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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.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.

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.

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

BOSCO VOLUNTEER ACTION (BOVA)

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Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) is the UK volunteering organisation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic Religious order. It offers placements for adults to serve the young and the poor, living and working alongside Salesian communities around the world. In addition it supports and encourages methods of raising awareness of development issues. This includes short term group experiences of the developing world for groups from schools and sixth forms, working with other groups who have had an ‘experience of poverty’ and instances of development education (justice and peace) within youth ministry. In all aspects of BOVA’s work there is a particular focus on providing a well-planned educational experience; stimulating, preparing and encouraging a continued involvement with development issues, faith in action and the Salesian family. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence. If CRB acceptable for working with vulnerable young people for instance.

JUST VOLUNTEERS!

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Just Volunteers! is a non profit group which places suitable volunteers with small, independent NGOs in China, HK, Malaysia and Mongolia. www.just-volunteers.org




The NGOs we work with run:

- Orphanages;

- A school for Myanmar refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;


- Summer camps on the Mongolian Steppe;

- A hospital for abandoned children in Beijing;

- A training centre for physically disabled young people in Guangzhou;


We need people to:

- Teach English;

- Teach vocational skills;

- Run a kindergarten;

- Organize sports;

- Run team building games;

- Give their time and patience;

- Share their enthusiasm!



All projects provide free accommodation and most also provide free food - unless otherwise stated. Volunteers who are selected will be given the opportunity to speak to past volunteers if they wish.

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.

UNITED PLANET

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As an international non-profit organization, United Planet (UP) strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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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.

PROJECTS ABROAD

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Projects Abroad currently works in over 30 destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Founded over 24 years ago, we have vast experience in arranging Teaching, Building, Community, Conservation, Archaeology, Sports and Care projects as well as work experience internships in fields as diverse as Business, Law, Journalism, Medicine and Animal Care.

Our aim is to work with people in developing countries to ensure that our projects have a positive impact within their communities. In all of our destinations we have offices with fully trained Projects Abroad staff, so we can provide volunteers with 24 hour back up and support.

We take a flexible approach to volunteering and our projects have no set start dates. Placements are available all year round and volunteers can decide when to travel and for how long. Our minimum duration for projects is two weeks, and we also offer exclusive 'Short-term Special’ projects, which are specifically for 16-19 year olds.

The cost of your placement includes your food, accommodation, insurance, back up and support, airport transfers and travel to and from work where required. Projects Abroad is a member of ‘The Year Out Group’ and currently sends around 10,000 volunteers overseas each year. While many of our volunteers are ‘Gap Year’ students, we have an increasing number of mature and Career Break volunteers, who are attracted to our wide range of placements.

Whether you’d like to experience life as a Nomad in Mongolia, help develop a rural community farm in Ghana, work on a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon or discover more about Ancient Khmer Civilisations in Cambodia, Projects Abroad can help.

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

GO HELP

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Go Help is a small UK registered charity that is committed to working with local communities in Central Asia to improve their access to education and healthcare services.

Our Charity Objectives

To enable access to primary healthcare through the provision, distribution and maintenance of emergency vehicles.

To foster local talent, through providing scholarships and employment opportunities for young people.

To support education projects which provide opportunities for literacy and self-improvement.

To facilitate the placement of skilled health & education volunteers with the aim of enhancing the capacity of local communities.

In addition, Go Help operates Charity Rallies, an event platform which fundraises for charitable projects in Mongolia and Tajikistan by challenging people to undertake incredible adventures. These include the Mongolia Charity Rally and the Roof of the World Rally, in which teams drive from Central London to Ulaanbaatar or Dushanbe by any route they choose using vehicles of their choice, including ambulances, which are then donated by Go Help or used in its charity projects.

INTERSERVE

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Interserve

Did you know that if the world was 100 people:

20 would live in a slum

42 will never hear about Jesus

49 would live on less than £1.50 a day

The world isn’t perfect – this is not news! We all recognise this in some way. Confronted by the volume of spiritual, physical and mental needs we work wholistically in the UK, South Asia and the Arab World. We have summer teams from 2 weeks and personalised placements from 2-12 months where your skills and passions can be used in an environment where they are needed. Our vision is to:

• Reach people for God

• Restore heaven on earth

• Reproduce this movement in others

Whether you are thinking of a gap year or considering what to do with your retirement, get in touch today. info@interserve.org.uk

AMERICAN-EURASIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE

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The American Eurasian Research Institute, Inc. (AERI) (formerly the Kazakh/American Research Project) was incorporated as a not-for-profit education research organization in 1989. AERI sponsors projects that include scholarly exchanges with Russian, Mongolian, Kazakh, American, Canadian, and European scholars and students. Areas of investigation include ethnography, archaeology, and linguistics in conjunction with the following Academy of Sciences: Institute of Archaeology, Moscow, Russia: Institute of History, Ethnography, and Archaeology, Almaty, Kazakhstan; the Institute of Archaeology, Chisinau, Moldova (formerly Moldavia SSR); and Institute of History (Department of Archaeology), Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. These projects are sponsored by AERI subsidiary, Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (CSEN). CSEN also sponsors a scholarship program for students interested in Eurasian archaeology. Zinat Press, also a subsidiary of AERI, publishes and distributes scholarly books on Eurasian archaeology and the Silk Road. The Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads maintains this Website to disseminate educational articles on Eurasian archaeology and ethnography. Volunteers are required to assist on projects, please visit our website for future programmes.

FRONTIER

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A world of possibilities awaits you with Frontier. You could be spending memorable days scuba diving off the brilliant white sand beaches of Fiji or discovering Madagascar on a conservation project with lemurs and chameleons.

Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations. We have used our wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of ethical and gap year travel, wildlife conservation and community development to ensure that we find you the perfect project. With Frontier you can be sure that you will get the best projects at the most competitive prices. You can learn a multitude of skills, discover hidden talents, challenge your preconceptions, gain qualifications and make lifelong friends.

You can contribute to positive change in the future of marginalised communities with one of Frontier's development projects. Teach a class of neglected children in under-funded village schools, before adventuring through forests spotting bush babies and flying foxes, or scuba dive and take part in marine conservation in a protected marine eco park. Work towards your TEFL certificate, making your time with Frontier the perfect combination of learning and gaining valuable practical experience whilst having an amazing experience in fascinating destinations.

Visit www.Frontier.ac.uk to view all of our gap year, volunteering and adventure travel placements.

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.

VSO

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VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. VSO enables people aged 18-75 to share their skills and experience with communities and organisations across the developing world. We offer placements in a range of sectors including: education (e.g. primary teachers, education leaders), health (e.g. midwives, doctors), business, communications and social development, natural resources, technical trades and engineering. Most roles are 12-24 months although some shorter assignments are available. Over 1,500 volunteers are working in over 40 countries around the world. VSO volunteers do not pay to volunteer, major expenses like flights, accommodation and a local living allowance are covered. Full training and support is provided. VSO also offers youth volunteering programmes. Global Xchange, part of the UK government International Citizen Service, offers either 3 month or 6 months placements for volunteers aged 18-22 in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The scheme is open to everyone, whatever their background. Volunteers do not need special skills or qualifications to apply for these placements and depending on circumstances may qualify for funding. See the separate entry for Global Xchange.If you’re seeking professional development and a life-changing experience, VSO could be for you.

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