Opportunities Summer '15

New projects

An amazing new volunteering project has just become available to all Cardiff University students, and may be of particular interest to those in the schools of Architecture, Journalism, Business and Engineering. It's a community benefit project in Western Cameroon, promoting small-scale farming as a tool for social empowerment and enterprise. Act fast because the deadline is fast approaching (31 Jan)!  Click the link to find out more and apply: www.orkidstudio.co.uk/volunteer

Applications for volunteering projects have re-opened!

Applications will be accepted for the few remaining spaces on the Czech Republic,Turkey and Peru projects until Feb 1st. Get your applications in soon to be considered for these amazing projects! Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. 

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Current GOC Volunteering Projects

Czech Republic

  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Eco Centre and the Region of Living Waters, Czech Republic
  • Dates: 18/07/2015 – 16/08/2015
  • This project is for 5 volunteers and will cost £560 + flights (A few spaces still available!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Volunteers will get the chance to take part in two projects in Czech Republic over four weeks. With the GOC bursary, this works out to 4 weeks of food and accomodation for only £60 plus flights!

Both projects are environmental renovation projects and work consists of active, outdoor activities such as gardening, landscaping and repairing cultural heritage sites.

The first project will take place in a small village in the beautiful Krkonose mountains in Eastern Bohemia. The second will take place in a town famous for its natural hot springs in the Carlsbad region of Western Bohemia. This area is home to lots of beautiful cultural and natural sights. In between the two projects there will be time allocated for sightseeing and tourist activities including hiking, having campfires, swimming, cycling, horse riding and visiting some local cultural events

In addition to the natural beauty of the area, another attractive point about this project is its close proximity to the UK. This means that travel costs will be reasonable.

Turkey

  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Alternative Life Association, Antalya, Turkey
  • Dates: 4 weeks, July 2015
  • This project is for 10 volunteers and will cost £550 + flights (A few spaces still avalable!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Alternative Life Association works for the social integration of people with disabilities. The organisation has recently built a multi purpose venue in a village near Kas, Antalya in the south-west of Turkey.  Kas is one of the most popular coasts in southern Turkey and our facility is 11 km away from the Kas town centre.

In this venue people with disabilities who are excluded from mainstream education will have access to education in various fields. İf you are interested in working in education, working with people with disabilities or in social integration, this is the project for you.

What can you do?

There are a variety of things to be done at the centre and volunteers can choose what part of the centre they would like to get involved with. There are opportunities to help run workshops, organise events or help with the general upkeep and maintenance of the centre including administration, cooking and manual work.

Accommodation

Although a guest house and dormitories are avaliable, volunteers might be asked to stay in tents when necessary. Sleeping bags, mats and tents will be supplied but those volunteers who prefer to bring their own are welcome. Breakfast, dinner and lunch will be prepared and served at the facility.

Turkish classes can be arranged for volunteers, upon request.

Environmental Research in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

  • Partner Organisation: People and Places 
  • Local Organisation: Crees
  • Dates: 4 weeks, July 2015
  • This project is for 2-10 volunteers (cost information TBC - approx.£1300 + flights) - (A few spaces left!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

The aim of this project is to support work towards the vision of creating a truly sustainable Amazon, where both humans and nature can live in harmony.  Volunteers would spend four weeks at the Manu Learning Centre, an Amazonian research station within one of the world's most bio-diverse hotspots in the world – the Manu Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in SE Peru.  The MLC provides the ideal home for the Conservation Research Programme because of its unique location at the foothills of the Andes, where the mountains meet the lowlands.  It is also an area of regenerating forest with up to 40 years of regeneration, providing a fantastic opportunity to study the conservation and biodiversity of regenerating forests.

Volunteers would be working to support researchers and field staff.  The first week of the placement would comprise a training week designed to maximise the experience by making sure volunteers are properly trained in how to live in the jungle and work effectively on the projects.  The sort of projects they may be involved in could include:

  • Monitoring vulnerable local bird species such as the blue headed macaw, helping to assess the impact of deforestation and human disturbance on them and contributing towards ways of supporting their conservation.
  • Monitoring amphibians and reptiles, both of which are excellent indicators of climate change caused by deforestation and other human activities.
  • Creating an inventory of butterfly species – these insects are significant bio-indicators and are important in ecosystems as pollinators to many plant species
  • Helping to set up and monitor camera traps to record mammal life within the regenerating rainforest
  • Collecting information about biomass, canopy and tree phenology as part of the research on the regeneration of the rainforest
  • A visit to a local community where work is being done to create sustainable livelihoods that meet the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and the loss of forest caused by destructive mining, logging and slash and burn agriculture.  Community projects have included the creation of biogardens and agroforestry plots.

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