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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

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

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

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.

ABRUZZO LAZIO AND MOLISE NATIONAL PARK

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The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, began its recovery in 1970 and has always considered volunteers as being an important. Each year hundreds of young people, students, environmentalists, researchers and teachers cooperate by freely offering their time to help the many activities the Park’s volunteers promote. Tasks can include collecting rubbish, helping the public in the Visiters Centres, marking the pathways, controlling the Park lands, creating awareness among visitors, mountain rescue, cultural activities and maintaining simple open-air structures. Volunteers take part individually, in small groups and in organized committees. Park volunteers grow in number each year and have also become more specialised and devoted to the actions which they carry out. The youngest take part in groups within the Nature Camps; the others, organised in special patrols, take part in the programme "Volunteers for Nature" which makes up watch-dogs in the more fragile and strategic areas of the Park, maintaining a surveillance over the Park lands and helping educate and raise awareness about the problems the Park faces. Without the volunteers, life in the Park would be less funny and poorer. Nature Volunteers: This initiative is promoted by the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park to offer young people who deeply care about the environment, a unique opportunity to work and live in contact with Nature. They spend a period up to 7, 14 or 21 days together with other motivated and involved people in an outpost of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise Park , working with Park operators, researchers, technicians and rangers in their various activities of prevention, control, education, assistance, maintenance and research. To participate, volunteers must be over 18 years old, have had some previous work experience in a natural environment and be able to live comfortably for a period in a mountain area, quietly and self- sufficiently in conditions that are sometimes difficult. This volunteer programme is provided by a group of 2-3 people equipped with radio telephones, a badge from the National Park and basic equipment that allows them to carry out their activities. This experience can be done throughout the year according to a calendar the Park holds. The Park provides lodging and contributes to the cost of food (€ 7,00/day), Volunteers follow the directions given by the Park personnel. The most interesting roles are: patrol activities by telemetric methods, fauna and flora surveys, keep in radio contact with the Park rangers, assistance to the public, follow scientific work, research, photographic reporting, special activities with very young visitors. All these activities are carried out with the help and the supervision of the Park personnel. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translation of documents and promoting volunteer programmes. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence.

Girlguiding

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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES

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Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors without Borders) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF combines the provision of emergency medical care with a commitment to speaking out about the suffering people endure and the obstacles encountered in providing assistance.

MSF is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by doctors and journalists in 1971. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement with 19 national offices and an international coordination office in Geneva, Switzerland.

MSF’s core work is in providing emergency medical assistance to the most vulnerable people in crisis due to armed conflict.

MSF also provides medical care to help people survive in catastrophic situations where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. MSF provides assistance during epidemics, following natural disasters, and to people who are excluded from healthcare.

When MSF witnesses serious acts of violence against or neglect of individuals or groups, we may speak out publicly based on eyewitness accounts, medical data and experience. We also give a voice to those who have witnessed such acts .

MSF is an independent and self-governed organisation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF strives to ensure that it has the power to evaluate medical needs freely, to access populations without restriction and to control the aid it provides directly, giving priority to those in most grave danger. MSF does not take sides in armed conflict and demands unhindered access to patients and the space it needs to carry out emergency medical interventions. In addition MSF only accepts private donations and never accepts funds from parties directly involved in any conflict or medical emergency that MSF is dealing with.

The work of MSF is carried out by thousands of national and international health professionals, logistical and administrative staff. Together they manage projects in approximately 65 countries worldwide.

MSF recruits medical and non-medical volunteers to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.

More details http://www.msf.org.uk/work_overseas.aspx

EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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Connect Youth is the British national agency for the European Voluntary Service Scheme which is open to all young people with no qualification requirement. There is a very wide range of tasks and positive measures will enable disadvantaged young people to have access to the programme. Although you will have a say over your placement and type of work you must be prepared to work in any one of the fields ticked. You will meet volunteers from other European countries to share experiences. You will have a rewarding experience doing something useful for other communities. You will learn a lot, at the same time helping yourself to develop as a person and to develop your future. You will learn new skills which make you more attractive to future employers. It is exciting and you will get to see places. You will be living in another country for quite a long time. You will learn about their customs and feel a sense of belonging to the European Union. You will make useful contacts for the future, even at European level, and also have an active part in discussing your role, place and responsibilities in the host project. At in-service training events you will have the chance to meet other EVS volunteers in your country and to discuss and reflect upon your experiences. You may be the only volunteer at your assignment or you may be working with a group of volunteers. But you will always be part of a team.

SOLIDARITÉS JEUNESSES

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Solidarités Jeunesses organises international workcamps in France as well as in over 70 countries worldwide. They work in co-operation with partner agencies in these countries, and exchange volunteers through each other. On workcamps, volunteers work on a wide variety of projects such as conservation, protection of the environment, construction, renovation of historical sites, social and community work etc. Volunteers are expected to work for about five to six hours each day on the projects. Solidarites Jeunesses places volunteers that live in France on its own and on partner' projects. Persons living in other countries normally are required to contact partner organisations in their respective countries - when those exist.

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