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Futureversity Tower Hamlets (Formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University)

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Futureversity Tower Hamlets pioneers innovative approaches to independent learning for 11 to 25 year olds. A programme of free courses and activities combining academic and vocational study, performing and visual arts, music, sports, information technology, new media, personal development, entertainment and volunteering opportunities takes place each year. THSU is embarking on its tenth successive year and is firmly established as an organisation with a strong identity and appeal for young people. The success of Tower Hamlets Summer University has inspired over 16 London Boroughs to develop their own schemes based on the THSU model, engaging and benefiting thousands of young people across the capital. In December 2002 THSU gained Quality in Study Support status (QiSS) as an ‘established’ centre of Out of School Hours Learning, the first Summer University in the country to enter for this kite mark and to succeed. THSU aims to: Promote independent learning. Raise achievement. Promote racial tolerance and good community relations. Increase access to educational opportunities through creative partnerships between all sectors, statutory, voluntary, business and industry. Involve young people in the organisation's development. One of the biggest successes of the Summer University has been the Peer Motivator scheme. Up to 50 young people aged 15-23 volunteer during the summer and approximately 60 young volunteers participate in our Community Peer scheme beginning September. The Unboxed programme selects 10 - 15 young people annually.

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS AUSTRALIA

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UNITED FOR ALL

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United for All are a social enterprise based in Dundee, Scotland with strong links to Dundee United FC and our major focus at present is to assist disadvantaged people to access independent employment through a process of accredited training and personal support. The people we intend to work with generally experience a number of barriers to accessing and sustaining employment. However, we believe most can overcome these issues through their hard work and determination and go on to achieve their goals. We have some innovative training projects planned for various groups such as looked after children who will become school leavers at Christmas, lone parents and long term unemployed adults aged over 50 which will be based at Tannadice Park, the home of Dundee United FC. We intend to deliver Welfare to Work services in partnership with local agencies using football as the hook to engage clients. Our Trustees at United for All believe that football has a huge capacity for developing and contributing to interpersonal skills.

SADHANA VILLAGE

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Sadhana Village has an innovative approach to the care and rehabilitation of mentally challenged adults (male and female). We have a residential centre at the heart of a valley and we try to integrate this centre with the 3300+ families in the valley around us. We call them Special Friends (SFs, for short). Sadhana gives them a loving home to live in, self respect, dignity and freedom to move around at will. They have dedicated house parents and co-workers, and they also become a part of the exciting life in the rural communities around. As these families are also involved we have a list of interventions with these families in terms of social and economic development. It involves many aspects of rural development, education, health, self help groups; environmental awareness and women’s development. Sadhana Village started its work in Kolwan Valley 30 kms off Pune City, Masharashtra, India in 1994. It has experienced co-workers, dedicated trustees, and support groups in Pune and Mumbai. In its work for the SFs, Sadhana Village has been inspired by the Camphill Movement, the Camphill Village, Copake in particular. Sadhana Village receives no government grants for its activities. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

WORLDWIDE EXPERIENCE

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Are you looking to take a gap year abroad, a career break, a possible sabbatical or even a simple summer holiday? Do you want to do something that will change your outlook on life? If yes, then you need look no further than Worldwide Experience. We also run exciting group challenges allowing your school or college to tailor make their conservation and community experience. Worldwide Experience strives to conserve what man is fast destroying- our own environment. We support conservation and community projects through the recruitment of volunteers from around the world to help work on these diverse and worthwhile projects. We have projects in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and our experienced team will help place you on a project that will suit your needs the most. Moreover, all the programmes have been set up with the needs and requirements of the placement in mind. This means that whether you’re helping to dart a lion, track a cheetah, ID an elephant or teach a class of children, you are making a difference through your work there. Your safety is also in the forefront of our minds, and as a fully bonded tour operator, all volunteers booked to travel through us will be protected by bonding, as required by ABTA and ATOL. We can also organise all flights direct from our UK office. Placements are offered all year from two to twelve weeks. Projects include: Conservation and rehabilitation projects. Working alongside conservation departments and wildlife on some of the worlds greatest game reserves, primate conservation and rehabilitation centres. Marine Conservation. Researching sharks, whales and dolphin behavioural patterns near Cape Town in South Africa. Community work and teaching in an underprivileged community in South Africa.

CAMPHILL VILLAGE MINNESOTA

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The mission of Camphill Village Minnesota is to create and sustain a community where people with and without disabilities live, work, and care for each other to foster social, cultural and agricultural renewal. This village is an intentional community of approximately 55 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is a spiritual being, worthy of dignity and respect. Developmental disabilities are treated not as illnesses, but as part of the fabric of human experience, and all members of the community are cared for in the context of a healthy home and village life. Camphill springs from the holistic worldview of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), called Anthroposophy. Camphill is located on a 500 acre working farm ten miles north of Sauk Centre in central Minnesota. People live together family-style in seven different homes. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. The village has a strong agricultural component made up of farming and gardening. Craft work includes weaving and woodwork, as well as a bakery that provides for the needs of the village and sells in the surrounding area. Life in the village revolves around the cycles of nature and the Christian festivals which are connected with the changing seasons. Plays, concerts, lectures and continuing education add depth and color to the fabric of the community.

THE MONKEY SANCTUARY (Wild Futures)

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The Monkey Sanctuary is home to a group of woolly monkeys, a growing number of rescued capuchin monkeys and rescued Barbary macaques. Wild Futures is the charity which oversees the work of the Sanctuary, and also aims to promote the conservation and welfare of primates, educates visitors about conservation of both native wildlife and habitats in other parts of the world, and campaigns to end the legal and illegal primate pet trades.

Over the course of a year the Sanctuary receives several dozen people for voluntary work; up to 10 at any one time. Volunteers stay for periods of 2 - 12 weeks, onsite in the team's communal home. We hope volunteers will come because they share our concern for animal welfare, conservation and a need to continue questioning people's attitude towards other animals. Volunteers help in various ways, including cleaning monkey enclosures, preparing food and enrichment items for the monkeys, gardening, tidying and cleaning of public areas, housekeeping, general maintenance, helping out in the vegetarian and organic café and assisting with education workshops for young visitors to the Sanctuary. To receive more information and to apply, please email Will at volunteer@wildfutures.org.

ZARTONK-89 NGO

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Zartonk-89 (which acts in Republic of Armenia) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1989 and registered as an NGO with the Ministry of Justice in 1995. Since its foundation, the NGO has been actively engaged in the promotion of health, education, environment and social assistance for needy segments of rural and urban populations in Armenia. The active support creativity of our partners and local volunteers has made it possible to extend its presence to other regions of Armenia. There are branches of our NGO in three regions of our country. Our mission is to improve the lives of parentless, needy and refugee children and youth in Armenia. We implement various educational, social and health projects focused on improving the mental, physical and social skills of youth and on building their self esteem. In addition we have implemented several development projects that benefit entire communities. Our projects range from summer camps and basic education programmes for parentless and needy children to basic hygenic education for elementary school children and first aid training for rural villagers. In addition, we have installed flour mills in agricultural regions to create work places by the aim of self-funding. From an organisational viewpoint, our NGO has a collegial management. The NGO board is directly responsible for electing the NGO President, Vice President and Secretary respectively. The operational work lies with the NGO staff, which comprises some permanent staff and volunteer members. Our modest resources have allowed us to establish and maintain partnerships with other partner organisations abroad whose support for our NGO activities has been active and consistent. The support, for instance, of the Catholic Committee against Hunger and Development in France is worth mentioning. Zartonk-89 actively monitors the issues it has undertaken as part of its vision. This monitoring allows the organisation to conduct brainstorming sessions for the identification and generation of new project proposals. We are unable to place volunteers with an offending background.

DEVELOPMENT IN ACTION

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Development in Action is a small not-for-profit youth-led organisation. Its main aim is to engage young people in global issues and to promote global citizenship. We achieve this through our India Volunteer Placement Scheme and through our UK activities which include an online magazine, a monthly development news e-bulletin and conducting educational workshops. Development in Action is led by a voluntary committee made up of returned India volunteers and experienced UK Volunteers.

TAMBOPATA MACAW PROJECT

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The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of south-eastern Peru under the direction of Dr. Donald Brightsmith of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University. The Tambopata Macaw Project has been working with wildlife and local communities since 1989. A long history of dedicated research and monitoring has provided many insights into various aspects of parrot and wildlife of south eastern Peru. Work involves monitoring clay licks, climbing trees to check macaw nest and doing surveys in the rainforest. The information gathered will also provide background for recommending appropriate conservation benefits to the Peruvian institute for natural resources SERNAMP. Work is done as part of a team of local and international volunteers. The work is recognized by government of Peru (SERNANP) and supported by a range of international NGOs such as Earth watch Institute, Safari Zoo Nature Foundation, Phoenix Landing and Parrots International.
As this is an ongoing project we accept applications and volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers will be expected to have done background reading when they arrive on site. All monitoring protocols will be sent to successful applicants. As a volunteer, you will be trained to identify all local parrots by sight and sound, monitor the clay lick, conduct parrot censuses, locate foraging parrots and enter data. Besides during the macaw breeding season (Nov-March) you will be trained to climb trees to check macaw nests and to monitor macaw behaviour inside the nest using video cameras. Volunteers should be self-disciplined, responsible, enthusiastic, and patient. You should also be able to tolerate moderate insect levels, and hot weather (85-90F/30-33C with high humidity). You must also be able to get along well with others in a remote field setting. Volunteers should also be in good physical condition, able to carry a 40 lb (18 kg) pack over moderate terrain for up to 2 km, and possess no fear of heights. To apply, send an email with a letter of interest explaining why you are interested in joining the project and your CV with at least three references. Please state the range of dates when you will be available and how long you can participate.

ADELANTA INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

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Adelante offers low cost programs, based in cities around the world with a focus on cultural immersion and real-life experience in international study and professional settings.

In Spain, customized internships are available in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville in a wide variety of sectors including Marketing, Public Relations, Healthcare, International Law, Culinary, Tourism, Human Resources, Graphic Design, Information Technology and more. We also offer Semester and Summer Study programs at a university in Seville.

As of February 2017, we have opened up a new site location in Quito, Ecuador for candidates interested in internships with Human Rights, Medicine, Veterinary and Equine Veterinary, Work with Street Kids, and more. This is one of our most affordable programs offered.

Adelante also has two summer study programs based at a college near Edinburgh - choose the 4 week Equine Summer Program or the Ecological Conservation Program. We also offer six week Observation & Research programs in Scotland in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, veterinary, dietetics and childcare.

In San Jose, Costa Rica, internship opportunities include Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing and Administration at a Junior College or University, Law Offices, Automobile Service and Repair, Environmental and Ecology, Tourism, and Working with Underprivileged Children. Semester and Summer Study programs are also available at a private university in San Jose.

In Oaxaca, Mexico, volunteer positions are provided in numerous sectors including Arts/Museums, Teaching English, Social Work, Archaeology and Working with Children.

Internship opportunities in Viña del Mar/Valparaíso in Chile cover a wide range, including Marketing and PR, Teaching English, Social Work, IT, Engineering and Tourism.

In Montevideo, Uruguay, internships include Tourism, PR, Teaching English, Graphic Design and Medicine.

Internships can be from one to six months in Spain, or up to 12 months in South America, beginning the first Monday of the month, each month of the year.

We endeavor to always provide the most economical internship programs available. Please see our website for latest prices and application fee. Included in the fee are: airport pickup, intensive Spanish classes (two or three weeks depending on location), your own room in a variety of housing options, work assignment placement and an English speaking Advisor in-country. This can be an academic or non-academic program.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website www.adelanteabroad.com. You can also email us at info@adelanteabroad.com or call (562) 799 9133.

SALTYCRAX ADVENTURES

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SaltyCrax Adventures programs are all non profit and benefit our local communities. The programs are flexible, some more than others and volunteers are able to help make a difference in peoples lives. We offer 24hr support to all volunteers and they stay at a volunteer house accommodation with other like minded people. Volunteers are allowed to change between projects or do more than one. We offer the following types of programs: School and Sports projects: The schools are situated in Du Noon, Table View in Cape Town where IsiXhosa is the dominant mother tongue, although classes are in English. Du Noon is a poor, overcrowded sub-economical area comprising about 6,000 dwellings which have been built by the municipality. Approximately 5,000 families are housed in the informal settlement situated in and around Du Noon. Volunteers could help at the pre or primary school. Any skills a volunteer has can be taught to the children. Volunteers are needed in the following fields: Sport, arts and culture (produce plays and shows), any IT knowledge is a great skill to teach the children, and help the kids with their maths. Volunteers are needed in the following fields (qualifications are a bonus): Sport, administration and helping students with extra remedial classes. Kite surfing outreach program: Do you have a love for sun, sea and sports? Kite surfing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with Kite beach, in Table View, being one of the ‘Meccas’ for any one from beginner to pro kite surfers. Teach an underprivileged child how to swim, how to kite surf and how to enjoy the sea! You will become a mentor for a child, teach the child how to swim, then the basics of kite surfing and how to work with the equipment. After the child has finished their training they will receive a card allowing him/her to help other tourist/kitesurfers with setting up their equipment, watching over their belongings or just become the next SA champ!

LATIN AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE

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Are you looking for the opportunity to improve your Spanish language skills and gain hands-on experience in the field in the International Development sector? We are looking for self-assured, motivated self-starters who are able to work independently as well as being good team players. You will work in a supportive and friendly environment, based in Cuzco in Peru and your skills will be put to good use supporting the aims of LAFF as we help young people to access quality education and employment opportunities, to break out of poverty and to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

LAFF works with carefully selected local social enterprises who best understand the complex issues facing young people in Peru and who share our long-term strategic goals. We envision a world where children and young people are equipped with essential skills and are able to access quality education and employment opportunities, to break out of poverty and to build a better future for themselves and their communities. We have been running these projects in Peru since 2010, relying on a team of skilled volunteers based in Cuzco and overseas who share a passion and commitment to our vision.

We have a number of roles for which we are looking for Spanish speakers who have a degree (or are in the process of completing one) in a related field who wish to volunteer with us for a minimum period of three months.

This is the ideal opportunity to gain invaluable experience in International Development in a Latin American context and enjoy the perfect head start to your career whilst making a genuine impact on the lives of our beneficiaries.

Current roles required:

Communications and Information Officer
Fundraising Officer
Vocational training and career guidance programme coordinator
Monitoring and evaluation advisor
International partnerships assistant
Social Enterprise programme coordinator

For complete information and to apply see the LAFF website.

ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

ZSL Vision:

A world where animals are valued, and their conservation assured.

ZSL Mission:

To promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats

HAVILLA CHILDREN CENTRE

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Havilla Children Centre. The name of the proposed project is “Support for orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera slum of Nairobi-Kenya-Africa."

Project Location: The project is situated in Kibera slum Nairobi with offices situated in the same place because of proximity of the needs of the community.

Project Objectives: The Havilla Children Centre, support for orphans and vulnerable children is aimed to; advocate for child rights and reduce mortality among school children in Kibera slum of Nairobi Kenya through the following specific objectives:

1. To improve the education standards of orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera.

2. To improve the quality of life of children through provision of quality education and basic needs.

3. To advocate and protect the rights of children through community empowerment and support of those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.

4. To help poor children in Kibera slum achieve their goals, realise their potential talents and achieve their dreams through provision of basic needs.

VOLUNTEERMATCH GHANA

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VolunteerMatch Ghana is a non-governmental organization that is working towards the betterment of deprived communities through volunteerism. It is based in Accra; the capital of Ghana. VolunteerMatchGhana was established officially in 2005. Founded originally in 2003 by a young Ghanaian named Ec-lumor K. Prince. We are a registered organization in Ghana, registered with the Registrar Generals Department under the companies’ code, 1963 (Act 179) with a registration number G-28, 293.

The group is a non-profit one with no political or religious affiliations, which is able to operate due to kind contribution of its members, individual volunteers and concerned philanthropists. Our main is to assist rural and urban dwellers in areas of education, health, empowerment of women, and to promote cultural diversity programs. We work with all ages, all genders, and all ethnic groups in Ghana, especially at the rural level.

COST CHARITABLE TRUST

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COST Charity Trust is a legally registered non-profit organization in India, is committed to providing you a meaningful South India rural and Tribal volunteer program, provides safe, quality, connecting to entirely different people in India. Each month we placements of more volunteers in South India and we have a wide range of volunteer travel and charity tour opportunity in South India.

cost to volunteers:

South India Volunteering fees 10 Euro or 15 US$ per day covering airport pick up, full accommodation, food, local tour and staff support safety for volunteers. Registration fees will send us in advance. Volunteering placement will be arranged after getting half of the charge out of total amount per month or week.

In Other countries we are looking for paid volunteers to work our child sponsorship programme as a contract basis.

Qualifications

* No specific qualification is necessary for a volunteer placement in India.

* English speaking and teaching experience is appreciated.

Languages : English

send an email to costcharity@sify.com

ME AND YOU CHILD AID PROJECT

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Me and you child aid project (MAYCAP) is a registered community based organization in Buikwe community of Uganda. It was started by a group of devoted and children loving persons to see to it that these children of God get the best needs as any other children.
Me and you child aid project works in children whose rights have been abused, orphans, HIV/AIDS affected children, street children within our area of operation. This organization was started to help children in the community so I came up with this idea for orphan children, HIV/AIDs infected, vulnerable children in our community since a lot of these children were not getting education. This area is comprised of 400 house holds of which 57% have been infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. And 70% of the families are run by sickly jobless windows and elderly, 60% of the school going children in this local council:
1. Do not go to school due to lack of funds for school fees, scholastic materials and proper guidance. This problem has turned this community into a den of law – breakers, a street- kid’s factory and a young generation into a public nuisance which has hindered the progress of development in the area and contributed to the factors of spreading HIV/AIDS Virus in the community.
The organization have rendered services to a certain extent ie. Universal Primary Education program but the problem is still persistent. If we pay the school dues, provide the scholastic materials, we shall have revived the children’s morale for going to school and alleviated the problem of school drop outs.
a.) VISION:
Children living in a community that is socially and economically developed using the little resources available.
b)MISSION:
Giving hope to orphans, needy, vulnerable and medical care, education for development.

VOLUNTEERING MOLDOVA

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Volunteering Moldova is a registered non-profit charity that aims to benefit the lives of vulnerable people living in state run institutions in Moldova. We are able to do this in two ways: volunteering and financial support.
We offer volunteering experiences at: a centrally located orphanage for children, a Small Group Home and an institution for males with disabilities.

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