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people and places - responsible volunteering

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people and places, an international award winning organisation, provides well-matched, rewarding, challenging and safe experiences for volunteers and local people – with their mutual informed consent.

Volunteers’ skills and experience are matched specifically to the projects’ needs – we put the right people in the right places, at the right time.

people and places is a social enterprise and is not run for the benefit of shareholders.

At least 80% of volunteers' funds are spent in the host country – and volunteers know HOW and WHERE their money is spent.

people and places matches skills and experience to need – our role is to enable both volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits. Crucial to this role are our relationships with our local partners.

The planning and development of projects is through our local partners, our project management teams – people who are inspired and inspiring, and who are in and of their community – they are the ongoing link with projects and volunteers, thus maintaining sustainable development and continuity in the project.

Volunteers are fully involved in the planning of their own individual placement – we match their skills to the project’s needs; we discuss the project’s proposals with the volunteers; with mutual agreement, the volunteer’s placement is confirmed.

Cosmic Volunteers

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Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

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Volunteers Without Borders (VWB) is bridging the gap between international volunteers and local NGO organizations. Volunteers Without Borders opens doors and guides you to help make a difference to those less fortunate while volunteering abroad. We offer 100's of different programs in 18 different countries. We CONNECT international volunteers with opportunities to make a difference in countries that need it the most. While volunteering abroad, you will gain valuable experience that will change your life as well as changing the lives of those around you.

Whether you're looking to live & help out at an orphanage, work with street kids or children from the slums in India or Indonesia, volunteer abroad at a Sea Turtle conservatory in Sri Lanka or Kenya, get involved in Wildlife Conservation efforts in South Africa, or teach English in South East Asia or Africa, we have so many unique opportunities to offer you. We provide a means for people seeking to make the world a better place with the opportunity to do so at the most affordable rates possible.

RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL

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Help combat child poverty in Nepal. Your volunteering will help to supply water and sanitation to schools and rural families and prevent child deaths. Give your time to help us enable children from poorer families to attend primary school.

If you are applying to the World of Difference scheme we can work with you to develop a realistic and worthwhile project for your application. We would like to hear from you.

We need help with:1. Promoting Life in Nepal teaching resources. 2.Recruiting members and other volunteers 3. Fundraising in your local area.4. Developng our monitoring and impact measurement procedures 5. Funding applications and budget preparation.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Many of our volunteers work from home and make a significant difference to our work. A computer and a phone enable you to help us wherever you are. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. Each individual case reviewed on its own merit.

EXIS

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EXIS is your ticket to put together a different kind of travel experience. EXIS got started in 1982 with restlessness and an urge to ramble – before globalization was a household word and the world could be Googled in five seconds. EXIS made sure nearly 30 years ago that Danish au pairs could drink tea on the High Street in London – and now offers unique language study and voluntary work on five continents. You can probably still be an au pair, but a lot of travellers think it is just as exciting to tend elephants in Sri Lanka, help out at an orphanage in Costa Rica, work with Masai women in Tanzania, teach English to young Buddhist monks in Thailand or work on conservation in the Grand Canyon, USA. EXIS’ philosophy is still the same – to make it possible for you to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for adventure. We work with partners all over the world to build the most secure starting gate for unique experiences – and you take it from there! Forget all about the world getting smaller. It’s bigger than ever and right within your reach. Join the world... it's yours !

LIGHTMEN COLLABORATE

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Lightmen Collaborate has worked for the last 27 years in the enchanting Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal. We’ve worked in human resource management, mountain farm, socio economic projects, handling international volunteers, interns, students (medical and non medical), social services and many other various volunteering projects. We operate a small mountain farm and conservation project, a natural retreat and training centre at the foothills of the Himalayas, a very picturesque place for volunteers, interns, students and visitors. We have our own home stay accommodation in Kathmandu and other places. We have extensive experience in handling overseas volunteers, students, interns and visitors. Volunteers can create and assist on various projects and programmes as well as creating new projects including teaching at school, working at temples/monasteries, orphanage, study/working at various hospitals, organisations,offices, medical, science, information technology, nature and jungle conservation, journalism, heritage conservation, village community development, business development, micro industry development and many more. Our objectives are to help individuals in career development, professionalism, new experiences, meeting future needs and delivering desired results as well as achieving a high satisfaction to all involved. We handle airport pick ups, orientation, training, the placement and all other required services. If you would like to become part of our volunteer programme, please contact us by email collaborate@wlink.com.np

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.

INSIGHT NEPAL

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The Kingdom of Nepal which is situated in the lap of Central Himalaya with a rich cultural heritage, is a land of ancient history and colourful cultures. Insight Nepal was established as an institution with a view to introducing the diverse geographical and cultural environment of Nepal to the participants, and to foster an awareness and cultural understanding. Global Hands is a short-term volunteer programme, which is designed for those people who want to come to Nepal with a desire to explore, experience and discover a unique way of life. The main objective of this programme is to provide opportunities to those people who have limited time and budget, but are keenly interested in gaining experiences by sharing their ideas and skills with local community service groups, and to reach the people who are in need.

Adventure Alternative, the Responsible Travel Company

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Adventure Alternative work alongside it's charity Moving Mountains Trust to offer gap years, electives and sabbaticals that have direct value to communities in Kenya and Nepal, with long term sustainable wealth creation as our aim.

The trips combine overland travel and international development, and we have started our own companies and NGOs in each host country. Training is provided to successful applicants, as well as excellent staffing and post-trip support and benefits. Rewarding, meaningful and challenging. Our trips are all Fair Trade Volunteering.

We offer volunteer posts in Kenya and Nepal which allow people to engage with the work of an NGO - this includes:

Teaching non-examinable subjects (sports, arts & crafts, drama, ethics and values, music)

Running extra-curricular events like after school reading club, conversational English, play time, sharing stories, putting on a play or teaching a new sport. This depends on personal interests and skills

Helping to manage the childrens home where you will be living - discipline, cleaning ,food preparation, homework, weeding the shamba, looking after the cow, running evening activities (Kenya only)

Helping in the on-site Early Child Development centre - games and play, basic numerical and literacy skills (Kenya only)

Learning Swahili or Nepali

Mentoring and counselling - group sessions with our youth groups, individual coaching and assistance with life skills

Duration is from a minimum of two weeks but we much prefer a minimum period of at least one school term (beginning start of January, April, October). Volunteers work with our staff who run the NGO and are experienced in social welfare and education. You will learn about these issues in a developing country.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website www.icye.org.uk.

Global Dental Relief

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At Global Dental Relief our mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world.

Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages.

With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya and Cambodia.

PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL UK SECTION

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Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a human rights organisation which was created in 1981. Our aim is to help create space in conflict zones so that the civilian population may organise to defend its rights without fear of reprisals and violence. PBI is an independent organisation not affiliated to any religious or political institutions. We are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Kenya to protect organisations and individuals who have requested our involvement. You must have a mature outlook, be fluent in Spanish for the Latin American projects and be able to make the minimum time commitment of 12 months (18 months for Colombia). PBI holds orientation weekends for potential volunteers. For more information please email us on admin@peacebrigades.org.uk. There are also volunteer opportunities available in the London office in the areas of outreach, fundraising, publicity, administration and advocacy.

IKO PORAN SOCIETY

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Iko Poran Society - International Volunteer Programs in Brazil. Iko Poran means 'Alright' in the Mbya dialect of the South Guarani Indians. Our mission is to implement volunteer programs that make a positive impact on the communities in Rio de Janeiro, promoting a wide exchange between cultures and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Iko Poran offers very strong volunteer programs and projects that make a positive impact on the projects, promoting intercultural exchange and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Volunteers have a unique experience by actively participating on developments within communities and on the construction of a fairer world for all. The role of the volunteer is to work side-by-side with and learn from local people, to exchange ideas, and to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding. Volunteers learn the hard but valuable lesson that the giving of aid can sometimes be a complicated business. An important side to volunteering is playing the part of a motivator, having often travelled far to lend a hand. An international volunteer can be a positive presence in a community, a source of inspiration and empowerment.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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Kaya is a responsible travel organization with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. We work alongside NGOs, Charities and local community projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America who need the help of volunteers in the fields of environmental and community development. With Kaya, volunteers can combine work experience with travel and live and work alongside the community. Learn local culture, customs and language to gain a more thorough understanding of the country in a mission to promote responsible travel for the benefit of sustainable social, environmental and economic development, the empowerment of communities and the cultivation of educated, compassionate global citizens. Kaya works to identify quality projects that are in specific need of volunteer assistance providing volunteers a great choice of locations, fields of interest, types of work and the flexibility to build a travel experience to fit the volunteers needs whilst maximising skills and building personal CV’s. Itineraries can be set by volunteers and we welcome any student regardless of degree type or specification. We have over 180 placements for skilled and unskilled students to choose from with our more targeted skilled projects covering journalism, business and marketing, medical specialism’s and NGO back-end development work.

GAP GURU

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GapGuru is a gap year travel company that specialises in providing life changing travel programmes and volunteer work abroad. We provide a wide range of gap year opportunities in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, where you can immerse yourself in exciting new cultures and have the experience of a lifetime. GapGuru volunteers support community development in disadvantaged communities across the globe. We provide placements for you to teach English abroad and volunteer in childcare, healthcare, sports coaching and conservation work. Our team of experts invest a great deal of time and effort into researching and identifying gap year projects that make a real difference in developing communities, so our volunteers are guaranteed to make the most out of their gap year abroad. As well as volunteer work we have opportunities for gap year travellers to gain valuable work experience through our range of internships in medicine, business and journalism. At GapGuru we strongly believe that the best way to experience a new country is to combine work with travel, so with this in mind we provide a range of exciting travel journeys. These small group tours take you off the beaten track to give you a unique perspective on some of the most spectacular sights in each of the countries we operate. Whatever you want to do with your gap year, GapGuru will set you up with a programme that is perfectly suited to you! For more information please visit our website at www.gapguru.com.

YOUTH INTERNATIONAL

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Youth International is an experiential learning program for young adults, that combines volunteer community service work, rugged international travel, cultural exchange, outdoor adventure, and homestays with local families. Through a balanced combination of experiences, each Youth International team member is set up for an intense and dynamic first-hand education about the region in which they are travelling. At the same time, they are presented with a unique environment and opportunity for self-discovery.

Help build an orphanage in Bolivia, live with a tribal family in Thailand, meditate with Tibetan monks in the Himalayan mountains, help to conserve the Ecuadorian rainforest, visit the Taj Mahal, search for wild animals whilst sailing through the Galapagos Islands, help build clean drinking water tanks for tribal families, hike through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, and much more! Teams of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25 travel together with two group leaders. For a full 3-month semester, teams explore three different countries in one region of the world. Youth International has been sending groups on learning adventures abroad since 1997, and currently offers two separate trips: Asia (Nepal, India, and Thailand) and South America (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands).

BMS WORLD MISSION

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BMS World Mission works in partnership with Baptist churches and other Christian organisations in approximately 30 countries across four continents - Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As a leading Christian mission organisation, BMS World Mission aims to share life in all its fullness with the worlds people by:

1) Enabling them to know Christ.

2) Alleviating suffering and injustice.

3) Improving the quality of life, with many people as our primary agent of change - motivating, training, sending and resourcing them.

We have around 200 mission workers engaged in pastoral and church planting work, engineering, teaching, agriculture, community and medical work etc, and then we also send short-term volunteers each year. BMS Action Teams (gap year) are designed specifically for young people between the ages of 18-23 and run from September to June. The programme starts with a month of quality mission training, followed by a six-month overseas placement working alongside BMS mission staff or a local partner church. On return to the UK, teams head out on a two-month tour of Baptist churches, sharing their experiences and encouraging other people to get involved in world mission.

The BMS Volunteer Programme is specifically designed for people who want to share their professional skills and experience to demonstrate Christ's love in another culture. Spending between three months and two years overseas enables you to impact on the lives of those in need in a meaningful way. We aim to match your expertise (technical and non-technical) with the needs of BMS personnel or partner organisations, so that the placement provides help where it is really needed and is a truly fulfilling experience. You may think that your particular expertise could never be used in short-term mission, but your skill could be the very one our overseas partners are looking for. There is no typical volunteer - we have individuals and couples from all walks of life serving on the volunteer programme. Applicants need to be over 21 years for this programme and we can accept people up to their mid-seventies as long as they can obtain health clearance. We are also able to place medical electives, language students and Bible college students for their placements.

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.

PERSONAL OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

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Awarded Best Volunteering Organisation, we have been arranging ethical and inspiring volunteer placements around the world since 2001. Whether you want to want to help elephants in Africa and Asia, learn to dive and contribute to reef conservation in the Caribbean, research the Amazon jungle and forests of Madagascar, or support children and education around the world, then Pod Volunteer has the project for you! Volunteers are needed for 1-12 weeks to help work with animal care and rescue, conservation initiatives, building projects and disadvantaged children and communities in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

We send over 600 volunteers around the world each year. We’re passionate about giving volunteers the opportunity to use their energy, enthusiasm and skills where it counts. At the same time our volunteers have the great experience of responsibly contributing to a sustainable, worthwhile project.

We work with long term projects that we know and visit personally so we can answer any questions you might have about them. We are focussed exclusively on overseas volunteering, it’s all we do and what we are passionate about and we’re driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

As a Pod Volunteer you will have a dedicated placement manager who will help you to choose the right project for you, and then support you all the way through the process, including 24/7 back up support. Our friendly team has a wealth of overseas volunteering and travel experience. We have all volunteered overseas and pride ourselves on our project and location knowledge.

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