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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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Look at what we’ve gone and won!

Look at what we’ve gone and won!

In the last year our e-volunteer programme has been recognised as a game changer, not once but three times! “The World Responsible Tourism Awards 2020 are dedicated to acknowledging those in travel and tourism who have taken remarkable steps to address the multiple challenges brought to our industry by the COVID-19 crisis.” “We were sincerely impressed by your initiatives” (judging panel goabroad.com) “When the pandemic struck, peopleandplaces were no longer able to send volunteers to support the projects they have…

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Look what our project partners have achieved!

Look what our project partners have achieved!

The pandemic has hit our project partners pretty hard – but despite all the challenges there is much to celebrate. Here are just a few examples Morocco Student becomes teacher. Khadija has just started working as a teacher!”It is an amazing experience and am glad that I have this chance, because being educated was always a dream for me that came true but teaching it was just impossible even in the dream. I grew up seeing the teachers as the…

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‘You (people and places) are the pioneers of e-volunteering!’

‘You (people and places) are the pioneers of e-volunteering!’

If a volunteer had said this to us two years ago we would not have had the slightest idea what they were talking about.  Even a year ago e-volunteering was not a fully formed concept.  At that stage we had just started working with a few dedicated previous volunteers on placements to support our partners in The Gambia and Morocco – although in both those countries schools and businesses were still closed so we could only work with staff.  We…

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Did you get our invite to the virtual volunteer meeting in January?

Did you get our invite to the virtual volunteer meeting in January?

Once upon a time we all had to travel for hours to meet up with each other and many of you couldn’t join us due to distance and oceans and our local partners could rarely attend – again oceans but most of all prohibitive travel costs…… then we discovered ZOOM – now we can all be together in the same room. We think the success of our Zoom volunteer meetings may be the biggest plus of all in the last…

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Morocco Podcast -hear about this project from the project beneficiaries themselves

Morocco Podcast -hear about this project from the project beneficiaries themselves

Listen to a podcast by travel editor and volunteer Zara – talking with a house mother,the volunteer co-ordinator and an 18 year old student from Education for All the girls education programme we work with in Morocco. Learn about girls education in Morocco – life in an Education for All boarding house and what you can expect as a volunteer. (eds note there are six girls houses not 3) .

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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