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This has been one of the most productive visits we’ve had

This has been one of the most productive visits we’ve had

The Kugler family have been supporting The Education Support Programme at AV Bukani for over 10 years – here are some extracts from their blog about their latest trip this year “One of the major factors impacting this year is an improvement in electronic communication.  All the teachers and the community leaders communicate through WhatsApp and email on their phones. In past years, email was spotty and the basic phones were hard to use and limited to local calls; communication…

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orphanages-why are we asking you to rethink volunteering or donating?

orphanages-why are we asking you to rethink volunteering or donating?

We want to start this post by saying very clearly that we know that some of you support orphanages – and we are not, for a moment, suggesting that you should immediately stop supporting those orphanages. We want to encourage people to look at alternatives and encourage the organisations they support to seek alternatives.We want to encourage people who are thinking about supporting an orphanage for the first time to consider the alternatives – we want to warn people that…

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Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

Kenya – a return to familiar territory – this time, as volunteers !

The following extracts are from volunteer Kathy’s report following her 2 month placement at Gede House – a school for children with special needs. My son, Joe, and I decided to volunteer for different projects in Kenya this year and we were lucky enough to come across People and Places through our search for potential placements. Joe worked at Sita Community Snake Farm on a conservation placement and I volunteered at Gede Special School. The whole process and experience was…

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supporting people in developing countries – a video presentation

supporting people in developing countries – a video presentation

Dianne, our Volunteer Programme Adviser, has made a number of presentations about how to volunteer responsibly – here is one that she recently gave … and it’s not a sales pitch for people and places – rather a guide to the challenges of making sure you do more good than harm when you volunteer or donate. Dianne discusses building projects, wealth creation projects, education – as well as why it’s so important to avoid orphanages, and what alternatives are available…

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NEW! an easy and safe way to donate to your volunteer project

NEW! an easy and safe way to donate to your volunteer project

We do not ask or expect volunteers to donate more to the project they work with, other than the initial sum detailed in their placement costs. But we are constantly humbled by the number of volunteers and their friends and families who wish to give additional support. We are thrilled that now we have an easy, cost effective and safe way to help with those donations. Our sister charity, Travel Philanthropy (Charity No 1122270), now enables us to offer this…

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donations in Paul’s memory are pouring in-thankyou-here’s how you can help if you wish

donations in Paul’s memory are pouring in-thankyou-here’s how you can help if you wish

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Calabash Trust in Paul’s memory. We know how important this money is to help Calabash Trust continue the work Paul started. We appreciate that many of you reading this newsletter may want to do similar  – so here are some ways we can recommend. We know the money you donate will be used well if you use these methods. Donate to: Calabash Trust here AV Bukani School here Joe Slovo…

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great news for Emmanuel – thanks to volunteer Trez

great news for Emmanuel – thanks to volunteer Trez

Fantastic news from one of our previous volunteers, Therese Bateson – ‘Trez’. A not-for-profit organisation she is involved in in the UK has decided to part fund the food programme at Emmanuel Community Centre until April 2017.     ‘Baby Angels’ aims to: “Relieve poverty among underprivileged children and their families world-wide by financially supporting meaningful development initiatives, aiming to promote positive change within their lives and help build sustainable livelihoods” Thank-you so much Trez and Baby Angels!

calling all volunteers – could you be one of the lucky winners?

calling all volunteers – could you be one of the lucky winners?

Travelocity has re-launched its Travel For Good programme of grants, offering 3 lucky winners the opportunity to travel and volunteer, also promising to donate an amazing $10,000 to a charity of the winners’ choice … Just think what could be achieved for you, your project and your chosen charity …     “We’re sending three inspiring people on their dream voluntourism trips of a lifetime, and donating $10,000 to the charity of their choice.” And YOU could be one of…

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Naxal volunteer Dot was in Nepal during the earthquake – her story

Naxal volunteer Dot was in Nepal during the earthquake – her story

Dot Coupe was visiting Naxal Orphanage when the earthquake struck – instead of dashing home she stayed – here is her story. (please note we have not been sending volunteers to Naxal for a number of years – but we are aware that many previous volunteers still support this wonderful organisation – thankyou) Here is Dot’s story This has been the most eventful trip that I have made to Occed Nepal Children’s Home I first came in 2008 under the care…

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