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Newsletter - May 2014

Assumption Volunteers England

Time for a new-style newsletter...


Time for a new-style newsletter...
So much to read and so little time...
Our newsletter has news and opportunities as usual, and you can read more using the links. You can also find us on facebook under Assumption Volunteers.
There are only a few places left now of our 10 subsidised opportunities in India, Philippines, Lithuania and Newcastle. We are especially looking for another person for India. Details and application form on our website 
Most of our volunteers come through recommendation by a returned volunteer or someone who knows us so please pass the word along...
The co-ordinator’s first visit to India...

I was invited by the Assumption Sisters in India to spend two weeks with them in five different communities to get a taste of the variety that is India before we send volunteers. The sisters were all very kind and hospitable and I had a wonderful time.
In north Kerala, I was met at the airport by the Sisters and a 2-hour drive from the airport brought us to the hills of the Western Ghats. Trees abounded, teak, rubber, coconut, jack fruit, banana, mango, spices, flowers, and medicinal plants. On the edge of the village of Thelpara the Sisters’ convent currently accommodates 3 classes of young children but they are building a primary school a short distance away to open at the beginning of the school year in June. So far off the tourist trail I was the only foreigner there and I received a lot of stares, despite my efforts to blend in..
Rebecca, our first volunteer to Lithuania, refelcts on her year so far

Before coming to Lithuania, a lot of people, including myself, asked ’Why Lithuania ?’ , since so many other placements for example in Brazil or Africa can sound so much more exotic and worthwhile, but I can honestly say that I am so happy that I came here. Firstly, it is a very beautiful place and lovely culture and language, but also I have really learnt so much here.
I think my main worries before I came were not having enough to do, not liking/not being able to teach or connect with students and being lonely.

The first worry has definitely not been a problem... 

The US coordinator for Assumption Volunteering, Michelle Sherman, visited England for a few days and went to Newcastle to see where she has been sending her volunteers and why they have been so enthusiastic about Kids Kabin and Pendower. 
Kids Kabin now has a new blog and Pendower Good Neighbour Project has a facebook page Check them out for the latest news.

Jobs and Opportunities...
JPIC Educational Worker
For the Religious of the Assumption in Kensington with responsibility for their work on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. 25 hours a week, £28,000 (pro-rata)
Application pack available from enquiries@assumptionreligious.org or 020 7361 4756.
Closing date : 2 June Interview 13 June. Details 
The Assumption family have a JPIC website with interesting articles
Volunteer Community Members wanted
A new lay community in Liverpool, offering hospitality to destitute women in need of a safe and therapeutic place, is looking for volunteers who would like to join their ministry of prayer and hospitality. For more information please contact Lya at lyavollering@gmail.com or phone : 07796569922
VMM (Volunteer Missionary Movement)
is advertising for a new Chief Executive Officer as the current post-holder is retiring. Closing date 30 May. See their website for details. 
I hope you enjoy this newsletter.
I’m sending it because you are on our mailing list as a (returned) volunteer, a partner or a friend of Assumption. You may unsubscribe if you wish using the link below.
Helen Granger
Assumption Volunteers, 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HN 
Email : vc@assumptionvolunteers.org.uk
Phone : 02073614752

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