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When can we volunteer abroad again?

When can we volunteer abroad again?

A number of people have contacted us suggesting they would like to travel with us as soon as possible.  This is fantastic news, and we so want that too, BUT…current travel restrictions, (both for leaving the UK an other countries and entering the countries where our partner projects are located), make volunteering on site impractical at the present time. In addition, as our partner projects are in developing countries where health care facilities may not be the same as in…

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we’ve just won an award for our work during the pandemic!

we’ve just won an award for our work during the pandemic!

We, at people and places highly value recognition from such prestigious  awards as the WTM World Responsible Tourism Award. This year the judges decided to commend organisations and destinations which are taking responsibility and addressing the many challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are particularly proud to have won The Innovation Award because people and places was conceived to innovate for better practice in the volunteer travel.  We won the award for the work we are doing to develop support and encourage e-volunteering – a…

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Why we ask for DBS or police checks for e-volunteers

Why we ask for DBS or police checks for e-volunteers

Recently we were asked why we demand DBS /police checks and references for volunteers who are offering to work online with us – (not in situ) – for the organisations with which we work. Good question and here’s our reply Our first priority is the safety of the communities and volunteers we work with. We have a duty to do all we can to ensure that the children, young people and any at risk adults that we work with are…

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Our volunteers haven’t let the pandemic stop them supporting our work -thankyou

Our volunteers haven’t let the pandemic stop them supporting our work -thankyou

We have been very busy here at people and places developing ways we can continue to support the projects we work with and more importantly – how we help our volunteers contribute during the pandemic. Our work is about putting the right people in the right places to support the programmes we work with – we match volunteers with skills and experience to previously agreed need. This is normally achieved by sending volunteers to work with the projects we work…

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fundraising-we won’t ask for money but we will promote your initiative

fundraising-we won’t ask for money but we will promote your initiative

From the beginning of the pandemic – we, at people and places, made the difficult decision that we would not ask our volunteers and friends for donations. We made this decision because we are aware funds are tight for nearly everyone – our concentration is on how to share our skills remotely BUT We are hearing from many volunteers that they want to help financially, the projects they care about. So we have decided that we will promote individual volunteer…

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COVID-19 animated video from South Africa

COVID-19 animated video from South Africa

Good Work Foundation has sent us videos they have produced to educate their local communities about how to stay safe from the virus.  They have asked us to share these videos with as many people as we can so that they can be used to inform and educate as many people as possible about the dangers of the virus and how to stay safe.  The following is a message from Kate, founder of Good Work Foundation:

Yes-No-my children – safety advice from The Gambia

Yes-No-my children – safety advice from The Gambia

Wonderful video from Mary’s Little Lambs in The Gambia, written by Lisong Bah – performed by children and teachers – easy to understand advice on avoiding the virus – the answer is always “Yes” or “No, my children”. The video made by Adama and Lisong in The Gambia.   This is an updated version of an earlier video about washing hands made before advice on social distancing To learn more about the volunteer programme supporting Mary’s Little Lambs take a…

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my five steps towards being responsible and ethical

my five steps towards being responsible and ethical

by ‘Luci’ Gardner-O’Brien -people and places’ Young Professional Advisor 1. Be interested I was ten years old when I read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – a dystopian love story which turns racial dynamics upside down. Whilst reading the first chapter, I realised that the main character was a dark skinned girl. I remember going red in the face, I had pictured her white like me – this is the first time I was aware of my white privilege….

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people and places present at largest responsible travel show – and UN make an important declaration

people and places present at largest responsible travel show – and UN make an important declaration

Written by Luci Gardner-O’Brien -people and places Young Professional Advisor On 18th December 2019, for the first time ever, all 193 member states of the United Nations have formally recognised that orphanages do not protect children, that they are in fact harmful and have called for them to be eliminated. This comes weeks after the WTM Responsible Tourism panel – “Child Protection – What Is Better Than Orphanages?” – that we were so proud to be a part of. The…

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New Foreign Office advice – volunteering in orphanages

New Foreign Office advice – volunteering in orphanages

Nobody doubts the good intention of the donors, travellers, and volunteers who give time or money to orphanages. It is natural and right to care about poor and vulnerable children, wherever they are in the world. But is this support part of the problem rather the solution? We have been advising volunteers about the risks and dangers of volunteering in orphanages for some years now. We are so pleased to see the recent initiative from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office…

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