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DISAWAY TRUST

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The aim of the Disaway Trust is to provide holidays for physically disabled adults who would not be able to travel alone. Our Trust provides a one-to-one carer for each holidaymaker who we try to match to a like-minded helper. We stay in regular hotels both at home and abroad and organise trips out to interesting venues. Venues change every year and are decided in the summer of the previous year. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

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.

UNA EXCHANGE

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UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.

PROYECTO SAN GERARDO

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San Gerardo de Rivas is located 20 km east of San Isidro de General – the second largest city in San Jose Province – in south central Costa Rica.

Though similar to many other coffee-producing communities at high elevations, San Gerardo is unique in being the jumping-off point for hikers and nature lovers wishing to explore Mt Chirripo – the highest peak in Costa Rica, and the second highest in Central America.

Whether you are here for a week or living in San Gerardo permanently there are volunteer opportunities available for you!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, to contribute in a meaningful way to your community, or to spend time on your vacation really getting to know the culture, the people and the language of Costa Rica.

Proyecto San Gerardo is actively recruiting volunteers for opportunities in community development and education in San Gerardo de Rivas and surrounding villages. We also welcome volunteers in Vancouver, Canada for our Board and online volunteers who can help with writing and website design/maintenance.

Proyecto San Gerardo was founded in 2007 to address the unequal access to education and better paid jobs for rural Costa Ricans. Focusing on the needs of children, youth and especially girls and women the organization has provided hundreds of hours of free education to small communities so they can learn English, Computer Skills, First Aid and How to set up a small business. We also provide high school and university scholarships to around 10 students a year to help them stay in school and encourage girls to consider higher education. We maintain an active local website: www.sangerardocostarica.com which informs visitors about the area and shares information about local services.

Our graduates have gone on to further education, to local tourism jobs that utilize their new language and technical skills, and many have stayed in the area now they can access better paid jobs without having to go to the city.

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.

Lattitude Global Volunteering

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Volunteer Overseas With Lattitude

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that provides overseas volunteering opportunities for 17-25 year olds. Our aim is to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their life skills while making a positive difference to the lives of others in a culture and community different from their own.

Over more than 40 years Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer on long-term placements from 3 to 12 months in over 17 countries around the world. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, care work, community projects and teaching.

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that will truly benefit from their skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provides comprehensive support to young people from beginning to end of their volunteer journey. To make our placements as accessible as possible we also offer bursaries and scholarships to eligible candidates.

‘In 2012 I volunteered to teach English in San Luis, Argentina with Lattitude. I can honestly say this was to date the best and most important 5 months of my life. I enjoyed my placement and the entire experience so much that I owe a great deal of gratitude to Lattitude. During my time abroad I also developed a passion for teaching, so much so that I have since enrolled on a BA in Education in University, none of this would have been possible had I not been offered the opportunity to teach abroad.’

Rhys Richards, Lattitude Volunteer

2014-2015 places available, apply today! www.lattitude.org.uk

MAYBE SAILING

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Maybe Sailing is a Tall Ship sail training organisation. With two gaff rigged vessels, we take young people and adults on sail training adventures across the UK, Europe and further afield. This year, our vessel Blue Clipper will be crossing the Atlantic, taking part in the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta; visiting Bermuda, Boston, Quebec, Halifax and Le Havre.

Sail Training is a platform for Youth development; helping young people build confidence, self-esteem and gain skills in team work, communication and leadership. We work with young people from all different backgrounds from across the UK and Europe.

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.

EARTHQUEST (CANADA) FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

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Earthquest (Canada) for the Environment is an environmental consulting firm and biological field school dedicated to the preservation, protection, restoration management, conservation, improvement or enhancement of endangered, threatened or vulnerable species and their habitats. We work primarily with endangered, threatened, special concern and rare flora and fauna species conducting scientific research and conservation projects. The majority of projects involve cataloguing, documenting or surveying flora and fauna and conducting field research. With the establishment of a new Earthquest Biological Field School (the first of its kind in Canada) in 2004 we can accept applications to enroll in two day to 1 month semester programmes in Field Biology, Ornithology, Botany, Ethnobotany and Primatology. Graduates of the International Field Biology - Field Biology Trainee (FBT) Programme are eligible to participate in one to three month internships with Earthquest or a partner organisation in southwestern Ontario or be hired by supporting organizations. All International FBT courses lead to certification which is exempt from registration by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges, Universities and Training (provincial government). We also help recruit students for field courses offered in Central America (Costa Rica and Niacaragua) We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

BUSOGA VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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Busoga Volunteers for Community Development (BUVOCOD) offers a wide range of volunteer projects abroad for you to participate in. From teaching, child mentoring and care, HIV/AIDs, Eevangelism, counseling, medical practitioners, fundraising, grant and proposal writing, administrators, community projects, water and sanitation,enviroment management,entrepenurship etc.

We are constantly adding to our already vast selection of volunteer projects in our needy communities as we strive to provide the needy with help in the form of volunteers. Volunteering is an unforgettable experience giving you the opportunity to see a country from the inside and experience for yourself what really goes on. You also get the opportunity to work with local people on local projects which without BUVOCOD which you wouldn't be able to do. We want you to understand another country and experience other cultures and traditions but most of all we want to see our projects benefit positively. You are here to have the time of your life so go ahead and book one of our many volunteer projects today!

MUSCLES FOR CHARITY

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Muscles for Charity is a group of experienced people (average age of 40 years), who commit to using their experience, time and resources to assist challenged, elderly individuals. We commit up to 30 person hours and never handle any money. Only after a donation has been made to a registered charity do we undertake the work. Imagine how much work the team could complete in a period of up to 30 hours such as garden clearing, house painting and patio laying but any jobs are considered. We never need or use a bank account. More details of our work are available on our website.
www.musclesforcharity.org
Muscles for Charity has now completed over 370 projects benefiting over 130 registered charities, and our volunteers have completed over 14,000 voluntary hours. Muscles for Charity teams now operate in the UK, the USA, Belgium and Canada.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

CHURCHILL NORTHERN STUDIES CENTRE

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The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting research and educational initiatives in Churchill, Manitoba. The facility is located at the junction of three distinct ecosystems and provides a unique insight into life in the tundra, boreal forest and marine environments. The CNSC is open year-round to provide support for ongoing research projects such as University credit courses, Road Scholar Programs, Earthwatch, non-credit courses, school groups, long-term climate monitoring, special events, and our own Learning Vacations. We are proud to present a variety of courses, which are designed to capitalize on the area’s many seasonal attractions. Volunteers have always helped the CNSC to function smoothly and efficiently. In exchange for working 36 hours per week, the centre provides meals and accommodation, but transportation to and from Churchill is the responsibility of the volunteer. Our volunteers are encouraged, wherever possible, to participate in the educational programming and related activities, lectures, research projects and tours. Each season brings different opportunities to get out onto the land or into the community. The volunteer position is primarily kitchen clean-up, but may also include prep work in the kitchen (slicing and dicing vegetables, peeling potatoes, making salads), from time to time. There is occasionally a need for volunteeers to also help with light housekeeping, office duties and restocking/tidying the gift shop. The volunteer application process is treated like a job application with interviews and reference checks. The most important attribute of our volunteers has always been great social skills, high energy level, enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit! We would like to emphasize that these positions are NOT research related but the volunteers will have opportunities to interact with any researchers that are at the facility.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Internet researching and marketing.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

We aim to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE. Our participants are aged between 14 and 24.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered under special licence by over 500 partners (Licenced Organisations). Our partners support over 10,000 DofE centres including youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses to run DofE programmes and accredit their young people.

INTERNATIONAL NATIONAL TRUSTS ORGANISTION (INTO)

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INTO is an international network of National Trusts and similar non governmental organisations, globally diverse but united by a shared commitment to conserving and sustaining our shared heritage – built and natural, tangible and intangible.

This new organisation, founded in 2007, brings people together to exchange information, develop and promote best practice, and work to effect change. INTO’s mission is to “promote the conservation and enhancement of the heritage of all nations for the benefit of the people of the world and future generations”.

To date, international collaboration on heritage conservation has focused primarily on sites of universal value. This is important, but there is a critical need to better protect and preserve both tangible and intangible heritage of national, regional, and local significance, and especially to integrate heritage conservation into national and local programmes for sustainable development.

Heritage-focused NGOs within individual countries (National Trust and similar organisations) can play a key role – in partnership with national and local governments – in facilitating and promoting this type of heritage conservation.

CADIP - CANADIAN ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS

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CADIP is an independent, not-for-profit Canadian organisation. Through various youth initiatives, CADIP promotes peace, cooperation, tolerance and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. The organization also promotes patterns and examples of civil activities focused on serving others, on building social ties and strengthening communities, on supporting civil society development.
Mission and general objectives:
To promote volunteering as an expression of civic contribution;
To assist in community development;
To build tolerance and understanding in multicultural and multi-ethnic surroundings;
To promote multiunderstanding among volunteers all over the world;
To facilitate the individual growth of the volunteers through the acquisition of work, life and learning skills;
Our main activities include short and long-term voluntary projects focusing on: work with orphans and disadvantaged kids; teaching children from poor communities; nature protection, gardening and forestry; therapeutic and social programs; renovation and restoration of cultural and youth centers; heritage conservation and archaeological excavations; preparation of cultural events.

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

SERVICE VOLONTAIRE INTERNATIONAL

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Service Volontaire International (in English: International Volunteering Service) is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. It is an apolitical and non-religious organization. It is open to everyone, without discrimination of nationality, origin, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation. SVI is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization (NPO).

The organization mainly works in the field of international volunteering (international projects), but also in the areas of social economy, solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world. Each year, it sends more than 350 volunteers abroad and welcomes about 100 foreign volunteers to Belgium and France. The aim of the Belgian organization is to stimulate young people’s interest (from 16 to 30 years old) to volunteering. SVI thinks it is not only an act of solidarity, but also an opportunity to live an experience of active citizenship and a way to learn how to live as a community. Beside international projects, SVI also offers opportunities for young people to meet and encourages them to create their own projects and to take over the management of the organization.

NGOabroad

Description

NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter international humanitarian work, in addition to providing frugal, customized international volunteer options.

This is a condensation of our International Volunteering & Internship Opportunities for 2016

CAMEROON, TANZANIA, SACRED VALLEY PERU, SRI LANKA: Nursing, Medical, Physical Therapy

INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities

SRI LANKA, NEPAL: Slums

UGANDA: Human Rights Education

NEPAL: Trafficking

SRI LANKA: Trauma Counseling after Atrocities of Civil War

KENYA: Counseling Sexual Abuse - Social Work or Psychology

INDIA: Geriatric Social Work

TANZANIA: AIDS

MONGOLIA: Emerging Civil Society

NEPAL: Public Interest Law -> Democracy Building

UGANDA: Community Organizing & Women

RWANDA: International Development

COSTA RICA & ECUADOR; TANZANIA & RWANDA: Micro-finance & Small Enterprise Development

UGANDA, MOROCCO, CAMEROON & COSTA RICA: Women

UGANDA: Secondary School

PERU, HONDURAS & NEPAL: Education

GHANA, INDONESIA & COSTA RICA: Agriculture & Ecology. Environmental.

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation

THAI-BURMA, TANZANIA, RWANDA: Refugees

THAILAND & ECUADOR: Dance, Music, Theatre to work with kids with Disabilities

COSTA RICA, UGANDA, CAMEROON: Domestic Violence

INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

These are volunteer internship positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date.

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. http://www.ngoabroad.com/ then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to info@NGOabroad.com

RACHEL'S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

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Rachel’s Development Programme is a National NGO working in Gatundu North, Gatundu South, Ruiru, Thika District and Kiambu County in provision of free basic health facilities with a special emphasis on health and sustainable development. The organization was registered in July 2003 under the NGO Act, with an aim of poverty alleviation, health and food security.

The organization sits on 10 acres of land with River Karimeno on the bottom overlooking coffee plantations. It is located on a Highway which is accessible to many people from various locations.

The organization has wide experience in the provision of medical services, having held many free medical camps in collaboration with Ministry of Health. Rachel's Development Programme has premises that can be used as a hospital.

We practice Agri-Business and all fresh food comes from the farm. It has a very good environment which links Agro-Tourists to other farmers, organized groups, community and internship students.

Our Mission

To reach out and rescue the less fortunate children, like orphans, street children, abused children and children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and reintegrate back to the community after the environment where they are supposed to settle is sensitized and made better for their livelihood.

Objectives

1. Provision of homely environment to the neglected and vulnerable children in need.

2. Education for life through formal and informal training in order to make them self reliant.

3. Promote their identity and personality to make them complete people.

4. Provision of love, care and counselling.

5. To re-integrate back to community and take after care services.

6. Empower their guardians in order for them to cater for their children when they leave Rachels’s children home from 18 yrs and below.

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