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parachute FOR LIFE

Do you fancy trying a "tandem skydive" from 10,000 feet attached to a professional instructor or a "static line" jump solo from 3,000 feet? The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust is looking for 500 adventurous volunteers to make a sponsored parachute jump to aid its fight against leukaemia. The jump is free if you raise enough sponsorship. The scheme is running all year from 24 British Parachute Association approved airfields. Full training is given. Details: 01865 875757.

GUARDIAN FAMILIES NEEDED

Private School Placement caters for overseas students attending boarding school in the UK. Guardian families host these students on a short term basis, for half-term breaks, weekends or part of the holidays for the whole of their stay in this country. Details: 0171 878 3590.

BECOME A HOMELANGUAGE TEACHER

InTuition Languages works with teachers in cities, towns and remote areas of Britain, Ireland, California and Australia to offer English language courses to overseas students. The courses last an average of two weeks and involve the student living in the home of a teacher so that they are totally immersed in the language and culture. Details: 0171 409 2252; e-mail: intuition@dial.pipex.com

HOMESTAY PROVIDERS' NETWORK

This national group represents homestay provider organisations and host teachers and homestay providers in the UK's English as a Foreign Language sector. Homestay involves the overseas student staying with a British family and studying in an EFL school during the day.For an annual membership of pound;75 organisations, pound;10 individuals, services include representation, monitoring of the new British Council accreditation scheme, promotion, regional group meetings and a World Wide Web forum for discussionexchange of ideas. Details: Jim Porter, Experience English, 0181 262 2617.

AUTISM ONLINE LIBRARY

Autism Initiatives, formerly the Liverpool and Lancashire Autistic Society, is establishing a training resource library on autism and related disorders for parents, carers, siblings, students, teachers, doctors and other professionals. It will provide a database of articles available over the Internet and employment, training and education for diagnosed individuals. A Website questionnaire has been set up at www.mersinet.co.uklalas to help them to assess how useful the service will be.

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