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UNA EXCHANGE

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UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.

CORAL CAY CONSERVATION

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Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) is seeking assistance with marine and coral reef conservation projects throughout the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean region. Volunteers can spend from two weeks or more participating on expeditions, with monthly departures throughout the year. The aim of CCC expeditions is to help gather key ecological information for the protection and sustainable use of tropical resources, whilst simultaneously offering poverty alleviation through the provision of alternative livelihood opportunities for local communities. Current CCC projects are based in the Philippines and Montserrat and volunteers require no previous experience.

Since 1986, thousands of CCC volunteers have helped establish numerous marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries across the globe, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Belize Barrier Reef.

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.

JUBILEE PARTNERS

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Jubilee Partners is a Christian community dedicated to serving poor and oppressed people. The community's work includes several areas of service: resettling refugees, peace-making, and working against the death penalty. Each volunteer does a variety of work, including teaching English as a second language to refugees, providing childcare for refugee children, cleaning refugee houses between occupants, gardening, light maintenance, meal preparation and cleanup, and various other manual labor tasks as needed. The staff eat meals together, sharing responsibilities for cooking and dishwashing. Volunteers are expected to participate in the spiritual life of the community, which is Christian.

HEBRIDEAN WHALE AND DOLPHIN TRUST

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The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is a registered charity which has pioneered the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises found in the waters off Scotland's west coast. Using study techniques that neither harm nor seriously disturb the animals, the research work undertaken provides those who manage Scotland's wildlife and habitats with the information they need to achieve effective conservation. The research also provides the materials for our work in environmental education, helping to raise public awareness around the UK and educate visitors to this outstanding area about the local marine environment.

HWDT welcomes onboard about 60 volunteers every field season to assist with visual and acoustic data collection. Volunteers effectively become marine mammal scientists for the week, contributing to data collection and the general running of the boat. For more information, see http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/get-involved-join-us-onboard.asp.

HWDT also recruits interns to assist with specialised tasks over the field season. Interns will spend six months in Tobermory, working alongside the HWDT team undertaking sightings and strandings tasks or educational activities. Interns will receive no funding from HWDT. For more information see http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/get-involved-volunteer-placement.asp

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.

FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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The Foundation For International Human Development and Environmental Studies is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to inform, educate and train every individual, irrespective of his or her cultural, national or educational background to acquire basic knowledge about social, economic and political rights. Our activities transcend all boundaries in the world and this has facilitated our utmost objective of promoting inter-cultural exchanges among countries. The Foundation For International Human Development and Environmental Studies considers as its mission the need to promote a vigorous campaign of sensitising people to be more proactive towards issues concerning the environment. We also inform and educate people all over the world to acquire knowledge about their economic and political rights. The volunteer programmes currently include: teaching, community development, media internship, law placements, orphanage, information technology, medical internship, and conservation. Summer Youth Camps: every year summer camps are organised for the youth to bring them together during their school break. There is a theme on various issues ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and abstinence, restoration of the environment, peace building as well as conflict resolution in West Africa. It is one setting that offers a whole host of camp options to enrich, challenge and entertain the youth every holiday. Support Centre for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS: FIHDES WORLDWIDE join other organisations throughout the world to participate in the International AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL FIHDES WORLDWIDE every year in May. We hope to construct a support centre in affected areas in order to provide medical care and counselling for the youth and those living with HIV/AIDS. The centre will try to fight the ostracism and ignorance of these people within their communities. We also plan to establish a rehabilitation centre for the youth and students involved in drugs and ex drug users.

PHANGAN ANIMAL CARE for STRAYS

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PhaNgan Animal Care FOR STRAYS (PACS)

is a Non-Profit Animal Welfare Centre on a island (Koh Phangan) in South Thailand. PAC is dedicated to improving the lives of all the Island's Animals, since 2001.

PACS provides Nursing care for all basic illness and injuries of Stray Animals, as well as Neutering & Vaccination.

PACS does not Operate as a Shelter.

PACS asks Depending on Volunteer for a minimum commitment of 2 months, and generally requests a minimum of 5 days per week, depending on the number of volunteers available.

PACS receive No Official Funding and relies Heavily on the Good Will of the Local Community, Tourists and friends of PACS.

Please contact PACS directly to find out about availability, or complete the application form on our website under Support PACS.

MAURITIAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

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The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation works to restore the endangered flora and fauna of Mauritius, Rodrigues and offshore islets and is well known for its work in the recovery of the Mauritius Kestrel, Echo Parakeet, Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Fody and Mauritius Olive White Eye as well as its work on habitat and island restoration projects.

We are always keen to hear from University graduates who would like to gain practical hands-on experience and pursue a conservation career working within our organization. We accept volunteers throughout the year to work on a range of our projects.
The work may involve endemic bird nest location and monitoring, radio tracking, population monitoring, report writing, bird handling of Pink Pigeons, Echo Parakeets, Mauritius Kestrels and Passerines. Other projects include conservation of rare plants (mainland Mauritius, Rodrigues, and offshore islets such as Round Island and Ile Aux Aigrettes), Reptile conservation and translocation and captive breeding amongst others.

Working for the MWF gives the opportunity to gain valuable experience of first hand conservation work in the ongoing recovery of endangered species, for which the NGO is world renowned.

BIG BEYOND

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Big Beyond facilitate ethical volunteer placements in Africa for adventurous and ambitious individuals looking for experiences far beyond the norm, off the beaten path and the chance to truly immerse in another culture.

Our volunteer opportunities are for people that want to genuinely be part of conservation and development in some of the most stunning places in the world, and are interested in working across a range of exciting high-impact community projects. Volunteer placements are always tailored to your skills, interests and level of experience, as well as the needs of the local community.

Originally headquartered in the UK, our team is now based in East Africa and currently run project sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They’re all located next to national parks and we work hand-in-hand with the adjacent communities to integrate the conservation and socio-economic development objectives of the local area. Volunteer involvement ranges from education, enterprise, environment, health or culture related projects.

This is the chance to take your knowledge, experiences and energy to people and places that genuinely value your contribution, but it's also a great way to learn just as much as you give, explore lesser known corners of the world, gain unique insight by truly immersing in another culture, build memories of a lifetime, and be inspired about new possibilities.

Each and every Big Beyond volunteer has a placement designed to match their motivations, skills and passions, with all activities directly supporting the local community and the conservation area in which they're based.

We also offer International skills-based employee volunteering combined with CSR initiatives. Whether it’s specific skills you’re looking to develop or a global issue that you’d like to support, or both, Big Beyond strive to help organisations and employees reach their goals.

To check out our full range of incredible volunteer opportunities please visit: www.bigbeyond.org

Call us: +44 (0)800 098 8440 or email us: hello@bigbeyond.org

ACT4AFRICA

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Act4Africa is an award-winning health and education charity with a vision to provide a brighter future for Africa’s poor. Our mission is to address inequality in Africa through gender justice, health education and sustainable earning potential. Using Theatre for Development, we aim to promote gender equality for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, equipping them with life skills to be free from poverty and combat HIV.

Set up in 2000, Act4Africa has a small UK support team based in Manchester which works in partnership with Act4Africa NGO partners in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. We also organise trips to Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi, for those wishing to do their medical elective or teaching placement in Africa, as well as organising various sponsored events and fundraising activities.

Current projects include:

The Girl Effect: Adolescent girls in Uganda experience poverty through gender relations that leave them powerless and vulnerable. This forces them into lives of low-paid work, early marriage, unwanted pregnancy and sexual and domestic violence. This gender injustice denies these girls their human rights and prevents the nation from benefiting from the invaluable economic and social contribution that young women can bring. The Girl Effect, funded by donations to our Grow A Girl programme, releases the untapped potential of adolescent girls through the provision of comprehensive training, education and leadership opportunities. This enables girls to grow in stature, know their rights and exercise a positive leadership role in their own communities.

HEAL (Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods): This project is creating improved life-chances and livelihoods for out-of-school adolescent girls and young women in Uganda and Malawi. The project combines HIV prevention training, testing and counselling with savings and business enterprise coaching, helping these young women to secure access to higher earnings. Higher earnings means more independence, which in turn has been proven to have a direct positive impact on health outcomes. The project is backed up by the provision of HIV services men and women in their communities.

Kathy’s Centre: Act4Africa is currently building 'Kathy's Centre' in memory of it's co-founder Kathy Smedley, who died in August 2014.
The multi-functional women’s community centre is situated in the rural Mayuge district of Uganda, where gender inequality is entrenched (as it is in much of the country). This leads to both health problems and poverty which together create a degenerative cycle from which many women find it difficult to break free.

Kathy’s Centre will offer an Early Years Education facility, HIV testing and access to advice, counselling and health support for women. The centre will provide a place where girls, women and young mothers can meet safely, share their stories, support each other and work out solutions to their problems. The surrounding land will be developed as a goat farm to enable us to train the local community in best practice for animal husbandry and basic veterinary skills.

We currently have overseas opportunities for medical/teaching professionals/students and are also looking for agricultural/veterinary advice/volunteers. In the UK opportunities include administrative, marketing, fundraising.

Teach and Learn with Georgia

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Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG), a progressive education movement initiated by the Georgian government, recruits native English speakers to co-teach English alongside local English teachers in public schools throughout the country of Georgia. TLG aims to improve Georgia’s nationwide English language proficiency in an effort towards further globalization.

YOUNG AND TALENTED

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Young and Talented is a theatre school with a difference. While on the surface we appear like many other theatre schools, our holistic approach, high calibre coaching and credentials put us in another league. Our TRIPLE TALENT programme takes students aged 6-16 on a ‘journey of discovery and development’.

Young and Talented has been nurturing and developing young people for stage and screen since 2004. In March 2012, our group The Real Deal, won BBC TV’s Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2012. Showing that not only do our young people learn how to perform, they also learn how to succeed in life.

Our mission is to Engage, Enthuse, Educate, Enrich and Empower young people to pursue life with passion and purpose.

Our first centre opened in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG. In this centre we work with children and young people aged 3 to 16 years old.

In 2013 we opened a new centre in The Broadway Theatre BYT, Barking. In this centre we work with children and young people aged 5 to 19 years old and we specialise in acting classes. We also offer a Choir sessions.

Fountain of Life Women's Centre

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In a center that has 20 years of experience, come to help women to find their dignity again and build true relationships through teaching English! You will be surrounded by a friendly environment including Thai staff, Thai women and other volunteers from around the world. Don’t worry, speaking Thai is not necessary to be able to be immersed in this amazing traditional Buddhist culture.

You will be in the center of sex industry in Thailand, as Pattaya is the capital of this illegal business, so be ready for a challenging environment but you will receive so much trust and appreciation from the women.

The women come to Pattaya to raise money for their families through the sex industry, but your presence here will help them realize that they can be strong and independent women. The main objective of the project is to improve the women's education and enhance their skills which will help them build a better lives in the future. This is done and established through friendship, trust, and mutual respect, opening their minds of the realities of their lives. Our team is also focused in giving counseling and hope which will help them face the future with a stronger perseverance. One of the main products of this project is to see the women’s self esteem improve as time goes on. The language classes offered are Thai, English, and German. Skills training is given in computer skills, dressmaking, hairdressing and typing.

While volunteering at the center, accommodation will be free (except electricity and water) and you will have 2 meals provided Monday to Friday. You will also have your weekends free so you will be able to travel around Thailand and discover more of its beauty.

Ubhetyan-O-Africa

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Our local and international volunteer programme at Ubetyan in Southern Africa offers the opportunity to make a vital contribution to Endangered Wildlife while enjoying a life changing, hands on volunteering experience.This program is classified as "working volunteer holiday" for those who believe in making a difference to preserve and conserve wildlife for future generations. We are in the business of changing lives and giving the opportunity to discover an experience of a life time.
Ubhetyan also works on helping rural communities who live alongside protected wildlife areas to develop and provide with reasons to love, protect, and respect for animals and nature.

ELEPHANT HUMAN RELATIONS AID

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Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA), established in 2001 is a registered non-profit organisation that strives towards assisting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and other NGOs in promoting a mutually beneficial relationship between the humans and the desert adapted elephants of the north-western regions of the Namib Desert, traditionally know as 'Damaraland'. This harsh wilderness area runs parallel to the Skeleton Coast National Park and is home to a small population of desert-adapted elephants.

EHRA was voted the Best Volunteering Organisation by Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards! Volunteers will spend one week working with local farmers, building protective walls around their water points, and teaching them the skills needed in managing the conflict with the resident elephant populations. The next week is spent assisting the staff of EHRA in following and monitoring the movement of these elephants. We spend days out on patrol, camping wild and living close to the earth, elephants and people. In brief the project is part of a long-term initiative to find solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between farmers and the elephants through research, education and development. The projects emphasis is on building protective structure around water points and the creation of additional water points for the elephants, assisting with and teaching farmers the skills to financially benefit through tourism in the area, and researching elephants movements, distribution and compiling identikits on herds and individuals. We are able to place volunteers with an offending background.

EMPOWER AND CARE ORGANISATION (EACO)

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Empower and Care Organisation is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) operating in Mukono county and Maracha district, Uganda. EACO’s mission is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and support for disadvantaged groups of people. EACO’s activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly. EACO believes that effective and sustainable development comes through empowerment programmes, where vulnerable members of the community are given the skills, motivation and support to improve their lives and communities. EACO is always striving to improve its services and welcomes international volunteers. There are vast opportunities including: - HIV care and counselling. - Delivering support, materials and writing reports on EACO project progress. -Teaching at schools and co-ordinating peer education projects. -Assisting with administration. -Delivering training to staff and volunteers on relevant issues. -Assisting with building projects. -Writing grant proposals. EACO particularly welcomes skilled professionals that can help the organisation to improve and develop, but EACO welcomes the enthusiasm and commitment of all willing volunteers. EACO is committed to ensuring all voluntary experiences are as mutually beneficial as possible, and can find accommodation with local families or in guest houses. Regardless of the duration of your time, EACO will welcome you as one of the family, and give you the chance to make life-long friends in the community, REALLY make a difference, and work with a truly inspirational community based organisation.

PARA LA TIERRA

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Para La Tierra is a non-profit conservation organisation based in Paraguay at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca. We are focused on the protection of fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach and invite volunteer to help us in our mission.

You can join in at any time on any one of our ongoing projects which could be anything from monkeys, to frogs, to fish, to beetles. Or we'll help you to design your own project - it's up to you! You'll meet people from all over the world, all with an interest in nature, and you might even learn a bit of Spanish. If you don't speak Spanish don't worry, we speak English at the research station. You will also get the chance to see a bit of Paraguayan culture, try the cuisine, and have a go at Guarani, the native language. You'll also have access to wifi so that you can tell your friends and family how you're doing.

The Volunteer Coordinator will give you a welcome presentation and orientation soon after your arrival. This will include a brief introduction to Laguna Blanca and Para La Tierra, health and safety training, explanation of rules and regulations and a tour of the area.

You can make an important contribution to the ongoing work at Para La Tierra and you may even see your name in print if any of your research/photographs are published!

YOUNG DEVON

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Established in 1949, Young Devon is a progressive charity that exists to "change the odds in favour of young people". Challenging negative stereotypes and campaigning shoulder-to-shoulder with young people, Young Devon's primary objective is to enhance lives and promote opportunity for those least likely to have their voices heard.

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