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Wednesday September 11th, 2019

Concordia = EasyFundraising = True

Concordia = EasyFundraising = True

We’ve got some exciting news to share with all our volunteers – we’ve launched an official partnership with easyfundraising. It’s a free fundraising website that you can use to help raise cash towards your project costs, simply by shopping online.

For more information on how to use Easyfundraising, keep reading…

How does Easyfundraising work?

Easyfundraising is a free cashback shopping fundraising website that you, your family and friends can use to raise cash for your project by shopping online with over 3,600 retailers such as Amazon, eBay, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Trainline & Booking.com.

It’s a cost-free way to fundraise for your project. You raise cash by doing your ordinary shopping online, which won’t cost you or your supporters a penny extra. The retailer will then give you a donation in return

3 easy steps to start fundraising

  1. Register your project as a cause with Easyfundraising, here – https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/concordia
  2. You, your family and friends can help raise cash for your project when using the Easyfundraising website to do their normal, everyday online shopping.
  3. Every time a purchase is made, the retailer sends your cause cashback donations, at no extra cost to anyone.

Check out their handy guide here.

Wednesday June 12th, 2019

My International Volunteer Projects 2018

My International Volunteer Projects 2018

Our long-term volunteer & coordinator Barney has done amazingly 30 volunteering projects throughout his life, 6 of them as a coordinator. Here is his story from last year.

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Thursday May 2nd, 2019

MY EXPERIENCE AS COORDINATOR

Are you looking for something worthwhile this summer? We have a few places left for anyone wanting to become a UK Coordinator, a truly rewarding experience giving you leadership experience whilst volunteering together with an international team. Below is the story from one of our leaders, coordinating on Green & Away, a project we are repeating this year.

 

My experience volunteering with Green and Away

After I came returned to the UK, from an amazing long term volunteering project in Romania, I had a meeting to discuss the experience and settling back in. Soon, the conversation turned to the future; “What’s your plans for the summer?” (or something to that effect). Bored of my small room in a busy flat and full of wholesome memories of my Balkan travels, I gladly said: “I’m down for anything!” (or something to that effect).

Before I knew it, I was heading to the Concordia office for a coordinator training course, where I’d meet a bunch of likeminded volunteer types. We discussed everything that we might encounter as a UK coordinator, if and when we ever coordinated other volunteers. The handy information we were given had strategies for dealing with matters like group cooking to conflict resolution, the latter transpired to be more applicable than the former.

Inspired and intrigued I came away with many new ways to take two weeks off work and volunteer instead. I could have stayed at a Buddhist sanctuary, worked with deserving young carers or taken part in a music festival! Instead, I was bound for two weeks camping in a muddy field eating vegan food – not my grandparents’ idea of a good break. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to working with ‘Green and Away’, an eco-friendly and creative events venue.

My first notable encounter of Green and Away hospitality came when one of the Concordia volunteers missed their connection and was going to arrive in the middle of the night. Although it was only my responsibility to ensure the Concordia volunteers were settled into camp, half the other volunteers at Green and Away stayed up with me to welcome the lonely traveller in with a cheer and a hug! It was very warming and I knew I would be with good company for the duration of the stay.

As the long hot days went on we could see the camp growing and taking shape. Structures were being built every day and the muddy field was transformed into a homely venue. We could see the fruits of our labour. Everyone had their jobs to do, which was increasingly difficult in +30oC heat, but we had plenty of water and support. In the midday sun we would swim in the stream and cool off, it really puts you in touch with your senses and with nature. Later in the evenings we would sit around the campfire or snuggle up in the Mongolian yurt and get to know each other. It was a satisfying, social and wholesome lifestyle.

We would get days off allocated during the week, so there was the opportunity to head into town and relax. The Concordia volunteers and I went for a day in Worcester, where I treated them to a full English Breakfast. Despite having a vegetarian among us, everyone enjoyed their meal (the café offered a veggie full English). This was their first encounter with a British classic, since they all came from different countries. It’s nice to know I could offer a cultural experience as well as a tasty one.

Once all the physically hard work was done and our beautiful camp was ready for guests. This is when the dynamic on camp changes from being practical and resourceful to being hospitable and service driven. The guests were always lovely and everyone on camp bands together to help each other out.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. After being so absorbed in the atmosphere of Green and Away I had to don my coordinator hat once more. Gathering the other volunteers feedback was great, because I got to hear that they had a magical time too. This project was very comfortable from a coordinator perspective. Although, I think the role was useful, the accommodation, food and task allocation was excellently handled by the Green and Away team, so my job was to keep everyone happy and having the best time possible.

Despite having to resolve an issue between Green and Away and one of the volunteers after I got home, which was later resolved, I had such an amazing time. Green and Away is a special place where you can forget time passing and enjoy eco-living. They a strong sense of community which is welcoming and supportive. The work is hard and can be physically challenging, but it certainly pays off. I’m proud to have been a part of Green and Away and to have helped spread the message of sustainable development while personally having a lot of fun.


Do you want to relieve this experience? If you are interested in participating and want to have more information about it please email incoming@concordiavolunteers.org.uk or call 01273 422218

Friday October 7th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK.

Marburg“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.”

Tennessee Williams

 

Located in the West part Germany, Marburg is well known for its amazing landscape and historical architecture.
The work will consists in various types of environmental tasks such as : field mapping of new trees, planting of rare trees, searching and marking of habitat trees, waters care…
This project is specific by it’s study part, you will have a german class once a day as part of the volunteering project.

 

Friday September 16th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Flower near Hekla“There is a glacier in Iceland, Solheimar, which has retreated a great deal, and every time I go back there and see what’s not there any more, it does something to the heart. It makes you realise it’s possible for a gigantic natural element to just disappear.”

James Balog

 This project is one of our family project, parents can take part in suh project with their children.

This project is located in South of Iceland and will let the volunteers discover a remote part of Iceland a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and near the Atlantic Ocean to the south. This project is recommended for nature-lovers.

The volunteers’ work will consist on working in the fields, harvesting and cleaning carrots, eventuelly some environment/construction work in this camp.

 

Learn more and apply here…

Friday September 9th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Dar Es Salaam Skyline“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”

William Plomer
In the outskirt of Dar Es Salaam, many different cultures are mixing up as Tanzania regroups about 125 distinct ethnic groups.
The project mainly focuses in connecting Tanzanian and the host who are from different cultural, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. To do so the volunteers will meet various people trough a very different types of activites; from workshops, debates, and discussions to cooking or art classes.

Friday September 2nd, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Kupinik - Kupinovo“Archeology and ecology can go hand in hand.”

Carlos Salinas de Gortari

In a region deserted since the Iron Age, some ruins and remains of the past civilisations helped historians locate an extraordinary rich cultural and historical background. The first excavations started three years ago and after two iteration of the project the results were very positive.

The volunteers will continue the work from the previous work in the area. They will be led a a local archeologist on what it could be the first conservation works on the Kupinik Fortress since it was destroyed.

Learn more and apply here…

Friday August 19th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Myslivny_bozi_dar_lake

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Muhammad Ali

In this project taking place in the amazing Ore Mountains of Eastern Germany you lend a hand to save and restore an unique nature protection area.

The aim of the project is to help tend to the biotopes and set up measures to restore parts of the landscape. To do so, the volunteers will work together with young locals with the mowing and clearing out of the biomass in the area.

 

Learn more and apply here…

 

Friday August 5th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

the-amazing-canal-bridge-neris-les-bains“But which is the stone that supports the bridge?”

Kublai Khan

 

While they were (almost) occuping entirely the Europe the Romans built a lot of infrastructure such as roads, baths, hospitals… Or here viaducts.

The volunteers will be hosted in a little village of the Auvergne region. The work will consist on helping in the embellishment of hiking trail in a beautiful landscape by restoring the fences of the viaducts of the village.

 

Learn more and apply here…

 

Friday July 15th, 2016

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Paulhac - Concordia France“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”

Mikhail Lermontov

As part of the development of its natural heritage, the municipality of Paulhac hosts for the first time an international volunteering project in 2016.

In the foothills of the largest volcanic massif of Europe, Paulhac has a rich historical and cultural heritage : hiking on the paths, you will discover the primitive Latin church (XII century), the buron of the Puy du Coucou and its traditional pigsty, the Bélinay Castle (XIV century) and its chapel, the horse farm, the typical barn.

The volunteers’ mission will be to develop the area around the magnificent Muratel waterfall. So you’ll make clearing and earthworks, you will set up picnic tables, fences and stairs made of logs, you will build a bridge to cross the waterfall.

Learn more and apply here…

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