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Colmer Women's Institute
9:49am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
WE welcomed Diane Ashman who spoke on Volunteer Work Abroad.
Much is heard of the large organisations such as Oxfam and Save the Children, but Diane described her own experiences working with a small organisation, when after 32 years teaching she took the offer of early retirement and looked for a way to use her skills in a constructive way.
She found People and Places, they were affiliated to SAGA, kept admin costs as low as possible and appealed to more mature folk who could offer skills for a limited period.
After working with communities endeavouring to improve their schools, Diane now identifies areas of work where volunteers can be matched with local communities striving to improve their own way of life.
She has travelled to nine countries and gave us an idea of the problems in their cultures.
This is a very personal type of overseas aid which illustrates how individuals can help working alongside local communities for specific projects on a short term basis and making a difference to others, no doubt enriching their own lives in the process.
On more everyday affairs we discussed future events, regular monthly activities plus a new venture, a short course on computing run by our own members and already heavily over subscribed.
An outing is planned and Christmas arrangements are in hand.
Next month member Shirley Keating will help us hone the floral skills.
There will also be a bring and buy at the November meeting.