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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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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

COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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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.

Earthwatch

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Earthwatch Institute. Our expeditions aim to gather information about the impacts of climate change, monitor habitat needs of endangered species, and find solutions to land conflicts between wildlife and local communities. The aim is to better understand critical environmental issues in order to influence conservation decisions. For environmentally conscious travellers, an Earthwatch expedition offers the rare opportunity to spend time learning from the experts in some of the most beautiful parts of the world while directly contributing to conservation. Some expeditions, such as Madagascar's Lemurs and Icelandic Glaciers are physically demanding, while others such as Elephants of Tsavo and Dolphins of Greece are mentally stimulating - offering volunteers the opportunity to observe animal behaviour at close quarters. The work of volunteers really does make a difference. In the Virgin Islands, Earthwatch volunteers have patrolled turtle nesting beaches for the past 25 years ensuring that turtle eggs are moved above the high tide mark and poachers are deterred. As a direct result of this conservation the number of hatchlings born has increased twentyfold. And in 2007 the International Maritime Organization agreed to divert shipping lanes off the southern coast of Spain in order to avoid important bottlenose dolphin foraging grounds as a direct result of Earthwatch research. Since Earthwatch's inception we have brought together over 80,000 members of the public to volunteer on field research projects, a unique approach which not only provides essential funding for long term research, but also supplies a 'hands on' workforce of enthusiastic volunteers to support the scientists. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence.

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY JERPOINT

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Camphill CommunityJerpoint is a small residential, landbased community with adults, some in need of special care. We have a gardening and food processing workshop, as well as a small farm. Living at Jerpoint Community means sharing everyday life and responsibility for supporting adults with intelectual disabillities, the work in the houses and on the land.Most of our adults work part of the week outside of the Community in local services.

We are a mixed bunch of long and short-term volunteers from various parts of the world, employed people and people on various work-schemes.Jerpoint is home to 25 people, who live in two beautiful houses on 10 acres small holding next to the River Nore.We are a busy little places with about another 25 people joining our community through out the week.

Every year 9 young volunteers join us for internships or a gap year/ social year abroad, during their time with us they get training, where they join volunteers from other communities.We celebrate the christian festivals and many other occasions through out the year.

All enquiries are welcome. jerpoint@camphill.ie

DIAKONISCHES JAHR IM AUSLAND

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Diakonisches Jahr Im Ausland, Evangelische Freiwilligendienste is the German branch of the European Diaconal Year network which consists of a number of national Christian-based volunteering schemes. (The British branch is Time For God.) They share common standards, and a commitment to the personal development of the volunteer through this form of work. Each offers support to the volunteers through both personal supervision and regular residential conferences or seminars. Evangelische Freilligendienste sends German volunteers to placements of the member organisations of EDYN (more information at www.dija.de and www.edyn.org) and is hosting volunteers from thies countries in Germany. Apply in your own country through our partner organisations, which you can find at www.edyn.org. Placements generally include residential care projects (children, elderly, disabled, learning difficulties, sick, etc.), rehabilitation/hostel work (drug abusers, ex-offenders, homeless, refugees, etc.), community support (visiting elderly, families affected by HIV/Aids, youth work, etc), and churches (assisting ministry teams, parish work, pastoral care, youth work, children). For countries like Germany, the UK, France, Belgium and placements overseas, volunteers should have good language knowledge. For other countries, the language requirements determine to which type of placement a vounteer is assigned. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted on the programme.

Involvement Volunteers Association Inc.

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Involvement Volunteers (IVUK) is a part of the IVI Network around the world that offers volunteering as individual volunteers in Group Placements or Individual Placements in all months of the year in about 60 countries. Placements for students, Graduates, Professionals, interested, experienced or inexperienced people who are willing to participate to assist others in activities related to benefit for either the natural environment or social service in the communities where assistance is needed. For instance: Animal care and rescue, Soil conservation, Revegetation, Historic building restorations or maintenance and seasonal farm operations. Social Service with Orphanages (needed for those caused by HIV/AIDs in particular). Elderly people and Teaching English as a spoken language to assist local teachers. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, for volunteering with Involvement Volunteers for sure.

INVOLVEMENT VOLUNTEERS Association Inc., HQ

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Involvement Volunteers is a registered, not for profit organisation, that creates programmes of suitable, unpaid, individual volunteer placements related to the natural environment and social service within the community in over 30 countries around the world. Volunteers from Asia, Britain, USA, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia etc, participate as individuals or in groups of individuals or in teams around the world, around the calendar. Placements are available in a wide variety of situations, i.e. National Parks, and bird observatories; private landholdings and flora and fauna reserves; community based social service organisations for the benefit of both young and old as well as physically or medically disadvantaged people. Volunteers are required to speak and understand the English language for safety reasons. Volunteers gain valuable experience arranging their own visas as required; locally purchasing their air tickets and suitable travel insurance with some advice to suit their travel and volunteering programme. A police check is required for some placements. Volunteering can only be done in a foreign country. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: This is currently being considered for the development of an international network of “IV” Virtual Volunteers. Contact ivworldwide@volunteering.org.au Alternative email address ivengland@volunteering.org.au

AGAPE ADVENTURES

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Agapé Adventures is an Irish organisation providing quality volunteering projects all over the world. Our projects cover a wide range of skills development opportunities including: teaching; environmental education/conservation care; youth work; construction; community development - homeless/drug rehabilitation support; animal welfare; mechanics; creative arts; childcare & more.

Projects run in Europe (Ireland, France, Malta, Spain, UK & more); Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique), Malaysia, India, Nepal, USA & Canada…to name just a few!

In all of our projects we provide accommodation, food, training and support, and in many longer term projects we also provide an adventure package!

We believe passionately in the process of volunteering and our focus is "changing lives through spirit service and adventure!"

ASSOCIATION OF CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES IN THE UK AND IRELAND

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The Association of Camphill Communities is an umbrella organisation for the 45+ Camphill Communities in the British Isles. Some of the communities are residential special schools, some provide further education and training for youngsters with learning disabilities or developmental disabilities; the majority of centres are therapeutic and mutually supportive communities with adults who have special needs. Some centres cater for people with mental health problems. People with special needs, short-term and long-term co-workers (unsalaried workers) and their families learn, live and work together in extended family settings or in supported independent accommodation. Short-term volunteers (up to twelve months) are provided with accommodation, food and a modest personal allowance. Volunteer co-workers are encouraged to apply direct to individual communities. All relevant details as well as information on each community and life as a volunteer are found on the Association's website www.camphill.org.uk. Other similar Camphill Communities are found in 20 countries worldwide.

ESTONIAN MENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE SUPPORT ORGANISATION

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Estonian Mentally Disabled People Support Organisation (EVPIT) is established in 1990 as union of organisations supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Its mission is to improve the position of people with intellectual disabilities in Estonian society and to create them equal opportunities in life. The organisation acts as a centre where people with intellectual disabilities and their families can get objective information and services and also as a channel to direct their problems to decision makers. EVPIT is representing Estonian organisations dealing with people with intellectual disabilities in international organisations. At present EVPIT have 23 member organisations over Estonia. EVPIT is a member of: Inclusion International- the international Association of Societies of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their families, Inclusion Europe, Social Hansa- network of social cooperation in and between the countries around the Baltic sea, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Estonian Board of Disabled People, Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organisations, and Estonian Non- formal Adult Education Association The tasks of the support organisation are: defending the rights of people with intellectual disabilities at local, national and international level, forming public opinion, gathering and distributing information, supporting and first contact counselling of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, counselling member organisations, introducing new services for people with intellectual disabilities and conducting piloting projects, providing services, and organising events and training sessions. Training and Counselling Centre offers various courses, seminars and non- formal education training sessions throughout Estonia. Day Care Centre offers a variety of leisure activities for people with intellectual disabilities. EVPIT also has its own small library. EVPIT has carried out several successful pilot-projects, importing new ideas and methods to Estonia, which activities are continuing after the end of the project and evaluated as vital by mentally disabled people and the state as well. In 1990 EVPIT has started with counselling of parents of disabled children- service, which now is provided by state 1990-2000 the idea of Early Intervention was spread by EVPIT which now is commonly known in child-care institutions Starting with group homes (first was financed by parents of disabled youngsters, the others are already financed by state) First Estonian Self-Advocates organisation “Tugiliisu” started and supported by EVPIT 2003, run Youth in Europe project for young adults from universities together with young adults mentally disabled “Me, You and Our World” “Human Rights” project 2001-2003 with Inclusion Europe, at May 8-10 international congress “Europe in Action” Human rights for mentally disabled persons organised by EVPIT. EUMAP and MDAP country report Estonia preparation 2003-2004 “ Access to education and employment for people with intellectual disabilities” Thanks to these pilot-projects the attitude towards mentally disabled people (which is the least accepted disability in Estonia by the general public) has improved.

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