from Peru to Cambodia … via Dorset – volunteer news

from Peru to Cambodia … via Dorset – volunteer news

people and places latest volunteers’ social meeting was hosted by our volunteer programme advisor, Dianne, at her

Dianne Ashman - our volunteer programme advisor
Dianne Ashman – our volunteer programme advisor

home in Dorset …

Not only were Peru and Cambodia well-represented, but also Saint Lucia, The Gambia, South Africa, Nepal and India – a lot of views and news were exchanged as future volunteers talked with recently returned volunteers about their placements and experiences.

A local south-west group is forming and already making plans for their own get-together … if someone would like to form a similar group in their own area, please let us know !

Meanwhile, the people and places team is making plans for our November meeting in Faversham – this is always a good time of year (regardless of the weather!) as several of our local partners are likely to be in the UK for the annual World Travel Market in London.

So – a date for your diaries: Saturday 8th November – at home with people and places at ‘head office’ in Faversham, Kent.

Please email if you would like to attend

We’ll send out full details shortl, but meanwhile, we recommend that you ‘book early to avoid disappointment’ – please email Kate and let us know how many places you would like to book.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our meeting in Dorset –











and are looking forward to 8th November.

here are some lovely messages from those who attended in Dorset

Thank you all for arranging such an enjoyable and interesting and informative get-together. Susan

Volunteer Susan chatting with Harold our revered Chair!
Volunteer Susan chatting with Harold our revered Chair!

The meeting gave me a lot to think about before

Nigel - newsletter ed to the end - taking pics
Nigel – newsletter ed to the end – taking pics

I go to Peru and you will all get feedback

on my experience! Nigel
watch a video here of  Pam discussing her time volunteering in Peru



What a lovely reunion we had yesterday! Thank you very much for your hospitality and for making us all so welcome.  It was really nice meeting up with everyone again and being able to exchange experiences – and we were impressed with the file you had put together Dianne! It will be a very useful resource. Val (K)

Thank you for a most enjoyable Saturday afternoon with lovely weather and in a lovely part of the country.  It was good to meet and talk to yourselves and also other volunteers.  I was pleased to meet Kevin and Esme and have a preliminary chat about St. Lucia.  With my next placement I am sure I will want to contact previous volunteers.  Thanks also for the email contact information for everyone.  Also a special thank you to Dianne for hosting the event. Pat
P.S.  Thanks too from Julian for letting him come even though he did disappear.  The bellringers were apparently extremely pleased to see him as it meant one of them could have a rest each time and they fed him chocolates to persuade him to stay for the ringing after (not at all good for him but he didn’t take much persuading!)  He then enjoyed the cricket on the field behind and was almost disappointed when I called him to go.

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