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  • SUDAN TODAY, 27 MILLION PEOPLE, MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE SLAVES; MORE THAN WERE STOLEN FROM AFRICA DURING 400 YEARS OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE. MNF BUILDS SCHOOLS IN SUDAN WHERE CHILDREN LEARN THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS

  • IVJ and Sudan

    Alnoor is a strategist. In the Nuba mountains where there has been no government services for over 60 years he brings people and resources together to build schools - and hope.

    Alnoor knows that Mende’s story is all too real and the education of girls is of paramount importance in the fight against slavery.  There is no shortage of skill and building material in Sudan. It’s just that people like Alnoor who can see the bigger picture need a helping hand. He has already galvanized support from Janan, a Canadian UN officer to build a girls school in Kortala. With your help and Mende’s Foundation he could build another.

    And he knows it won’t stop there; giving girls a high quality education where they are taught their human rights will be no mean feat. This is where you come in. Apart from your skills in fundraising for building and educational materials, when the time is right he will need teachers of all levels and subjects as well people with basic building and construction skills.  By sharing your skills we can end slavery in our lifetime and you can help fight for a world without human bondage, for a world where people are not bought and sold.    

  • Sudan  - The Facts

    Geography The Nuba people reside in the foothills of the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan. The Nuba Mountains mark the southern border of the desert and the northern limit of the fertile soils washed down by the Nile. They consist of over 50 tribes who share the common geography in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan Province. 

    Climate Tropical, Nothern region hot and dry. The southern region has much higher rainfall, the wet season lasting May to October 

    Population 45,047,502 

    Economy The economy of post-secession Sudan will experience contraction in growth in the years 2011 and 2012, Sudan lost 75% of its oil reserves after the southern part of the country became an independent nation July 2011.

    Government Independent since in 1953, Ruled by a series of unstable parliamentary governments and military regimes. Instituted fundamentalist Islamic law in 1983, which exacerbated the rift between the Arab north, and the black African Animists and Christians in the south resulting in a 20 year civil war. South Sudan became independent in July 2011.

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  • ZIMBABWE FACES CHALLENGES - UNEMPLOYMENT, LIMITED EDUCATION, SKILLS DRAIN, POLITICAL INSTABILITY AND CONFLICT. DUKIER SAFARIS IS BRINGING EDUCATION TO THE POOR THROUGH PIONEERING ECO TOURISM. DUKIER SAFARIS / ZIMBABWE FACTS

  • IVJ in Zimbabwe

    Partner organisation - Dukier Safaris

    Chipo is amongst the first generation of her village, one of the poorest in Zimbabwe, to have the opportunity to go to school. At the moment, Breakfast Primary School isn’t much to look at; a couple of old storage sheds left over from the hunting safari days.  There’s no running water and scant sanitation. However, to Chipo it represents an escape from the grinding poverty experienced by her parents and those who went before them.

    But things are changing; plans are underway to fund the development of the school through a pioneering Fairtrade wildlife sanctuary. Using and building on your skills in eco-tourism, conservation and administration, you’ll be helping to set up this enterprise to run for generations to come. In so doing you’ll be taking part in a homegrown Zimbabwean enterprise that can literally change the lives of young people like Chipo.

    • Duration of placement: Up to 6 weeks
    • Costs: from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • Zimbabwe - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east.

    CLIMATE Tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March).

    POPULATION 12,084,304 (July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY Zimbabwe's economy is growing at a brisk pace despite continuing political uncertainty. Following a decade of contraction, Zimbabwe's economy recorded real growth of 5.9% in 2010. But the government of Zimbabwe still faces a number of difficult economic problems, including a large external debt burden and insufficient formal employment.

    GOVERNMENT Robert Mugabe, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of experienced farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities.

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  • ZIMBABWE  90% UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS THE SKILLS DRAIN IS DESTROYING COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES. HLEKWENI SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS EQUIPS YOUNG PEOPLE TO REBUILD THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR COUNTRY. HLEKWENI PLACEMENTS / FEEDBACK/ ZIMBABWE FACTS

  • IVJ in Zimbabwe - Matabeleland

    Partner organisation - Hlekweni School for Social Entrepreneurs

    Sindisiwe works part time in a pre-school and studies Early Years Education at Hlekweni training centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She loves her work but lack of investment in schools means that there are very few text books or learning materials. Teachers have to make wall charts by hand or use expensive imports that children in Zimbabwe struggled to relate to.

    But Sindisiwe is a young woman with a bright idea. Last year, she attended the School for Social Entrepreneurs where she developed a business plan to make wall charts for pre-schools that are attractive, durable and affordable. She entered her business plan for the IVJ Social Enterprise Award and won first prize of $500USD. Even with this investment Sindiswe knows it won’t be easy but she is already using her skills and talents to give young children a better start in life.

    There are many young people who, given the opportunity, could turn a bright idea into a social enterprise and make a real difference to people’s lives. They don't want charity, they need positive role models and practical help and this is where you come in. If you are running a social enterprise and want to share your skills, sign up to volunteer with IVJ today.

    • Project duration: up to 6 week
    • Project costs: from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • Project Feedback - Sindisiwe Madebe, age 26

    HAVE YOU EVER HAD BUSINESS TRAINING BEFORE? PLEASE DESCRIBE IF APPLICABLE. N/A

    HAD YOU CONSIDERED SETTING UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS BEFORE THE TRAINING?  Not exactly because I had not had any skills trainng before

    WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE TRAINING?  It was inspirational and I was motivated and moved by the training, I think I can also set up a business

    HOW COULD WE MAKE THE TRAINING BETTER?  By making it longer and maybe introduce other successful people who started their own business to tell us more information on business

    ON WHICH TOPICS WOULD YOU LIKE MORE TRAINING? Financial sector, how to handle my finances and how to expand the business, which business sectors I can venture into.

    ARE YOU GOING TO ENTER THE COMPETITION FOR THE ENTERPRISE AWARD?  I would like to enter so that I can evaluate myself to see if I stand a chance of opening my own business in future. Obviously I would like to win the prize money.

    Sindisiwe completed this evaluation in January 2011. 34 young people took part in the programme. Sindisiwe went on to win the competition in June 2011 with her new social enterprise, SMART CHARTS. If you want to help more people like Sindisiwe to succeed, apply to volunteer now.

    Contact us for the full project evaluation report

  • Zimbabwe - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east.

    CLIMATE Tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March).

    POPULATION 12,084,304 (July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY Zimbabwe's economy is growing at a brisk pace despite continuing political uncertainty. Following a decade of contraction, Zimbabwe's economy recorded real growth of 5.9% in 2010. But the government of Zimbabwe still faces a number of difficult economic problems, including a large external debt burden and insufficient formal employment.

    GOVERNMENT Robert Mugabe, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of experienced farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities.

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  • TANZANIA AFRICAN PERFORMERS AND ARTISTS STRUGGLE TO GET A GLOBAL FOOTHOLD. THE HOUSE OF TALENT IS HELPING YOUNGSTERS REALISE THEIR DREAMS. HOUSE OF TALENT PLACEMENTS / TANZANIA FACTS

  • IVJ in Tanzania

    Partner organisations - House of Talent

    Before she found the House of Talent in Dar es Salaam, Ghufira thought that her singing was just something she did to keep her siblings happy whilst her mother as at work. The thought that she might one day be able to support them financially through her talent was no more than a dream she felt slightly guilty about harbouring. Now she’s part of a band that’s been touring for the last 6 months, making each of its members a solid living, allowing them the freedom to express themselves and spreading enjoyment to the crowds they play to.

    Ghufira is just one of many Africans looking for a way to make the most of their performing talents. Taking what you know about administration, marketing, the dramatic arts, sound engineering or any applicable field you could help to help to create Africa’s next big star. Simon Cowell you may not be, but with IVJ you can help someone find their voice.

    • Duration of placement: Up to 6 weeks
    • Cost: from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • Tanzania - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south.

    CLIMATE Varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands.

    POPULATION 12,084,304 (July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY Tanzania is one of the world's poorest economies in terms of per capita income, however, Tanzania average 7% GDP growth per year between 2000 and 2008 on strong gold production and tourism. The economy depends heavily on agriculture, which accounts for more than 40% of GDP, provides 85% of exports, and employs about 80% of the work force.

    GOVERNMENT Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities. The formation of a government of national unity between Zanzibar's two leading parties succeeded in minimising electoral tension in 2010.

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  • ST. VINCENT COMPLEX HISTORICAL TRADE AGREEMENTS AND UNDERCUTTING ON THE WORLD MARKETS MEAN THAT WINDWARD ISLANDS FARMERS ARE STRUGGLING TO GET A FAIR DEAL. WINFA WORKS TO REDRESS THE BALANCE. WINFA PLACEMENTS /ST. VINCENT FACTS

  • IVJ in St. VIncent

    Partner organisation - Windward Island Farmers Association

    Irving grows bananas on the Windward Islands. It isn’t the easiest life  but he loves it. He has problems though. Since the birth of the Fairtrade movement he’s found that producers in South America have been able to undercut the prices him and his co-producers need to charge to get a fair deal.

    Irving is a smart guy… he knows that the collaboration with his fellow producers is the key to the success of his sector and that Farm tourism has to be an option given the islands’ geography. The producers have pooled their Fairtrade premiums to buy a stunning 18 acre site overlooking the Atlantic.  In so doing they have laid the foundations for a more sustainable future for generations to come. Now he wants to access your skills in project management, marketing and business administration to enable him to represent himself on a global stage. When you put it like that, doesn't it sound less like a man in need of pity and more like a seriously resourceful entrepreneur looking for partners?.

    • Duration of placement: Up to 6 weeks
    • Cost: from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • St. Vincent - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Wooded interior with precipitous topography impinging on seaboard.

    CLIMATE Tropical interior with coastal areas moderated by stiff Atlantic breezes.

    POPULATION 437,000

    ECONOMY In St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, banana production for export has dominated. It is estimated that banana production occupies 27% of all agricultural land in the Windward Islands. Of the total land used for agricultural purposes in St. Lucia in 2000, 45% was taken up by banana cultivation and 42% by coconut. Other production includes root vegetables and tree crops for domestic consumption and export markets. All islands rely heavily on tourism.

    GOVERNMENT The Windward Islands are comprised of the four independent States of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Dominica. These countries occupy a total area of approximately 2,100 square kilometers.

    Population size is a constraint to efficiency of operations of administrative entities and to the availability of a wide enough skill pool to deal with implementation of World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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  • KENYA CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS THE LIVELIHOOD OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS ACROSS KENYA. THE SLIGHTEST CHANGE IMPACTS THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF YIELD IN TEA, COFFEE OR COCOA. CAFEDIRECT IS HELPING FARMERS MANAGE THEIR FUTURES.  CAFE DIRECT PLACEMENTS / KENYA FACTS

  • IVJ in Kenya

    Partner organisation - Café Direct producers foundation (UK)

    Things haven’t been so easy for Akili in recent years. The world is changing quickly; quicker than his traditional methods of tea farming can keep up with and he’s losing ground to growers in other parts of the world. Delivery of a crop in his particular area of Kenya has always been subject to fluctuations in climactic conditions and now average temperatures are rising he’s finding it harder and harder to feed his family.

    Using your knowledge of ecology, environment or agriculture you’ll be embedded within communities involved in the CafeDirect Producers Foundation Programme. You’ll be actively helping farmers to manage the devastating effects of climate change through the adoption of smarter working methods. A large part of your role will be to empower younger smallholders to take the lead in their communities, disseminating knowledge, experience and solutions. In this way, you’ll be leaving a lasting legacy of self-sufficiency in a future where the chances dictate that environmental degradation will be a constantly evolving challenge.

    • Duration of placement: Up to 6 weeks
    • Cost:from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • Kenya - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Low plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west.

    CLIMATE Varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior.

    POPULATION 41,070,934 (July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY Although the regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, Kenya has been hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low.

    Post-election violence in early 2008, coupled with the effects of the global financial crisis on remittance and exports, reduced GDP growth to 1.7 in 2008, but the economy rebounded in 2009-10.

    GOVERNMENT KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. UN-sponsored talks in late February produced a powersharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister. Kenya in August 2010 adopted a new constitution that eliminates the role of prime minister after the next presidential election.

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  • JAMAICA BENEATH THE FACADE OF SANDY BEACHES AND RUM PUNCH LIES A REALITY OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND CRIME. IVJ VOLUNTEERS HELP YOUNGSTERS COMPLETE THEIR EDUCATION AND AVOID THE PITFALLS. PLACEMENTS WITH Y.O.U /   GODIGITALL/ JAMAICA FACTS

  • IVJ and Jamaica

    Partner organisation - The Y.O.U Project

    Reggis was destined for a life of crime. Born in Kingston's Seaview Gardens, he brought himself up in spite of his father's periodic absences and his mother's addiction to drugs. Continual brushes with the law culminated in a episode where a robbery he was involved with went wrong and a man ended up being stabbed - he barely survived. Reggis knew that unless he straightened out he'd end up in jail for the rest of his life or on a mortuary slab himself.

    He enrolled into the Y.O.U Programme, a voluntary organisation providing positive interventions for vulnerable adolescents, where IVJ volunteers helped him gradually built up his literacy and numeracy  from a standing start.  Over time he caught up with and surpassed his academic contemporaries, eventually landing a place at Kingston College. This year he'll be starting his first internship with a Kingston legal practice.

    There are many young people in Jamaica that just need a second chance. If you've got the teaching skills to help young people like Reggis and you want to develop the leadership skills to help projects like Y.O.U to thrive, apply to volunteer now.

    • Cost: from £2495
    • Placement: Up to 6 weeks including flights, accommodation and training
  • IVJ and Jamaica

    Partner organisation - The Godigitall Project

    Janet was always one of the brightest in her class. Although her family were poor, it was lack of opportunity that really held Janet back. Her mother couldn't afford to pay for her college fees so Janet worked as a domestic saving every penny she could. But when little Sophie was born she had to put any plans for a career on hold. It was Sophie's first day at school when Janet vowed to give her daughter a better start in life than she had.

    Knowing that on-line courses might be the way forward and excited about the one laptop per chiild programme, Janet wanted to help her daughter learn and start a career herself. She enrolled at the Godigitall centre, a family learning centre with free access to the internet and skilled IVJ volunteers on hand to help.

    Gradually she built up her confidence, both with computers and in every day life. Within a year Janet had set up her own on-line business, linking with travel agents and selling tours of the village where she lives.

    By increasing access to ICT, 'working from home' is not just a bonus for professionals - but a lifesaver for single mums. If you've got the teaching skills to help women and girls like Janet and Sophie and you want to develop the leadership skills to help organisations like Godigitall thrive, apply to volunteer now.

    • Costs: £2495
    • Placement: Up to 6 weeks including flights accomodation and training
  • Jamaica - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain.

    CLIMATE Tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior.

    POPULATION 2,868,380 (July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which account for more than 60% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances, and bauxite/alumina. The Golding administration faces the prospect of having to achieve fiscal discipline to maintain debt payments, while simultaneously attacking a serious crime problem that hampers economic growth. High unemployment exacerbates crime - including gang violence that is fuelled by the drug trade.

    GOVERNMENT In 1958 with other British Caribbean colonies it formed the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organised crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe.

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  • GAMBIA IT'S A GRIM IRONY THAT 99% OF GAMBIAN SLAVERY TOURISM MONEY GOES TO TOUR AGENTS IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; GTA IS WORKING TO REDRESS THAT. PLACEMENTS WITH GTA / GAMBIA FACTS

  • IVJ in The Gambia

    Partner organisation - Gambia Tourism Association

    Demba inherited her father’s boat when he died of AIDS five years ago. It wasn’t easy at first; there’s still a stigma attached to the families of AIDS victims in Gambia and across Africa in general. But little by little she began to make a living fishing the reefs between Tranje and Brufut. When a localised pollution spill 5 years ago meant that she’d have to sail 2 hours up the coast to reach more fertile waters she began chartering her boat and skipper abilities to tourists. Within a year she’d co-opted other fishermen to do the same under the banner of a single organisation and now runs one of the largest indigenous tourism businesses in Gambia.

    This is where you come in…Demba needs the know how of people with skills in sustainable tourism, marketing and business administration. She needs people who can help her business and those of other people like her to expand and to best reap the benefits of the tourism boom. She’s looking for a collaborator to help her realise her ideas rather than a saviour. In helping her you’ll be doing your bit to put control of Gambian Tourism back into the hands of the people who should be benefiting.

    • Duration of placement: Up to 6 weeks
    • Cost: from £2,495 including flights, accommodation and training
  • Gambia - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by some low hills, almost an enclave of Senegal; smallest country on the continent of Africa.

    CLIMATE Tropical; hot, rainy season (Jun - Nov); cooler, dry season (Nov - May).

    POPULATION 1,797,860(July 2011 est.)

    ECONOMY The Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts. About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood. Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high; economic progress depends on sustained bilateral and multilateral aid and on continued technical assistance from multilateral and bilateral donors.

    GOVERNMENT Independent since 1965. With Senegal it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya Jammeh led a military coup in 1994 that banned political activity. Presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. Jammeh has been elected president in all elections up to and including 2006.

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  • MONTSERRAT WHEN SOUFRIERE ERUPTED AND DESTROYED TWO-THIRDS OF THE ISLAND, MOST OF ITS POPULATION WAS FORCED TO LEAVE. IVJ PROJECTS STRIVE TO REBUILD THE ISLAND, HARNESSING THE TALENTS OF ITS PEOPLE AND ITS WEALTH OF NATURAL RESOURCES PLACEMENTS WITH SCHOOLS/ MONTSERRAT FACTS

  • IVJ and Montserrat

    Partner organisation - MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION

    Maria was excited about starting a new life in Montserrat - things had been tough in her village in the Dominican Republic.

    Starting school in a new country, several grades behind pupils of her own age, was a real challenge. Having to learn English in order to understand the lessons made it harder still. Limited resources meant that Montserrat Schools were also struggling to to give the Spanish speaking pupils the quality of education they deserve. Maria knew she could get good grades - if she could take the exams in Spanish. But being in a remedial class because of the language difference soon began to take its toll on her self-confidence.

    Maria joined the language club run by IVJ volunteers, a team of young bi-ligual graduates, who skillfully turned the curriculum into fun, non-formal activities. Soon she was able to keep apace with her academic subjects by being taught in Spanish, and gradually learn English at the same time.

    There are lots of young girls like Maria, for whom migration can either mean a better life, or dropping out of the system. If you want to help young people like Maria and develop your teaching skills at the same time, register to volunteer now.

  • Montserrat - the facts

    GEOGRAPHY Approximately 40 square miles, comprising three mountain ranges, including Soufrière Hills which has the active soufrière volcano.

    CLIMATE Tropical; Tropical, hot, humid, average temperature 28°C

    POPULATION 5,164 ( 2012)

    ECONOMY The economy is really affected by the eruption. Most goods are imported. Both the port and airport were destroyed by the volcano so the island has suffered due to the lack of importing and exporting facilities. This has made the cost of living expensive and the economy slow. The agriculture sector is also affected by the reduction of the land available for farming and the fact that they had to release their cattle when the eruption happened. The Island is redeveloping the tourist industry as this was and still is the main source of income

    GOVERNMENT   Montserrat is a UK overseas territory. The current Premier of the island is Donaldson Romeo of the People's Democratic Movement.

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