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CALLING HOME ECONOMICS TEACHERS. Voluntary Service Overseas needs home economics teachers to work with some of the world's poorest communities including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and China. VSO volunteers are aged 20-70, regular placements are for two years, and they are provided with accommodation and a local level allowance, air fares and medical insurance. Applications from newly qualified and experienced teachers welcome. Details: 0181 780 1331.

BENCHMARK START-UP. The Hitchin British Schools Trust will be opening its Victorian "Galleried classroom" and "Great infants' room" for educational visits from mid April and is asking for volunteer teachers to take lessons, talk to small groups about the exhibition, and read moral Victorian stories. The programme will run all day on Tuesdays and Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Operation Benchmark is the fundraising name of the HBST. Details: Yvonne Limbrick, project director,01462 452697 (9.30 am-1 pm).

GREENCAT. GreenCAT, London's Green Careers Advice and Training information line, is the first regional freephone service aimed at helping young people and adults to gain information about education and training opportunities within the environmental and land-based industries. 0500 026135.

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