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good news from Nepal – ‘ban on new orphanages’

good news from Nepal – ‘ban on new orphanages’

An article in the ‘Nepali Times’ yesterday … certainly the right way to go in the wake of the inevitable post-quake disruption … http://www.nepalitimes.com/blogs/thebrief/2015/05/20/ban-on-new-orphanages/ We know there are some institutions which are well-run, and organisations which concentrate on re-homing children with their extended families and communities … Here are some links to research more thoroughly: OCCED – Naxal, Kathmandu ChildSafe Network UNICEF Nepal Family for Every Child  check out this Facebook page for recent posts, resources and information about Better…

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“Should I volunteer abroad?” – an article we contributed to

“Should I volunteer abroad?” – an article we contributed to

people and places placements director, Kate, has been interviewed by World Travel Guide for an article about the plusses and minuses of choosing to volunteer abroad …     “We believe that a carefully placed, thoroughly screened, well-prepared, skilled volunteer can – and does – have a positive impact,” says Stefanko.  All volunteers through People and Places have to apply for a position. Then, if accepted, the volunteer is matched with a … project that can benefit from their skill set.”   read…

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Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

……….Sallie contributed. This publication – Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good – is  due out in January and promises to be an important read, drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference. It’s for travellers,volunteers, volunteer sending and receiving organisations and academics. The list of contributors is impressive – people who have a wealth of knowledge about volunteer travel. Register for  a copy on publication here   Here is  Sallie’s contribution…

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5 social networks every volunteer should follow

5 social networks every volunteer should follow

Social networks can provide lots of really useful information for potential volunteers  Here are our 5 favourites: outbounding not just important discussions on volunteer travel -great travel articles and advise too. pearltrees this is where Sallie stores all the links she finds about volunteer travel better volunteering a page created by us but lots of great contributions from others @VickySmith a masters in responsible travel – specialising in volunteer travel but lots of insight into travel generally passenger shaming its funny and…

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Fake Britain … fake orphanages …

Fake Britain … fake orphanages …

It wasn’t a lie … honest! We’d been misinformed …     So I apologise to everyone who tuned in to Fake Britain last night … but I’ve found the original programme about the minefield of ‘orphanage volunteering’ – here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHX-LoLNsKI&feature=youtu.be

BBC ‘Fake Britain’ – investigates orphanage volunteering – 7pm UK time

BBC ‘Fake Britain’ – investigates orphanage volunteering – 7pm UK time

Orphanage volunteering … an ever-popular “hit” with many would-be volunteers wanting to ‘work with children’ …   This programme was first aired in May of this year – and for anyone who missed it the first time around – PLEASE try and watch tonight’s repeat at 7.30 p.m. UK time. We’ve blogged about the issues of child protection, orphanage volunteering, fake orphanages many times … but it is SO IMPORTANT that we’re also repeating ourselves! To read more about these…

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people and places interviewed in the Daily Telegraph – about responsible volunteering

people and places interviewed in the Daily Telegraph – about responsible volunteering

  Sallie was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph recently for this piece    “Volunteering placements abroad are a popular choice for gap years, but projects need to be chosen wisely or there is a danger participants may end up doing more harm than good. Kristina is a friendly 19-year-old from the UK, who recently went on a volunteer placement in Cambodia. “We were told it would involve a mixture of teaching and building water pumps for rural families,” she says….

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“orphanages … part of the well-trodden tourist trail” says BBC’s Fake Britain

“orphanages … part of the well-trodden tourist trail” says BBC’s Fake Britain

“well-meaning holiday-makers [and volunteers] are being conned and are fuelling a dark industry of fake orphanages and orphans” watch the report, from about 35 minutes into the programme click here to watch  people and places‘ Kate Stefanko speaks out during the Fake Britain expose about volunteers naively contributing to the abuse of children.watch it here   “a need for more orphans … so where are they coming from?”   “visiting orphanages and making a donation has become part of the…

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TV reports on volunteer input for Saint Lucia National Trust

TV reports on volunteer input for Saint Lucia National Trust

WOW – just goes to show what well-prepared and well-matched volunteers can achieve in just a few weeks ! Towards the end of his time in Saint Lucia, volunteer Kevin – who has experience in business and consultancy- talks about the results of his work with the Saint Lucia National Trust – identifying historic buildings at risk, and helping to develop plans for local government departments and NGOs to formulate ways in which the nation’s historic cultural heritage can be…

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