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teachers and community carers explain why they want to work with volunteers

teachers and community carers explain why they want to work with volunteers

click on the videos to view   Mrs Rita Dyantyi from Tshume school explains why they welcome volunteers watch to the end – the children are epic!-     Watch a video by Mrs Thembekha Klaasen and Mrs Anita Hutton from Emmanuel Advice and Care Centre                                           Mr Thembalethu Hopa of Mboniselo school welcomes volunteers   Mr Thambo of AV Bukani School talks…

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Dianne’s travels in southern Africa continued . . . on to Port Elizabeth

Dianne’s travels in southern Africa continued . . . on to Port Elizabeth

My recent trip to South Africa culminated in two thoroughly enjoyable weeks spent in Port Elizabeth, working with Calabash, our wonderful local partners.  As always, they could not have been more friendly and welcoming – I immediately felt part of the team and we had a really great time working together.  Port Elizabeth is a fantastic place to volunteer – really worthwhile projects where you will spend your working day, a very supportive team to take an interest in what…

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so proud of our partners -Tiger Mountain, Nepal

so proud of our partners -Tiger Mountain, Nepal

We are thrilled to announce that our partners at Tiger Mountain Nepal have just won a prestigious award that recognises their commitment to the environment and the communities they work with and in. Well done and well deserved all at Tiger Mountain To learn more about the volunteer programme we work on in partnership with Tiger Mountain – take a look here 

Fatima’s journey to school in Morocco

Fatima’s journey to school in Morocco

When you watch this short video about one girl’s journey from school to her village, you will understand why we support this life changing initiative. The boarding houses are so important. (**switch on subtitles**).   no more words … we will let Fatima explain but if you want to learn more about how you can support girls like Fatima take a look here.

time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

time to get together again – Saturday 24th March – Leicester

… we’re delighted that we’ll be holding our next volunteers’ social meeting in central Leicester … more accessible for more people, whether travelling by road or rail ! Saturday 24th March – 1.00 to 5.00 p.m.  Come and meet previous, present and co-volunteers, as well as the people and places team, of course ! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the projects if you’re planning to volunteer, and to meet old friends if you’ve volunteered with us…

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“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

“passing the baton” – volunteers and projects working together

When any new volunteer placement is accepted and agreed, we send previous volunteers’ reports and encourage our new volunteers to get in touch with those who have been to the same project before. This is a vital in enabling continuity of project support and placement roles – and also avoids volunteers “re-inventing the wheel”. Individual placement roles differ according to volunteers’ individual skills and experience – whether in education, training, practical skills, social care, nutrition, health care, social work –…

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we need your teaching skills – and not only in schools

we need your teaching skills – and not only in schools

Definition of teach: “cause (someone) to learn or understand something by example or experience.” Definition of skill: “The ability to do something well; expertise.” That’s what we are all about in all our volunteer projects {As an aside we are proud that our programme is a skills-share programme. However, we need to use the term “volunteer” because in this Google search age the vast majority of people use the word “volunteer” when they do their searches – not “skills-share”.} Many…

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caring for vulnerable children – Dianne & local partner Sarah share inspiring developments

caring for vulnerable children – Dianne & local partner Sarah share inspiring developments

This article is written jointly by Dianne Ashman, voluntary programme advisor for people and places and Sarah Corley, director of volunteer and student travel at AOA.  AOA is people and places’ local partner in Swaziland. This is the story of six Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) in the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland. NCPs were first started by UNICEF to provide support and care for children whose families were struggling with poverty and the effects of the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Their over-riding aim…

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meet three teachers from Swaziland-could you share your skills with them?

meet three teachers from Swaziland-could you share your skills with them?

this from Dianne, just back from working with the NCPs in Swaziland: I would like to introduce you to three teachers from the Neighbourhood Care Points we support in Swaziland, working hard to give pre-school children the knowledge and skills they need to give them a good start at school. These teachers receive a small allowance but not a full salary – they work more or less as volunteers because they genuinely care about the children in their care.