We are great believers in kindness

We are great believers in kindness

“The quality of being generous,helpful and caring about other people” Here at people and places – kindness is really important to us……. …..and so we are thrilled to be working with an organisation who’s very core value is kindness. Kindness Adventures (an American not for profit) approached us earlier this year to explore the idea of working with us in Morocco – we spent time learning about each other (what corporates would probably call due diligence) – working together, led…

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Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

2023 was the fourth occurrence of the Treak Trek – an annual sponsored bike ride around Cambodia which raises money for the school, is a fantastic team-building experience for the staff, and a great opportunity for international cooperation as they are joined on the ride by friends and supporters from various countries around the world. ‘2023 was by far the best Treak Trek yet: financially undoubtedly, but also for the friendships forged, for the messages of encouragement we received, and…

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Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Moroccan earthquake – Education for All – what we know and how you can help

Just 24 hours later and the girls would have been safe in the EfA houses (the Education programme we work with in the Atlas mountains in Morocco.) some of the EfA girls in happier times The new school term was due to start on Monday 11th September – the house mothers were all at the houses to prepare them to welcome the students in their care for a new term. So the good news is that all the house mothers…

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“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

Our November social is filling up – if you would like to come please let us know ASAP “I just wanted to drop you a line to thankyou for arranging the volunteer on line meetings. The first meeting I attended was before I volunteered with you and I found it so reassuring to be able to hear from previous volunteers and local partners before I travelled. A few months after my return I attended another meeting and it was great…

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Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

Sallie volunteers for three weeks with our adult education and women’s empowerment programmes

I love my volunteer work for people and places – it is so rewarding to see the progress the programmes we work with make through working with our volunteers. BUT I love to volunteer directly with the projects too – time constraints mean I can’t do it as often as I’d wish but I managed to find three weeks earlier this year to work with the adult education and women’s empowerment projects we work with in The Gambia. My skills…

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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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Urgent request – we need a volunteer who can teach children to swim

Urgent request – we need a volunteer who can teach children to swim

This is one of our favourite photos on our website (taken in 2013). The little boy looking at the book is named Robert – he attended Mary’s Little Lambs School until he was 11 years old and those of you who have volunteered there may remember him – I know Yvonne (the volunteer reading the story to him) does. Recently we heard that Robert has tragically died, along with four of his friends. They drowned. Culturally children in The Gambia…

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A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

The Education for All boarding houses (where many of our volunteers work) are not just about enabling girls to go to school and get their qualifications. They are also about preparing the girls for life and for work, giving them the skills and confidence to become independent women. Here is a great initiative from the travel industry to support them in this aim. From the Education for All newsletter: Hays Travel Internships start this Summer We are so excited to…

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Creating work for local women and allowing children to go to school

Creating work for local women and allowing children to go to school

Here’s a great new initiative by Treak Creations, the new social enterprise linked to Treak Community Centre in Cambodia. Treak Creations is run by Salin, the manager of Treak Community Centre – it is a community-based programme which creates work and training opportunities for women from Treak Village. Their first focus has been sewing, making garments to sell both locally and online – take a look at their website to see some of their beautiful creations. One of the things…

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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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