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Volunteer stories – just home and just setting off

Volunteer stories – just home and just setting off

As always, our volunteers have been working hard, sharing their many and varied skills and experiences with local people.  Here are a few examples: Diana loves reading with her grandchildren.  She has just completed an e-volunteer placement listening to children read and helping them with their vocabulary.  She says: ‘A highlight was when the students used more expression in their reading and stopped and paused at full stops.’ Zoe is a teacher.  She worked alongside a new untrained teacher to…

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Requests from our partners – can you help?

Requests from our partners – can you help?

We can place volunteers with a great variety of skills and experiences and we always look forward to finding out about new volunteers and creating a match with a local project which is beneficial to both volunteer and the local community.  At the moment, in particular, we would love to hear from potential volunteers who could: Link up online to listen to children read and to read with them – Diana’s placement described above was so successful that teachers and…

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Peru – CREES research and bridging community and conservation models

Peru – CREES research and bridging community and conservation models

Our partner in Peru is The Crees Foundation For Manu  – a non-profit organisation committed to the conservation of the Amazon. Here are some upates from them Searching for amphibians and reptiles from M Sc Joseph Oakley – Research Coordinator This month ( April) at the MLC we have dedicated a lot of effort into two of our long-term surveys – Visual Encounter Surveys (VES) and pitfall traps. Both of these methods focus on herpetofauna, commonly known as amphibians and…

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Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

It is only 3 months since the devastating earthquake struck the High Atlas region of Morocco, destroying homes, schools and the entire infrastructure of the area.  The town of Asni, location of 4 of the Education for All (EFA) boarding houses supported by our volunteers, was badly very damaged and the small town of Talaat n’Yakoub, location of the other 2 EFA houses, was completely destroyed. When we published our last newsletter in September the earthquake had only just happened…

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We are great believers in kindness

We are great believers in kindness

“The quality of being generous,helpful and caring about other people” Here at people and places – kindness is really important to us……. …..and so we are thrilled to be working with an organisation who’s very core value is kindness. Kindness Adventures (an American not for profit) approached us earlier this year to explore the idea of working with us in Morocco – we spent time learning about each other (what corporates would probably call due diligence) – working together, led…

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Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Just 24 hours later and the girls would have been safe in the EfA houses (the Education programme we work with in the Atlas mountains in Morocco.) some of the EfA girls in happier times The new school term was due to start on Monday 11th September – the house mothers were all at the houses to prepare them to welcome the students in their care for a new term. So the good news is that all the house mothers…

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Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

I love my volunteer work for people and places – it is so rewarding to see the progress the programmes we work with make through working with our volunteers. BUT I love to volunteer directly with the projects too – time constraints mean I can’t do it as often as I’d wish but I managed to find three weeks earlier this year to work with the adult education and women’s empowerment projects we work with in The Gambia. My skills…

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We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

We catch up with our SA local partner, but in the UK for a change

Our South Africa partner, Kate from Good Work Foundation, was recently in the UK, speaking at a conference and catching up with family and friends. This was too good an opportunity to miss – a chance to meet up with one of our local partners without having to get on a plane! So we chose a point not too difficult for any of us to reach by train or road and Sallie and I met Kate for a late breakfast….

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How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

How far you’ve come in 15 years! – happy birthday to the Institute of Tourism in the Gambia

written by Sallie When I first met Adama 20 years ago ITTOG (The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia), a college to train Gambians to enable them to access well paid jobs in the tourist industry, was his dream – to give Gambian youth the skills they needed to compete for jobs mostly held by non Gambians in the all important tourism industry -responsible tourism. ITTOG started simply using course content shared with them by Nottingham University. Then…

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Can you help with coding or robotics?

Can you help with coding or robotics?

Our partners at Good Work Foundation are looking for volunteers who can hep with coding and robotics Good Work Foundation support 32 local schools from their six campuses, exposing young learners from rural South African schools to digital technology as a means of learning. Part of their programme, Open Learning Plus, takes the most talented group of learners and provides workshops in the following activities: robotics, coding, Lego education, Skype, drones and advanced mathematics. These classes take place after school…

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