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Requests from our partners – can you help?

Requests from our partners – can you help?

We can place volunteers with a great variety of skills and experiences and we always look forward to finding out about new volunteers and creating a match with a local project which is beneficial to both volunteer and the local community.  At the moment, in particular, we would love to hear from potential volunteers who could: Link up online to listen to children read and to read with them – Diana’s placement described above was so successful that teachers and…

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Our partners in Madagascar publish their 10 year plan

Our partners in Madagascar publish their 10 year plan

Working together to build community and environmental resilience in southeast Madagascar “Our RESPONSE initiatives will address immediate emergency needs of communities in the face of natural disasters, climate change impacts, pandemics and localised crises.Our RECOVERY initiatives will support communities transition to more stable periods where the priority returns to increasing access to water, health services, education, food and livelihoodopportunities.Our RESILIENCE initiatives will ensure communities can withstand future shocks and sustain improved social and environmental outcomes. The focus is on strengthening…

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Peru – CREES research and bridging community and conservation models

Peru – CREES research and bridging community and conservation models

Our partner in Peru is The Crees Foundation For Manu  – a non-profit organisation committed to the conservation of the Amazon. Here are some upates from them Searching for amphibians and reptiles from M Sc Joseph Oakley – Research Coordinator This month ( April) at the MLC we have dedicated a lot of effort into two of our long-term surveys – Visual Encounter Surveys (VES) and pitfall traps. Both of these methods focus on herpetofauna, commonly known as amphibians and…

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A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

The Education for All boarding houses (where many of our volunteers work) are not just about enabling girls to go to school and get their qualifications. They are also about preparing the girls for life and for work, giving them the skills and confidence to become independent women. Here is a great initiative from the travel industry to support them in this aim. From the Education for All newsletter: Hays Travel Internships start this Summer We are so excited to…

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We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

Our South Africa partner, Kate from Good Work Foundation, was recently in the UK, speaking at a conference and catching up with family and friends. This was too good an opportunity to miss – a chance to meet up with one of our local partners without having to get on a plane! So we chose a point not too difficult for any of us to reach by train or road and Sallie and I met Kate for a late breakfast….

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How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

written by Sallie When I first met Adama 20 years ago ITTOG (The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia), a college to train Gambians to enable them to access well paid jobs in the tourist industry, was his dream – to give Gambian youth the skills they needed to compete for jobs mostly held by non Gambians in the all important tourism industry -responsible tourism. ITTOG started simply using course content shared with them by Nottingham University. Then…

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Can you help with coding or robotics?

Can you help with coding or robotics?

Our partners at Good Work Foundation are looking for volunteers who can hep with coding and robotics Good Work Foundation support 32 local schools from their six campuses, exposing young learners from rural South African schools to digital technology as a means of learning. Part of their programme, Open Learning Plus, takes the most talented group of learners and provides workshops in the following activities: robotics, coding, Lego education, Skype, drones and advanced mathematics. These classes take place after school…

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Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Farewell and thankyou Sophea

Those of you who have volunteered in Cambodia will know Sophea well. She is leaving Concert at the end of this year for personal reasons. Sophea has been such an important part of the volunteer programme in Cambodia – making sure that volunteers know their way around Siem Reap – her brilliant smile and kind heart saying “Welcome we are so pleased you are with us – what can we do to help?” “My abiding memory of Sophea will be…

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We need your skills to empower vulnerable women – skills you may not even realise you have!

We need your skills to empower vulnerable women – skills you may not even realise you have!

We have an urgent need for skills that will support this programme that aims to give vulnerable women practical and business skills. But when we say business skills we are not talking about the ability to run a multinational – we are not just talking professional qualifications – we are looking for volunteers who can help prepare young vulnerable women for work – either in employment or running their own micro enterprise. Young women who will be so much less…

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volunteering where now?

volunteering where now?

people and places and Treak (our partners in Cambodia) talk about resilience, opportunity and innovation on a webinar discussing volunteering during and post the pandemic. Click on picture below to watch the video ( Michael starts speaking 21.12 into the video – followed by Sallie) See if you can spot who the non-academics are!!!!