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Penguin Random House partners with people and places

Penguin Random House partners with people and places

We are so pleased to announce that we are working closely with Transworld – a division of Penguin Random House – what a perfect match – literacy is a priority in just about every programme we work with and now we are working with the best! This programme has been created in memory of Sophie Christopher…. Sophie’s passions reflected her belief in the power of literacy and literature to change lives. Good luck Zara with your work with our partners…

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so disappointed to have to postpone

so disappointed to have to postpone

Flights booked, introduction to the local team completed, placement outlines finalised, not long to go……..this was the situation for a number of volunteers when restrictions started to be put in place as the coronavirus pandemic rapidly escalated.  In countries around the world school and businesses started to close down as did hotels and guesthouses, borders started to close and airlines started to cancel flights.  For the safety of all concerned, volunteers and local people, it started to look increasingly unlikely,…

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how to volunteer with your granddaughter!

how to volunteer with your granddaughter!

This was a first for us!  Yvonne, our longest standing volunteer, announced that she would be doing her final placement this year …. and she wondered if her granddaughter Ellie could volunteer alongside her!  It seemed particularly appropriate that Yvonne’s granddaughter should accompany her on her final placement – Yvonne is ‘Grandma’ not only to Ellie but also to so many people at the projects where she has volunteered over the years (see this article about Yvonne written in 2018). …

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a trip with a difference-to Morocco as the virus breaks

a trip with a difference-to Morocco as the virus breaks

From our programme and placement coordinator Dianne How quickly things change!  Just 6 weeks ago my friend Wendy and I set out to volunteer in Morocco – the first time I’ve persuaded a friend to come with me to volunteer – thank you Wendy!  We were going to Asni to work with our local partners, Education for All, at the girls’ boarding houses which enable girls from the Berber tribes in the High Atlas Mountains to access secondary school education. …

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‘Fantastic students, so keen to learn, EfA Morocco’

‘Fantastic students, so keen to learn, EfA Morocco’

This from recent volunteer Wendy On Monday, we had a meeting with all the wonderful House Mothers at Dar Asni 1. Latifa, lead House Mother and in charge of Dar Asni 1, took us on a helpful orientation tour in order to locate Dar Asni 2 and 3, the bank, post office, pharmacy, good food shop and souk.  In the afternoon, Khadija, House Mother of Dar Asni 3, introduced me to all her staff: Deputy House Mother, Khaoula; Housekeeper, Khadija;…

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volunteer stories from Morocco

volunteer stories from Morocco

‘We want to give girls the chance of a college education in Morocco because we believe that if you educate a girl you educate the next generation as well’.  This is the motivation for Education for All who, by building boarding houses for girls from the High Atlas Mountains, have enabled more than 300 girls to access education beyond primary school level. In October two ‘people and places’ volunteers, Tina and Linda, went to Morocco to volunteer alongside the house-mothers…

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working alongside Lisong – in the Gambia this time

working alongside Lisong – in the Gambia this time

In our last newsletter Lisong (from the Gambia) told us about her visit to a British nursery school run by Joanne.  This is the second episode of that story – Joanne tells us about her time volunteering at Lisong’s nursery school in the Gambia. A great example of a real two-way partnership….. ‘I was fortunate enough to meet Lisong (Owner of Mary’s Little Lambs) in August whilst she was visiting the UK and this really helped me in my preparation….

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volunteer story from Cambodia

volunteer story from Cambodia

We work hard to ensure that all volunteers are carefully matched to the needs of the projects where they carry out their placements.  But it is not until we get feedback from the volunteer and from the project that we really know whether or not the placement has been a success.  Volunteer Kate went to Treak Community Centre in Siem Reap in June and we were delighted to read her positive comments about her volunteering experience in the report she…

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Gill and Mandy-their volunteering experience at Treak , Cambodia

Gill and Mandy-their volunteering experience at Treak , Cambodia

Gill and Mandy have recently returned from their placements in Cambodia.  This is what they told us. We were known as Teacher Mandy and Teacher Gill (although we are both nurses) and we led teaching Yoga to most classes in the library. We did this to a story – We are going on a bear hunt and Yoga actions complemented this story and encouraged active learning of English. Both children and staff enjoyed the experience as did we and we…

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