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10 May 2011
People helping people 
Christina Papadopoulou has been working with the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) in Guatemala since 2008. She is a UN Volunteer who has chosen “to serve society and promote ideals such as social justice and equality.”

Papadopoulou is one of the nearly 8,000 UN Volunteers mobilized every year by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. This year UNV and its stakeholders mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10).  Read article
More about: Guatemala
30 January 2009
Oriental scholars volunteer for human rights 
Kiev, Ukraine: On 5 December 2008, the Kiev School of Oriental Languages conducted lessons for senior pupils within the project 'Volunteers for Human Rights organized by the All-Ukrainian Youth Public organization 'Service for Peace' and the NGO 'Peer to peer'.   Read article
More about: Ukraine
15 August 2008
Doit-on apprendre aux jeunes à dénoncer les violations ?  by Mario Rizzolio
Les éducateurs de la REJEDH, une organisation de volontaires, apprennent aux jeunes à reconnaître les violations de droits en Haïti. (Programme VNU/Mario Rizzolio)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Chaque dimanche après-midi dans la région de Grand’Anse, plus de 150 jeunes issus de plusieurs établissements secondaires ainsi que leurs professeurs d’éducation civique se réunissent pour discuter des défis que représente l’édification d’un état de droit en Haïti et des problèmes auxquels doit faire face la collectivité, particulièrement les jeunes et les femmes.  Read article
More about: Haiti  Young volunteers
18 December 2007
Volunteerism, Empowerment, and Human Dignity by Robert Leigh
In CIVICUS' newsletter focusing human rights, Robert Leigh, UNV Senior Policy Specialist, argues against the perception that access to volunteering opportunities is not perceived as a right, or being a "one-way" process with the rich helping the poor. He discussed the shift in volunteering as a two-way process and illustrated this through UNV's project involving people affected with HIV/AIDS.  Read article
From: Civicus
30 August 2005
Uzbekistan notebook: The experiences of a Peace Corps volunteer by Jessica Teicher
This three-part volunteer story, written by Jessica Teicher, speaks of the joys of teaching English to Uzbek kids and knowing Uzbek culture and its people while volunteering. But it was dampened when the government refused to extend the volunteers' visas. They left after only five weeks instead of staying for two years as planned.  Read article


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Video Volunteers Announces 'IndiaUnheard' - The World's First Community News Service 
Video Volunteers today announced the release of the 150th video made by its IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents. One of the most significant, growing collections of content ever created by rural communities reporting on – and changing – their realities, IndiaUnheard is Video Volunteers' flagship "Community News Service."   Visit site
Gawad Kalinga 
Gawad Kalinga, which literally means “give care”, is a non-profit organization that builds houses for poor communities and helps rehabilitate the lives of people in need. The organization is dedicated to eradicating poverty and rehabilitating the lives of people from slum areas in the Philippines and other developing countries.  Visit site
Children Welfare Concern Society (CWCS) 
Children Welfare Concern Society (CWCS) aims at preserving the children and their rights, children who have been suffering from natural disaster or conflict, lost their parents or live in poverty. The organization's focus is on the children’s rehabilitation and education, as well as on women's empowerment.   Visit site