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welcome Luci to the p and p volunteer team

welcome Luci to the p and p volunteer team

We want to give a warm welcome to Luci Gardner O’Brien who has joined the people and places team. She brings passion and integrity – and, just as importantly, youth! to the team. Luci is working on our campaign to help volunteers find responsible and ethical volunteering opportunities – and not just with us. Her aim is to guide young people wisely in their search for volunteer placements. Luci graduated in 2016 from The University of Nantes gaining a degree…

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13th October in Reading – volunteer social confirmed – will you be there ?

13th October in Reading – volunteer social confirmed – will you be there ?

Our volunteers’ get-together next month is confirmed – we know where we’re going to be and which of our previous and future volunteers are going to be there … though we would certainly be delighted if more of you would like to come along: the more, the merrier! So, if you’d like to join us and other volunteers on the afternoon of 13th October in central Reading, please email kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk as soon as possible so that we can add you to our…

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volunteering – the right people in the right places

volunteering – the right people in the right places

I (Kate) just LOVE my job and I thought you’d like to read these snippets from 2 recent volunteers about how ‘people and places’ works closely with volunteers, right from the beginning – doing our utmost to put the right people in the right places: SOPHIE ‘I was very impressed (and grateful!) that when my original allocated project proposed a job role that didn’t quite align with my experience, People & Places organised for me to change to Treak. This…

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New partners for the volunteer programme in Saint Lucia

New partners for the volunteer programme in Saint Lucia

We are thrilled to welcome Nova Alexander and her team from Sacred Sports Foundation Saint Lucia to our team of local partners. Nova introduces herself and the team. My name is Nova Alexander, a Nottinghamshire born & bred lass of Saint Lucian parentage. Along with my two brothers, I relocated to Saint Lucia in 2009 and have a wealth of experience in the travel, hospitality & tourism industry and will be your primary contact during your stay in Saint Lucia. The idea…

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volunteers – your project needs YOU !

volunteers – your project needs YOU !

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the value – or not – of review sites. Some are fantastic and the reviews are genuine – with lots of useful information about the realities of volunteer travel – and these are the sites we encourage our volunteers to write reviews for. These are our favourite sites … so far … you may know of others where reviews are genuine and trustworthy. Please let us know of any you like and…

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you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

Great news – our colleagues at Volunteer Forever have launched an easy and secure way for you to raise funds on-line for your next volunteer experience! Many volunteers have raised funds, and continue to do so, when they return home after their placements – which is hugely appreciated, of course. But future volunteers can now invite friends, family and colleagues to help support their work by donating to the costs of the trip! How good is that? One of our volunteers, about to…

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The damage done when volunteers don’t name and shame

The damage done when volunteers don’t name and shame

I listened to a short radio article yesterday on the BBC 4 consumer programme ‘You and Yours‘  – it’s about 40 minutes in. It was very disappointing. A young medical student called Savannah recounted a disturbing story about “a large sending organisation” that had placed her in poor accommodation and at a challenging project with no support – I think the interview was about 4 minutes. It did nothing but sensationalise – it was prurient in its sensationalisation of what sounded…

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Volunteer Travel – less bitching more balance needed!

Volunteer Travel – less bitching more balance needed!

There has been much criticism of volunteer travel – and  “voluntourism” recently. (Where and how the two differ and the confusion caused by the subjective use of the two terms is fodder for a whole other post –  I must do that one day soon!) We at people and places are leading much of that criticism – I like to think that we campaign by demonstrating good practise and highlighting  bad practise…. but I am concerned that we may be…

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Special needs skills? want to volunteer in Kenya – NEW project!

Special needs skills? want to volunteer in Kenya – NEW project!

We have wanted to work in Kenya for some time – we know many of you want to travel and volunteer there. Finally we have found the very partners we want in the team at Turtle Bay  – Our Education Advisor,  Dianne visited them in autumn last year and we know the special needs boarding school Gede that Turtle Bay supports is the perfect volunteer placement for people who want to immerse themselves in the care for special kids in a…

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