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Staying Safe Overseas

Staying safe whilst you’re overseas is really important whether you are a first time traveller ...

VESL’s future beyond 2014

An important announcement regarding the future of VESL’s volunteer programme from Ian Livingstone, VESL’s CEO.  Some of you may already be aware that Lauren Pluss, our Programme Manager and sole full-time employee, will be leaving VESL at the end of April and moving to a new job. We have therefore been required to re-evaluate how […]

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What was your VESL moment?

Storify by vesl Thu, Jan 30 2014 12:43:08 What was your VESL moment? We asked our past volunteers to share their #VESLmoments with us and these are the responses we had! If, after you’ve seen our volunteers’ #VESLmoments, you want to join the programme head to our website to download the application form (deadline for […]

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Wild Fund: English Signs in Sri Lanka

Our volunteer, Bob, who is currently in Sri Lanka applied to the Wild Fund for money to create English signs to go around the school he is volunteering in. It was felt by the staff and by Bob that exposure to English on a daily basis would benefit the children in their studying of the […]

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A Review of 2013

2013 has been a busy year here at VESL, we sent our highest ever number of volunteers overseas and we are continuing to see an increase in demand for our volunteers to teach English in the countries we work in. So we feel that it is about time that we updated you in a bit more […]

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International Volunteer Day 2013

December 5th is the UN’s International Volunteer Day… This is a great opportunity for all of our volunteers to remember the challenging and valued work they were involved in (or are still involved in) this year or previously in India, Thailand & Sri Lanka. We have received amazing feedback this year from various stakeholders, so […]

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Where to find VESL in 2014…?

The New Year is fast approaching and with that comes a new round of Careers, Volunteering & Refreshers fairs that we will be visiting! We will be making our way to some universities and events near you… we will update this list as more events get added so keep checking back! If we’re not heading […]

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Introducing our Student Leaders for 2013/14

We have recruited a new team of  enthusiastic Student Leaders for 2013/14 who will be leading teams to Thailand & India this summer, drawing on their past experiences to help the new wave of VESL volunteers! This year we have recruited six Student Leaders and are excited to be working with students from Keele University, […]

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2014 Project Dates

We have officially started recruiting for our 2014 projects in Thailand and India! So if you’ve been following all the excellent blogs written by our volunteers this summer and want to get involved with the great work we do in rural schools teaching English, check out the dates below for our 2014 projects: Thailand* *January […]

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Where to find VESL in Autumn 2013…

The season of returning to university, freshers weeks and careers fairs is upon us once again, where has the last year gone?! So we will be making our way to some universities and events near you… we will update this list as more events get added so keep checking back! If we’re not heading to […]

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New Project in India!

We are excited to announce a new project in India that we will be running next April – June in Kerala. This project is working alongside VESS, our partner NGO in Kerala, to provide English lessons in the school holidays for students moving into higher education as well as running a  Literacy Programme for younger […]

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Volunteer Activities: English Camps in Thailand

This Saturday 12 of our volunteers are running an English for Integrated Studies (EIS) Camp with two or our Student Leaders, Andrew and Fran, and our Programme Manager at a secondary school in Chiang Rai, Thailand. An English for Integrated Studies camp is a day of activities that encourages students to think of their other […]

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VESL Overseas Visit 2013

It’s that time of year again when we make our way overseas to visit our projects in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, visiting our Country Managers and our volunteers who are overseas at their projects. Where has the last year gone?! Lauren, our Programme Manager, will be heading out to Thailand on June 17th to […]

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Responsible Volunteering Overseas

In response to today’s BBC News article on volunteering overseas, we’d like to stress that nothing about volunteering with VESL is ‘voluntourism’…  it’s challenging work, and of real and measurable benefit to those schools and communities we work with.  All volunteers are interviewed and we don’t just send anyone willing to cough up the funding […]

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Wild Fund used to promote hygiene in schools in India

Ingrid Masters volunteered in Kerala from January to March 2013, while she was there she used funding from the VESL Wild Fund and a personal donation to help improve sanitation and hygiene at the school she was volunteering in. Sanitation and hygiene is a really important issue for students in India as they use their right hand […]

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