns to a new normal Salin is working hard to make her dream a reality. It was such a pleasure to spend time with her in October as she planned the launch and we worked together to identify her goals and how volunteers might help. Treak Creations in a new social…

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Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Those of you who have volunteered in Cambodia will know Sophea well. She is leaving Concert at the end of this year for personal reasons. Sophea has been such an important part of the volunteer programme in Cambodia – making sure that volunteers know their way around Siem Reap – her brilliant smile and kind heart saying “Welcome we are so pleased you are with us – what can we do to help?” “My abiding memory of Sophea will be…

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“We want to stop the exploitation of other women and girls”

“We want to stop the exploitation of other women and girls”

Can you help mentor a self-help women’s group? We are looking for volunteers who can work with previously exploited young women. Resilience – confidence – assertiveness – mindfulness – creative and critical thinking- decision making and problem solving – these life skills are just as important as hard business skills. No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) grew out of a cookery training course run by our partners ITTOG – started to support previously exploited young women in the Gambia – they…

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Our virtual socials are very popular- September 24th will be the next one!

Our virtual socials are very popular- September 24th will be the next one!

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 24th September10.30am -12.30pm (GMT) Please RSVP to book your place  dianne@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk What – people and places virtual volunteer meeting – an opportunity to meet previous volunteers and local project leaders – to get the latest news if you are a previous volunteer – or if you are thinking about volunteering to learn more about us and the way we work – with no strings attached! Why – volunteers past and present have told us these meetings are important to them – to…

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Kate – mistress of identifying transferable skills – has retired

Kate – mistress of identifying transferable skills – has retired

Many of you will have worked with Kate – some of you will have heard of her and some will wonder who on earth she is! Kate and I ( Sallie ) met in a garden in The Gambia 20 years ago and that’s when we decided to create people and places together. Kate is very much a people person….not great at systems – some of you no doubt have stories that will perfectly exemplify this! Kate’s greatest skill? –…

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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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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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