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Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

The following extracts are from volunteer Kathy’s report following her 2 month placement at Gede House – a school for children with special needs. My son, Joe, and I decided to volunteer for different projects in Kenya this year and we were lucky enough to come across People and Places through our search for potential placements. Joe worked at Sita Community Snake Farm on a conservation placement and I volunteered at Gede Special School. The whole process and experience was…

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Dianne reports on her recent visit to our education and community volunteer programme near Kruger, South Africa

Dianne reports on her recent visit to our education and community volunteer programme near Kruger, South Africa

I have recently returned from a visit to the project we support at Hazyview, run by our local partners Good Work Foundation.  They have been developing a revolutionary model of learning for rural Africa – Digital Learning Campuses, designed to bring children and young adults from rural areas into the 21st century by showing them how to access to the world’s body of knowledge and opportunities available through digital technology. I was last at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre in…

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Cambodia – a volunteer stresses the importance of flexibility

Cambodia – a volunteer stresses the importance of flexibility

people and places’ volunteers have so many skills and experiences to share with local communities – the following from Stephanie, an American social worker with a particular interest in nutrition. I had an incredibly wonderful experience with Treak Community Centre . I enjoyed my time immensely and was able to quickly integrate into their work in the community! The staff members at  Treak Community Centre were very supportive, kind and welcoming. During my time there, I assisted the head teacher with…

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a chance to meet project leaders and other volunteers

a chance to meet project leaders and other volunteers

November 4th 12.00 to 17.00 Put it in your diaries – more news in a few weeks time. Come and meet previous, present and co volunteers – and some of our local partners – as well as the people and places team. A chance to learn more if you plan to volunteer – and a chance to meet old friends if you are a previous volunteer. We have not confirmed our location yet – and we appreciate that this is…

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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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how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

(the following is a story from volunteer, Anke) Paul and I met more than three years ago, when he left a short message on a people and places Facebook post about my volunteer placement in The Gambia. His comment turned out to be the beginning of an exciting chapter of the lives Paul and I shared for a while as colleagues, passionate advocates for responsible tourism and social justice, co-authors, and friends. It seems appropriate telling our story through the…

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recollections & respect from volunteers

recollections & respect from volunteers

We have been touched by all the messages we have received from volunteers. “I have fond memories of Paul when he took us under his wing in Port Elizabeth back in 2010. I am sure he will be greatly missed and I hope Calabash finds the strength to continue his legacy. And thanks should go to you, too, for providing me with the opportunity to meet such a great guy and to take part in such a worthwhile project.” Sue…

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