people and places is proud to be an international award-winner in responsible volunteering.
Since 2005, we have been matching volunteers' skills and experience to projects' needs. We are guided by their shared need to gain real mutual benefits: a ‘win-win’ volunteer experience that is built within our own core values of accountable, ethical, and responsible volunteering.
people and places has no political or religious affiliations and is not run for the benefit of shareholders. Any profits after operating expenses are covenanted to the charity TravelPledge and used to further serve the needs of the projects and communities where we work.
We firmly believe that volunteers should be provided with quality volunteering opportunities and be well supported throughout their entire volunteer experience – before, during and after their placements.
Each project is proposed by a local partner and discussed with people and places before we start to recruit and match volunteers. Our partners ensure that volunteering in their local projects is a ‘win-win’ experience for communities and their environment, as well as for volunteers.
people and places is overseen by an advisory committee of professionals and experts, as well as former volunteers, in the fields of education, health care and social work.
Our responsible travel policy has been independently audited by Responsible Tourism Reporting – everything we claim in our policy has been checked out by an independent auditor. Read the report here.
people and places was the first organisation to complete such an audit - swiftly followed by two of our local partners!
The accepted criteria for responsible travel cover three categories: social, economic and environmental – a triple bottom line which we are proud to meet.
Read our responsible travel policy here
Read our child protection policy here
Read a 2016 self audit of our child protection policies here ( our goal for 2016 is to improve - this means we need to improve our reporting back to all stakeholders)
Read our child labour policy here