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Monday 27 October 2008
This week: Volunteering
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Studio expert Alison Rice mentioned a number of volunteering opportunities, including Make Favela Art project in Rio, where you can combine volunteer work with samba and salsa lessons: Jingandoholidays
Monitoring leatherback turtles in Costa Rica with Earthwatch an environmental charity dedicated to scientific field research and the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers which currently offer 124 different working holidays in the UK and 39 international holidays.
Holiday operator Christopher Hill described the ‘luxury’ end of volunteering. More information at Handsupholidays.
Studio guestTom Keyte travelled to the Czech Republic with International Voluntary Services, a peace organisation working for the sustainable development of local and global communities throughout the world. His placement in Karltejn was with Duha - Children and Youth Association for Leisure Time, Nature and Fun; an NGO aiming at personal development of youth through non-formal education in nature.
Traveller’s Tree listener Francesca Sluman and her family went on a volunteering holiday to Sri Lanka, where for two weeks they worked alongside two local charities who are engaged in the long process of helping people recover from the Tsunami. For this and other similar projects see The Different Travel Co.
Sally Field chose a memorable volunteering holiday in Suffolk. She worked for one of the RSPB’s 38 national bird reserves. For more information visit the RSPB's volunteers page.
For more information about volunteering holidays and code of conduct, get in touch with Tourism Concern
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