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Did somebody say 'FREE travel bag'?

Throughout the month of April, we're going to be giving our new customers a FREE travel bag to help you get on your way.

Interested? Check out the team's views on what makes the best travel accessory, and what our favourites are from the pack...

Georgina: It's all about the head torch! They're so handy for when you're exploring a night, especially if your staying in shared accommodation and need to find your bed!

Laura: MASSIVE travel towel fan over here! They're a fantastic addition to any...

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An Essential Volunteer Travel Kit List!

It's easy to overpack when you head off over to the other side of the world, especially after all of those 'just in case' excuses come flying out of the closet. Trust us when we say that if it's that important, you'll probably be able to get a hold of it when you're away anyway! To avoid all of those excess luggage charges at check in (and a bad back from all of that extra weight!) here's our list of essential items you should take volunteering...

A good, hard wearing backpack - A good...

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i-to-i's 20th Anniversary: Meet Marcela!

Over the past few weeks, we've introduced you to two members of our overseas team - Gaby in Ecuador, and Ali in South Africa. This week it's time to pop over to Costa Rica to check in Marcela, who's been a part of team i-to-i since 2001!

Hiya Marcela! What are the highlights of all of your volunteering experiences?

I started working with i-to-i in June 2001 and in August 2001 I received my first of group of volunteers.  It is really difficult to mention just one highlight of my work as I have...

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i-to-i's 20th Anniversary: Meet Ali, Part 1!

We feel very lucky to have such an awesome overseas team here at i-to-i UK, and throughout our 20th anniversary month we'll be shouting loud and proud about our amazing team. This week, we're going to be introducing you to Ali, who like Gaby has been working with i-to-i for 12 years!

 

Hiya Ali! You’ve been a part of the i-to-i team since 2002 (which is an incredible achievement) - what is your earliest memory of working with us back in the early 2000s?

We used to have 100s of volunteers coming...

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i-to-i's 20th Anniversary: Meet Gaby!

Here at i-to-i, we're firm believers in the philosophy 'team work makes the dream work', and we're incredibly proud of our team mates both in the UK and abroad. Over the next month we'll be introducing you to a handful of our longest serving team members in-country, aka-  and the ones who show you an amazing time at our projects! This week, we caught up with the lovely Gaby from Ecuador.

 

Hiya Gaby! You’ve been an i-to-i partner for 12 years now, and we’d love to hear about some of your...

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Our New Years Resolutions

In 2013 Team i-to-i have been to 41 countries, and it's fair to say that we're a little bit chuffed. As always, we're looking to make 2014 even bigger - especially as 2014 is i-to-i's 20th anniversary. So, what are our New Years resolutions?

1. Explore new destinations

Around the office, we all have our favourite continent that we tend to stick to (Africa vs Asia features as a regular discussion!). This year, we want to step out of our comfort zone and experience somewhere new!

2. To...

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'A Day in the Life': Conservation Work on the Galapagos Islands

We love seeing what our volunteers are getting up to around the world, and i-to-i's fantastic Ecuador in-country coordinator Gaby caught up with one of our past volunteers, Anne Parr, who got stuck in to the 'Conservation Work on the Galapagos Islands' project.

Want to find out what a typical day in the Galapagos Islands would entail? See one of Anne's diary entries of a typical day below! (We all want to go now too! Banana trees? Yes please!)

07.00 Up, washed, dressed (with the mosquito...

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i-to-i's at: 'Work with Children in a Township, Cape Town'

Our South Africa in-country coordinator Ali is always popping in on our projects to see how she can lend a hand. Last week she paid a visit to our 'Work with Children' project in Cape Town, and judging by the smiles on the children's faces it looks like they all had a lot of fun!

Located in the Township just outside of the stunning Cape Town, our project is always chuffed to receive more volunteers- especially as the centre does get very busy! Run by the head of the house Doreen, the...

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My Experience: Volunteering within the Community, Lima

Back in July, i-to-i volunteer Liz volunteered in our community project in Lima, Peru. Once she had returned from her trip, she decided to write a blog for us on her experience. 
 
Liz: I volunteered this summer at an orphanage in Lima - a school for 180 girls between the ages of 12-18 who have been abandoned, abused or orphaned.  It was a challenging yet wonderful experience and one that I shall never forget.  The girls are extremely loving and so grateful for the support that i-to-i can...
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A weekend trip to Cambodia!

Hi itoi-ers! We've just finished our time at the volunteering project in Surin (sad to leave!) but over our last weekend we took the short trip over to Cambodia to see what it's all about. 

If you're in Thailand for over 30 days you'll need to grab a new visa- and the ideal way to do this is to exit and then re-enter the country. We reckon the best way to do this is to dart across to Cambodia for a few days, and seeing as it was so close to our project in Surin, we really couldn't say no!

We...

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