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Filling the need to help others 
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.

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More about: China  Civil society  Youth
Balkan Heritage Field School 
Balkan Heritage (BH) Field School functions as a legal part of the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Bulgaria, and implements projects in the areas of study, protection, restoration and promotion of sites, artifacts and practices presenting the cultural heritage of Southeastern Europe, with the participation of students, scholars and volunteers from all over the world.  Visit site
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Painting a positive picture 
Young volunteers from the Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are taking part in a community art project to improve their school garden by creating a colourful outdoor classroom. Six schools have been involved in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Curriculum for Excellence pilot project during the past academic year, with groups of over 280 young people positively contributing to improve their schools and wider community through projects in child care, sports coaching, community arts and conservation projects.  Visit site
Beijing recruits 44,000 volunteers for Paralympics 
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
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One world, one dream, one million volunteers 
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
Sport Volunteers 
Sport Volunteer's goal is to promote, organize and inform volunteers about national and international sport events. Members put their own experiences at the disposal of others and are updated on requests for local and international events.  Visit site
Olympic Gold for Beijing 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
More about: China  Young volunteers
The Yin and Yang of China's Olympic Volunteers 
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
More about: China  Policy
Harness the spirit of Olympic volunteerism as a force for development 
The Beijing 2008 volunteers logo. (Beijing 2008)
The United Nations in China and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) Volunteer Department hosted a high-level celebration on the eve of the opening of the 29th Olympiad to recognize the service of Beijing's volunteers both in preparations for the Games and contributing to development in China.  Visit site
More about: China  Advocacy
Francophone volunteers among Chinese at the Olympics 
Lost in the mass of hundred thousand Chinese volunteers, a Beninese, a Canadian from Quebec and a French-speaking Uzbek give assistance to journalists, athletes and members of delegations on the Olympic sites. Read on the NouvelObs web site in French.   Visit site
More about: China  Young volunteers

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