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Useful Links

Twinning Sites

This page provides useful links to any site we consider to be useful to twinning groups

Local Government Association
The governing body within the UK for all twinning matters

www.twinnings.org The Twinning Market
This is the place to find new potential twinning links

www.twinning.org European Twinning
An overview of European Twinning from CEMR, with links to further articles

http://europa.eu.int/comm/towntwinning/ index_en.html
The European Commissions links to Towntwinning and advice on grant applications.

eTwinning - School Partnerships in Europe
eTwinning is a framework for schools to collaborate on the internet with partner schools in other European countries.

Global Gateway
Another one for schools, this time to find partner schools anywhere in the world and not just Europe.

The UK One World Linking Association
A charity set up in 1984 to support, promote and encourage communities in the UK to develop partnership links with communities in the south (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Carribean).

Sister Cities International
A Global Citizen Diplomacy Network, an American led organisation dedicated to the principles of Twinning and its benefits to participating communities.

The UK-German Connection
UK-German Connection - bringing young people together is dedicated to increasing contacts and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany. Adopting an 'umbrella' role, we are closely linked with the key organisations in both countries and provide a hotline for all UK-German youth and school linking activities.

The European Church Partnership
A site devoted to the creation of twinning links between churches, the site covers virtually all aspects from how to approach the creation of a link and also deals with ecumenical and theological aspects

HOSTuk
A National Charity to introduce International Students to the British way of life by visiting people in their own homes.

Travel

The Pass
"The Pass" is a periodiconline publication available free of charge to subscribed Group Travel Organisers. The man in charge of the website was a member of the Fordingbridge Twinning Association and is interested in providing information on day trips for visiting delegations.

The Group Travel Organiser
A periodic magazine available free of charge to the travel organisers of any group from multinational to social and special interest groups.

Dragons International
A coach company specialising in town twinning and school trips

Disability Rights Commission
The Code of Practice for the provision and use of Transport Vehicles. Vital reading for group travel organisers, in force from December 2006.

A.D.S. Insurance Brokers Ltd
An insurance brokers who specialise in Town Twinning Insurance, both Public Liability and Travel

Accomodation

Although Hotel & B&B accomodation is not normally required in our twinning activities there may be occasions where it is necessary to use such accomodation either for twinning purposes or private and business trips, We are therefore including links to some sources of information on the subject.

Wotif.com
Wotif are an internationally recognised source of low cost and last minute accomodation around the world, and are our site sponsors.
We are proud to be associated with "Wotif.com" and ask that you support them whenever possible.

International Groups

Friends of Namibia Society
A national organisation for links to Namibia

British - German Association
An Association designed to strengthen understanding and friendship between the peoples of Britain and Germany

Franco - British Society
An association dedicated to encouraging links between the peoples of Britain and France

FrenchEntree.com
A useful site for anyone considering living or travelling in France

Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign
The Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign is a charity working to promote social and economic justice and respect for human rights of the people of Nicaragua by various methods including town twinning.

Language Aids

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is a language learning system suitable for personal, business and educational use.
The have a range of 31 languages and can accomodate all levels of learning from raw beginner to advanced.

Before You Know It
A flash card system for basic words in various languages, including audio. A useful starting point for the beginner.

Transparent Language
The parent company of BYKI (the previous link) for those that want more detailed instruction and courses in well over 100 languages. Whether for travel, school, business purposes or just for pleasure.

Free Translation.com
A translation service giving free machine translation services of words, phrases, passages. They will also quote for human translation services if you need to be more accurate.

Babelfish, Altavista.com
Probably the best known on-line machine translation service, with the normal limitations of machine translations, but useful for getting the gist of the subject.

Ruhr Universitat Bochum
A powerful facility to help link people wanting to learn each others language, they try to match people according to their fluency and existing knowledge, and can match many different languages.

BabLa
Bab.la is a free language portal that offers not only dictionaries in languages such as French, German, Polish and Italian, but also language quizzes and games to aid language learning. These are a fun way to practice your language skills whatever your level. The online phrase books we have (http://en.bab.la/travel/survivalguide/conversation/) may also come in useful for trips to twin towns in the future as it contains useful words and travel phrases and even complaints.

Miscellaneous

Civic Gifts
Victoria House is a well established family company producing a unique range of high quality individually hand finished items especially selected to fulfill the specific demands of the civic gift market.

Raise
An online or hardcopy magazine from the stables of "The Pass". Raise is designed to provide thoughts and ideas on fund raising for charities as well as being a guide to many National & Local Charities.