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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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I’m thrilled to bits – I’ve seen how much the children enjoyed and learned from my video

I’m thrilled to bits – I’ve seen how much the children enjoyed and learned from my video

A couple of weeks ago I decided to fill an idle couple of hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon filming a video which we could send to the education projects supported by people and places volunteers.  Quite a lot of volunteers have contributed to this initiative – we have videos of stories, demonstrations of simple Science experiments, even a walk round a farm to show children the animals.  But so far we didn’t have a video of a volunteer actually…

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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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Our brand new e-volunteer site

Our brand new e-volunteer site

“Covid-19 did not remove the need for volunteer support, it stopped delivery.”​……………… Harold Goodwin Professor Emeritus …………….Well we are very proud to announce – it may have slowed us down a little but it hasn’t stopped us! We have been working away for months with our partners and we can now announce the launch of a new site. www.e-volunteer.co.uk e-volunteering is a way for you to volunteer from home – it will suit volunteers who want to use their skills…

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Introducing Fiona -aren’t we lucky?

Introducing Fiona -aren’t we lucky?

Welcome Fiona Adamson to the people and places team Fiona has volunteered to work with Sallie and Dianne on the new people and places e-volunteering initiative. So those of you who volunteer from home for one of the programmes we are working with remotely will probably come into contact with her in the coming months. Fiona first approached us when she was exploring the idea of volunteering her skills to one of the programmes we work with…she was matched to…

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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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Volunteering remotely during lockdown – a new way to volunteer

Volunteering remotely during lockdown – a new way to volunteer

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold everything changed – all around the world businesses, schools and individuals turned to online communication.  Could we do the same for international volunteering? As international travel ground to a halt and all the projects we support around the world were forced to close their doors, we began to think long and hard about whether and how we could continue to offer support to our local partners during the pandemic.  people and places volunteer support…

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Penguin Random House partners with people and places

Penguin Random House partners with people and places

We are so pleased to announce that we are working closely with Transworld – a division of Penguin Random House – what a perfect match – literacy is a priority in just about every programme we work with and now we are working with the best! This programme has been created in memory of Sophie Christopher…. Sophie’s passions reflected her belief in the power of literacy and literature to change lives. Good luck Zara with your work with our partners…

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EfA Morocco – supporting the girls in their villages

EfA Morocco – supporting the girls in their villages

Education For All’s current focus is to support the girls in their villages – their house-mothers remain in touch with them and the Moroccan government. Our programme and placement coordinator, Dianne, is working with EfA to identify ways that she and other volunteers can support the house mothers and girls with remote learning – especially English.

Bats, Bikes and Building Futures in Cambodia

Bats, Bikes and Building Futures in Cambodia

by Sallie Grayson Programme Director So many memories from my recent trip to Cambodia – here are a few highlights Dusk just outside Battanbang. A quiet murmuring, growing louder and louder as a couple of dark specks appeared from the mouth of the cave. There was a prolonged gasp from those of us that were experiencing this incredible spectacle for the first time, and then a mass, slowly mounting in size. The bats were flying in a perfect curved formation………

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