We have been very busy here at people and places developing ways we can continue to support the projects we work with and more importantly – how we help our volunteers contribute during the pandemic.
Our work is about putting the right people in the right places to support the programmes we work with – we match volunteers with skills and experience to previously agreed need. This is normally achieved by sending volunteers to work with the projects we work with around the world.
We havent been able to do that for most of this year – and it’s pretty sure we wont be able to do it, with a few exceptions, until next year.
We have been working hard with our local partners and past and new volunteers to find a way to support the programmes we work with even if none of us are able to travel. We are calling this initiative e-volunteering.
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In the next few days we will be launching a brand new site detailing our ” e- volunteer” work and how you could help – and if you are an early joiner you can do this for FREE! We will send out a separate news alert as soon as the e-volunteer site is live. If you would like to learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime we want to say thank you to all the volunteers who have helped so far.
For The Gambia
Joanne – for all her work with Lisong from Mary’s Little Lambs Nursery to produce a training manual and associated training materials for the new Gambian ECD curriculum for the early childhood education programme
Yvonne, Ellie and Joanne have sent videos to the team at Mary’s Little Lambs.
Tina, Linda and Wendy for participating in regular video sessions with the house mothers from the education programme we work with in Morocco – these sessions are designed to help the house mothers improve their spoken English – a skill they need to support the girls in their English studies. They all made videos as well.
Andy for working with Dara (head teacher) on teaching materials
Carole, Lynne, Zara, Janet and Yvonne for researching teaching and learning resources ( we will be able to use these on other programmes too)
Kate for working with Michael (our local partner) on ideas for fund-raising which aren’t dependent on tourism
Kate, Fiona, Paul and Lynne for sending videos
For Saint Lucia
Aisha for sending a video
For South Africa
Jacky for creating and sending a mindfulness video
Literacy and spoken English is a very important part of our work. All the education programmes we are working with remotely have asked us if volunteers could make videos where they are reading from a selected booklist – this will help teachers with correct pronunciation as well as encourage the children to read (if you would like to do this please contact email@example.com)
Thanks to Peter, Aisha, Ben, Suzanne, Laura, Yvonne, Zara and Kate who are all in the process of recording their story reading
BUT where are the opportunities with the programme I worked with or hope to work with I hear you cry…well…we hope as time goes on to add other opportunities but the sad reality is that many of the programmes we work with just do not have the capacity to work remotely – many have other priorities – we promise we will let you know when and as other opportunities arise – and PLEASE let us know if you plan to work with your project and you havent yet shared it with us – we can share and promote it and try to support you.
Finally – again we say thankyou – this may sound trite – but there is no other way of saying it – we are humbled by how many people are taking the time to support us in our work – we know that all of you face challenges of your own.
Stay safe and stay in touch
Sallie, Dianne and the people and places team