Digging deep to volunteer for chosen charity

Archaeologist Peter Popkin
Archaeologist Peter Popkin
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AN ARCHAEOLOGIST has unearthed a different way of helping out a charity.

Canadian-born Peter Popkin entered his name into a national competition, which would enable him to work for a charity of his choice for two months. The 37-year-old was one of 5,000 entrants who was picked to support his chosen cause.

He will be working with Our Sansar, which is based in Brighton.

Peter, of Albert Grove, Southsea, said: ‘I’ve been involved with the charity for a while.

‘And I have always wanted to help out more.

‘With this scheme I can work for the charity for two months, but still get paid, which means I can fully devote my time to it.’

Our Sansar was founded in 2009 and since then aims to help make an impact upon impoverished communities by tackling both the causes and effects of poverty.

It also assists street children and young people with personal development and improving educational quality.

The charity works in various countries, including Egypt and Nepal. ‘The programme in Nepal has been providing education and educational training for teachers.

‘I got involved last summer and since then have wanted to do more.

‘I’m thrilled I got picked for the programme and will be starting my voluntary work in March.’

Peter works as a freelance archaeologist.

He applied to Vodafone’s World of Difference programme, last year.

‘I have got some time now that I can put aside and this is something I have really wanted to do.’

Peter will join 500 other people across the country , who were also successful with their bid.

He will also be joined by Rikki Sullivan, Lauren Dougall and Clint Powell, who will all be working with Our Sansar.

Ally Stevens, of Vodafone UK, said: ‘The World of Difference programme enables 500 people across the UK to work for a charity of their choice for two months and get paid for it.

‘It was established to give people the opportunity to bring their skills and experience to a range of incredible causes and make a real difference.

‘Last year more than 60 per cent of winners went to stay involved with their charity – a testament to the incredible people who took part and their ongoing dedication to the third sector.’ To find more information about the charity visit oursansar.org