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our partner in The Gambia -deserved recognition

our partner in The Gambia -deserved recognition

By Sallie Grayson Programme director We are so thrilled and proud for our partner in The Gambia – Adama Bah – his honorary doctorate is so well deserved. I have known Adama for over 15 years – he is my friend, partner and most important of all – my mentor – much I have learnt about ethical and responsible volunteering – I have learnt from him – together we strive for the best and always challenge each other to do…

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A message from Kate

A message from Kate

First of all – THANK YOU everyone for your good wishes while I’ve been away for a while … Next – I may have been away from ‘people and places’ desk, but I’m still keeping my finger on the pulse. Frequent calls with Sallie and Dianne … and … a lovely get-together in the summer with our wonderful local partners from The Gambia, Lisong and Adama … as well as their daughter Mariama and grandchildren. Adama and Lisong were visiting…

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Luci to speak at leading responsible tourism conference

Luci to speak at leading responsible tourism conference

Our Young Professional adviser Luci Gardiner O’Brien has certainly been thrown in at the deep end – she is representing people and places on a panel discussing child protection issues at WTM London in November – Luci will be talking about something close to our heart – how volunteer travellers can work for children – working with projects that seek to keep children in families not in orphanages – for an example of our work take a look here

Sharing experiences works both ways!

Sharing experiences works both ways!

We often include articles in our newsletter written by volunteers describing a visit their experiences in schools abroad. This time we are taking the opposite point of view!  Lisong is the founder and manager of Mary’s Little Lambs, a nursery and prep school in The Gambia.  Joanne is a volunteer whose skills and experience have been matched to Mary’s Little Lambs, where she will be carrying out her volunteer placement in October.  But this article does not describe Joanne’s visit…

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a Royal visit to the project we support in Morocco . . . and an MBE for one of our local partners!

a Royal visit to the project we support in Morocco . . . and an MBE for one of our local partners!

On February 24th the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited two of the Education For All boarding houses in Morocco.  This was a day of great excitement for the girls, the house mothers and everyone else associated with Education For All.  Dressed in traditional Berber clothes some of the girls sang to welcome Harry and Meghan, they were offered delicious Moroccan cakes and pastries, and one girl was chosen to paint a henna tattoo on Meghan’s hand, a traditional practice…

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Please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

Please don’t let negative press put you off volunteering

people and places was founded to make volunteering a better experience for volunteers and the communities they work with – we decided the best way to campaign for better was through example. We believe in the power of well matched and well prepared volunteers – we believe the overwhelming majority of people want to do good….but we also see the damage being done in communities where poorly thought out, managed and monitored programmes are being run. We believe volunteers and the communities…

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