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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.

INTERNATIONAL CHINA CONCERN

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Love, Hope and Opportunity for Every Disabled Child

International China Concern (ICC) is a Christian development organisation that changes lives by bringing love, hope and opportunity to China’s abandoned and disabled. Founded in 1993 by David Gotts, International China Concern exists to help the disadvantaged live life to the full and to their God-given potential. Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth, there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. In many welfare centres the mortality rate remains high and for those who survive, the future is bleak. For 22 years, International China Concern has partnered with the Chinese government to develop social welfare for the abandoned and disabled. Our reputation and relationships in China place us in an excellent position to not only provide services and homes for life but also empower Chinese nationals to see lives saved, families supported, communities transformed and attitudes changed.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since 1993 International China Concern has taken teams of people from all around the world, to serve in China's orphanages. Teams are made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages and experience - but all have a heart to care for China's disadvantaged children. You do not have to be a professional - If you can hug a child, play with a child, pray with a child or help meet their basic needs, then you qualify. Past team members describe their time in China as - "enriching, ministering, touching, hilarious, everlasting", and "a life changing experience".

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.

AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE (AVS) - Hong Kong

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Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) promotes and has information about volunteering in Hong Kong. It may well be able to put volunteers in touch with organisations which are not yet listed on the WorldWide Volunteering database. AVS is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of sustainable volunteerism for the building of a civil society and caring community. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translation.

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.

REEF CHECK

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Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is a California registered nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to save our reefs and oceans. Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs in over 90 countries and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits. For more information on Reef Check please visit www.ReefCheck.org

WEC INTERNATIONAL

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We are an international mission organisation taking the good news of Jesus to the nations! www.wec-uk.org

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To get in touch email: info@wec-uk.org

Our Short Term Mission programme is geared to fuel your passion for God through hands-on mission. For a Solo Trek, we aim to match your gifts and time-frame for short-term cross-cultural mission. We will place you alongside an experienced missionary in any one of over 80 countries, where you can serve God, share the good news and grow in your faith. Or you might choose to join a Team Trek: a group of up to ten volunteers, sent to a strategic location for two or three weeks.

Alongside the short term missions, Trek has an internship programme, with placements tailored to your gifts and calling. Internships are based in the UK but may include study and time abroad, and can focus on a huge range of ministries. Resonance Arts also offers Short Term internships in music, drama and visual arts.

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

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.

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.

NEXT STEP CONNECTIONS

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Next Step Connections (NSC) is an international education organization, offering internship programs in Shanghai, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Next Step Connections has built up strong corporate connections and exclusive partnerships with leading companies across a wide range of internship industries, enabling our participants to access the best international internships in all industries.

We have placed over 800 students in 330 corporations since 2008.

As University students and fresh graduates need guidance as to what will be their next step, Next Step Connections (NSC) provides internship programmes and other educational abroad services to help students gain personal development, find their professional path and ultimately reach their full potential.

OPERATION MOBILISATION - SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITIES

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Operation Mobilisation (OM) is an interdenominational, evangelical Christian missionary organisation with work in over 110 countrie and sent by more than 100 nations. Short-term opportunities are usually with multinational teams that involve some kind of evangelistic work, sometimes combined with social or practical work. There are more short term events in the summer, but there are all-year opportunities too. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: IT projects, mainly programming.

CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY - ENCOUNTER TEAMS

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The Church Mission Society (CMS) is a mission community committed to sharing Jesus and changing lives, existing to equip and support people in mission service and share resources for mission work. CMS was established in 1799, and has developed working partnerships with Asian, African, Middle Eastern and East European churches, sending and receiving personnel to share in and learn from each other's mission. The Encounter programme offers a Tailor Made Programme to help church, youth, University groups to organise and prepare for cross cultural short term visits. We understand that each group will have their own story, strengths and needs so we offer a flexible service from offering training for Team Leaders, Breifing and De-briefing of teams, organsing the whole visit, practical advice and connecting groups people with people and projects over the world. CMS also offer ReSource weekend training courses focussing on ‘Creating Church in the Emerging Culture’ various times throughout the year. CMS Gap years and individual placements can also be arranged if that is an area of calling for you. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted. Each case is assessed separately.

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.

EARTHCARE

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Earthcare - a local Chinese charity aims to promote a green lifestyle, green business, environmental conservation, humane education, healthy lifestyle and the protection of animals. Established in November 1993, Earthcare became a registered charity in 1994. We advised the authorities in Guizhou, a Chinese province with severe shortage of water, on water recycling systems, reforestation and reconstruction of the eco-system. We cooperated with international organisations in investigations into the trafficking and illegal sales of rhino horns in China. Our efforts prompted the Chinese Government to take immediate action to combat these large-scale criminal activities and the Agriculture and Fisheries Department of Hong Kong to announce a series of measures to strengthen its protection of endangered species. In late 1994 we were the first to advocate the use of herbal alternatives to replace animal medicine due to the years of friendship between one of our founders and doctors. The Association of Chinese Medicine and Philosophy, IFAW and Earthcare succeeded in persuading the Chinese authorities to reduce by one third its bear farms over the next three years. During the last few years we have been concentrating on raising awareness of the threats to wildlife, in particular, tiger, marine turtle, elephant, rhino, sharks and bears due to human encroachment and trade in their body parts. We also actively promote sustainable energy resources, solar power, responsible pet ownership, no-kill sanctuary and anti-bull fighting. Since 2000 we have been educating the community about the importance of waste reduction, recycling and the conservation of energy and resources. Since the late 1990s, we also actively promoted the ban of the use of and trade of shark fin and shark finning practices, plus the importance of conservation of ocean resources and protection of marine wildlife. We have been organising the World Environment Day 2005 and 2006 educational campaigns in Hong Kong. The educational themes of these campaigns are: 1) Wait Green - switching off idling engines. 2) Waste Crisis and Sustainability. 3) Toxic E-Waste Crisis and Recycling. 4) Global Warning and Maintaining of indoor temperature at 25.5 degrees celcius. 5) Sustainable Mobility Issues 6) Green Transport 7) Animal rights 8) Animal welfare. Earthcare's rehoming team continues to rehome abandoned animals. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Web design. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted, each case individually assessed.

PROJECT TRUST

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Project Trust sends school leavers from the United Kingdom overseas as volunteers for twelve months. Since 1967 it has sent over 5500 volunteers to 53 different countries. Project Trust aims to give young people a better understanding of the world outside Europe through living and working overseas. Project Trust offers eight and twelve month placements to young people who at the time of application are in full time secondary education and are between 17 and 19 years at the time of going overseas. Projects fall into the following categories:- English language assistants - schools, colleges and universities. Care Work - helping in children's homes, with the disabled or homeless. Assisting in health and community development projects - in hospitals or with aid organisations. Education projects - teaching or assisting in primary and secondary schools. Outdoor activity projects - in Outward Bound Schools. Journalism - research, writing and distribution of an English newspaper. Our selection course and training courses are accredited for the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The overseas projects count in the service section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award where the criteria for the skill section is often met. Project Trust is a member of The Year Out Group.

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