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Philippines search for best volunteer essay
24 February 2004

Manila: The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in the Philippines recently launched a writing contest to promote volunteerism in the country.

The "Best Volunteer Experience Essay Writing Contest" was announced thru the country's first web portal on volunteering, www.iVolunteer.ph. Organizers are seeking for "submissions of fresh, honest, insightful and inspiring personal essays on one's volunteer experiences" to raise public awareness on the benefits and rewards of volunteering and to introduce potential volunteers to various volunteering programmes of different organizations.

Filipino citizens, current or former volunteers, ages 18 and above, are invited to share their unpublished volunteering experiences. Volunteer experience or activity as defined by the United Nations during the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001 means "primarily unpaid work which is given voluntarily and is broadly beneficial to others. It may come in the form of mutual aid or self help; philanthropy or service to others; participation or governance; and, advocacy or campaigning".

Ten essays will be chosen. Cash prizes of PhP2,500.00 (around US$50) will be given to each of the winners and will be featured in the iVolunteer.ph website.