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WORLD AT PLAY

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Introduction

World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

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.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

Description

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.

ARCHIPELAGOS, Institute of Marine Conservation

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Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation is a Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization. Since 1998, Archipelagos has been committed to the scientific research and conservation of the marine and terrestrial environments of the Greek seas and islands, as well as of the NE Mediterranean region overall. Archipelagos’ work focuses on the combination of multi-disciplinary scientific research with efficient conservation work, in which the local communities share an active part.

Archipelagos operate various research stations and bases within the eastern Aegean islands:

Headquarters & Study Centre based on Samos island, in Samos town (building provided by the University of the Aegean),

Coastal Ecosystem and Terrestrial Research Base on Samos island, in Ormos Marathokampos,

Forestry & Agronomy Research Base on Ikaria island, in Kastanies, Rahes.

Fisheries Research Station on Fourni island

Research Stations on Coastal Biodiversity & Sustainable Development, based in Patmos, Arki and Marathi islands in the north Dodecanese.

Archipelagos’ two research sailing boats, Penelope and Nireas, are used for marine research and conservation work, enabling the extension of Archipelagos’ activities throughout the Greek seas and the NE Mediterranean.

Archipelagos operates away from city centers and commercial interests, offering a pure, direct approach to environmental conservation actions in Greece.

The research team works in the field throughout the year, directly in the environments we strive to protect. Despite adverse weather conditions that can occur, especially in the winter months, the team's enthusiasm and commitment to environmental conservation enable us to conduct valuable research and achieve notable results. We carry out scientific research by means of fields work, research expeditions, laboratory work and other methods of study.

KATELIOS GROUP FOR RESEARCH AND PROTECTION OF MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL LIFE

Description

Short name: KATELIOS GROUP

The Katelios Group is a non-profit N.G.O has been established in Kefalonia Island since 1993.The philosophy of the Katelios Group is the search for solutions co-existence between humans and the Nature through sustainable development in order to support both the economy from the natural environment and the preservation of quality of life in Kefalonia.The main objective of the Group according to the first Article of its Constitution is the conservation of the sea turtle (Caretta careta) in Katelios-Mounta Bay and the research of coastal area and the habitats of the main nesting population. Katelios Environmental and Cultural Centre of marine life and history raise awareness.
Activities:/Protection/Conservation/Awareness/Advocasy/Education/Research/organic cultivation/plant experiments based on compost.
The Group is financing by members, supporters and EVS.
Katelios Group is also supported by the Ministry of Environment gaining achievements with national and international recognition.


Volunteers will take part in all activities of the Katelios Group: nesting beach patrols, turtle monitoring, data collection, and environmental education and awareness.

WORKINGABROAD PROJECTS

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WorkingAbroad is an international networking service for volunteers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide. We offer a personalised service on voluntary work abroad with details on organisations that are looking for volunteers in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and North America. WorkingAbroad Projects is non profit company, established in March 2002, which arranges and places volunteers on a variety of projects all over the world in the conservation and teaching domains in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.

EIL UK

Description

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

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.

CROSSLINKS

Description

Jesus challenged his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. At Crosslinks we aim to play our part in this great commission, with our stated aim being: Making Christ known through the proclamation and teaching of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are enthusiasts for creative worldwide mission, our slogan is: “God’s Word to God’s World”. Whether you are a school leaver or a highly skilled professional (or anywhere in between!) your gifts and servant-hearted attitude could be valuable in any number of different settings. Many of our placements involve teaching in some capacity, but this can range from home-schooling or teaching English in local secondary schools to lecturing in theological colleges. Placements vary from a couple of weeks to two years, but usually there is something to fit into the time you have available.

CONCORDIA

Description

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,)

ARCHELON, Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

Description

Since 1983 the primary objective of the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (ARCHELON), has been to protect the sea turtles in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles (in nesting beaches in Zakyntho, Peloponnese and Crete). ARCHELON is a member of the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC) and a partner to UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan. Members of ARCHELON also participate in the IUCN/Marine Turtle Specialist Group and contribute to the formulation of the international strategy for the conservation of sea turtles.

ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the local authorities, institutions, other NGOs and local inhabitants in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles. Priority is given to the elaboration and implementation of integrated management plans in the major loggerhead nesting areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Peloponnese, Amvrakikos and Crete). ARCHELON was instrumental in the establishment of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and relies heavily on voluntary work. Volunteers help every year in protecting the nesting beaches and treating injured turtles.

ELIX - CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS GREECE

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ELIX - C.V.G (Conservation Volunteers Greece) is a non governmental organisation, member of the Alliance of Voluntary Organisations and has been promoting voluntary service and education since 1987. Our main goal is the personal development of individuals as citizens of the world through active participation. Volunteer projects include environmental protection, cultural heritage conservation, cultural promotion and social services. ELIX -C.V.G. aims to bring people from different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds together to live, learn and work together as a team through their participation on voluntary projects. Projects promote intercultural exchanges and offer young people the opportunity to take part in the every day life of a hosting community. ELIX - C.V.G. organises two or three weeks' workcamps mainly in the summer; participants learn traditional restoration craft and techniques, offer voluntary work to the hosting community, organise and participate in cultural and fun activities, share ideas and cultures. Workcamps give to communities and small villages of Greece the opportunity to meet and host young people from all over the world and, with their contribution, to implement important projects for the local community. ELIX - C.V.G. organises training seminars for youth workers and campleaders and a lot of activities addressed to volunteers throughout the year, such as weekend and one-day excursions, environmental, cultural and fun activities and regular volunteers' meetings. Finally, ELIX - C.V.G. currently has two hosting projects within the frame of the European Voluntary Service of the Youth in Action Program and each year sends a large number of E.V.S. volunteers abroad. (EVS projects are longer term for up to 6 months duration with an age limit of 18 to 30 years) A volunteer project is the organised presence of a group of 15 to 20 young people, from all over the world, for one to three weeks, offering volunteer work useful to the local community. Participating in such a project is a unique experience to get to know another country in its daily life, in a different way than that of an ordinary tourist, while at the same time contribute actively in problem solving at a local level. Volunteer projects take place usually during summer time, in remote areas of Greece, with the participation of Greek youth and youth from abroad. Our projects are funded from local communities, the Ministry of Environment, the General Secretariat of Youth, the European Union, private donations, sponsorships and subscriptions. Under the guidance of experts, they participate in activities such as: working in protected areas and sign posting, planting trees, and clearing overgrowth; work on traditional buildings, conservation of community records, and assistance in cultural centres; social work with children and elderly, work in schools and playgrounds; participate in festivals and cultural events. Incoming mail: incoming@elix.org.gr Outgoing mail: volunteers@elix.org.gr EVS: youth@elix.org.gr general mail: elix@elix.org.gr

GREEK DANCES THEATRE

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The Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theatre was established in 1953 as The Living Museum of Greek Dance. This is a non-profit institution subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Tourist Organization. * Daily performances in its 1,000-seat garden theatre on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. * An ensemble of 80 dancers, musicians and folk singers. * A collection of 2,500 village-made costumes, jewels and other works of folk art, worn on stage. * Courses, lectures and workshops on dance and folk culture * Field research programmes in dance ethnography and dance sociology * Study group, courses and workshops on Ancient Greek dance * Archives of dance books, field recordings, films. * Series of records, cassettes, videocassettes and books on dance in Greek, English and other languages. * Costume copies made to order. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

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.

GOECO

Description

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.

CADIP - CANADIAN ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS

Description

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

Description

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

Description

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.

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