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So, you’ve read about us and our shared passion for responsible volunteering - now we’ll explain what we do, who we do it with and how we do it !

people and places aims to put the right people in the right places at the right time - as openly and as honestly as we possibly can! It's of paramount importance to us that our work has integrity.

In 2002, the Cape Town Declaration said that tourism should ‘actively involve the local community in planning and decision-making, and provide capacity-building to make this a reality.’

We firmly believe this approach should also be applied to volunteering abroad, and it’s the very basis of how we work. Every one of the projects we work with originates in the local community – NOT here! Before any volunteer is matched to a project, we will have shared with them information about that volunteer and their skills and experience. Only with the project's consent will a volunteer placement be confirmed - this is what we mean by 'informed consent'.

Our role is to enable volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits through skill share. We do this in open consultation with volunteers and the communities where you will work ... and we work as transparently as we can, because we want you to know where and how your money is spent.

Each project is costed individually, reflecting real local costs, but the same basic principles apply to all.The bulk of every volunteer's payment (more than 80% for placements of 4 weeks or more) is paid in country.This has been independently verified - take a look here. To learn what is covered and paid for in these costs - please look at the costs section towards the end of each individual project description.

So – you’re interested in volunteering abroad and want to know more about our skill share programme. Now what?

First, you need to register with us – registration with people and places is completely FREE and commits you to nothing!

Although, if you have questions about volunteer work and our skill share programmes, before you feel ready to register, please don't hesitate to email Kate.

Later, we will need more information from you, and you will need plenty of information from us …  Read More 

Both you and the project need time to understand something of each other so that your placement has real mutual benefit – and mutual benefit is what responsible volunteering is all about!

People & Places - Winner - World Responsible Tourism Awards 2013 - Best for Responsible Tourism Campaigning

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