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TIME FOR GOD

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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.

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.

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.

EIL UK

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EIL UK is a registered charity and our mission is to bring people together from different nations to improve understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness.
Registered Charity No. 1070440

AMAIDI International

Description

Since 2006 AMAIDI enables social organizations worldwide to get access to professional and general volunteer resources to be able to meet their global challenges.

Therefore we inspire and mobilize individuals, companies and universities to engage themselves locally or online, either with their skills (pro bono) or their work force (hands-on).

Amaidi International links overseas and local volunteers with local communities they want to support via building capacity of the local organizations that serve these communities such as non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, care-homes and social enterprises.

Amaidi International also partners with responsible travel organizations in the countries we work in, so that tourists are offered a different way of getting in touch with the soul of a country. This also allows opportunities to the local communities visited, such as earning respect for their culture and income towards their livelihood.

Amaidi International acknowledges that money, spent in the right way according to the real needs of a local community, can be a boon for the urban and rural poor, enabling them to place the first steps on the road to a better life, away from poverty and its ugly faces such as chronical illness, un-employment, lack of access to quality education and political empowerment.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

Description

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

Description

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.

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,)

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

Description

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.

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.

COMMUNITY CARE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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Community Care Development Foundattion (CCDF) is a non-governmental organization set up in 1997. It uses both local and foreign sponsors to fund its social care initiatives in the Mathare and Huruma slums of Nairobi, and Rakwaro Village in kisumu in the rural areas, where unemployment and poverty levels are both extremely high. It is connected with several local schools, runs Entrepreneurship Education and Vocational Training Programs for the mentally challenged children , conducts HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling programs ,is engaged in Environmental Projects ,pre-schoo,lfish farming on fishponds and peace building initiatives CCDF is officially registered under the Kenyan Ministry of Culture and Social Services as a Foundation to be a lead organization to promote challenges experienced in our village.we work with Rotary international to some of our goals are achieved.



CCDO is involved with the following projects in the Mathare and Huruma communities:



• Subjects teaching in primary and secondary schools

• Counselling and HIV/AIDS activities in local clinics

• Environmental initiatives with youth groups and peace

• Entrepreneurship Programmes for the unemployed

• Vocational training for the unemployed and mentally challenged persons

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.

LIVING WATER CHILDREN CENTRE

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Living Water Children Centre (LWCC) was founded by the Kimaro family in 2003. Today, over 50 orphans and children from less fortunate backgrounds call it home. The Centre is a registered Non Governmental Organization (NGO) aiming to support orphans and less fortunate children in Tanzania. The Centre is located in Arusha, in the northern part of Tanzania.

Our volunteer program was established in 2004. Volunteers are highly appreciated for their unwavering support and the hope they generate in the children and the Centre during their time with us. Volunteer efforts have directly empowered and encouraged our children to understand that they are special and can be successful. The hardest part for both parties is to say “goodbye!” at the end of the program.

If you would like to volunteer, let us know your areas of interest and we will do our best to accommodate you and make your stay a memorable one. Some of the things volunteers do include…



- Help children practice their English. Our schools teach all subjects in English.

- Assist students in the classroom and after school with their assignments.

- Arrange fun activities including: riding bikes, cooking classes, hikes and games every weekend.

- Sponsor and plan field trips, with the help of Centre management

- Assist with health care, mini-checkups, height/weight charting and going to hospital.

- Clean and repair the children’s surroundings, clothing, shoes, etc.

- Take part in clubs like reading, spelling bees, drama, music and dancing.

- Assist with husbandry projects. We have cows, goats, and chickens.

- Make teaching aids for the teachers.

- Read stories and help children learn to read.

COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Description

CCIVS was created in 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO as an international non-governmental organisation responsible for the coordination of voluntary service world-wide. CCIVS has an associate status with the UNESCO and is an elected member of the NGO Liaison committee. CCIVS is charged with networking and international representation of IVS, training and capacity building, communication and campaigns.

Its 200 member organisations implement voluntary programmes in the fields of sustainability and environment, peace and human rights, poverty reduction and health promotion, active participation and social inclusion, cultural heritage and diversity. These programmes are generally carried out through workcamps or mid to long term volunteering, consisting of a national or an international group working on a common project.

Please note that workcamps and longer-term projects are not organised directly by CCIVS, and that we do not recruit volunteers directly. These activities are carried out by CCIVS member organisations who undertake the recruitment. The full list of CCIVS members can be found on our website.

DONG NAI BIOSPHERE RESERVE

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Our organisation was established with the aims of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use, as well as creating the environment in which humans live, in harmony with nature. Up to now, our organisation has co-operated with many partners in taking action to protect the environment, save wildlife and create the livelihood for residents. Currently, there are 35 members of staff working for Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve. They have many experiences in the field of forestry and conservation, but they are not good at English skills. That is a reason why our staff have many difficulties in approaching the global research papers, expanding our knowledge and seeking and writing grants. We are looking for a volunteer to help us improve our English skills, as well as exchange cultural values.

INTERNATIONAL DISASTER VOLUNTEERS (IDV)

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is a volunteer driven, England and Wales registered charity that works with communities worldwide which have been affected by or are vulnerable to disaster. Our goals are to help survivors achieve sustainable recovery and build more resilient communities both before and after disaster. IDV does not charge volunteers a registration or administration fee, and we believe that anyone can make an impact in a disaster zone. You don't need to be a doctor, structural engineer, or rich to assist in the recovery of communities devastated by disaster. Volunteering with IDV is fun, challenging and rewarding you will work and live within a local community, working on projects which are decided upon by the local community so you will get to learn about the local culture, learn new skills, get to make great friends with both local people and a diverse group of international volunteers, all whilst knowing that you are contributing to long term sustainable change. We have just launched our 2013 deployment in Philippines and are looking for volunteers to join us.

L'ARCHE - UK

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L'Arche provides residential care for adults with learning disabilities. L'Arche communities are places where people with and without learning disabilities live and work together in a simple way, to build community in the spirit of Jesus - places which offer a way of life that is not competitive nor dependent on material success and intellectual achievement - places that heal rather than divide. L'Arche communities provide a family atmosphere within small homes that are well integrated into the local neighbourhood. L'Arche workshops provide different kinds of work where each person can find fulfilment and opportunity for growth. L'Arche's spiritual life is particularly important, and all homes offer a life of prayer which members can share as they wish. L'Arche is a Christian community, ecumenical in spirit, striving to live a life of simplicity in the spirit of the Gospels.

YOUTH WITH A MISSION

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YOUTH WITH A MISSION is an international, interdenominational Christian missionary organisation working in over 170 nations worldwide. YWAM was founded in 1960 and is committed to training people to care for those in need, through short term relief and long term community development projects. Our desire for those who work with us is that they "know God and make Him known". As a volunteer on one of YWAM's short term projects, you will get the opportunity to share your Christian faith with those you meet, take part in building and development projects, work alongside permanent staff in urban community work in cities such as Amsterdam and London. You will be able to work with children in orphanages and on the streets in some of the poorest of the world's cities and communities. We need people who have a wide variety of skills from cooks to secretaries, people who are willing to have a hands on experience, to work in a team with other volunteers in order to get the job done. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Computer and IT work, Finance, Accounts and Fundaraising, Communications and PR work. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

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