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Posh fan helps rebuild lives with football skill November 2009

Posh fan helps rebuild lives with football skill

POSH fan Charles Gould is the last person you might expect to find showcasing his football skills on a dust bowl of a pitch in down town Accra. For starters the Ghanaian capital is more than 3,000 miles from the UK and about as far removed from Gould’s quiet home town of Fotheringhay, near Oundle, as it’s possible to get.

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Giving Back in Ghana November 2009

Giving Back in Ghana

"I’m speaking with a couple of different organisations at the moment – Projects Abroad, Love Football and the school where I teach – about how we could provide long-term support. Everyone’s support so far has been amazing but there’s more work to do if we’re to truly help this community”.

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Dole fears keep gap year students abroad November 2009

Dole fears keep gap year students abroad

Gap year graduates are pleading for their overseas placements to be extended to avoid returning to Britain and rising levels of youth unemployment. Projects Abroad, a company that arranges for young volunteers to work in different countries, says 130 students have asked to stay away from the UK because of grim job propspects back home.

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Gap-year teens staying away August 2009

Gap-year teens staying away

Gap-year students are trying to extend their overseas stays because of the UK's rising unemployment. Projects Abroad said it was receiving growing requests from young people who did not want to return home because of the grim prospects of finding jobs. More than 130 requests have been made this year on behalf of youngsters working in third world countries.

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Women graduates beating men to the jobs August 2009

Women graduates beating men to the jobs

Women graduates are finding it easier than men to get jobs in the recession, according to new statistics. One in ten men (10.3 per cent) were still unemployed six months after graduating, compared to 6.5 per cent of women, according to statistics published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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Jobless graduates are sent packing August 2009

Jobless graduates are sent packing

A GOVERNMENT-funded scheme for 500 out of work graduates to spend 10 weeks on social projects in overseas countries is matched by the private sector with the result that openings are being provided for 1,000 jobless former students.

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Small Business Directors and Entrepreneurs Mind the Gap June 2009

Small Business Directors and Entrepreneurs Mind the Gap

More than half of the 60% increase in older volunteers leaving on gap years in developing countries are British small business directors and entrepreneurs according to Projects Abroad, the world's leading commercial volunteer organisation. Over 500,000 small businesses have ceased trading since the credit crunch began, which has led to the increased interest in gap-year programmes.

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Vodafone launches Link for Life programme June 2009

Vodafone launches Link for Life programme

Young female volunteers working in care situations are being offered the opportunity to 'adopt' a child, as part of their volunteering programme, if they have built a strong link with a particular child in the family. They will be presented with a mounted and framed photograph of them with the child, plus a pay as you go Vodafone mobile phone is given to the child funded by Projects Abroad.

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Gap travel benefits still far outweigh the risks June 2009

Gap travel benefits still far outweigh the risks

Peter Slowe, the founder of gap organisation Projects Abroad, chaired the first Gap Year Safety Conference in London this week. Held in response to growing concerns about the risks faced by gappers, it follows a series of high-profile gap-year tragedies.
But it is important not to exaggerate the risks involved, said Dr Slowe. “Our watchword is ‘reality’,” he told the conference. “There is a certain amount of over-hype about safety and the risks of gap year travel.

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Leading from the frontline June 2009

Leading from the frontline

Experience for life. Dave, 29, was selected for the programme in 2006. This year, he decided to use funds set aside under the programme to travel to South Africa for a month-long stint as a volunteer with Projects Abroad – an organisation that runs benevolent projects overseas.
The Cape Town project Dave joined was set up in the wake of country-wide unrest last year. In a troubled economic climate, migrants in South Africa became the target of xenophobic violence inflicted by disaffected locals.

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Do something useful with your time May 2009

Do something useful with your time

International volunteer service Projects Abroad recently announced that 70% of its recruits are female. Faye Stickings explains why she signed up...
Surely volunteering is mainly a student gig? “Actually, women taking career breaks, perhaps due to redundancy, are the fastestgrowing group of volunteers. And it doesn’t just appeal to philanthropists, but women wanting to improve their skills or to see the world in a safe environment."

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Wharfers urged to test their skills abroad April 2009

Wharfers urged to test their skills abroad

It's hard to believe the world is open to you when you're sitting at your desk - or cleaning it out. But there are amazing experiences to be found beyond the cream walls of your office.
Scott McQuarrie was on the verge of being made redundant from his job at Bank of Scotland when he traded in his suit for a coach's tracksuit in Ghana.

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Recession boom in overseas volunteers April 2009

Recession boom in overseas volunteers

'Enterprise volunteering' in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Ghana and Moldova has become increasingly popular among volunteers who want to contribute to worthwhile ventures.

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Be an ecovolunteer April 2009

Be an ecovolunteer

Inject purpose into your vacations by taking time out to work on conservation projects. Volunteers don't need any special skills other than an open mind and an adaptable spirit. The ecovolunteer trip is not merely an alterntive type of vacation. Volunteers may work in difficult weather and live in Spartan conditions.

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Be an ecovolunteer April 2009

Be an ecovolunteer

Inject purpose into your vacations by taking time out to work on conservation projects. Volunteers don't need any special skills other than an open mind and an adaptable spirit. The ecovolunteer trip is not merely an alterntive type of vacation. Volunteers may work in difficult weather and live in Spartan conditions.

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Travelling alone was a challenge - but got me a job back at home! March 2009

Travelling alone was a challenge - but got me a job back at home!

Wendy Mawson, 22 is an occupational therapist from Leeds. Last winter, she took a three-month career break in Brazil.
“When I finished university last year, my friends were applying for jobs and I was booking up flights to Brazil. I’d qualified as an occupational therapist but really wanted to go travelling before I started working full-time. I knew people who had taken gap years and their stories sounded really exciting.
‘I went to see famous sights and threw myself into the Brazilian lifestyle’
Yes, at the same time, I didn’t want to fall behind in my career ambitions. I found out about Projects Abroad, who offer volunteering placements in rehabilitation centres, on the internet and thought they sounded perfect. I could spend three months in South America while getting some overseas experience in occupational therapy.
I was really worried about travelling on my own and so was my mum. She kept asking me if I was sure I wanted to go, and convinced me to only sign up for three months in case I didn’t like it. But we were both reassured when I was told I’d be met at the airport and given accommodation in a safe place.
It was amazing working in the centre in Rio. I looked after adults who’d suffered strokes and spinal injuries, and helped children with Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. You learn that you don’t need expensive materials and equipment to improve their lives – they can spend hours playing with bits of old newspaper.
I went to see famous sights, like the statue of Christ in Rio and the amazing Iguazu Falls, and I threw myself into the Brazilian lifestyle to try and make more friends.
The whole trip cost me over three grand, but it was worth it. I’m starting my new job as an occupational therapist this year and in my interview they asked me what I had that was special compared to other applications. The answer was easy – I’d worked in Brazil!”

Axed Sussex staff go back to college - or gap year March 2009

Axed Sussex staff go back to college - or gap year

Going back to college, volunteering overseas or jetting off on a redundancy-funded gap year these are some of the increasingly popular options for workers whose jobs have disappeared.
University admissions body UCAS revealed that it has seen a leap in applications from mature students while travel and volunteering companies have reported a corresponding rise in people wanting to work abroad.

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Student life appeals after redundancy March 2009

Student life appeals after redundancy

Going back to college, volunteering overseas or even jetting off on reduncancy funded 'gap years' are becoming increasingly popular options for workers whose jobs have disappeared.
Peter Slowe, founder of volunteering organisation Projects Abroad, based in Goring-by-sea, West Sussex, says he saw a 55% rise in applications in December, many from workers who have been made redundant.

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Natural Farms India Environmental Project February 2009

Natural Farms India Environmental Project

The neem tree is a godsend to Indian farmers, but few of them are aware of it, so your job is to spend at least a fortnight in Tamil Nadu marketing its miraculous properties. The premise is simple: you roll into town like a snake-oil salesman, set out your stall and sell tiny bottles of neem oil to curious farmers.
It's an easy sell, because not only is the oil an incredibly effective natural pesticide, it's totally natural, cheap and readily available. By now, you'll have them in the palm of your hand, so it's time to invite them to lunch on your model farm, just down the road, where you can show them your worm compost, tree nursery and other sustainable farming ideas. The trip is available year-round and costs £995 for the fortnight with Projects Abroad.

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The recession has actually freed people to pursue their dreams February 2009

The recession has actually freed people to pursue their dreams

Scott McQuarrie had been working for the Bank of Scotland for five years when he first suspected the financial sector was heading for a fall and a round of redundancies might leave him jobless.
He decided he wasn't going to wait for the axe to fall. Months later McQuarrie, who has a sports degree from Edinburgh University's Moray House, quit his job and set off to coach football to children in Ghana.

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Old people volunteer due to crunch February 2009

Old people volunteer due to crunch

The number of older people volunteering for overseas projects has shot up due to credit crunch redundancies, according to gap year firm Projects Abroad.
The number of over-25s signing up to volunteer abroad was 60% higher last month than it was in January 2008, spokesman Ian Birbeck said.

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An army of altruists February 2009

An army of altruists

Organisations offering voluntary work in developing countries are being inundated by applications from middle aged professionals.
Ian Birbeck, recruitment director at the global volunteering company Projects Abroad, said his organisation had introduced 1,000 extra placements this year.

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Jobless Britons opt to volunteer overseas January 1970

Jobless Britons opt to volunteer overseas

Projects Abroad, which runs volunteer schemes in 24 countries around the globe, recorded a 55 per cent increase in applications last month from Britons who had recently been made redundant.
"We have seen an increase in the number of people in their thirties applying," said Dr Peter Slowe, founder of the organisation. "We currently have people from all sorts of professions: welders, care workers, staff from local authority finance departments and construction workers."

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