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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/

DOORSTEP LIBRARY NETWORK

Description

Doorstep Library: Recruiting Volunteers for a new opportunity in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster projects.

Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?
If you do, you’ll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.
For bookworms especially, it’s hard to believe that anyone could see reading as anything other than empowering, or even just a pleasure. For the third of children from disadvantaged areas who leave primary school without being able to read well, often it’s nothing but a chore.
That’s why we like to turn up on the doorstep, with a backpack of books, two little stools, and a pair of volunteers who know that words take you places. Every week, come rain or shine, our volunteers bring the magic of reading directly into families’ homes every week, in low income areas across west London.
Doorstep Library volunteers don’t just read stories; they do the silly voices, hand pick the books, and give special recommendations. By making it fun first, we get to watch children transform into budding readers. We love parents to get stuck into the sessions too and encourage them to get involved in their children’s education.
Sometimes though, we’re just there to give a bit of extra support, whether we’re passing on info about a family activity, lending an ear, or even just being a friendly face. Then, before we go, we leave behind a selection of books for each child to borrow for the week.
If this sounds like the role for you, these are the basics. We run projects on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in estates across Fulham, White City, East Acton and Queen’s Park. In Hammersmith and Fulham we start at 3.45pm and finish at 6.30pm. In Westminster, we start at 4.30pm and finish at 7 pm.
Volunteering with us is a weekly commitment. If that isn’t feasible for you at the moment, please do still get in touch. We always need stand in volunteers, our projects wouldn’t run without them.
Come along to one of our Info Sessions to find out more, simply email enquiries@doorsteplibrary.org.uk to book your place.
In the meantime, check out the short film made about us by the BBC last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyWFsYPDSXE&t=55s. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too for all of our latest news!

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.

Hope for the Destitute People's Foundation

Description

Our vision is being the catalyst for change to destitute women, children and the youth living in rural areas of Tanzania by helping them make positive lasting impacts on their lives.

GLOBE AWARE, ADVENTURES IN SERVICE

Description

Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back, focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programmes. Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, but it is actually the involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the community that is of the greatest mutual benefit. We believe that understanding other cultures helps everyone to create better-informed solutions, not to mention leading a more enjoyable life!

Globe Aware adventures provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community and to develop a real appreciation for cultures unlike our own. The host provides a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help and have fun! The communities with whom we work choose the projects that they feel are most important to develop. The work is varied and can encompass everything from helping provide a better life for captive elephants in Thailand, playing word games with Peruvian children, planting trees in India, to painting a community centre in Costa Rica, amongst many other activities. We feel it is of supreme importance to respect the culture and heritage in which the volunteer is working. The goal is not for volunteers to change the host communities, but rather to help them in the needs that the host community has identified as important. Those who will enjoy the experience the most are those who bring an open mind and willingness to help. The natural healthy exchange of ideas and opinions leads to a mutual understanding of cultures.

Development Initiative Network (DIN Malawi)

Description

Development Initiative Network (DIN) is a local non-profit organization currently working in the Lower Shire southern region of Malawi. DIN was established in February 2012 to respond to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje. We believe for change to be effective and sustainable development to materialize, communities need to be the drivers of the process. Our aim is to empower a network of community groups and organizations and ensure they have access to adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty. Partnering with local, international and government organizations, our programs focus on improving water, sanitation and healthcare, providing access to good quality education and community awareness and addressing food insecurities through rural agricultural development, while tackling climate change.

Our mission is to alleviate poverty and create lasting change in vulnerable communities.

The objectives of the organization are:
1. To promote community education through training and awareness programs on the following issues: gender equality, child marriage prevention, youth development, governance and democracy.

2. To partner with local, international and governmental organizations and link communities with the expertise and resources required to tackle poverty.

3. To improve food security among vulnerable communities through viable agricultural practices, improved storage and management techniques and increase income levels of marginalized groups by establishing agri-business schemes.

4. To empower communities in climate change adaptation strategies with special emphasis on community forestation and risk disaster preparedness.

5. To improve health and WASH standards through the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene resources, establishment of home based care committees and training of community health workers in HIV/AIDS and safe mother programs.

6. To promote access to early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education, improve quality and ensure adequate resources.

Volunteering
Come and volunteer with DIN and have a life changing experience, while making a difference in the lives of others. We welcome volunteers to assist with our education, water and sanitation, gender equality, HIV/AIDs and agricultural projects or help with marketing and fundraising. Come and experience traditional Malawian life, immerse yourself in the culture and gain an insight into the problems facing people living in poverty. We offer a number of volunteer opportunities where you can lend a helping hand and learn about the workings of a grassroots NGO. Programs will be tailored to suit the volunteer’s skills.

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

Description

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.

HEEALS

Description

HEEALS is a vibrant civil society organization aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society. Its a platform to share create innovate and work on the issue which bring change for the betterment of the society .

Heeals is a non profit organisation registered under the Indian Government Section 21 of 1860 Society Act. Heeals is an acronym denoting our commitment to committing human and technical resource to achieve Health Education Environment and Livelihood Society for all.

Our Projects

WATER SANITATION MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AND GIRL EDUCATION PROJECT

CHILDREN INFORMAL EDUCATION PROJECT

GREEN EARTH PROJECT TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT ENVIRONMENT



Website: www.heeals.org

Email: communications@heeals.org

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION

Description

Asthma and Allergy Foundation is an Aberdeen based charity providing evidence-based health information, confidential advice and support to people with asthma, their families, carers, friends and other members of the community.

We offer free advice to all. Our aim is to ensure that all those who turn to us for support get the help they need so they or their loved ones can live healthier and active lives.

The organisation also provide volunteering opportunity for young people to gain vital experience and skills that will help them move into paid employment.

OUTSET YOUTH ACTION

Description

Outset Youth Action (Outset) is an independent county wide youth organisation and registered Charity which operates over the whole county of West Sussex.

Outset acts as a volunteering agency for young people aged 13 – 25, encouraging and supporting young people to take on a wide range of volunteering opportunities within their community. The nature of these opportunities is to provide support and benefit to West Sussex communities and contribute to each young person’s own personal development.

Volunteers choose the type of activity they wish to be involved in. Their skills and interests are carefully matched to a wide range of projects in their community.

Outset Youth Action believes that every young person should be recognised for their contribution, no matter how big or small. We think it’s important to give young people the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to identify the skills they have gained through their volunteering experiences.

All Outset volunteers receive a signed certificate giving details of their personal involvement and commitment. Young People aged between 16 - 25 can work towards and receive a nationally recognised award and also complete an ASDAN short course qualification in volunteering.

Outset Youth Action encourages and supports a wide range of young people to volunteer for the benefit of their local community, irrespective of their personal situation. They do not need any qualifications and it will not cost them any money.

Central to Outset’s work is the continuous support given to the volunteers by Outset’s team of Youth Volunteer Advisers. Each district of West Sussex is represented by a Youth Volunteer Advisor who is responsible for the supervision of the volunteering activities of young people drawn from the district.

They are responsible for organising placements and for overseeing matters relating to health and safety. All placements are carefully monitored and risk assessed by Outset to ensure that they are both appropriate and safe for volunteers.

Outset Volunteers don’t need to have had previous volunteering experience – just a commitment to helping others and making a difference in their community.

OUTPOST CHARITY

Description

Providing Emotional, Social and Practical support to Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

We give our beneficiaries the opportunity to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and encourage and motivate towards integration and socialisation.

The alternative therapy we provide through our programs and support uses concepts that possess a potential to significantly id in the treatment of Mental Illnesses and physical Injuries in members of the Armed Forces, in combination with standard therapies.

Youth Partnership for Peace and Development

Description

With Active programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a voluntary and non-profit youth-led development organization working directly with development partners across the world. Established as a post-conflict initiative, the organization is staffed by a group of young proactive youths who are convinced that development does not lie in the hands of the elderly alone, about also in those of young people.

It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change, and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation in various communities and the world at large.
The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country.
Our work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.

AGE UK HARROW

Description

Age UK Harrow (formerly known as Age Concern Harrow) is an independent charity which exists to serve the interests of all older citizens in and around the borough of Harrow, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We provide a wide range of services for older people, from information and advice to volunteering opportunities and support for those who are housebound and isolated.

Our mission is to promote the well-being of older residents of Harrow and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience with the help of wonderful volunteers, such as yourself! Many of our volunteers feel they have become more involved in and contributed to the community and have met new people as well as gained valuable skills from volunteering with us.

Our aims are:
-To support older people to ensure that they get the most from life.
-To provide information and advice of interest to older people.
-To provide a range of services for older people.
-To influence local government and public opinion and policy to the benefit of older people.
-To ensure our volunteers have an enjoyable experience, achieving the full outcome of their reasons for volunteering.

Sharing Dreams Project

Description

"Sharing Dreams Project" is a local non-profit organization that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and runs a number of volunteer projects, with a focus on improving the well-being of women and children.

Our organization was legally founded in 2009, and since then we are developing social projects directly in Andean populations subject to social, economic and cultural exclusion. Precisely in those areas where most people live, descendants of the old Inca state, with the greatest problems of economic development and subject to socio-cultural exclusion here in Peru.

Our projects are developed by ourselves, thus providing a more real and rewarding experience of volunteer work and cultural exchange.
We are delighted to offer to all the participants a personalized and totally experiential experience of knowing our beautiful country, culture and real social situation

SUPPORTING KIDS IN PERU (SKIP)

Description

Created in 2003, SKIP is a British non-profit organization helping economically-disadvantaged children to realize their right to an education.



We are currently working with children, teenagers and families living in the impoverished district of El Porvenir in the city of Trujillo, north coast of Peru. We promote quality education and foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives. We work in partnership with families through holistic programs focusing on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family.



We are always looking for teachers, social workers, youth workers, economic development monitors, psychologists, pre-school teachers staff, communications specialists, translators, journalists and people with enthusiasm for the work that we are doing.

Cosmic Volunteers

Description

Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Description

Vision for Sustainable Development. (VFSD) is non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Uganda, East Africa and located in Kampala District-Kawempe Division-Kazo anogla II lugoba zone just behind the division headquarters. It was registered in 2005 with the ministry of internal affairs under the department of community welfare services. We work on the following objectives and activities:- · HIV/AIDS counseling and sensitization to the affected and infected groups. · Educating orphan children and vulnerable groups through the provision of school fees assistance and scholastic materials e.g. books, sets, rulers. pens, pencils, coloured pencils, brooms and toilet paper etc. · Promotion of health programmes in hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. · Promotion of income generating activities and development activities. · Educating training entrepreneurship skills to the youth. We have been working for three years with help from volunteers, membership, local individuals and well wishers' contributions. With the spirit of charity and volunteering in VFSD-Uganda over 150 orphans, vulnerable children and families in Kampala and the Kumi District have been helped and we have brought hope and joy into their lives VSFD is looking for volunteers to help us continue our services.

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