Volunteer sees age as no impediment to her work
Shanghai firms join volunteer alliance
After having served as a volunteer swimming coach for 23 years, 70-year-old Chao Yueh-nu has now expanded her work to other social service areas, saying that "one is never too old, nor it ever too late to be a volunteer." Visit site
Filling the need to help others
The country's first volunteers' alliance between multinational firms was established in Shanghai to mark the 23rd International Volunteer Day.
The Make A Difference Alliance, initiated by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, is designed to encourage firms and their employees to organize charitable activities and campaigns across China. Visit site
United Nations lauds volunteers across world
Li Shuo will never forget what she did this summer. "I was part of the Olympics," the 20-year-old student from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine said.
Li was not an athlete taking part in the Games, but did what many would also think was equally meaningful - serving as a volunteer for her Olympic host city.
"I feel so lucky and proud to have been a part of such a historic event and it will probably be the most valuable chapter of my life," Li told China Daily Thursday, the eve of International Volunteer Day. Visit site
Volunteers in Asia (VIA)
Communities should harness the energy and initiative of the thousands of volunteers who contribute to projects around the world, including critical United Nations activities, senior UN officials said here Friday as they marked the day dedicated to those who give their time and efforts for free to help others. Visit site
Beijing recruits 44,000 volunteers for Paralympics
Since 1963, Volunteers in Asia (VIA) has helped thousands of Americans live and volunteer in Asia. If you are interested in cross-cultural exchange and furthering communication and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Asia, chances are there is a VIA program for you. VIA is looking for undergraduates, recent college graduates, and adults of all ages who are living in the United States and interested in exploring new opportunities. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for program participation. A college degree is required for our one- and two-year positions. Visit site
One world, one dream, one million volunteers
Beijing has recruited 44,000 volunteers to provide services during the Sept. 6-17 Paralympic Games. The volunteers come from 27 countries and regions, and 90 percent of them served at the Beijing Olympic Games, said Liu Jian, director of the volunteers department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). Visit site
Training China's next generation of sight-savers
The Beijing Olympics received more than one million volunteer applications, of which 74,715 were accepted, plus 30,000 for the Paralympic Games. However, Zhang Juming, deputy director of the Volunteer Work Department of the Organizing Committee for the Beijing Olympic Games, says that 1 million people in fact volunteered services in various fields, including medical, traffic and security assistance. Visit site
Olympic Gold for Beijing volunteers
ORBIS International's flagship Flying Eye Hospital has arrived in Harbin, China with its global team of volunteer eye care specialists and global Alliance for Sight partner, Alcon, Inc. to conduct an intensive two-week program focusing on training and equipping the next generation of Chinese eye care professionals and biomedical engineers. Visit site
The Yin and Yang of China's Olympic Volunteers
As China's 600-strong Olympic team fight for medals on the home soil, a separate team nearly 3,000 times its size are trying to snatch another gold for their country - with friendly smiles. Visit site
There are hundreds of thousands of volunteers working at the Beijing Olympics, screened from millions of applicants. But what kind of volunteers are they? This author has mixed feelings, and challenges readers to get back to her with their responses and observations. Visit site