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World B. Free (born Lloyd Bernard Free on December 9, 1953 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1975–1988.


Drumming Hands

Description: The Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana (VOLU) was founded in 1956. It is a non-political, non-sectarian voluntary organisation. Its membership is open to everyone over the age of 16, irrespective of nationality, religion, race, political views, or educational qualification. It is based in the capital Accra. VOLU specialises in rural development and their projects are based in villages.

Type of Work: VOLU has a Youth Centre located in the small village of Kordiabe. They are looking for volunteers to take part in a drumming and dancing project.

Terminal Location: Kordiabe is a small village located one hour outside of the capital city Accra.

If you are interested in working with children and having fun, please visit or email


Montessori School, Kilimanjaro

Description: The project is organized in collaboration with the . The school is owned by the Lutheran church in the area and it offers early childhood education for children aged 3-6 (pre-primary). The school has about 100 children coming from the families around community.

Type of Work: During the project, volunteers will be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting in teaching English language, Mathematics, Writing and Arts
  • Playing various sports and games with children Preparing various competitions
  • Teaching music Visiting children at home and support them with their homework and other activities
  • Painting class rooms and school buildings

Study Theme: There will be organised tours visiting local families to experience their way of life. You will have a privilege to visit some community based organisations working with orphans and vulnerable children. A workshop on “Orphans and Vulnerable Children in our society” will be held at the school. Kindly bring information from your local community or country for sharing.

Accommodation: We will be accommodated in the local guest house in the village. Water and electricity will be available. Volunteers with special needs for accommodation like seniors (50 years and above), families or the physically challenged will have special accommodation arrangements.

Language: English

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please visit or email


Idanre Town, Nigeria

Idanre Town is a community located on the eastern part of Ondo State, Nigeria, about 8km to Akure, the State capital. The whole Idanre town especially the small village Odode, is harboured and surrounded by four heavy rocks called ‘Oke Idanre’ meaning Idanre Hills. The hill has antecedent impressive history which has links to war and missionary invasion activities into the land. The hills have 615 steps and in the medieval have inhabited people who had lived over 1000 years. Several communities like Odeja, Otolorun and others had lived on the hill for many years.
Project Description
On the hills existed many features of historical values after the communal wars that have now become centre of attraction and tourist activities. 
Project Objectives:

  • Create opportunity to share experience among the campers in their various fields of interest.
  • Create more awareness on the uniqueness of the monumental city.


Site Work: Volunteers will plant trees and carry out beautification project in the ancient Primary School on Idanre Hills, Ondo State. Participate in the intercultural activities in the evening and give opportunity for dialogue and interactive discussion on Peaceful coexistence as a result of war on the mountain in the mediaeval era.

Participants: The participants will be highly motivated youths between the ages of 18 – 30 years and few veterans to guide and observe the events.

Location: At the top of Idanre Hill is a Mission School built in 1820 by Anglican Missionary.

Project Dates: 5th – 19th August 2011

Feeding and accommodation will be provided.


For more information on this fantastic volunteer opportunity contact us or visit our website



Welcome to the International Volunteers for Peace Poetry Competition. The competition is open to poems on the subject of volunteering and volunteer work. It can be in any style and should ideally be 4-8 lines.

The winner will receive a 12 month membership to IVP. The writer of the winning poem also has the chance to receive a free placement to any project in the world, and have their poem turned into a song! We will publish the winner in our next newsletter and on the website (

To enter, simply email your poem to with the subject “IVP Poetry Competition”. Entries close 10 August 2011.

Good luck!


Ten Reasons to Volunteer

  1. When you stay home you get too many telemarketing calls.
  2. Your family could use a break from you.
  3. You might need help yourself some day.
  4. It’s hard to win a game of solitaire.
  5. Soap operas all sound alike.
  6. If you don’t go out each day, you get old.
  7. Why let your boss have all the fun in life?
  8. The car needs a workout.
  9. Your mom would be proud of you.
  10. Who cares about money?

Joy Pople, Baldwinsville Volunteer Center, Baldwinsville NY