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Hope for the Destitute People's Foundation

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Our vision is being the catalyst for change to destitute women, children and the youth living in rural areas of Tanzania by helping them make positive lasting impacts on their lives.

SUPPORTING KIDS IN PERU (SKIP)

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Created in 2003, SKIP is a British non-profit organization helping economically-disadvantaged children to realize their right to an education.



We are currently working with children, teenagers and families living in the impoverished district of El Porvenir in the city of Trujillo, north coast of Peru. We promote quality education and foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives. We work in partnership with families through holistic programs focusing on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family.



We are always looking for teachers, social workers, youth workers, economic development monitors, psychologists, pre-school teachers staff, communications specialists, translators, journalists and people with enthusiasm for the work that we are doing.

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!

Wildlife SOS

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Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani with the holistic belief that providing sustainable alternative livelihoods and education to communities dependent on wildlife and natural resources, would lead to sustainable wildlife protection.

Wildlife SOS’s major project was the abolition of the barbaric practice of dancing bears in which sloth bear cubs were poached from the wild and trained using cruel methods to entertain tourists. Wildlife SOS started work on the rehabilitation of the Kalandar communities (originally Muslim gypsies with a highly nomadic lifestyle who were famous for their mastery over animals) through education and an alternative livelihood program as an extension of this dancing bear rescue project.

Our other project focuses on the plight of captive elephants in India, who are privately owned and have the cruel history of being used for begging, or are held in temples for blessings or are being forced to perform in circuses. Wildlife SOS is trying to improve the situation
for these elephants by rescuing injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in oppressive conditions as well as doing advocacy and using legislation to prevent the capture and trading of wild elephant calves and their sale and trade in private ownership as that will go a long way to resolve the abuse of privately owned elephants.

WARWICKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is the leading local environmental charity, dedicated to protecting wildlife and natural habitats throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. It is one of 47 independent trusts forming The Wildlife Trusts - the largest body in the UK concerned with all aspects of nature conservation. The Trust manages over 60 nature reserves totalling over 2,000 acres, including woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Practical work on these reserves is carried out by a network of local volunteers. The Trust also works to protect wildlife by campaigning on nature conservation issues, by liaising with other organisations, individuals and community groups, and by promoting a greater awareness of conservation to the general public. The Trust promotes wildlife education in schools, colleges and local communities through talks, exhibitions and guided walks. In addition to income from membership, the Trust raises funds by sponsorship, grants, donations and legacies.

FAMILY FRIENDS

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Family Friends is a registered charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families. Through a network of trained volunteers we provide befriending and mentoring services. We help families living in deprived areas of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Through respect, encouragement and support, we aim to ‘help families to help themselves’ by discovering their strengths and building on their coping skills.

Family Friends carefully recruits, trains and matches volunteers with parents, children or adolescents. Volunteers meet the family in their home, once a week for two hours. They offer long-term practical and emotional help based on each family's unique needs and potential. Volunteers pledge a year's commitment and Family Friends' staff back up their work with on-going supervision and family feedback interviews.

In the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

Child/adolescent befriending has a more emotional focus and is activity-based, while mentoring has an academic focus.

In the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

DOORSTEP LIBRARY NETWORK

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Doorstep Library: Recruiting Volunteers for a new opportunity in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster projects.

Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?
If you do, you’ll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.
For bookworms especially, it’s hard to believe that anyone could see reading as anything other than empowering, or even just a pleasure. For the third of children from disadvantaged areas who leave primary school without being able to read well, often it’s nothing but a chore.
That’s why we like to turn up on the doorstep, with a backpack of books, two little stools, and a pair of volunteers who know that words take you places. Every week, come rain or shine, our volunteers bring the magic of reading directly into families’ homes every week, in low income areas across west London.
Doorstep Library volunteers don’t just read stories; they do the silly voices, hand pick the books, and give special recommendations. By making it fun first, we get to watch children transform into budding readers. We love parents to get stuck into the sessions too and encourage them to get involved in their children’s education.
Sometimes though, we’re just there to give a bit of extra support, whether we’re passing on info about a family activity, lending an ear, or even just being a friendly face. Then, before we go, we leave behind a selection of books for each child to borrow for the week.
If this sounds like the role for you, these are the basics. We run projects on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in estates across Fulham, White City, East Acton and Queen’s Park. In Hammersmith and Fulham we start at 3.45pm and finish at 6.30pm. In Westminster, we start at 4.30pm and finish at 7 pm.
Volunteering with us is a weekly commitment. If that isn’t feasible for you at the moment, please do still get in touch. We always need stand in volunteers, our projects wouldn’t run without them.
Come along to one of our Info Sessions to find out more, simply email enquiries@doorsteplibrary.org.uk to book your place.
In the meantime, check out the short film made about us by the BBC last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyWFsYPDSXE&t=55s. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too for all of our latest news!

GREAT BAIKAL TRAIL

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We'd like to invite you to take part in Great Baikal Trail volunteer camps at Lake Baikal, Russia! It's a unique opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and miraculous lakes in the whole world, learn about new culture, enjoy life in primitive nature conditions, meet new friends, contribute to the eco-tourism development in the region and have a lot of fun! Please, visit our web site for more details www.greatbaiakaltrail.org .

Great Baikal Trail (GBT) is a non-profit environmental organization that aims to provide Lake Baikal and surrounding areas another option to industrial development, with a mission to promote local sustainable development through low-impact eco-tourism. This mission is grounded in building a system of environmentally friendly trails that are safe and enjoyable for hikers of all ages and levels of experience and in environmental education for local youth and children.

Over the last 14 years, from 2003 to the end of 2016, we have run over 220 international projects, building or improving trails at various points throughout the Siberian regions of Irkutsk and Buryatia. This way GBT made an enormous contribution to the development of eco-tourism in the region, education of local population and growth of volunteerism in Russia

A usual GBT trailbuilding or art- projects last 10-14 days, which volunteers spend living in tents, taking turns to make their food on campfire and working six days a week, 5-6 hours a day depending on the weather. There are days off, which give volunteers a chance to go hiking, visit places of interest in a local area or spend their time at their discretion if they wish to do so.

We have a big variety of places around the lake we GBT projects are run, please see our web site for more details: http://greatbaikaltrail.org/en/projects/summer

ACTION FOR CHILDREN IN CONFLICT (AfCiC)

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Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) works with children and young people to break the cycle of violence, hatred and despair by providing psychological, emotional and educational support to enable these survivors to come to terms with their past experiences, make the most of their present and build a better future. AfCiC currently operates programmes in Kenya. Our work focuses on children and young adults as often they are the most vulnerable during and after conflict and the most able to overcome the conflicts in their communities and to bring about change in the future. 1. We have four charity shops in Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon and Grove and intend to open more. We are always looking for responsible volunteers to work in our shops. 2. There are three main options for volunteering in Thika, Kenya. Firstly there is Holiday Club Volunteering, where volunteers work directly with vulnerable children in a school enviroment during the August school holidays, teaching in the morning and then helping with fun activities in the afternoon. Secondly working with street children at the Interim Care Centre, where volunteers live on-site and assist in the care and rehabilitation of the children. Finally, there are posistions for volunteers working in legal aid - Kenya's Children's Legal Aid Work provides legal advice, advocacy and mediation for children affected by the law. Volunteers with a law background are needed for a minimum of three months to assist with this programme.

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.

VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Vision for Sustainable Development. (VFSD) is non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Uganda, East Africa and located in Kampala District-Kawempe Division-Kazo anogla II lugoba zone just behind the division headquarters. It was registered in 2005 with the ministry of internal affairs under the department of community welfare services. We work on the following objectives and activities:- · HIV/AIDS counseling and sensitization to the affected and infected groups. · Educating orphan children and vulnerable groups through the provision of school fees assistance and scholastic materials e.g. books, sets, rulers. pens, pencils, coloured pencils, brooms and toilet paper etc. · Promotion of health programmes in hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. · Promotion of income generating activities and development activities. · Educating training entrepreneurship skills to the youth. We have been working for three years with help from volunteers, membership, local individuals and well wishers' contributions. With the spirit of charity and volunteering in VFSD-Uganda over 150 orphans, vulnerable children and families in Kampala and the Kumi District have been helped and we have brought hope and joy into their lives VSFD is looking for volunteers to help us continue our services.

WORLD AT PLAY

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World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

Saint Ann Foundation

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Saint Ann Foundation (SAF) is local independent non-profit organisation dedicated to work with children, women and promote volunteerism in Uganda. SAF is a registered and works with the poor to overcome poverty and injustice and alleviate the distress of the vulnerable and defenseless, We provide care and support to those in society who are in need of compassion, disenfranchised or have been rendered voiceless.

SAF) offers meaningful volunteer opportunities in Uganda. As a volunteer, you will work on a worthwhile project that addresses specific community needs and immerse yourself in the rich and hospitable Ugandan culture. You will make a lasting impact as you teach children in a local classroom, improve the quality of care for orphans and infants, and work alongside local people on sustainable, community-driven projects that make a lasting difference.
SAF offers a variety of different projects, so whether you are a student or professional, you will be able to find a program in a field that will match your interest, experience or studies. Our volunteer programs are safe, reliable, hands-on and affordable with high-quality service guaranteed. Find out which program is right for you!

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.

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