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volunteer in Nepal – new projects and an old friend

volunteer in Nepal – new projects and an old friend

We are working in Nepal again! As many of you know we stopped working in Nepal a few years ago – firstly because of the legal issues of volunteers needing ( almost impossible to obtain ) work permits – and then post the devastation of the earthquake we felt it was inappropriate to send volunteers Well HOORAY we can now announce that we are working again in Nepal. Our programme causes no problem with work permits because all our volunteers…

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Paul was – a gladiator – a huge force for good

Paul was – a gladiator – a huge force for good

It has taken me some time to put pen to paper – well digit to keyboard –  to write about the horrible loss of my friend and our partner, Paul Miedema. My first reaction was to write about the loss – huge loss – for his family and friends and colleagues at Calabash; the communities they work with; volunteers; and indeed to me as a friend and people and places as a partner – but I wasn’t comfortable with writing that…

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Paul was always my role model….

Paul was always my role model….

by Dianne The partnership between people and places and Calabash was already well established by the time I came onto the people and places team and one of the first visits I made in my role as education advisor was to Port Elizabeth.  Paul and I worked well together from the very start and it was immediately apparent how much Paul cared about our partnership work at the different township schools and at Emmanuel, and how committed he was to using volunteering and tourism…

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Paul defined the word “authentic”

Paul defined the word “authentic”

Paul Miedema changed our lives. It is through Paul that we connected with the A.V. Bukani Primary School community, a wonderful place we now consider our second home. But Paul did more than connect us – he was our support, our mentor, our ally, and our friend. Just a few weeks ago, we had a long conversation with Paul about a possible sixth volunteer trip to Nomathomsanqa.   Paul defined the word “authentic.” He had no tolerance for BS and…

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Dianne visits our Cambodia volunteer projects – old and new

Dianne visits our Cambodia volunteer projects – old and new

CAMBODIA – PROJECTS NEW AND OLD FRIENDS  by Dianne Ashman, volunteer programme advisor As I write this article I am right at the end of my latest trip, to visit our projects in Cambodia.  I was last here in 2011 working with Michael, founder of ConCERT who are our local partners here.  On the ‘tips for volunteers’ sheet Michael and I compiled in 2011 he asked that volunteers bring a jar of Marmite with them as he and his family…

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a really great visit to Chitardai, the school our volunteer programme support in India

a really great visit to Chitardai, the school our volunteer programme support in India

I have recently returned from a really satisfying and encouraging trip to India.  I went to visit the school where our volunteers work, Chitardai Upper Primary School, in Rajasthan.  I have volunteered at Chitardai twice myself, in 2010 and 2011, working with the English teacher in his lessons and helping all the teachers to develop their school motto ‘Learn Through Play’ by showing them a number of techniques for active learning – I must confess it’s my favourite of the…

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why was April 23rd an important day?

why was April 23rd an important day?

April 23rd 2016 . . . St George’s Day, Earth Day, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death . . . and, most importantly of course, the day we held our latest volunteer social!  This time we met at volunteer Val’s home near Hemel Hempstead, the weather was kind to us, and we all enjoyed a lovely sociable afternoon catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  There was a good mix of previous volunteers who could tell us about…

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12th November – our next volunteers’ social in Faversham

12th November – our next volunteers’ social in Faversham

Yes, I know – November’s a long way off, and you’ve only just read Dianne’s report about this month’s social meeting near Hemel Hempstead … But we also know that everyone’s diaries seem to get busier all the time, so we wanted to give you early notification in the hope that many of you will be able to come along to our volunteers’ social meeting here at ‘head office’ (aka Kate’s home!) in November. The usual 1-5 p.m format –…

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local groups: putting you in touch with other volunteers who live near you

local groups: putting you in touch with other volunteers who live near you

If you have told us that you would like to be put in touch with other people and places volunteers who live not too far away from you, you should by now have received a contact list of email addresses for volunteers in your area. We have always encouraged a new volunteer on a particular project to make contact with others who have volunteered there before as a good way of getting to know about that project.  However, meeting with other…

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how did that happen ?! people and places-responsible volunteering is 10 years old –

how did that happen ?! people and places-responsible volunteering is 10 years old –

It’s 10 years since we placed our first volunteer!      There’s a “curse” that many erroneously believe is Chinese – “May you live in interesting times.” There is a wonderful Xhosa word – “Ubuntu” – which has no direct translation into English but portrays the qualities of humanity and compassion – ‘I am because you are’. Well, boy-oh-boy, have the last 10 years been interesting times for people and places – successes to celebrate  and challenges to overcome – boy,…

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