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    Katunggan It Ibajay

    Panay Island, Philippines

    The Ibajay Mangrove Forest (Katunggan It Ibajay) is a park run by two local communities. The park straddles these two communities, which is why both communities are involved. The park is home to 28 of the 35 species of mangroves found in the Philippines and is home to the largest specimen of Avecinnia rumphiana in Asia. The mission of the park is to maintain these incredible natural resources through sustainable ecotourism.

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    Kitale School Uganda

    Kitale, Uganda

    A community-initiated school in a rural village 100km outside of Kampala, this school was founded in 2005 with the help of locals to provide a future for the children. Long-term volunteers are welcomed to teach English, alongside other skills, at the school.

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    KZVTC is a school for adult migrant workers and other young adults with a focus on quality teaching of language and computer skills. Several levels of English, Thai, Burmese and computer skills are offered. Students are offered job skills training with other partners to prepare our students for the workplace. KZVTC provides a safe and creative environment for the sharing of ideas and knowledge to empower the Burmese community, regardless of an individual’s ethnicity, religion, race or gender. Volunteers are required to teach English, help edit and write reports, and help with fundraising activities.

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    Kolkata Sanved

    Kolkata, India

    Kolkata Sanved uses Dance Movement Therapy for psychosocial rehabilitation and social transformation — the organization uses dance to empower and rehabilitate survivors of trafficking and violence. Volunteers are able to help run the organization, plan workshops, and participate in programs for women in these communities.

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    La Esperanza Granada

    Granada, Nicaragua

    La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer group focused on children’s education. The organization reaches more than 2,000 children in poverty-stricken areas, and focuses on trying to help in non-invasive ways by working directly with local schools, teachers, and parents to meet educational needs. Programs run in the school system and involve assisting teachers, tutoring small children, running sports programs, teaching English, and stimulating an interest in learning.

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    Ladli

    Jaipur, India

    Ladli is an organization in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India that provides training to street girls, orphans, and disadvantaged youth in the area. The organization provides safe spaces, classes, and workshops for the girls to learn and create. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to support the organization’s range of programs.

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    Langtang Children’s Home is a fully non-profit organization dependent upon donations and the help of volunteers. The home cares for children who are orphaned, differently-abled and whose parents are unable to take care of them financially.

    They welcome regular volunteers from all over the world and are able to provide accommodation and meals in return for a small contribution.

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    Learn for Life Society

    Central India

    Learn for Life Society’s aim is to provide basic education to children from a poor background in Varanasi, India. In this way they may escape the cycle of poverty through their own strength and take their lives into their own hands.

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    Libros Para Pueblos

    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    Libros Para Pueblos works with rural communities in Oaxaca State to found a library and provide reading material. The organization works on a model of co-investment — the towns must help fund the library and provide support for the programs. Volunteer needs change, but most of the work is about literacy, books, and organizing the various parts of the organization.

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    The Light and Leadership Initiative works with the community of Huaycan to bring quality education and empowerment to women and children in the area. The organization was founded in 2008, and has continued to grow in the community-reaching more children, empowering more women, and continuing to spread a love of reading and learning in several classrooms across Huaycan.