The Herald

Host homes sought for volunteers from the Middle East

- STEWART PATERSON

HOSTS to welcome exchange volunteers from Syria to Glasgow are being sought by a voluntary organisati­on.

Global Xchange, run by VSO, needs people to put up a visitor from the Middle East country for between two and 10 weeks starting later this month.

The group of Syrian volunteers aged between 18 and 25 will do a total of 6000 hours of service with young Scots over almost three months.

The exchange will begin with the visit of the Syrian volunteers in late March.

After completing the community work in Glasgow, Scottish volunteers will then travel to Aleppo, Syria with their Syrian counterpar­ts to assist local community groups and organisati­ons there for three months.

Global Xchange has run programmes in 110 countries worldwide, although this is the first between Scotland and Syria.

Rohanna Law, the programme supervisor, said: “Glasgow has been selected to host this unique and exciting programme because of the positive response we’ve had from local residents and community organisati­ons to past exchanges.

“So we hope that the local community, as well as benefiting from the work the volunteers undertake, will also become hosts and have the chance to experience another culture in the comfort of your own home.”

The exchange is the fourth in Glasgow, which has previously hosted volunteers from Indonesia, India and Nigeria. VSO is an internatio­nal developmen­t charity that works through volunteers. It promotes volunteeri­ng to fight poverty and disadvanta­ge.

Further informatio­n can be found at www.globalxcha­nge.org.uk or by contacting Ms Law on 07968 506324 or at rohanna.law@vso.org.uk.

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