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Saturday 18th May – we’ll be in Crewe – are you coming ?

Saturday 18th May – we’ll be in Crewe – are you coming ?

Our spring volunteers’ social meeting is confirmed – in Yoxall Village Hall, Cheshire – just 10 minutes from Crewe Station and 10 minutes from the M6 motorway. Time: 1.30pm to 5.00pm There will be an informal welcome at about 2.00pm, including the latest news from the projects in Morocco, The Gambia and Saint Lucia. Sallie and Dianne have visited all of those projects this year, so we will be able to give you the very latest news. Do try to…

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volunteering in The Gambia … one of the most significant experiences of my life

volunteering in The Gambia … one of the most significant experiences of my life

This just in from Karen, a volunteer in The Gambia My time with Mary’s Little Lambs has been one of the most significant experiences of my life and I hope that I will be able to assist with similar projects in the future.. I love the Gambia and can’t wait to return. On my first visit (stood on the outside looking in), The Garden Day One I noted a leaf covered area containing several trees, species mostly unknown to me,…

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respect from a previous volunteer …

respect from a previous volunteer …

On the occasion of my (Kate’s) birthday, I received this lovely message from a volunteer who worked in the Swaziland project in 2007 ! “Hi Kate ! You won’t remember me (I do!) – but I remember your energy and commitment – and therefore the unforgettable experience of volunteering in Swaziland….. Just to say – I will always remember (if nothing else) how you took me on, and gave me the opportunity of a fabulous lifetime experience. Recently I have…

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a date for your diary – volunteer meeting Saturday 18th May

a date for your diary – volunteer meeting Saturday 18th May

Our spring social meeting will be in the West Midlands, Birmingham area. We’ll confirm full details of time and location early next year, but meanwhile, please save the date ! Claire’s video interview (below) emphasises how valuable our social meetings can be for potential volunteers – meeting and talking with each other as well as previous volunteers and the ‘people and places’ team – all in a relaxed and friendly environment. Let us know if you hope to / plan…

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local partners talk about our volunteers

local partners talk about our volunteers

We love hearing from local partners about our volunteers and their work … below are some recent updates from Treak in Cambodia and Hazyview in South Africa. First of all, here’s a brief synopsis of the varied skills and experience they brought to their projects and placements: Chris, Paul & Lynne worked in Treak and Katherine in Hazyview. Chris has worked for years in engineering and other practical projects, in the UK and overseas, as well as having coaching &…

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13th October in Reading – volunteer social confirmed – will you be there ?

13th October in Reading – volunteer social confirmed – will you be there ?

Our volunteers’ get-together next month is confirmed – we know where we’re going to be and which of our previous and future volunteers are going to be there … though we would certainly be delighted if more of you would like to come along: the more, the merrier! So, if you’d like to join us and other volunteers on the afternoon of 13th October in central Reading, please email kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk as soon as possible so that we can add you to our…

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volunteering – the right people in the right places

volunteering – the right people in the right places

I (Kate) just LOVE my job and I thought you’d like to read these snippets from 2 recent volunteers about how ‘people and places’ works closely with volunteers, right from the beginning – doing our utmost to put the right people in the right places: SOPHIE ‘I was very impressed (and grateful!) that when my original allocated project proposed a job role that didn’t quite align with my experience, People & Places organised for me to change to Treak. This…

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stories from the field – by volunteers

stories from the field – by volunteers

Elsewhere in this newsletter, you’ll be able to read Dianne’s full report from her own recent volunteer placement in Port Elizabeth.   At people and places, we firmly believe that sharing volunteers’ reports, before and after placements, is vital in helping everyone to appreciate their own role in a project’s development and sustainability. Here are some extracts from 2 more volunteers who also worked in South Africa this year, though on a different project from Dianne – in Kruger. Husband &…

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time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

… we’re delighted that we’ll be holding our next volunteers’ social meeting in central Leicester … more accessible for more people, whether travelling by road or rail ! Saturday 24th March – 1.00 to 5.00 p.m.  Come and meet previous, present and co-volunteers, as well as the people and places team, of course ! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the projects if you’re planning to volunteer, and to meet old friends if you’ve volunteered with us…

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“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

When any new volunteer placement is accepted and agreed, we send previous volunteers’ reports and encourage our new volunteers to get in touch with those who have been to the same project before. This is a vital in enabling continuity of project support and placement roles – and also avoids volunteers “re-inventing the wheel”. Individual placement roles differ according to volunteers’ individual skills and experience – whether in education, training, practical skills, social care, nutrition, health care, social work –…

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