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smarinella  Identity Verified
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Jun 29, 2003

Dear Colleagues,
since I became a ProZ, I met people from all over the world.
Now I have a question for any colleague living in (Northern) Scotland.
The youngest of my 3 adoptive children (15) is going to Aberdeen in July, to attend an English course.
His elder brother, who now recovers from a motorcycle accident and is himself a sensible but naive boy, a bit younger than his age (17), wants now to go himself to Scotland "in order to work and to improve his English".
Here's the question: does anybody up there know a SERIOUS INSTITUTION (church or ecological or boy-scout or similar) where he can live, help a little bit and socialize with young people? He doesn't need to make money, of course, only spend some weeks in a "protected" environment amidst nice young people in the lonely, imposing nature of Northern Scotland.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or concrete help!
Best greetings from the Thyrrenic sea
smarinella


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Pernille Chapman  Identity Verified
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Just a few suggestions Jun 30, 2003

Dear smarinella,
I can understand your concerns, but I also think it's a good idea to let your son travel a bit, especially since he's come up with this idea on his own initiative.
The following are well-known and reputable organisations working on a voluntary basis - I haven't been in contact with them personally, but have a look at their websites and see what you think.

www.findhorn.org
Alternative lifestyle, non-religious

www.iona.org.uk
Ecumenical Christian community; welcomes people of all faiths

You could also try "good old" YMCA - they have an Aberdeen branch:

http://www.aymca.freeserve.co.uk/

I'm sure there are plenty of similar organisations that can be found on the Internet.

Good luck!


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Alison Schwitzgebel
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Check out this link Jun 30, 2003

Check out this link.....

http://www.btcv.org.uk/cgi-bin/database_searches/website_groups.pl?region=Scotland

Perhaps one of these groups needs a volunteer for a couple of weeks.....


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