PLATFORM2 - Overview

This video showcases some of the highlights of the Platform2 programme which over the past three years has enabled almost 2000 18 to 25 year olds to visit a developing country and get involved with global issues of justice and poverty. It was funded by UKaid from the and run by Christian Aid and BUNAC.The last volunteers are now back in the UK and there will be no more overseas trips in 2011.

If you would like to consider a self-financed volunteer abroad experience, we recommend that you contact Platform2's partner organisation BUNAC. For more information, please visit their website: .

A vital part of the programme is our returned volunteers creatively telling their story once back in the UK, and raising awareness of the global development issues they encountered while overseas. These activities are continuing.

We are transforming this web site to show case the activities of returned volunteers and the global development issues involved.

Read about our volunteers' experiences and have a look at our about section where some frequently asked questions are answered.

"I didn't think that people like me could do something like this. I thought it was just for people who were rich… I'd never been on an airplane before. The farthest I'd been was Wales."

Charlotte Singleton, a volunteer youth worker from Manchester, spent 10 weeks teaching in a school in Himachal Pradesh, northern India.

"The people were so amazing – so warm, so welcoming. That's why so many of us want to go back... They talk so highly of all the things we've done for them. We think it was nothing, but they think it's amazing that we took time out to do something for them."

Muna Sheikh, a law student form east London, spent 10 weeks working in a community in Ventanilla, Peru.

"Over there everybody was connected and out to help each other get by. They were all in the same boat. Here, everyone is trying to get into their own boat and sail their own course. Over there they know that if they don't build a big boat together, they're not going nowhere. The people of Bledi Chedi showed me what the true essence of community is and I think that people could do with connecting to that – that sense of common unity."

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