£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.

Douglas Alexander, the Secretary of State for International Development, announced today that £10m would be committed over the next three years to provide sponsorship for 2,500 young people aged 18 to 25 to work for volunteer schemes in the developing world. The scheme will be run in partnership by Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and youth volunteering charity Bunac.

“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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