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20 December 2011
La journée du volontariat au Togo 
Marche en faveur du volontariat au Togo au cours des festivités de la Journée internationale des Volontaires en 2011. (Programme VNU)
Lomé, Togo:
Le Togo reconnaît la valeur de l'engagement volontaire pour le développement lors des festivités de la Journée internationale des Volontaires.
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More about: Togo  Activism  Environment  Health  MDG 6  MDG 7
11 August 2011
The voice of youth: International Day of Youth 
In Thateng town, Sekong Province, 800 km south of the capital of Lao PDR, 19-year-old Nouan Anong fits her headphones for the morning news. Nouan is a volunteer radio anchor with the Thatheng Ethnic Community Radio for Development station. “This is a unique opportunity to volunteer and represent my Ta-oi ethnic group,” says Nouan. “I can communicate in my own language so the community understands what is happening around them.” Through volunteering, Nouan has become the voice of her peers. (Philippe Pernet / UNV)
Bonn, Germany: This year marks both the International Year of Youth and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10). It’s a unique opportunity to recognize how young people can take a stand and help change the world for the better.  Read article
More about: Lao PDR
03 June 2011
Youth volunteering, social integration and decent work: Inspiring leadership 
As we mark the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding as well as the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, we are pleased to release this discussion paper on “Youth Volunteering, Social Integration, and Decent Work: Inspiring Leadership.”  Read article
14 April 2011
Global Youth Service Day - 15-17 April 
It's Global Youth Service Day - not one, but three days, in fact - running from 15-17 April.

Global Youth Service Day has happened every year since 1988 and celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth help their communities through volunteering. It is the largest such event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

Celebrated each year in over 100 countries, millions of children and youth work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programmes, government agencies, and others to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Global Youth Service Day is thus truly international. Click here to find out what's happening in Argentina for example (in Spanish) - and check out the main GYSD website here:

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08 March 2011
Changing men's mindsets on Women's Day 
In Pakistan, UN Volunteer Rizwan Latif (left) talks about women's rights. (W. Anees/UNV)
Uttar Pradesh, India; Islamabad, Pakistan: Harish Chandra Verma, 25, lives in Fatehpur in India's Uttar Pradesh. "Women in our society are the worst sufferers when it comes to gender-based violence," he says. "Women don’t have a right to do what they wish for…” But he feels that projects which use volunteers as advocates for change, are beginning to alter people's mindsets.   Read article
More about: Gender  MDG 3


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Youth and volunteerism- Not every kid dares 
The rain hardly stops in Vanuatu. It’s pouring as usual when Jayleen sets out on her daily walk among thatched villages to talk to the local Ni-Van youth face-to-face about HIV and AIDS. She is a Peer Educator who volunteers her time and energy to fight the roots of the disease: ignorance.

Volunteering is perfect for tapping into the idealism and drive of young people, and gives them a real space for participating in community development. This year, 2011, not only marks the International Year of Youth but also the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to put words into action and make the potential of youth a reality.

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Hatua Likoni 
Hatua Likoni is a community based development organization alleviating poverty, under-education and idleness among children and youth in Likoni, Kenya. Through education, guidance and economic opportunities, Hatua Likoni fosters personal development and self sufficiency among young people while promoting economic development and civil society within Likoni.   Visit site
ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge 
This annual program run by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration challenges youth across the province of Ontario to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism.    Visit site

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16 August 2007, 11:38
Gap-year 'voluntourists' told not to bother 
Freelance journalist Alex Klaushofer blogs about "voluntourism", specifically the growing trend for young, affluent western Europeans to volunteer in developing countries. By doing good, honestly, do they make a difference?  Read entry
From: AlertNet
30 November 2006, 10:06
Malawi focuses on youth & volunteering 
Youth and volunteering will be the main theme for Malawi's IVD celebrations. Together with several volunteer agencies, volunteers will visit the children's ward in Kamuzu Central Hospital and an exhibition of volunteers' work will also be on display.  Read entry
From: IVD 2006 Blog