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We have a volunteer in South Africa!

We have a volunteer in South Africa!

We are delighted to report that we have a volunteer currently on placement at Hazyview in South Africa.  Having feared that we would be unable to place anyone at all during the pandemic and with no idea when long-haul international travel will start up again, we were delighted when Richard approached us to say that he was actually in South Africa and could we create a placement for him.  As the Digital Learning Centres run by our partners Good Work…

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Keeping in touch by Video

Keeping in touch by Video

Want to say hello the project you worked with or hope to work with someday soon? They would love to hear from you and give you their news Take a look here – many of our volunteers have already sent messages to the people they worked with or hope to work with

fundraising-we won’t ask for money but we will promote your initiative

fundraising-we won’t ask for money but we will promote your initiative

From the beginning of the pandemic – we, at people and places, made the difficult decision that we would not ask our volunteers and friends for donations. We made this decision because we are aware funds are tight for nearly everyone – our concentration is on how to share our skills remotely BUT We are hearing from many volunteers that they want to help financially, the projects they care about. So we have decided that we will promote individual volunteer…

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Volunteering remotely during lockdown – a new way to volunteer

Volunteering remotely during lockdown – a new way to volunteer

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold everything changed – all around the world businesses, schools and individuals turned to online communication.  Could we do the same for international volunteering? As international travel ground to a halt and all the projects we support around the world were forced to close their doors, we began to think long and hard about whether and how we could continue to offer support to our local partners during the pandemic.  people and places volunteer support…

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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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