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What i-to-i means to us...

First and foremost, our aim here at i-to-i is to make a difference. Since 1994 we've sent over 50,000 volunteers out to our projects, who've contributed to over a million hours of hard work and this year it's our 20th birthday.

To get into the spirit of the occasion we asked team i-to-i on what the experience meant to them, and we had some fantastic answers that we just had to share with you. So here goes; here's the incredible team i-to-i with what they think about us...

 

 

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Team i-to-i - how volunteering has affected us! (Hannah)

At i-to-i HQ, we’re all incredibly passionate about volunteering and making a difference. Hannah, who works in our Aussie office in Melbourne has volunteered all over Africa – check out her story below:
 
‘Volunteering abroad in Kenya seriously changed my life for the better. I came back a completely different person. 
 
It is so important to go into volunteering with an open mind. It will certainly be a different experience and can be confronting but you will get out of it what you are willing...
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What's the best thing to wear when volunteering?

If you’re booked on to one of our volunteering trips this year, you’ll probably be thinking about what you should pack away with you on your big adventure (and if you haven’t – book this April and you’ll get a free travel kit!)

We get asked this question a lot at i-to-i HQ, and we reckon there’s a top three to abide to when lending a hand abroad:

1)  Be culturally sensitive. At some of your projects, you’ll be required to cover your knees and shoulders – and it’s worth checking up where...

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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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