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What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

Nicola in Cambodia Working in a busy NHS department, with the additional pressures of Covid I was at a point where I was losing my enthusiasm and enjoyment in my role as an A&E nurse. I knew I needed a ‘refresh’ and felt it was a good time to stop and reflect.  I volunteered at Treak Community Centre – my brief was to provide support to teachers with an emphasis on providing practical guidance for health and hygiene for both…

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The best placements are when one friend introduces another

The best placements are when one friend introduces another

In November 2022 volunteer Zara went to Cambodia to volunteer at Treak Community Centre. Zara works in the publishing industry so her placement focused on reading – the activities she did were based on instilling a love of books in the children and she ran a parents’ workshop on helping your child to read at home. On her return to the UK Zara talked to her friend Aimee, who also works in the publishing industry, about what she had been…

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Volunteer Paul explains the importance of doing your research for an ethical volunteer organisation

Volunteer Paul explains the importance of doing your research for an ethical volunteer organisation

My goal in coming to The Gambia was to contribute altruistically to a legitimate cause with a reliable organization. After years of long hours and stressful grafting as a chef and consultant in fast paced kitchens, I felt it was time to step aside for a little while and try to decompress. I’ve always had a keen interest in politics, international development, and travel. In recent years I’ve started volunteering in London and found it extremely rewarding. With those things…

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Women’s empowerment volunteer programme 12 months on

Women’s empowerment volunteer programme 12 months on

We are proud of the work done by our partners in the Gambia at ITTOG (Institute for Travel and Tourism in the Gambia), by the women of the No Woman Left Behind Association, and by our volunteers – this has led to really substantial progress in this women’s empowerment programme over the last 12 months. One year ago Sallie and I visited the Gambia and saw this programme in its early stages. Our partners had obtained funding to provide training…

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Volunteer artist creates beauty at Treak Community Centre

Volunteer artist creates beauty at Treak Community Centre

Denise (an artist who creates stunning murals) volunteered at Treak in March – she has certainly left her mark. Working with local staff and children she has created beautiful murals to enhance the surroundings which can also be used to enhance the curriculum. So think outside the box – you don’t have to be a teacher to do valuable work at this school. Read on to see what she says. ‘Spending one glorious month in Cambodia creating murals was one…

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Volunteers at work – in pictures

Volunteers at work – in pictures

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – those who have travelled and those who have worked from home as e-volunteers to support our volunteer programme since we have been able to travel post-Covid. Here are some great pictures of some of our volunteers at work during the last year. To learn more about all these projects follow these links to our project pages for in-country placements and for e-volunteer placements or email dianne@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

Finally – after a two year wait – volunteers making a real impact in The Gambia

Finally – after a two year wait – volunteers making a real impact in The Gambia

Joanne ‘As a previous volunteer for People and Places both in situ in The Gambia and e-volunteering, I was only too happy to continue my involvement by working closely with Dianne and Lisong on a new training program to be delivered to Nursery School Teachers, promoting the Gambian Early Childhood and Development curriculum. In 2020 myself, Dianne and Lisong held regular zoom meetings to develop the training program I have just delivered. Unfortunately the Covid pandemic did not allow for…

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Meditation and mindfulness in the High Atlas Mountains

Meditation and mindfulness in the High Atlas Mountains

Volunteer Eva has just completed a three month placement at the Education for All boarding houses in Morocco.  The aim of her placement was to teach mindfulness and meditation to the girls and house-mothers, in particular focusing on relaxation techniques with the older girls to help them manage their stress levels in the build-up to their Baccalaureate exams.  Eva says – ‘My work was about teaching Mindfulness and Meditation skills to girls and housemothers in Asni 1, Asni 2 and…

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‘A one-of-a kind experience’ – a report from a creative writing volunteer

‘A one-of-a kind experience’ – a report from a creative writing volunteer

Otancia specialises in teaching creative writing – some of her own short stories and poems have been published in her home country of Trinidad. She is currently doing an e-volunteer placement with a group of girls in Morocco. Here is her poem about her experience A breath of fresh air (the pen has power) Journey into Morrocco, with the eager students at  Dar Al Asni Powerful girls like buzzing bees Brilliant minds and willing hands creating lines of poetry and…

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Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

Treak Community Centre welcomes our volunteers

In their most recent newsletter, Treak Community Centre in Cambodia wrote: Volunteers are back in town! What a wonderful feeling to have volunteers back at school for the first time in 2 years. Brinje and Kristin from Norway are with us for 4 weeks, assisting in the classrooms and the library.  They will also run some science and PSHE sessions with our older students. e-volunteering (online volunteering) is here to stay In addition to our volunteers here on the ground,…

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