Supporting people-centred rural development and environmental protection in South-East Asia

For several years UNA Exchange has worked in partnership with the Global Opportunity Centre at Cardiff University to provide a programme of group volunteering with projects in South-East Asia. This summer students will take part in month-long projects across Japan and Vietnam, supporting people-centred rural development and environmental protection. In May we met this year’s cohort of volunteers and provided pre-departure training, which supports participants to develop their intercultural awareness, make the most of their experiences and stay safe whilst abroad.

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EVS life in Dresden

Winter is now finally over here in Dresden and the morning frost has given way to carpets of daffodils, bluebells, and lilies of the valley. The warm weather and long evenings have coaxed us outside and all of a sudden Dresden has come alive.

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Mae Cyfnewid UNA yn recriwtio Swyddog Prosiect i weithio ar draws ein portffolio o deithiau cyfnewid tymor byr

Mae Cyfnewid UNA yn elusen wirfoddoli ryngwladol yng Nghaerdydd, sydd â chynlluniau uchelgeisiol i dyfu, wrth i ni fynd i mewn i’n 45fed flwyddyn waith. Rydym yn recriwtio ar gyfer unigolyn deinamig i ymuno â’r tîm i weithio ar draws ein portffolio o deithiau cyfnewid tymor byr, sy’n cynnwys gwirfoddoli dramor fel rhan o grŵp, gwirfoddoli’n annibynnol dramor, a chymryd rhan mewn campiau gwaith yn ystod yr haf. Mae’r swydd Swyddog Prosiect (teithiau cyfnewid) yn cael ei chynnig ar gontract o bum mis i ddechrau hyd at 31 Hydref 2018, gyda’r potensial i ymestyn wedi hynny.

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UNA Exchange is recruiting for a Programme Officer to deliver across our portfolio of short-term exchanges

UNA Exchange is a Cardiff-based international volunteering charity with ambitious plans for growth as we enter our 45th operational year. We are recruiting for a dynamic individual to join the team to deliver across our portfolio of short-term exchanges, including overseas group volunteering, individual volunteering abroad and domestic work camps. The post of Programme Officer (Exchanges) is offered initially on a five-month contract through until 31 October 2018 with potential for extension.

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Gwahoddiad i ymuno â Bwrdd Ymddiriedolwyr Cyfnewid UNA


Ydych chi’n teimlo’n angerddol dros ganlyniadau buddiol gwirfoddoli rhyngwladol?

Ydych chi eisiau cefnogi nodau llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol gartref a nodau datblygu cynaliadwy’r Cenhedloedd Unedig ar draws y byd?

A fedrwch chi rannu 8 diwrnod y flwyddyn o’ch amser i gefnogi twf sefydliad dielw uchelgeisiol?

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Invitation to join the UNA Exchange Board of Trustees


Are you passionate about the beneficial outcomes of international volunteering?
Ydych chi’n teimlo’n angerddol dros ganlyniadau buddiol gwirfoddoli rhyngwladol?

Do you want to support Future Generations well-being goals at home and UN sustainable development goals worldwide?
Ydych chi eisiau cefnogi nodau llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol gartref a nodau datblygu cynaliadwy’r Cenhedloedd Unedig ar draws y byd?

Can you share 8 days per year of your time to support growth of an ambitious not-for-profit organisation?
A fedrwch chi rannu 8 diwrnod y flwyddyn o’ch amser i gefnogi twf sefydliad dielw uchelgeisiol?

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Meet our founder, Robert Davies

UNA Exchange in its current form has existed since 1973, but its history and heritage go back to the 1960s, when our founder, Robert Davies, first got involved with the United Nations Association. Since then, Davies also founded VCS Cymru, which is today the oldest Volunteer Bureau in the U.K. and works closely with UNA Exchange to keep the international volunteering tradition alive. Our founder is a key figure in the field of voluntary services both in Wales and internationally. In his book, All Together (2010), he recalled the early days of his volunteering career until the creation of UNA Exchange. Keep on reading to find out more about our history and our amazing founder.

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UNA Exchange promotes international message of peace

The Urdd’s Message of Peace and Goodwill is 96 years old this year. This is why the 2018 message is expected to be particularly important. Throughout nearly a century, thousands of young people all over the world contributed to sharing the messages in every possible way. Since the first one, sent in 1922 by pacifist Reverend Gwilym Davies in order to unite the children of the world, many things have changed. The first message did not get much response. Only the director of the Eiffel Tower Station received it, translated it into French and forwarded it. It was then broadcast for the first time on the BBC World Service in 1924. Nowadays, the internet allows messages to really spread all over the world and makes it possible for other countries to access, respond and engage with them much more quickly. UNA Exchange organised a workcamp in 2017 to investigate the history of the message and volunteers will be involved again to spread the message across the Web when it will be made public on May 18th.

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Volunteering at Grayhill farm

UNA Exchange volunteers spent a week filled with loads of activities at the Grayhill farm over the Easter weekend. We travelled back in time to the 16th and 17th century with no electricity, or running water, and sitting by the fire telling each other jokes while eating dinner by the candlelight. The local volunteers have been renovating the farm for decades and UNA Exchange helped with making the farm ready for living history events in the summer.

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