£10m youth volunteering scheme launched
A new government sponsorship scheme is being launched today that will allow young people from poorer backgrounds to volunteer abroad.
“This scheme aims to give young British adults who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity the chance to make a valuable contribution to the lives of people overseas who are blighted by poverty,” said Alexander.
“I’m pleased that Bunac, Christian Aid and Islamic Relief will together be helping the Government to deliver on our commitment to tackle inequality and poverty.”
From summer 2008, starting with placements in Ghana and South Africa, each volunteer will spend 10 weeks in a developing country working on local community development projects, as well as spending time in the UK raising awareness about developing world problems.
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