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Volunteer with BUNAC & Help Good Causes Around the World

Wednesday 9th June 2010

Bunac is dedicated to offering placements that benefit deprived communities

Not-for-profit organisation, BUNAC, which offers life-changing volunteering opportunities in countries as diverse as Cambodia, Ghana, South Africa and China, is calling for students, graduates and those planning a gap year or career break, who can contribute in areas where help is most needed, to sign up to its Volunteer programme now.

Examples of roles available with BUNAC Volunteer include teaching for two months in Goa, helping to build a school or community centre in Peru, health care and social worker positions in rural Ghana and working in Africa for between five weeks and six months, raising awareness and educating communities about the risks of HIV.
According to Chris Dutton, Programme Manager of BUNAC Volunteer:  “It is fundamental to BUNAC that our programmes actively benefit the local community and environment in which they operate.  We work with local partners for all our volunteering programmes and place volunteers in existing projects, working alongside local people.”

He continues:  “We take a lot of time to interview and prep our volunteers to ensure that people are placed in the best project according to their skills, experience, likes and dislikes.”

BUNAC Volunteers are given help and advice in order to prepare for their trip and to get the most out of it.  Health and safety issues, orientation sessions and on-going support are all covered.

Competitively priced, and with around 70% of the fee going straight to the developing world BUNAC‘s Volunteer programmes start at just £295 (including airport transfer, orientation, accommodation and food on project) for eight weeks in the USA on a physically challenging conservation programme set in some of America’s most awe-inspiring natural areas (mainly Arizona, Utah and Nevada).

Other BUNAC Volunteer programmes last up to six months and cover Africa (Ghana, South Africa including Sports Coaching and Wildlife Conservation), Asia (India, Cambodia, China) and the Americas (USA, Peru). Three months on Volunteer Ghana cost £999 including all accommodation and food.

Laura Cutting, 18 from West Sussex, who spent two months in a primary school in Ghana, says; “I chose a volunteer programme with BUNAC because the costs were low and I knew they had a trustworthy reputation as my mother had travelled with them!”
Another participant, 36-year-old Karen Spicer, is currently on Volunteer South Africa.  Having spent time travelling overland, followed by two weeks volunteering at a cheetah sanctuary in Limpopo province, Karen is now teaching in a primary school in Cape Town in the mornings and working at a children’s home in the afternoons.

For further information or to register for one of the BUNAC Volunteer programmes, visit www.bunac.org/gap-year  or telephone 020 7251 3386.