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VOLUNTEERS INITIATIVE NEPAL (VIN)

Description

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization, founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers, educationalists, social activists and other professionals.

VIN’s mission is to empower marginalized communities through enhanced Education, Health, Income generation & Basic infrastructure programs with special focus on women and children by conducting training and research through mobilizing local and international volunteers to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

VIN's main focus is on our four key programs. These are:-

1. Women's Empowerment

2. Children's Development

3. Youth Development

4. Community Health Program

Our volunteer Program includes:

Child Care: Early Childhood Development

Child Care: Orphanage Homes

Children's Clubs Facilitation

Computer Technology

Construction and Manual Work

Environment and Agro forestry

Fundraising and Grant Writing

Health / Medical Care

Language/Culture/Home Stay

Nepal Teacher Development

Office Administration Summer Volunteer Program

Teaching English at Buddhist Monastery / Nunnery

Teaching English in Nepal - Community Schools

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer in Agro Farm

Women's Empowerment

Working with Deaf and Disabled People

Youth Empowerment

In addition, VIN helps to place volunteers in monasteries and nunneries, and there are many additional smaller-scale projects including how to apply for grants, fundraising, computer technology and construction and manual work. Details for all of these can be found on the VIN website.

Adventure Programs: We also organize affordable adventure programs, e.g. trekking, hiking, sight-seeing, bungee jump, White water rafting, jungle safari, mountain flights through our partner institutes. The cost will be a way cheaper and it also gives a little money for the organization's projects in the community. So you can make many things in one with VIN. We ensure your memorable and life changing experience with us

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month

Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)

Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host family in the working community

Key Activities: According to the programs

Beneficiaries: According to the programs

Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours

Required Qualifications & Skills: Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities.

Current Volunteer Programs:

1. Child Care: Early Childhood Development

VIN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. These centers work to surround children who belong to marginalized communities, with a friendly learning environment. You as a volunteer may offer your care and support for these children by having VIN place you in one of these ECDs. Being a volunteer/intern at an ECD is a hands-on experience that is sure to be rewarding.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/early-childhood-development/

2. English in Buddhist Monastery

VIN’s teaching English at Buddhist monastery/nunnery project aims to give volunteers/interns a true taste of life at the monastery. It aims for an exchange between the religious members of a certain community and foreigners from a drastically different community that have just one thing in common: the eagerness to learn. You may learn about Buddhist culture, while the monks and nuns may learn the English language, an extremely important asset for them.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/teaching-english-buddhist-monastery-nunnery/

3. English at Community School

VIN’s teaching in Nepali-Community Schools project targets international volunteers or interns who are looking to take part in a hands-on Nepali classroom experience. With your help, VIN hopes to deliver the children and their local communities a crucial life skill: speaking English. This life skill, if acquired will take the Nepali people much further.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/teaching-english-community-schools/

4. English for Deaf People

VIN’s Working with Deaf People project aims to give the deaf people of Nepal a better shot at a quality education. For too long now Nepal’s educational system has neglected the special needs of these people who end up dropping out of school due to the lack of attention to them. It is an incredibly fulfilling experience to help those that need it most.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/working-deaf-disabled-people/

5. Teaching Computer Science

Has the idea of giving back crossed your mind? Have you talent/know-how to donate? VIN put together the computer technology project in recognition of information technology as a fast-moving, efficient means of communication. As things stand, there is a severe shortage of IT-know-how in Nepal. The country will need to do much to improve, let alone catch up, with the outside world and join the IT-age. Help Nepal get ahead! Your participation is key to providing them these tools.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/computer-technology/

6. Teaching/Coaching Sports

There is truth in that sports bring people together. Seize the opportunity and share your love for sports, or a sport of your liking, with the people of Nepal. Football/Soccer and cricket are big in Nepal while other sports are only now beginning to take root. As a volunteer or intern sports coach/teacher you would bring joy and know-how to a Nepal full of warmth and enthusiasm but few means and little know-how.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/sports-volunteer/

7. Teaching Yoga

Nepal is a beautiful country of contrasts and natural riches, struggling to find its modern identity and development in the midst of political struggles. You would be bringing Yoga to Nepal and give people a chance to live a better life that comes from within, independently of the challenges and changes taking place outside of people’s own power. You would be teaching at a Buddhist monastery or in the local community. Namaste!

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/yoga-teaching-volunteer/

8. Arts and Crafts

Art is a powerful and creative means of expression. It can bring about positive life-enhancing change to you and the Nepalese people, both ways. As a volunteer or intern you will be given the unique opportunity to teach arts and crafts, of your choosing, and also learn the trade through the artistic lens of the Nepalese people. Arts and crafts would also include dance. Here’s your chance to make a creative difference in Nepal through art.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/creative-expression-arts-and-crafts/

9. Cultural Immersion & Teaching

This is for those who want to learn about Nepali culture. You will be placed into a typical Nepali home in a village. This project has been known to pull visitors out of that “visitor’s bubble” and integrate them into the place of an accepted family member of a Nepali household. You would be “giving back” by teaching English at the community school. This is a unique and unforgettable experience.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/cultural-immersion-teaching/

10. Child Care: Orphanage

Every year hundreds of orphaned children wander the streets of Kathmandu. A majority of them become child labourers and never get time to actually enjoy their childhood. VIN aims to provide them their childhood and an education. VIN has been working in collaboration with various orphanages homes in Nepal. If you were to become a volunteer or intern you could be placed into one of the orphanages VIN works with, providing the children with the care and support they never received.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/orphanage-homes/

11. Child Right’s and Children’s Clubs

VIN’s children’s clubs are co-curricular projects set up for children of 6 to 16 years of age. This is a platform provided for children that aims to develop their innate skills, develop their creativity, increase their awareness of community issues such as health and the environment, as well as help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations. Make your mark and make a difference for the new generation of children in Nepal!

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/childrens-clubs-facilitation/

12. Working for Street Children

Bring a ray of hope and an embracing smile to the deprived street children of Kathmandu. This city alone has an estimated 1000 street children. School is not an option. They work the streets, seek meals in garbage heaps, sleep in the streets, and fall prey to traffickers and other abuse. As a volunteer/intern you could make a world of difference. The children take great comfort and joy spending time with those who truly care, that which has been lacking all along.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/children-development-program/working-for-street-children/

13. Health and Medical Care

The Health & Medical Care project aims to improve the health of the community through education, health services and public health improvements. VIN mobilizes local and international volunteers or interns with health backgrounds in the rural areas where people do not have access to health facilities. We support the local health post with a nurse and a doctor. Help us keep the project alive and provide medical care to those most in need. You as a volunteer or intern can make a difference.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/community-health-medical-care/

14. Health, Sanitation and Hygiene Education

VIN’s Health, Sanitation and Hygiene Education project was first set up in mind of the healthcare situation in Nepal and its many inadequacies. This particular project will be your way of making a significant impact on the Nepali rural communities as a whole and change the lives of hundreds of locals. You, as a volunteer/intern, with a basic background in health will be an extremely valuable asset to this project.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/health-sanitation-hygiene-education/

15. Waste Management

Waste management is becoming a major concern for both public health and the environment in Nepal. VIN’s Waste Management project aims for a clean and green community. Upgrading bins and making people aware of the advantages of a clean environment is the main objective. This is a highly effective and sustainable way to keep the community clean and maintain the natural beauty of Nepal. Come help us keep Nepal clean and beautiful!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/waste-management/

16. Animal Care

In the Animal Care project people care for animals and animals care for people. The project aims to promote and protect some of the most vulnerable animals in Nepal, especially dogs. The project is much more than a shelter for animals in that it practices and promotes caring and friendly behavior towards animals. We are looking for those whose hearts are warm and loving, and beat for the welfare of the neglected animals of Nepal.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/animal-care/

17. Agro forestry

Participate in a project which aims to reduce Nepal’s dependence on the more demanding and less profitable traditional terrace farming in exchange for agro forestry farming. This is a form of land cultivation where crops are grown among trees. It provides a greater biodiversity and greater harvests. This is your chance to help ease traditional subsistence farmers onto new methods which greatly improves the quality of their lives. You will be placed in the project living quarters.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/agroforestry/

18. Environment Initiative

Due to the lack of awareness matched by a rapid population growth, natural resources have been depleted much more quickly than expected. VIN’s environment project is one that revolves around raising awareness to local people about the conditions of the environment. As a volunteer or intern you can make a difference by letting VIN place you in one of the rural areas, with a Nepali family. You may carry out this awareness campaign through drama productions, games, etc.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/environment-initiative/

19. Water Research

VIN’s environment water sources research project is one that centers on the allocation of water within Nepal. VIN aims to designate interns/volunteers the job of investigating and analyzing the system. This is a particular opportunity suited for those who thrive in and learn from investigative research. According to past participants, this project is one of the best ways to uncover the truth about Nepal’s dysfunctional water situation.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/water-project-research/

20. Climate Change Research

"The dramatic changes in our climate pose significant threats to the environment, economy and society and is thus one of the most urgent issues for research towards solutions" (Earthwatch Institute). This is your opportunity to make an impact on pressing environmental issues facing today’s Nepal while working and exploring its natural beauty and endangered ecosystems, all against the backdrop of the towering Himalayas.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/climate-change-research/

21. Agro farm

Living and working on a traditional farm in Nepal will no doubt be a getaway for those of you that feel a therapeutic need of getting closer to nature; feel the fresh earth in your hands and under your bare feet. Work the land the way our forefathers had, all on a traditional Nepalese farm. Tend and care for the animals on the farm. The rewarding work, the rural and exotic beauty of Nepal coupled with a warm and welcoming tradition-bound community will make this project worth your while. You will be placed with a Nepalese family.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/agrofarm/

22. Construction and Manual Work

VIN’s construction and manual work project aims to building basic infrastructure for disadvantaged people in rural areas. A majority of the homes that VIN works with do not have proper toilets, do not have access to facilities such as libraries or classrooms. With your help we look to bring about life-altering improvements for the marginalized people of Nepal by providing them with these essential facilities. This is your golden opportunity to provide a helping hand for the less fortunate.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/construction-and-manual-work/

23. Emergency Relief & Disaster Management

Nepal is particularly vulnerable to a series of natural disasters of potentially catastrophic dimensions ranging from earthquakes, floods/landslides, fire, avalanches, storms, epidemics and droughts. As things stand authorities cannot cope without the aid from abroad and NGOs. This is your opportunity to make a world of difference and take action to prepare local communities for disaster management. Other communities are sure to follow.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/emergency-relief-disaster-management/

24. Civil Society Initiative

Contribute to the growth and development of civil society in this newly founded and fragile democracy. Strengthen local communities by bringing people together and engage them to work locally with their representatives to strengthen and broaden civil society in Nepal. Empower or/and encourage the establishment of broad or thematic civil society organizations. Lay the foundations of a flourishing and well-functioning democracy.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/civil-society-initiative/

25. Traffic Management

In Kathmandu traffic jams are common and traffic is poorly regulated. Many drivers are neither properly licensed nor trained, vehicles are poorly maintained and public vehicles are often overloaded (US Department of State). This is arguably one of the visibly and audibly largest problems that afflict the city. As a volunteer or intern you would perform a valuable and socially important task by assisting the traffic police in traffic management and road user education. Prior to setting off you will undergo a specialized training.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/traffic-management/

26. Research Initiative

VIN remains committed to working for the empowerment of marginalized communities, with a particular focus on women and children through enhanced educational and training projects. As a volunteer or intern you will be called to conduct research into the effectiveness of VIN’s past and ongoing projects and come up with concrete conclusions and recommendations which contribute to their overall improvement.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/research-initiative/

27. Care for the Elderly

Our Elderly Care Project affords you the opportunity to help fulfil the social and personal requirements of senior Nepali citizens. With care and compassion you can assist them in living old age with the dignity they deserve. This project aims to provide assistance to senior citizens and safeguard their rights in their daily activities, but additionally (and just as importantly) in socializing; lending a friendly ear open to chitchat, life experiences, and reminiscing!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/care-for-the-elderly/

28. Women’s Empowerment: Education, Rights & Life Skills

Women’s Education, Rights and Life Skills aims to uplift disadvantaged women in Nepal by addressing issues such as education/literacy, financial well-being, health and women’s rights. VIN adopts an integrated approach to women’s empowerment. We believe that doing everything from teaching women about health to teaching leadership skills and the art of communication empowers them in every respect. Join us and help us forge a better future for the disadvantaged gender of Nepal.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/internship/women-empowerment-studies/

29. Women’s Empowerment: Income Generation & Marketing

VIN has been instrumental in overseeing the recent growth of women’s income generation initiatives. In so doing women have been provided with critical livelihood training to generate income through primarily vegetable farming, livestock, sewing and cutting, incense making, candle making and dry food making. You will be key to overseeing and tracking growth and furthering these initiatives.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/income-generation-marketing/

30. Women’s Empowerment: Microcredit Cooperative

Microcredit Cooperative Support projects have been key to the recent surge of women’s income generation projects. In this VIN:s support and training has enabled many women to join the Women`s Microcredit Cooperative. Women are now afforded credit. This in turn permits them to start their own income generation activities, such as goat keeping and vegetable farming. Your role is critical to advance the functionality of these cooperatives.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/microcredit-cooperative-support/

31. Women’s Trafficking Prevention

Each year in Nepal an estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked across the border to be sold into Indian brothels or forced to become domestic servants, beggars, factory workers or other workers. This project aims to prevent the trafficking of girls from Nepal, within the country or outside. You as a volunteer or intern will contribute by making a detailed study on what causes women’s trafficking and how to minimize it.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/womens-trafficking-prevention/

32. Youth Club and Life Skills

VIN’s youth clubs are co-curricular projects set up for youth of 16 years of age and above. This is provided for the youth and aims to foster teamwork, life skills, develop creativity, organization/planning, awareness of community issues such as health, the environment, and human rights. Additionally this project aims to help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations. Would you like to inspire and spur on the emerging generation of Nepal? Here’s your chance.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/youth-empowerment-program/youth-club-and-life-skills/

33. Youth: English and Career Development

VIN’s youth empowerment project looks to inspire the young people of Nepal to become more proactive and take charge of their lives. The English language is a must for anyone willing to broaden their horizons and get ahead. Finding cause in youth or women’s empowerment issues, and learning pivotal life and career skills are other essential ingredients. You as a volunteer or intern will seek to inspire and provide workable solutions for the youth of Nepal. Click here for more.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/youth-empowerment-program/english-and-career-development/

34. Trekking and Volunteering

This project combines Nepali culture, trekking and adventure, volunteer work all together in a matter of weeks. We aim to deliver the experience of a lifetime. After orientation, you will be placed in a family in a Nepali village, where you will be able to visit schools or orphanages to teach English. After this you will be led on a trek - either Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp. Lastly, you will be given the chance to explore the city of Kathmandu. Capture the essence of Nepal all in one go!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/adventure-and-volunteer-program/volunteer-trekking/

35. Travel Tour and Volunteering

Participating in our Volunteer and Travel Tour project will allow you to enjoy activities such as jungle safari, hiking, sightseeing and volunteering all in one. This project is a perfect combination for those of you who have only a short time of 3 to 4 weeks and want to both volunteer and travel. You can choose one of many volunteer projects such as an orphanage, early child care, health care education, along with women’s and youth empowerment projects. Live it up in Nepal!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/adventure-and-volunteer-program/volunteer-travel-tour/

36. Hospitality Management

Nepal has established itself as an exotically attractive destination, drawing both mainstream tourists and adventure seekers. To this end tourism remains one of the mainstays of the Nepali economy. The Nepali Hospitality Management project offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the industry along with valuable career experience all set within the splendour of an enticingly beautiful country and an alluring culture. Get ahead and join us!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/volunteering-and-hospitality-management/

37. Film and Documentary Making

Write, shoot, direct and edit your own film or documentary in alluringly beautiful Nepal as a volunteer or an intern. Learn by doing coupled with valuable feedback from industry experts. You will either choose to work to shoot a film/documentary about the work of VIN or work together with one of the film/documentary studios in Nepal with which VIN has a cooperation.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/film-and-documentary-making/

38. Print Journalism

If you are planning a gap year or career break and contemplating a job in journalism or print media, Journalism Abroad Nepal with VIN can set you on the right track. This is a great way to enhance your resume and help you to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in college, Journalism Abroad with VIN will give you first hand international journalism experience.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/print-journalism/

39. Photo Journalism

VIN is looking for a volunteer or intern photographer to shed light on some of the more pressing issues afflicting the more marginalized communities in Nepal. This is your opportunity to observe a cross-section of life in Nepal and tell their story and help raise awareness and alleviate the plight of the more disadvantaged people of Nepal. You will be joining us to document our efforts to make Nepal a better place.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/photo-journalism/

40. Editor/Writer

VIN’s Editor/Writer project is fit for volunteers or interns who would like to be a part of the empowerment cause in Nepal but would rather use their organizational and language proficiency skills within the VIN office headquarters than be out in the rural areas of Nepal. This opportunity can be seen as good work experience with altruistic intentions for the less fortunate of Nepal. You will be an integral part of the workings of the office.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/editor-writer/

41. Coordinator

VIN’s Coordinator position is open for any international volunteer or intern who would like to be a part of the management side of VIN. This will give you the opportunity to see different communities and places in Nepal. No doubt a fascinating experience! This is ideal for those that love to travel, meet people and provide direction to our volunteers/interns and projects.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/volunteer-coordinator/

42. Human Resource Advisor

People remain the most valuable asset of a organization. The key is also fostering a living tangible vision. In keeping with these principles you, as a Human Resources Advisor for VIN, will have the opportunity to introduce the latest know-how in the branch and make a significant difference by coaching and bringing out the best in the staff and volunteers/interns, developing an all-encompassing HR strategy and laying the foundations for years to come.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/human-resource-advisor/

43. Marketing Advisor

Jump-start your career by joining VIN as a volunteer or intern in the Marketing Project. Work to generate new ideas, disseminate and promote the charitable contributions of VIN to targeted audiences by providing maximum exposure. This position offers you valuable hands-on experience in a branch where you can make a pivotal difference. Do you have an interest and skills in marketing? Then this can be a great opportunity for you to get involved.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/marketing-advisor/

44. Grand Writer & Fundraiser

VIN’s fundraising and grants writing project focuses primarily on securing much-needed resources for the continual support of its different projects in aid of marginalized communities in Nepal. This project is an excellent way for you to combine your writing skills with another aside of you that seeks to do something good or charitable for the greater community.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/fundraising-grant-writing/

45. Website & SEO Professional

VIN is looking for a Website and Search Engine Optimization professional to volunteer or work as an intern to help to redesign and optimize its webpage. This is a great opportunity for you to use your expertise and gain experience in the field and support marginalized communities in Nepal. You’ll also find opportunity to immerse yourself into the captivating beauty and alluring culture of Nepal. You do not need to be present in Nepal for this project.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/website-seo-professional/

FRIEDENSDORF INTERNATIONAL (Peace Village International)

Description

Since 1967 Friedensdorf International has worked with wounded children from war-torn and crisis areas including Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Armenia, Georgia and Tadzhikistan who need medical treatment in European hospitals. After appropriate treatment the children stay in the Peace Village care station in Oberhausen for rehabilitation until they return to their native countries and to their families. The children range from two years up to 11 years of age. About 15 volunteers/interns work in the Village every year. In PEACE VILLAGE there is a possibility to do a training which is for interested candidates who would like to gather some practical knowledge or want to try out their capabilities. Applications in the following departments is possible: ·Children's home ·Rehabilitation center ·Kitchen/ house keeping services ·Children's schoolhouse included wood- metal, garden and kitchen training units ·Sorting second hand clothes, things in second- hand shops ·Public Relation ·Educational establishment. (We would like volunteers/interns in the department of Children’s home or Reha-Center to stay more than 6 month long, because it is very difficult for our children to adapt to many different persons. A high fluctuation means that they always have to say good bye to someone whom they just started to love, and they desperately need some stability. In other departments like Kitchen/ housekeeping services or technical departments, the duration could be more than 3 month-long.) The applicants are supposed to mention their desired work area in PEACE VILLAGE. Since we have only limited positions to offer in the different departments, we cannot guarantee that the applicant's desire can be definitely fulfilled. But we would try our best to meet the requirements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get paid training, however, we offer free lodging and food to the volunteers/interns in PEACE VILLAGE. It's also a great chance to work along with a committed team having an international atmosphere and be engaged in a variety of tasks where high amount of responsibility is expected. Volunteers/interns also receive a certificate and of course last but not the least, a sense of personal achievement. Applicants are advised to gather information about the concept of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL before they apply. Please send written applications to the address above. Knowledge of German language is necessary. Most of our staff members do not speak English, and the communication with the children is done in German.

Volunteering Matters

Description

Volunteering Matters invites all people aged 18-35 to experience the challenge, excitement and reward of helping people in need. Each year it places hundreds of volunteers away from home on full-time projects throughout the UK, supporting adults or children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, also young people who are in care or in trouble, the elderly and homeless people. Volunteers work hard, have fun and gain valuable experience volunteering away from home for six to twelve months. Applications are welcome throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to be flexible about their hours but are not expected to volunteer for more than 35-40 hours per week. Accommodation and subsistence is provided which includes food (or £40/week to buy food ) and £35/week towards day to day expenses along with full support, relevant training and a certificate. Placements provide excellent work experience for a variety of careers including social work, youth work, healthcare, teaching and many more. No experience or qualifications are required to join the programme, just commitment and a willingness to be flexible and open minded. Applications welcome from UK or EEA nationals who are applying from the UK. Volunteering Matters is a registered charity.

TIME FOR GOD

Description

Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

CAMPHILL VILLAGE KIMBERTON HILLS, INC

Description

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

Coworkers are invited to live and work in our community, while receiving room, board, and may include a monthly stipend. Workshops include maintaining family households, participating in one of our crafts (weavery, pottery, mosaic workshop, and fiber arts), helping in our organic bakery or cafe, or tending our bio-dynamic gardens, orchard and dairy farm. The village fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art and is located one hour west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the eastern United States. If interested in joining Kimberton Hills as a volunteer, please contact our Admissions Office at 610-935-3963, or by email at information@camphillkimberton.org, or for more information, visit our website at camphillkimberton.org.

SUNFO (SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONS FRIENDSHIP ORGANSATION)

Description

SUNFO (Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation) is a non-political, non-racial, non-sectarian organisation working towards peace, harmony and well-being of mankind. SUNFO was founded on 22nd May 1999, National Heroes Day of Sri Lanka. Objectives - To develop friendly relationships and mutual understanding among Sri Lankans and other nations. To assist in educating affiliated members and the general public about the United Nations organisation, its objectives, purposes, principles and programmes. To motivate communities to observe and live according to the principles of the United Nations. Organise various activities and functions to celebrate special days of UN Member Nations. To be a centre for the collection of data on inborn talents, issues, interests and culture of children, youth, elders, women and men, and promote activities, camps, counselling centres, leadership training, exhibitions, international exchange programmes, educational and vocational training, workshops, conferences, career guidance, intellectual, physical and other activities. To implement social services and economic enterprise development projects in different fields and involving children, youth, women and men. SUNFO has expanded its services island wide by establishing branches in all provinces of Sri Lanka. SUNFO mainly promotes volunteerism and overseas volunteers are welcome to join SUNFO to implement projects here in Sri Lanka. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Graphic designing, translation, fundraising, project report preparation, website designing.

We may place volunteers with residential facilities at our centers at Moratuwa and Ambalangoda. We invite volunteers for community services, child care, teaching English and other languages, Youth development, costruction, gardening, music, sports, environmental programs, etc. contact sunfomobile@yahoo.com with your details.

ANIDASO NSAE FOUNDATION

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We work in Ghana to provide impoverished, orphaned and street children with Health Care and Education.

We need volunteers to help with teaching in one of our partner schools (any subject of your preferred choice), helping in local hospitals (i.e. during child delivery in the Maternity Unit), holding HIV/Aids awareness talks etc. These are only a few examples of the things you could be doing here in Ghana and we are willing to accommodate you with any skills you may have. If you have an idea in which area you would like to volunteer you can also let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available.

MENCAP

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their family and carers. We work with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose. We are an individual membership organisation, with more than 500 affiliated groups. Mencap's mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap's vision is a world where everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support that they need. Mencap is a membership organisation; membership is open to all approved and properly constituted groups. There are volunteering opportunities across the organisation in local groups, campaigning, fundraising, with children and young people, at Gateway clubs (leisure and sports). Volunteering with all ages from children to the elderly. Throughout the country there are over 500 local groups and clubs offering a wide range of activities for varying age groups, covering leisure, sports, arts, and other recreational activities. They are a bridge into the local community giving groups and individuals the opportunity to take part in community activities as any other person or group would. Volunteers looking to work with vulnerable adults or children will be asked to apply for a criminal records check. To welcome, help and support our volunteers in their roles we offer accessible information, support and training on things such as Health and Safety Awareness, being an advocate, a supporter and a campaigner.

WORLD AT PLAY

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Introduction

World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

CAMPHILL VILLAGE MINNESOTA

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The mission of Camphill Village Minnesota is to create and sustain a community where people with and without disabilities live, work, and care for each other to foster social, cultural and agricultural renewal. This village is an intentional community of approximately 55 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is a spiritual being, worthy of dignity and respect. Developmental disabilities are treated not as illnesses, but as part of the fabric of human experience, and all members of the community are cared for in the context of a healthy home and village life. Camphill springs from the holistic worldview of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), called Anthroposophy. Camphill is located on a 500 acre working farm ten miles north of Sauk Centre in central Minnesota. People live together family-style in seven different homes. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. The village has a strong agricultural component made up of farming and gardening. Craft work includes weaving and woodwork, as well as a bakery that provides for the needs of the village and sells in the surrounding area. Life in the village revolves around the cycles of nature and the Christian festivals which are connected with the changing seasons. Plays, concerts, lectures and continuing education add depth and color to the fabric of the community.

BRETHREN VOLUNTEER SERVICE

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Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is people giving their time and skills to help a world in need. It is a way for people to work at issues greater than themselves, recognizing that their efforts may not immediately solve deep-rooted problems, but can be part of ongoing work for justice, peace, and the care of creation. As sponsor of the program, the Church of the Brethren exemplifies its heritage in peacemaking and service through the goals of BVS: Working for peace, advocating justice, serving human need, and care for creation.Some volunteers engage in projects that deal with immediate needs. Others work towards changing unjust systems. Sharing God's love through acts of service, volunteers bring hope to shattered lives, offer food and shelter to those in need, and build understanding between individuals, groups, nations and humanity and the world we share. BVS seeks volunteers willing to act on their commitment and values. We challenge individuals to offer themselves, their time and their talents to work which is both difficult and demanding, rewarding and joyful.

LIGHTMEN COLLABORATE

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Lightmen Collaborate has worked for the last 27 years in the enchanting Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal. We’ve worked in human resource management, mountain farm, socio economic projects, handling international volunteers, interns, students (medical and non medical), social services and many other various volunteering projects. We operate a small mountain farm and conservation project, a natural retreat and training centre at the foothills of the Himalayas, a very picturesque place for volunteers, interns, students and visitors. We have our own home stay accommodation in Kathmandu and other places. We have extensive experience in handling overseas volunteers, students, interns and visitors. Volunteers can create and assist on various projects and programmes as well as creating new projects including teaching at school, working at temples/monasteries, orphanage, study/working at various hospitals, organisations,offices, medical, science, information technology, nature and jungle conservation, journalism, heritage conservation, village community development, business development, micro industry development and many more. Our objectives are to help individuals in career development, professionalism, new experiences, meeting future needs and delivering desired results as well as achieving a high satisfaction to all involved. We handle airport pick ups, orientation, training, the placement and all other required services. If you would like to become part of our volunteer programme, please contact us by email collaborate@wlink.com.np

IROKO THEATRE COMPANY

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IROKO is a theatre-in-education Company that works mainly in schools, colleges, libraries, community centres, hospitals, young offenders' institutes, etc. The organisation works with all ages and abilities.

IROKO advances the education of members of the public in a variety of topics including health, education and heritage. Our projects incorporate interactive performances and/or workshops in oral storytelling, drama, music, dance and visual arts. IROKO also uses traditional African theatre art forms to explore social issues that are of relevance to young people and young people and offers INSET to teachers.

IROKO has and is supported by a number of funders - currently Big Lottery, Awards for All and Heritage Lottery Fund. It also carries out bookings at schools and other organisations and runs a two weeks Summer School course in Newham each year

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

Together for Women and Children

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Together for Women and Children – TOWOC was founded by a group of Social Workers, gender experts, Community Relay Agents and lawyers who were concerned with the plight of children, widows, young people, single mothers, female school drop-outs, orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV and AIDS infected persons. Especially those in the hard-to-reach areas.
Much of our work as in previous years has been based on the three pillars upon which our strategic plan lies namely; Gender and Capacity Building, Education and Support for orphans/vulnerable, Health and HIV/AIDS.
Inspired by the existing laws of the government of Cameroon, which seeks to empower individuals to assure full responsibility in nation building, and the noisy confusions surrounding human existence, TOWOC was created to culture and redirect the lapses affecting our communities. This is in defense of the principles of globalization and sustainable development.
Sustainable development entails the putting together of the limited resources at the disposal of man for positive achievements to humanity. It is a collective procedure whereby the skills and resources of collective fragment account for a collective whole. In this quest there of TOWOC seeks to exploit the lost skills buried in the heart of every living being. It is empowering the people to stand up and work for the well being of the community. It to the development of every society and should not be left out in the race for globalization and sustainable development. Of worth is the education and re-education of the individual with an emphasis on the symbolic relationship and relevance of the environment on human existence. This ultimately attunes to the importance TOWOC attributes to human health and community development.
So far, we have reached 3500 people directly and about 11,500 indirectly in our activities.

JUBILEE PARTNERS

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Jubilee Partners is a Christian community dedicated to serving poor and oppressed people. The community's work includes several areas of service: resettling refugees, peace-making, and working against the death penalty. Each volunteer does a variety of work, including teaching English as a second language to refugees, providing childcare for refugee children, cleaning refugee houses between occupants, gardening, light maintenance, meal preparation and cleanup, and various other manual labor tasks as needed. The staff eat meals together, sharing responsibilities for cooking and dishwashing. Volunteers are expected to participate in the spiritual life of the community, which is Christian.

PHANGAN ANIMAL CARE for STRAYS

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PhaNgan Animal Care FOR STRAYS (PACS)

is a Non-Profit Animal Welfare Centre on a island (Koh Phangan) in South Thailand. PAC is dedicated to improving the lives of all the Island's Animals, since 2001.

PACS provides Nursing care for all basic illness and injuries of Stray Animals, as well as Neutering & Vaccination.

PACS does not Operate as a Shelter.

PACS asks Depending on Volunteer for a minimum commitment of 2 months, and generally requests a minimum of 5 days per week, depending on the number of volunteers available.

PACS receive No Official Funding and relies Heavily on the Good Will of the Local Community, Tourists and friends of PACS.

Please contact PACS directly to find out about availability, or complete the application form on our website under Support PACS.

WILDLIFE AID

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In Britain, we are fortunate to enjoy a huge diversity of native animals and birds, but every year, millions of these animals are killed, injured or suffer some trauma, either as a result of direct contact with man, or the impact that we have on the environment. We are dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Through history, we have seen how vital it is to preserve the natural balance of nature. Our aim is to return the animals back to the wild. If you feel strongly about the future of British wildlife, if you love animals or even if it's just because you have some free time and want to work with a group of friendly and dedicated like minded people, why not become a volunteer at Wildlife Aid. All we ask is that you can commit to one shift a week. Our shifts are 9am to 1pm, 1-6pm and 6-10pm, including weekends. Wildlife Aid could not continue to care for animals that need our help without our volunteers. There are lots of opportunities, you don't need any special skills and full training and support will be given. Hospital and recuperation - handling smaller animals, such as hedgehogs, birds and squirrels, and learning to deal with larger ones. Feeding orphans. Cleaning pens, cages, outside runs and feeding dishes. Recording weights and relevant information about our patients. Rescue drivers - If you have transport, you can help us by being on call to collect small animals in your area and bring them to the centre. Administration - We always need people with office skills to help us with our general administration, such as keeping our database up to date, entering hospital records on to the computer and the million other things that always need doing! School and groups talks - Are you confident talking in front of a group of people? Once you have had some experience here, why not help us in our educational programme by giving talks on behalf of Wildlife Aid?

MONA-UK/ FUNDACIÓ MONA

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MONA-UK is the UK branch of the Mona Foundation, a Spanish registered charity dedicated to the rescue of primates suffering in captivity. The origins of the Mona Foundation dates back to 1984, when Simon and Peggy Templer, an English couple living in Catalonia, Northern Spain, established a small sanctuary to re-home chimpanzees being used illegally by beach photographers. During this time, a local vet, Olga Feliu, helped the Templers in their work. Following in the footsteps of the Templers, Olga established a permanent sanctuary to offer abused primates a healthy and happy future. This became the Mona Foundation, located in Girona, Northern Spain. The first group of rescued chimpanzees arrived in 2001, most having spent their lives in total darkness, in filthy conditions, inside an old truck. The chimps could barely stand in their small cages but today they have an area the size of a football field, where they can roam, forage and climb. We unfortunately cannot accept volunteers with an offending background.

THE COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. We signpost opportunities for participation through our website www.archaeologyuk.org, CBA Briefing (www.britisharchaeology.org/briefing), and the Training Online Resource Centre (TORC - www.torc.org.uk). We are a membership organisation, offering our members regular updates about the latest in British archaeology, subscription British Archaeology magazine, and opportunities for volunteering and special events through our regional networks. See http://new.archaeologyuk.org/join-us-today/.

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