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LOVE receiving volunteers’ questions … and answering them!

LOVE receiving volunteers’ questions … and answering them!

At people and places, we always encourage volunteers to ask questions … Some people find asking questions easier than others … but asking the questions and assessing the answers is VITAL when starting to think about options to volunteer abroad, and helps volunteers to make informed decisions. Q&A may be in person, by phone or in writing … So, to show what I mean, I’m going to share some recent email questions with you – AND – my answers !

thanks to everyone who voted for us in the people’s choice awards

thanks to everyone who voted for us in the people’s choice awards

As many as you will know, we have been lucky enough to be winners of The World Responsible Travel Awards twice – once for our campaigning and once as best volunteering organisation.  We are so proud of the awards – we are with some very special company. AND now this year we have been short listed for the People’s Choice award We don’t expect to win – the competition is fierce and there are many very deserving potential winners. (a couple…

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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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people and places named in top 5 ethical volunteer programmes by National Geographic Traveler

people and places named in top 5 ethical volunteer programmes by National Geographic Traveler

  ““Please, please ask questions,” says Sallie Grayson, programme director at volunteer tour operator People and Places, a winner at the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. “There are still way too many unethical or poorly managed volunteer organisations operating. We believe volunteering can be a win-win for volunteers and the community they seek to serve — but people must be put in the right places. So there needs to be a lot of information shared by all parties. If you…

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people and places – major changes to the way we work with our projects abroad

people and places – major changes to the way we work with our projects abroad

Here at people and places we are constantly struggling to get enough volunteers for our programmes – there are other sending organisations that manage to attract thousands of volunteers every year – we don’t  and I now know we have got so much wrong – so here’s my proposal – I’m sending it off to our advisory board tonight:  1. We’re going to start talking about our projects – after all, how could they possibly run without us? 2. Forget about getting informed…

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Manchester – 30th January – people and places ‘on the road again’!

Manchester – 30th January – people and places ‘on the road again’!

well, technically, back on the rails again as Kate will be travelling to Manchester by train … We had such a good trip to Manchester last year, that we thought we’d do it again, although this year it will just be Kate presenting people and places volunteer opportunities in Manchester at the MMU Global Volunteering Fair, 11.00 to 14.00  in the atrium of the Geoffrey Manton Building …     Will you be in the neighbourhood? Do you fancy a trip…

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Bragging rights – some nice stuff people have recently said about us

Bragging rights – some nice stuff people have recently said about us

We have to provide references for the World Responsible Travel Awards ( and in case you didn’t know we won! read more here ) – thanks everyone for all your support! and here are some excerpts: From Local Partners “people and places have been leader in this area (child protection) for some time.They personally visit all projects for a lengthy assessment before accepting the project as a partner.  They’re particularly demanding about child protection practices and actively work with projects…

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We won!!!!!!!!!!!!

We won!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. Best for Responsible Tourism Campaigning – sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Association   Winner: people and places, UK – www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk/  read the full story here  Judges’ reasons for winning: “Highly commended in 2007 in the Best Volunteering category, they won this same category in 2009. The judges were impressed by their campaign for responsible volunteering; they have also been active in campaigning for child protection whilst running their small business. Their campaign has been funded entirely through their business….

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