Sports coaches, players andsupporters from Gloucestershire are being urged to use their love of the gameto make a difference in Africa.
The UK cricket development and HIV/AIDSawareness charity Cricket Without Boundaries is looking for enthusiasticvolunteers – qualified or unqualified - for projects in autumn 2014 and spring2015.
And for the first time the recruitment driveis being led from Gloucester.
Gloucestershire College finance and administrationmanager Julie Tegg has just taken over as CWB's head of recruitment – a volunteerrole she applied for after her husband Steve (pictured) came back from aproject in Rwanda earlier this year.
She said: "Icould see how much Steve enjoyed the trip and benefitted personally and Iwanted to help. CWB is abrilliant charity that offers fantastic volunteering opportunities for peoplewith not only a cricket background but sports enthusiasts in general. I wouldurge everyone to look at the CWB website to see what experiences are on offerand get involved."
A typical project is two weeks long andincludes coaching in schools, training local teachers and coaches and runningcricket festivals. As well as coaching cricket skills CWB uses the sport as atool to deliver vital HIV/AIDS awareness messages.
Previous trips have seen CWB run coacheducation courses for Massaai warriors in Kenya and use cricket to helpcommunities in Rwanda continue their recovery from civil war. Other projectcountries include Botswana, Cameroon and Uganda.
Julie has previously been helped buildconcrete rain water collection jars in Kenya with the Beaufort Venture Scouts andrefurbished a hospital in Nepal with the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust.
She said: "I have benefited both personallyand professionally from volunteering in Kenya and Nepal and I hope to supportothers to take advantage of these volunteer opportunities."
The deadline for applications for the autumn andspring 2014 is Monday January 27. Groups consist of six to 10 CWB volunteerssupported by local coaches from the country's cricket association. They are aled by a project leader and ECB tutor and training is given to the whole groupat a training weekend before they leave.
Four Gloucestershire-based coaches went onprojects in 2013 and three more are due to go this spring.
These included Julie's husband Steve, a coachwith Frocester CC and the Gloucester and Forest district programme.
And says he can't recommend the experienceenough.
He said: "Visiting Rwanda with CWB was one of the most rewarding things I haveever done and something I intend on repeating as often as I can in the future -starting Autumn 2014.
For me the highlight was visiting theschools. Providing an opportunity for so many kids to experience the basics ofthe game of cricket was fantastic. To see the joy and excitement on their facesjust makes you feel great.
"I would definitely recommend it to otherpeople, regardless of their coaching experience."
For more information on CWB including how toapply visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com.