Sallie Grayson

Sallie is co-founder and programme director at people and places – an international award winning social enterprise – matching volunteer skills and experience to local community need all over the world.

Sallie works with local communities and projects to ensure that the volunteer programmes deliver a worthwhile experience for local people and volunteers. “I couldn’t think of anything I would rather be doing.” Recognised for transparency and integrity people and places actively campaigns for responsible volunteering.

What was your first travel experience?

I've travelled all my life. My father was in the Royal Airforce - my first memory of "travelling" was a family journey in a pale blue Ford Anglia with my family. We drove up from our home on the coast to the mountains in Cyprus. I couldnt get over being warm in the sea and in snow all in the same day - it was 1960 and I was 6.

Where in you opinion is the best place to spend a summer holiday?

Meeting interesting people somewhere warm.

Describe a travel experience that changed your life.

At the bginning of this century I travelled to volunteer in The Gambia - there I met Prof. Harold Goodwin - and we spent a lot of time comparing how poorly served volunteers and communities were by many traditional sending organisations. We thought first that we would go to the press and name and shame - we realised that would be very short lived - so - people and places - was born.
people and places works with communities to identify the skills they need to help them build the future they want for themselves - we then go out, recruit and prepare skilled & experienced volunteers to work with them. I am so lucky - I love my work. I work with and meet some inspirational people all over the world.

What country's stamp do you most want to add to your passport?

The next country we'll be working in - wherever that may be.

What was your best meal while traveling?

Oooh too tough - the chicken I shared in Tachdirt - a Berber village in Morocco, the crayfish I ate in Durban, MoMos in Kathmandu, lamb kebabs on a tiny beach in Greece... and Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia.

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