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James on his first trip to Bolivia
James on his first trip to Bolivia

Internal News - 20 February 2008

Award winning student expands volunteering service into new continent

James Jardella, a third year engineering student is looking for volunteers for his next charitable project in Uganda. The recruiting and information session is to be held on Thursday 21 February 2008 at 1.15pm (8W 2.15).

Travellingbug Ltd offers an alternative service for volunteers who want to work in developing countries but can’t afford the volunteer holiday packages available.

The service originally forged networks in Bolivia forming a successful pilot scheme where 10 volunteers worked closely with a charity that works for social justice, equality and peace.

Now James plans to extend the scheme and is looking for 20 volunteers to help with sports education, arts and crafts and IT development in Uganda. James came up with the idea for Travellingbug Ltd after deciding to volunteer but discovering that he could not afford most of the volunteering placements available.

He has since won the National Students in Free Enterprise Award for his efforts.

Second year maths student Ian Woolley took part in the pilot scheme and is now involved in the new project in Uganda.

“The project in Bolivia went really well. We were even able to set up a borrowing scheme for 300 local women so that they could buy in bulk and save what precious money they had. It’s great that you can see exactly where the money goes.” said Ian.

Instead of organising flights, transfers and accommodation, Travellingbug leaves that to the students – helping them to save money and gain a much broader experience whilst they are abroad.

The Travellingbug fee of £350 includes a £100 donation to the charity and covers help on gaining a visa for the student and other essential administrative costs.

Students will also receive a package of information on travelling to Uganda which includes advice on which jabs to have, local contact information of tourism services, advice on language tutors, general dos and donts, and a list of local hoteliers.

Anyone interested in volunteering in Bolivia or Uganda is invited to attend the information session on Thursday 21 February 2008 8W2.15 at 1.15pm or contact James directly, details above.