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ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION

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The Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation. We are saving the endangered orangutan by protecting its tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.

Now in its 17th year, our volunteer program is like no other - not only will you experience essential hands-on conservation work but you will also see the endangered orangutan in its natural habitat.

Date: 24th July- 14th August (arrival and departure dates in/out of Pangkalan Bun)

Location: Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

Project: A community-based project to renovate our research station Pondok Ambung within Tanjung Puting National Park! Previous projects have included construction of orangutan release sites, building guard posts in protected areas, habitat restoration and conservation, and education and awareness activities. This project will be a unique opportunity to take part in conservation work while living in orangutan habitat!


Includes a three day boat tour within the Tanjung Puting National Park (guaranteed sightings of wild orangutans) and a trip to the famed Camp Leakey where you will have the exclusive opportunity to visit nearby orangutan feeding sites.

The Work:
This construction project will involve painting, chiselling, sawing, nailing and hammering. Please bear in mind that the length of the working day is often determined by the work at hand. Without question the work undertaken will be physical in an extreme climate.

No particular skills required - just hard work and enthusiasm!

Note: There is no hands-on contact with orangutans.

VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA

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Volunteer in Cambodia recruits volunteers to teach at Conversations with Foreigners (CWF), a local conversational English-language centre in Phnom Penh, forming a unique model of learning and cultural exchange to raise money for the Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT), a local non-government organisation (LNGO) working to improve livelihoods with rural communities. Vision: A self-sufficient CRDT working to improve livelihoods with rural communities in Cambodia. Mission: To provide conversational English-language courses and support quality volunteer experiences while raising money for CRDT's work. The difference: In many volunteer programmes, you are working directly with the poorest people. When volunteering with us at CWF, you are not. Your students can at least afford money to study more fortunate than many. Instead, you are contributing to the long-term sustainability of CRDT - Cambodian experts experienced in rural development - to work to improve livelihoods with rural communities. Rural communities make up 80% of Cambodia’s population. We believe this model of volunteer programme is more sustainable for rural communities and Cambodia. CRDT formed in 2001 to undertake development projects which improve the living standards of subsistence communities in rural Cambodia. All CRDT members are university educated, yet all are from rural backgrounds and therefore share a unique understanding of the hardship and poverty which face many remote communities in Cambodia. The team spend the majority of their time living and working in the villages directly with beneficiaries.

Sharing Dreams Project

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Sharing Dreams is a local non-profit organization that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and runs a number of volunteer projects, with a focus on improving the well-being of women and children.

Our organization was legally founded in 2009, and since then we are developing social projects directly in Andean populations subject to social, economic and cultural exclusion. Precisely in those areas where most people live, descendants of the old Inca state, with the greatest problems of economic development and subject to socio-cultural exclusion here in Peru.

Our projects are developed by ourselves, thus providing a more real and rewarding experience of volunteer work and cultural exchange.
We are delighted to offer to all the participants a personalized and totally experiential experience of knowing our beautiful country, culture and real social situation

FRIEDENSDORF INTERNATIONAL (Peace Village International)

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Since 1967 Friedensdorf International has worked with wounded children from war-torn and crisis areas including Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Armenia, Georgia and Tadzhikistan who need medical treatment in European hospitals. After appropriate treatment the children stay in the Peace Village care station in Oberhausen for rehabilitation until they return to their native countries and to their families. The children range from two years up to 11 years of age. About 15 volunteers/interns work in the Village every year. In PEACE VILLAGE there is a possibility to do a training which is for interested candidates who would like to gather some practical knowledge or want to try out their capabilities. Applications in the following departments is possible: ·Children's home ·Rehabilitation center ·Kitchen/ house keeping services ·Children's schoolhouse included wood- metal, garden and kitchen training units ·Sorting second hand clothes, things in second- hand shops ·Public Relation ·Educational establishment. (We would like volunteers/interns in the department of Children’s home or Reha-Center to stay more than 6 month long, because it is very difficult for our children to adapt to many different persons. A high fluctuation means that they always have to say good bye to someone whom they just started to love, and they desperately need some stability. In other departments like Kitchen/ housekeeping services or technical departments, the duration could be more than 3 month-long.) The applicants are supposed to mention their desired work area in PEACE VILLAGE. Since we have only limited positions to offer in the different departments, we cannot guarantee that the applicant's desire can be definitely fulfilled. But we would try our best to meet the requirements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get paid training, however, we offer free lodging and food to the volunteers/interns in PEACE VILLAGE. It's also a great chance to work along with a committed team having an international atmosphere and be engaged in a variety of tasks where high amount of responsibility is expected. Volunteers/interns also receive a certificate and of course last but not the least, a sense of personal achievement. Applicants are advised to gather information about the concept of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL before they apply. Please send written applications to the address above. Knowledge of German language is necessary. Most of our staff members do not speak English, and the communication with the children is done in German.

CITY YEAR

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City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. It's a year for 18 to 25-year-olds, from all backgrounds, to dedicate their talent to support children growing up in some of the most deprived areas of the country. It’s also a year for our volunteers to realise their own aspirations and grow as leaders, both through the achievements they'll share with pupils and through the invaluable training, coaching and development opportunities they receive during their City Year.

What you’ll do:
We train our young people (known as corps members) to give one-to-one tailored support to at-risk pupils. The pupils they work with often face emotional and social challenges, and it’s through helping them develop the skills they need to face these challenges, that our corps members are able to make a positive and lasting impact.

How you will support children:

• You’ll help improve pupils’ academic achievement, attendance and behaviour
• You’ll help pupils develop the skills they need to face emotional and social challenges
• You’ll provide one-to-one, tailored support to struggling pupils
• You’ll run after-school clubs and social action projects.
• You’ll organise events, celebrations and projects to bring the school and community together as a whole.

In return, you will gain ‘stand out’ experience and benefit from a tailored training and careers programme which is dedicated to ensuring you make the most out of your year, helping you to secure the job you want after City Year.

New Hope Waves

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Objectives and Functions
a. To recruit, transform, educate and empower youth with socio-economical skills
b. To empower young people to get involved in social, environmental and developmental issues that are affected to communities such as poverty, unemployment, poor food security and poor environmental care through income generating activities such as organic farming, poultry, leadership training, energy saving ventures and other efforts to mitigate effects of the environmental hazards.
c. To uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity boldly health, and spiritual wellbeing with special attention to rights of indigenous people and minorities
d. To build a shelter as a hostel and community training center for the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and Youth (Young Adults) from all kinds of background to better lives.
e. To involve youth people living with HIV and AIDS and Disabilities in our programming.
f. Provide to young people with friendly community counseling and medical services to urban and with more emphasis on the children in rural areas.
g. To organize training workshops, seminars, study tours, sporting and recreational activities and other related opportunities to provide information, education and communication activities in our holistic approach on social, economic, health and environmental issues with other organizations
h. To engage the young people in Sport activities and providing life skills trainings in behavior shaping character and talent development.
To provide the platform for ICT that enable young people to have access to computer trainings, untapped the technological solutions and opportunities to improve livelihood

Programs and projects:

1. SCHOOL TEACHING AND TRAINING

2. FOOTBALL COACHING TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

3. ELDERLY CARE AND SUPPORT

4. PUBLIC HEALTH CARE WORKSHOP TRAININGS (IN PROCESS)

5. IT AND BUSINESS COURSES (IN PROCESS)

6. FUNDRAISING/ CROWDFUNDING/GRANT WRITING/MARKETING AND NETWORKING

7. ADMINISTRATION / MANAGEMENT TRAINING/PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS/IT AND PRODUCTIONS

8. GARDENING AND ECO PROJECT (IN PROCESS)

Project Africa Athletics

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Working with disadvantaged athletes from rural east Africa, seeking to expand their economic opportunities through running. Registered Charity Number- NIC103288

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.

(AFSU) ADVOCACY THROUGH FILMING AND SCREENING UGANDA

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Advocacy Through Filming and Screening Uganda (AFSU) is a non-profit making, non-partisan and interdenominational charity organisation. AFSU is duly registered with the Non-Governmental Organization Board of Uganda by ministry of internal affairs. AFSU is based in Kampala, Uganda. The inception of AFSU is to conduct and carryout activities that address needs for children, women, aged and youth. This is done with a focus on broad thematic areas of health, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, education, environment protection, climate change, agriculture through use of educative short films, workshops, consultancies, participatory research, training, development of training materials and tools, sensitising communities and music, dance and drama. Special attention is to raise voices of the marginalised communities through advocacy activities. We would like volunteers to pay a visit to our office and our community projects, to enable us to share knowledge, experiences and learn more from each other. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

FUTURE LEADERS UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN'S CENTRE

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Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) aims to improve opportunities for youth in underprivileged communities through better education and sustainable community development. The project was founded in 1998 by a Ghanaian, Billa Mahmud, who taught reading, writing and maths under a mango tree to local children who were not able to attend school. Today we teach 170 children aged 3-16 in our free school, have three vocational centres training seamstresses and hairdressers for free, run a food programme and coach girls and boys football teams. The first afternoon football team started as an incentive for the students to attend the school-under-the-mango-tree in the morning; the project now coaches Ghana Football League-registered teams on football pitches located on an old rubbish-dumping site which Billa and his students have cleared. Most recently the UCC has set up a micro-finance project which is enabling parents of the children at the UCC to start their own small businesses in the community.

The volunteer project which works with the centre has been running since 2008, as a way to support the UCC. We need volunteers to teach our many students one-to-one, to bring them up to the class level and bolster what is learnt in the classroom. Some children come to us with little or no education and our Ghanaian teachers do not have the time to invest in them individually, which is where our volunteers are invaluable. The children love the attention and affection that volunteers bring and benefit from the cultural exchange, new teaching styles and the opportunity to communicate with a native English speakers. Volunteers also help coach football and can organise to hold creative sessions in afternoons. The funding that volunteers bring through donations to the centre and our Sponsor a Child scheme is also important for the running of the project.

Over the next couple of years our main aim is to build a permanent school for the centre so that we can teach more children who are not currently in formal education. Land has been purchased and building work started in the Summer of 2017. Expertise in construction could prove very useful over the next 2 years and would enable us to move the project forward at a faster pace.

STOCKPORT PROGRESS AND RECOVERY CENTRE (SPARC)

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Stockport Progress and Recovery Centre (formerly Stockport Day Centre) is a local voluntary organisation providing support to adults in the Stockport area who experience mental health problems.

We offer a range of leisure, therapeutic, educational and social activities and facilities, developed in consultation with our members, in order to promote integration and mental and social well being.

The centre was set up as a registered charity in 1985. We employ around 12 staff as well as a larger number of volunteers who constitute an important element of the service we provide.

Since April 2013, we have been working together with Stockport and District Mind as part of the Stockport Mental Health Alliance to provide an Enablement and Recovery Service.

The centre is managed by a committee made up of representatives from various local mental health services, including MIND and Making Space, together with members of the centre and other interested persons.

We are principally funded by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Social Services, but a considerable amount is raised annually through fundraising and also from events organised by the centre and its members.

SPARC welcomes applications from all individuals interested in undertaking voluntary work in the mental health field.

The volunteer's role involves supporting and befriending members, facilitating groups and initiating activities. Volunteers are requested to attend regular training sessions and assistance is available for travel and training expenses.

Khaya Volunteer Projects

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Affordable and responsible volunteer projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe focused on sports, childcare, wildlife, education and healthcare.

Richmond Vale Academy

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By educating people from St. Vincent and the rest of the world, Richmond Vale Academy aims to build the capacity, knowledge and confidence in its’ students. By achieving personal growth and development, future leaders of St. Vincent and of the world will take action for a more just and more sustainable world.

Richmond Vale Academy is a humanitarian Non-Profit Organization which since 2012 has worked on developing a program to secure being ready for Climate Change in a structured way. After having experienced the effects of global climate change in extreme weather events – e.g. a drought in the beginning of 2010 followed by Hurricane Thomas and the torrential rainfalls and flash floods in 2011 – RVA launched the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Program in 2012.
The Program seeks to educate, raise awareness and mobilize people to take action. It offers a practical solution to building greater resilience into vulnerable communities by implementing actions to protect the natural resources they depend on.
You will take part in courses about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans , Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and what we can do together to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent. Develop the organic farm, implement projects like biogas, water harvesting, develop chicken production or recycling of grey water. Realizing project in group, promote organic and climate smart agriculture techniques, teach in schools, plant trees, develop model gardens, promote recycling process.

Green Life Volunteers

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We focus on community oriented projects that actually make a difference for nature, animals & people in one of the world's most biodiverse and pristine jungles.
We offer personal and great service – We are a small non-profit organization, run mainly by founder and owner of GLV, Janina Schan, interns and volunteers, and dedicated project staff. Every volunteer is unique and different, and we work hard to make sure you’ll volunteer in a project that is worthwhile and fits your needs! Because we have a mixed team of Costa Ricans and Foreigners, who volunteer and live in Costa Rica themselves, we know exactly what you’re looking for and what questions you may have… and we can thus provide you with a great volunteer adventure abroad!
Volunteers can learn how to make and install solar panels while doing something great for a small rural community in Costa Rica. Volunteers will work in sustainable and organic farms, and will be part of a sustainable movement by contributing their know-how and physical work. Volunteers will help in establishing or maintaining dog and cat rescue projects. Volunteers can teach English and provide Environmental Education. Volunteers support the situation of families economically with their weekly fee payment. Volunteers can bring their special knowledge from their countries or professional backgrounds, and teach different skills or use their skills to help. Volunteers can also learn from Costa Ricans, not only the language, but how to live a more relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Life in Costa Rica is very different from our hectic modern lifes in large city. In Costa Rica, everything goes according to the “Pura Vida” vibe, which directly translated means Pure Life, but relates to just take things easy, enjoy yourself and relax!
Our next Solar Power Workshop in Costa Rica will be June 17th – July 1st 2017. Would you like to learn how to build Solar Panels from scratch and help install them on remote rural schools that don't have access to electricity? You as a participant will gain an understanding of the basic engineering principles of photovoltaic power during our theory lessons throughout the workshop. During our hands-on workshop part you'll learn how solar panels are built and maintained, assemble all the solar panel parts, install solar panels, and educate the community. You'll also receive some amazing guest-lectures on topics related to renewable energies in Costa Rica, and more in depth economic and solar power analysis.
For more information: http://www.glvolunteers.com/solarproject/
http://www.glvolunteers.com/apply/

Together for Women and Children

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Together for Women and Children – TOWOC was founded by a group of Social Workers, gender experts, Community Relay Agents and lawyers who were concerned with the plight of children, widows, young people, single mothers, female school drop-outs, orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV and AIDS infected persons. Especially those in the hard-to-reach areas.
Much of our work as in previous years has been based on the three pillars upon which our strategic plan lies namely; Gender and Capacity Building, Education and Support for orphans/vulnerable, Health and HIV/AIDS.
Inspired by the existing laws of the government of Cameroon, which seeks to empower individuals to assure full responsibility in nation building, and the noisy confusions surrounding human existence, TOWOC was created to culture and redirect the lapses affecting our communities. This is in defense of the principles of globalization and sustainable development.
Sustainable development entails the putting together of the limited resources at the disposal of man for positive achievements to humanity. It is a collective procedure whereby the skills and resources of collective fragment account for a collective whole. In this quest there of TOWOC seeks to exploit the lost skills buried in the heart of every living being. It is empowering the people to stand up and work for the well being of the community. It to the development of every society and should not be left out in the race for globalization and sustainable development. Of worth is the education and re-education of the individual with an emphasis on the symbolic relationship and relevance of the environment on human existence. This ultimately attunes to the importance TOWOC attributes to human health and community development.
So far, we have reached 3500 people directly and about 11,500 indirectly in our activities.

VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

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Volunteer Latin America provide free and low-cost work abroad opportunities in Central and South America. We aim to connect volunteers to some of the best grassroots projects in the environmental and humanitarian sectors.

The environmental projects we offer are as varied and interesting as you might imagine, ranging from forestry to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. A multitude of other opportunities exist in a diverse range of species, habitats and locations. As well as offering a vast range of environmental projects, we offer volunteers the opportunity to help the economically, socially and politically disadvantaged people of the region by providing a wide variety of humanitarian work. There are opportunities to get involved in child welfare, community development, education and health programmes.

The projects we offer either require the volunteer to make a small financial contribution (participation fee), are free but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses, or provide complimentary accommodation and food.

Projects vary in length from one week up to a full year. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter or longer periods of time.

Because we help hundreds of grassroots organisations find people willing to help them achieve their objectives, we support environmental conservation and local community development in the region. Without the support and commitment of volunteers many of these organisations would be unable to carry out their vital work.

LATIN LINK

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Latin Link works in partnership with churches to send and receive individuals, families and teams, to and from Latin American communities, to share the love of God.

We do this through three inter-related programmes:

Step: Our renowned short-term programme for teams. Get a hands on experience of mission in Latin America, living and working alongside a local church, helping with a practical project and joining them in reaching out to their community. Apply as an individual or put together your own team. Projects last for 16 weeks each spring and 3-7 weeks in the summer.

Stride: A programme offering student placements and mission training opportunities.
Student Placements: 6-9 months suitable for language students on their year abroad or 6-8 weeks suitable for medical students requiring an elective. An opportunity to explore how your study and mission can work together to support churches and Christian projects in Latin America.
Mission Training Opportunities: Bespoke placements for individuals, married couples or families to spend 12-24 months putting their faith into practice in Latin America. Use and develop your gifts and skills while working alongside a church or Christian run project. Stride could be a career change, sabbatical, or something to pursue in early retirement. A Stride placement is a great way to explore whether cross-cultural mission is for you. A 24 month Stride is the pathway into the Stay programme.

Stay: We have over 100 members of many nationalities, working with local churches and organisations to help them meet a diverse range of spiritual and practical needs - from caring for street children, to training church leaders and supporting university students to generating employment opportunities.

Latin Link's vision is to see vibrant, Bible-believing Christian communities in every part of Latin America, impacting their neighbours, their societies and the wider world.

AFRICAN IMPACT

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As GoAbroad's Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2016, African Impact is now a multi-award winning volunteer travel organization that is operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. We have over 16 years’ experience and have facilitated over 12,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent!

OUR VISION:

To maximise the positive force of volunteering and make sure our volunteers have a fun and rewarding adventure with us. We truly believe that volunteering has the power to change lives; we’ve seen it first-hand.
We aiming to integrate ourselves into the community from grassroots to partnerships with local governments and strive to nurture a culture of mutual respect.

Our volunteer experiences are based on three key things:

- We want our volunteers to have an amazing time experiencing everything Africa has to offer and leave knowing they’ve contributed to something bigger than themselves.

- We want our volunteers to learn as much as they can about local history, culture and wildlife

- We want to support local communities and conservation efforts through education and hands-on help.


Our Charity: The Happy Africa Foundation

As part of our commitment to making a positive impact, we set up The Happy Africa Foundation in 2008. The charity helps to independently monitor our projects and provides tools and expertise that help to ensure our sustainability. The charity also ensures that donations given by our volunteers are managed responsibly.


Our Wildlife Trust: ALERT

African Impact were also instrumental in the establishment of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) in 2005, a non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion in consultation with governments, wildlife authorities and communities.

Alongside African Impact, ALERT also aims to support the ground-breaking four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program developed by our founders in 1999.


Our Projects

To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we thoroughly evaluate each potential project with a detailed scorecard before setting up a volunteering program. This involves analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project as well as its long-term viability and impact. Also, every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won’t run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential.

We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.

MAFANIKIO COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION

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Mafanikio Community Based Organisation (MCBO) was started in 2003 to promote quality education through tailored programs. As such several programs were set up that help in the achievement of the objectives.

Our School development program focuses on providing volunteer services for local and international volunteers to the local marginalized schools, which have very few teachers and limited learning resources. The volunteers work with the local teachers and community together with the children. This creates an opportunity of interaction and roller coaster of grassroots experience.

The experiential learning is beneficent to all the parties involved in that they all learn from each other in a very dynamic interesting manner.

Our student placement and internship program focuses on providing professional placements for students in various fields in order to engage in work experience abroad under supervision. This opens up a whole world of possibilities because in most cases, the students are taught to improvise in order to provide certain services. Besides, they also strengthen professional skills and interpersonal relationship in professional setting. In this program everyone is a beneficiary in terms of wealth of experience and services respectively.

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.

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