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Sallie visits our education volunteer project and plans a new one! – in Morocco

Sallie visits our education volunteer project and plans a new one! – in Morocco

My latest trip to Morocco was a glorious mixture of work and holiday, city and mountains, heat and cool – new and old friends. This trip was all about seeing the new houses for Education for All with Latifa  and working with her and Dr. Jaouad Oudrhri of Atlas Sante – a local NGO working to improve wellbeing, particularly for women and children, in the Berber Villages in the High Atlas Mountains. I haven’t seen Latifa for over 3 years ( Dianne…

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volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

Really useful tips, advice and pointers in this article to guide your research when you’re beginning to think about volunteering in projects abroad … how to find the right project for you …     “short-term volunteering – how to do it well” Begin by asking lots of questions … and expect full answers ! Sallie is quoted, as is Michael, our local partner in Cambodia, where our volunteers work in this community project in Siem Reap. Michael’s question 1: “Does the…

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ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

“Our programs are not designed to meet the expectations of volunteers to do ‘something new’. Our programs meet the needs of the communities in which we work.” Paul Miedema, our local partner at Calabash in South Africa, wrote this excellent article about the priorities for ethical volunteering. http://www.tourism-watch.de/content/entwicklungsprioritaeten-verteidigen The article is in German, but there’s a translate button at the top right of the article, Well said, Paul 🙂

volunteers & social media – communication is all at our volunteer get togethers

volunteers & social media – communication is all at our volunteer get togethers

Everyone who already knows me (Kate) will also know that I have a bit of a reputation for being something of a pedant (!), so I thought I’d start this post with a definition of ‘media’: “Communication channels through which news, entertainment, education, data, or promotional messages are disseminated.” Well – that certainly explains the buzz at our latest people and places social event, when there was plenty of communication among previous and future volunteers, local partners, and us!  

Calabash – partners in the South Africa volunteer programme

Calabash – partners in the South Africa volunteer programme

We’ve been working with Calabash since the very beginning of ‘people and places – responsible volunteering‘ in 2005 … this is why !       and here’s a link to their end-of-year newsletter, packed with positive stories of achievements and ongoing community development.   responsible volunteering – that’s what Calabash & people and places believe in … and that’s how we work! read more below …

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 !

“ethical … responsible … transparent … trusted” – volunteers’ reviews

“ethical … responsible … transparent … trusted” – volunteers’ reviews

What I (Kate)  enjoy most about my work as placements director is getting to know each volunteer as we work together through their placement preparation. As all returned volunteers will know, we provide loads of information and also ask for rather a lot … this exchange  and attention to detail is what makes for a successful volunteer experiences … a ‘win-win’ situation. It’s really encouraging to know that more and more potential volunteers are taking to time to do their…

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my favourite place to volunteer – Dianne in Kenya

my favourite place to volunteer – Dianne in Kenya

  Last month I returned to Kenya to re-visit Gede Special School and to meet up again with our local partners Damian and Ken.  I last went to Kenya in 2012, right in the middle of the Kenyan teachers’ strike, so although I had visited the school before and met the Head-teacher, I had not met any of the staff or children or had the chance to see the school in action.  This trip, I went there with Yvonne – I…

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