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QUEST OVERSEAS

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Have a passion for languages? Thrive off environmental conservation, construction and helping the survival of others? Or is good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure your kind of thing? Then check out Quest Overseas' gap year programmes and summer projects across South America and Africa.

Quest Overseas is looking for all the language lovers, the eco-friendly minded, and the world traveling thrill seekers to join their team!

“Quest was an easy decision for me because of its language + volunteering + expedition combo – it was the only company I found which did all three in one! The whole 3 months were crazy busy with hardly a moment to spare so I felt I really got my money’s worth, and they were very clear about where every penny gets spent” Jessica Bailey, Villa Maria Gap Adventure 2011

Quest Overseas fights poverty and the destruction of the environment in Africa and South America. Volunteers and projects include:

Transforming the lives of children living in poverty in Peru through workshops and education.

Climbing, swimming, crawling, surfing and laughing your way across South America on the Andean expedition.

Supporting children in Malawi through school by building schools and child sponsorship.

Working hard to protect the environment and rescued animals in Bolivia through construction and care.

Assisting with scientific research and sustainable agricultural initiatives in the Manu region of the Peruvian Amazon.

Building a new home for street children orphaned by the genocide in Rwanda.

VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

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Volunteer Latin America provide free and low-cost work abroad opportunities in Central and South America. We aim to connect volunteers to some of the best grassroots projects in the environmental and humanitarian sectors.

The environmental projects we offer are as varied and interesting as you might imagine, ranging from forestry to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. A multitude of other opportunities exist in a diverse range of species, habitats and locations. As well as offering a vast range of environmental projects, we offer volunteers the opportunity to help the economically, socially and politically disadvantaged people of the region by providing a wide variety of humanitarian work. There are opportunities to get involved in child welfare, community development, education and health programmes.

The projects we offer either require the volunteer to make a small financial contribution (participation fee), are free but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses, or provide complimentary accommodation and food.

Projects vary in length from one week up to a full year. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter or longer periods of time.

Because we help hundreds of grassroots organisations find people willing to help them achieve their objectives, we support environmental conservation and local community development in the region. Without the support and commitment of volunteers many of these organisations would be unable to carry out their vital work.

EXIS

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EXIS is your ticket to put together a different kind of travel experience. EXIS got started in 1982 with restlessness and an urge to ramble – before globalization was a household word and the world could be Googled in five seconds. EXIS made sure nearly 30 years ago that Danish au pairs could drink tea on the High Street in London – and now offers unique language study and voluntary work on five continents. You can probably still be an au pair, but a lot of travellers think it is just as exciting to tend elephants in Sri Lanka, help out at an orphanage in Costa Rica, work with Masai women in Tanzania, teach English to young Buddhist monks in Thailand or work on conservation in the Grand Canyon, USA. EXIS’ philosophy is still the same – to make it possible for you to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for adventure. We work with partners all over the world to build the most secure starting gate for unique experiences – and you take it from there! Forget all about the world getting smaller. It’s bigger than ever and right within your reach. Join the world... it's yours !

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.

LATIN LINK

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Latin Link works in partnership with churches to send and receive individuals, families and teams, to and from Latin American communities, to share the love of God.

We do this through three inter-related programmes:

Step: Our renowned short-term programme for teams. Get a hands on experience of mission in Latin America, living and working alongside a local church, helping with a practical project and joining them in reaching out to their community. Apply as an individual or put together your own team. Projects last for 16 weeks each spring and 3-7 weeks in the summer.

Stride: A programme offering student placements and mission training opportunities.
Student Placements: 6-9 months suitable for language students on their year abroad or 6-8 weeks suitable for medical students requiring an elective. An opportunity to explore how your study and mission can work together to support churches and Christian projects in Latin America.
Mission Training Opportunities: Bespoke placements for individuals, married couples or families to spend 12-24 months putting their faith into practice in Latin America. Use and develop your gifts and skills while working alongside a church or Christian run project. Stride could be a career change, sabbatical, or something to pursue in early retirement. A Stride placement is a great way to explore whether cross-cultural mission is for you. A 24 month Stride is the pathway into the Stay programme.

Stay: We have over 100 members of many nationalities, working with local churches and organisations to help them meet a diverse range of spiritual and practical needs - from caring for street children, to training church leaders and supporting university students to generating employment opportunities.

Latin Link's vision is to see vibrant, Bible-believing Christian communities in every part of Latin America, impacting their neighbours, their societies and the wider world.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website www.icye.org.uk.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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Kaya is a responsible travel organization with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. We work alongside NGOs, Charities and local community projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America who need the help of volunteers in the fields of environmental and community development. With Kaya, volunteers can combine work experience with travel and live and work alongside the community. Learn local culture, customs and language to gain a more thorough understanding of the country in a mission to promote responsible travel for the benefit of sustainable social, environmental and economic development, the empowerment of communities and the cultivation of educated, compassionate global citizens. Kaya works to identify quality projects that are in specific need of volunteer assistance providing volunteers a great choice of locations, fields of interest, types of work and the flexibility to build a travel experience to fit the volunteers needs whilst maximising skills and building personal CV’s. Itineraries can be set by volunteers and we welcome any student regardless of degree type or specification. We have over 180 placements for skilled and unskilled students to choose from with our more targeted skilled projects covering journalism, business and marketing, medical specialism’s and NGO back-end development work.

YOUTH INTERNATIONAL

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Youth International is an experiential learning program for young adults, that combines volunteer community service work, rugged international travel, cultural exchange, outdoor adventure, and homestays with local families. Through a balanced combination of experiences, each Youth International team member is set up for an intense and dynamic first-hand education about the region in which they are travelling. At the same time, they are presented with a unique environment and opportunity for self-discovery.

Help build an orphanage in Bolivia, live with a tribal family in Thailand, meditate with Tibetan monks in the Himalayan mountains, help to conserve the Ecuadorian rainforest, visit the Taj Mahal, search for wild animals whilst sailing through the Galapagos Islands, help build clean drinking water tanks for tribal families, hike through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, and much more! Teams of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25 travel together with two group leaders. For a full 3-month semester, teams explore three different countries in one region of the world. Youth International has been sending groups on learning adventures abroad since 1997, and currently offers two separate trips: Asia (Nepal, India, and Thailand) and South America (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands).

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

BOSCO VOLUNTEER ACTION (BOVA)

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Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) is the UK volunteering organisation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic Religious order. It offers placements for adults to serve the young and the poor, living and working alongside Salesian communities around the world. In addition it supports and encourages methods of raising awareness of development issues. This includes short term group experiences of the developing world for groups from schools and sixth forms, working with other groups who have had an ‘experience of poverty’ and instances of development education (justice and peace) within youth ministry. In all aspects of BOVA’s work there is a particular focus on providing a well-planned educational experience; stimulating, preparing and encouraging a continued involvement with development issues, faith in action and the Salesian family. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence. If CRB acceptable for working with vulnerable young people for instance.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

UNITED PLANET

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As an international non-profit organization, United Planet (UP) strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

SOUTH AMERICA INSIDE

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South America Inside is an intercultural management agency and was founded in 2003. We promote intercultural, linguistic and educational exchange programs throughout Central and South America. We arrange and manage personalized programs such us

• Internships

• Work and Travel

• Volunteer Work

• Language Courses

• Wildlife and Nature projects

• Farm Stays

Our programs are for all people - whether students, professionals or retirees - who want to live a real life experience that goes beyond the ordinary rather than explore Latin America as a mere tourist!

Whether you want to work in the social sector helping children or the elderly, help defenseless animals, work in conservation efforts via environmental and wildlife projects, or teach English to local communities, we have a South America Inside project that suits you.

SUSTAINABLE BOLIVIA

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The primary objective of Sustainable Bolivia is to provide Bolivian grass-roots organizations with much needed human and financial resources while providing international students and professionals the opportunity to gain practical work experience through internships and volunteer opportunities in Bolivia.



We currently work with around 30 partner organizations in Cochabamba, which engage in various developmental projects. These projects are broadly divided into education, health, human rights, art and performing arts, and the environment, and aim to improve the lives of local communities in a variety of different ways. Our volunteers and interns can work on projects focusing on the rights of vulnerable individuals, helping homeless women and children, promoting micro-finance schemes, assisting with health clinics, working with children with special needs and participating in ecological programs in rural areas. We aim to match individual interests and skills with local needs in order to provide the most rewarding experience for both parties.

AMIZADE

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Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. In communities on five continents, almost 6,000 Amizade volunteers have cooperated with community members to complete sustainable, community-identified projects that offer educational and recreational opportunities. Amizade volunteers have built a vocational training centre for street children in the Brazilian Amazon, volunteered with disabled youth in Bolivia, constructed rain water harvesting tanks in Tanzania, and much more! Volunteers do not need any special skills, just a willingness to help. Current opportunities exist in Bolivia, Jamaica, India, Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Poland, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Barbados, the Navajo Nation, Washington, DC, and Appalachia. Amizade offers pre-scheduled programs for individuals and customized programs for groups. In addition, we offer individual customised placements in Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, and the Navajo Nation (USA). Participants must be willing to volunteer a minimum of one week and can stay up to six months.Additionally, the Amizade Global Service Learning Consortium offers courses that combine intercultural service and academic coursework for college credit through West Virginia University. For customised placements, fees are determined by programme length. The programme fee includes room and board, transportation during the programme, recreational, cultural, and educational activities, Amizade staff, and a donation to the community. Alternative email address servicelearning@amizade.org

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

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The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi's (CIWY) aim is to rehabilitate the animals we rescue, when rehabilitation is not possible we work hard to ensure each individual animal has the utmost freedom possible. Our philosophy is that no wild animal should be abused or kept as a pet.

CIWY was founded in Bolivia in 1992. The organisation initially focused on aiding poor or orphaned children by teaching them a trade so that they could support themselves and their families. They also took the children on trips to the different cities and parks to teach them about Bolivia first hand. After witnessing the horrible impact of man upon nature, deforestation and animal abuse, Nena, Juan Carlos and the children they worked with decided to take action. The first wildlife refuge was founded on the grounds of Parque Machia, near Villa Tunari, to house and rehabilitate wild animals.

Since then, the community has grown to well over 5,000 people from all over the world, all dedicated to the principles on which CIWY was founded. CIWY now has three refuges in Bolivia – Machia, Ambue Ari and Jacj Cuisi – as well as a registered charity in the UK and active support groups throughout the world.

Currently managed by its president Nena Baltazar, CIWY is run almost entirely by volunteers and has grown into one of the largest conservation NGOs in Bolivia. Staying strong to its commitment to working with local communities, CIWY provides safe havens for 1,000’s of abused animals and birds and has saved over 1,000 hectares of rainforest.

VOLUNTEER WITH US: If you volunteer with CIWY be prepared for some hard but extremely rewarding work. Your time will be spent predominantly with one animal so that it will become accustomed to you. This helps to keep them relaxed and happy and give them the best life possible. Work for everyone starts at around 7am and finishes late in the afternoon or sometimes goes on into the evening.

Volunteer Requirements: You do not need to have previous experience; all you need is a big heart and the will to work hard to save the animals. However volunteers are required to stay for a minimum of 15 days, this is to protect and assure the animals. Some volunteers are required to stay for a month in order to work in particular areas (such as cats). Most volunteers stay for longer periods of time and often return to the refuge for a second and third time.

Visit our website www.intiwarayassi.org for more info.

CHILD FAMILY HEALTH INTERNATIONAL

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Child Family Health International is a global family of committed professionals and students who work at the grassroots level to promote the health of the world community. This is accomplished by 1) Fostering learning and service that sparks transformational personal change 2) Working to achieve sustainable solutions in healthcare services and disease prevention 3) Emphasizing respect and understanding across cultures 4) Facilitating the sharing of medical resources, knowledge, and experience and 5) Giving priority to underserved communities.

Child Family Health International (CFHI) was founded by a medical student over 20 years ago. Her goal was to provide premedical and medical students a more well-rounded education and at the same time instill in them a sense of passion for working with what the healthcare field calls “underserved” communities. CFHI achieves this vision nearly every day with 8,000+ alumni to date, originating from over 35 countries, who have participated in 30+ programs in 10 countries around the world. Providing a comprehensive curriculum to hundreds of students each year, CFHI has matured into an internationally recognized organization, and has been awarded Special Consultive Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. With the support of these students, our 250+ partners serve hundreds of thousands of patients in rural and urban underserved communities around the world every year. In addition, CFHI has distributed medical supplies and equipment that are used by our global partners. Supplies have been donated to Bolivia, Bosnia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and in our own backyard in California. CFHI also joined larger relief efforts to send supplies to victims of the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of the U.S.

CFHI at a Glance: · Founded: 1992 · Full-time employees: 7 · Board members: 8 · Paid partners abroad: 250+ · Partner clinics/hospitals: 75 · Student volunteers since 1992: 8,000 + · Universities of origin for students: 400 · Program sites supported: 20+ · Onsite coordinators at each site: 2-4 · 2007 Budget: $4.1 million; overhead 4.8% · Medical supplies sent 1995-2011: $10 million

GOECO

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GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife, and environment they visit. Based on years of practice and in-depth field reports, GoEco presents you with a careful selection of excellent yet affordable volunteer and ecological-minded vacations.

Israel programs: GoEco has established dozens of ecological and humanitarian projects in cooperation with organizations both in the Arab and Jewish sectors in Israel. The organization offers an informed and vetted selection of projects to GoEco participants. Their target audience is the ecologically concerned and adventurous traveller who wants to explore a region first-hand and to get to know the local people, customs, and eco-system through a structured volunteer program.

International programs: GoEco arranges for hundreds of international volunteers each year to participate in ecological and humanitarian projects initiated by its partner organizations around the world. Through careful preliminary on-line interviewing, GoEco connects each volunteer with the most suitable project. GoEco selects the best available projects around the world, updates the availability and timing of projects, validates the quality and reputation of the project, and assists the volunteer in preparing for the trip.

PROJECTS ABROAD

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Projects Abroad currently works in over 30 destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Founded over 24 years ago, we have vast experience in arranging Teaching, Building, Community, Conservation, Archaeology, Sports and Care projects as well as work experience internships in fields as diverse as Business, Law, Journalism, Medicine and Animal Care.

Our aim is to work with people in developing countries to ensure that our projects have a positive impact within their communities. In all of our destinations we have offices with fully trained Projects Abroad staff, so we can provide volunteers with 24 hour back up and support.

We take a flexible approach to volunteering and our projects have no set start dates. Placements are available all year round and volunteers can decide when to travel and for how long. Our minimum duration for projects is two weeks, and we also offer exclusive 'Short-term Special’ projects, which are specifically for 16-19 year olds.

The cost of your placement includes your food, accommodation, insurance, back up and support, airport transfers and travel to and from work where required. Projects Abroad is a member of ‘The Year Out Group’ and currently sends around 10,000 volunteers overseas each year. While many of our volunteers are ‘Gap Year’ students, we have an increasing number of mature and Career Break volunteers, who are attracted to our wide range of placements.

Whether you’d like to experience life as a Nomad in Mongolia, help develop a rural community farm in Ghana, work on a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon or discover more about Ancient Khmer Civilisations in Cambodia, Projects Abroad can help.

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