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17 July 2008
Olympics push for volunteer service 
Beijing, China: Many tangible results will remain after the Olympics, including the Volunteers' Square at the Olympic Park, the Beijing Voluntary Service Foundation, the volunteer service information system, voluntary service stations in city operations, the volunteer hotline, and volunteer service in public welfare projects.  Visit site

From: People's Daily Online, China
More about: China  Culture & sports
11 July 2008
European Parliament adopts declaration urging 2011 to be the European Year on Volunteering 
In adopting a written declaration on announcing 2011 as the European Year on Volunteering, Members of the European Parliament call upon the European Commission supported by all European Institutions to announce 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. The House points out that there are more than 100 million Europeans of all ages, beliefs and nationalities who volunteer.   Visit site

More about: Policy
09 July 2008
Over 10,000 volunteers sign up to teach India campaign 
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, India: The idea of Teach India has struck an instant chord, with more than 10,000 people signing up to pledge at least two hours a week to teach a child in their neighbourhood, mostly for weekend sessions. This army of volunteers is a multi-lingual, multi-talented one drawn from diverse streams - doctors, lawyers, company executives, educationists, actors, businessmen, housewives, writers, artists, retired folk, government employees and, most hearteningly, college students.  Visit site
09 July 2008
Dubai to actively promote volunteerism 
The charity Dubai Cares will focus on promoting volunteerism among UAE residents in October says Reem Al Hashimi, Minister of State. "This time we are asking people to donate their time, not their money," she said, adding that although monetary donations will be accepted, they will not be actively pursued.  Visit site

06 July 2008
Central body to help volunteer efforts in Singapore by Debbie Yong
Singapore: Volunteers, schools and independent organizations keen on organizing overseas humanitarian trips will now have a central body to turn to for information. Launched on Saturday, the International Volunteerism Association (IVA) aims to connect locally based groups who organize such trips into a close-knit network that shares resources through talks and joint training programmes.   Visit site

From: Straits Times, Singapore
More about: Singapore  Infrastructure
03 July 2008
On bike journey to "kick the habit" by Thu M. Nguyen
Hanoi, Vietnam: To someone caring about traveling in Vietnam, the concept of “xuyen Viet”, or journey through Vietnam, which enjoys an unmatched presence in literally every travel ad, may not sound like such an original idea. Nevertheless, once combined with a commitment to better the community, the old idea actually can bring in a lot of excitement.  Read article

More about: Viet Nam  Environment
25 June 2008
Volunteerism builds health stations in the Philippines 
Cotabato, The Philippines: Bayanihan - the Filipino concept of community volunteerism - is transforming the social landscape of six Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) as community members lead construction of health stations in a bid to reduce preventable diseases in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).   Visit site

From: Sun Star, The Philippines
More about: Philippines  Health  MDG 4  MDG 5
24 June 2008
The CIVICUS World Assembly and volunteerism for development 
Glasgow, Scotland: The CIVICUS World Assembly, a forum for international civil society representatives to exchange ideas and build strategies for a just world, met from 18-21 June 2008 in Glasgow, Scotland. CIVICUS, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening civil society.  Read article
24 June 2008
Non-traditional media and volunteer activism 
Glasgow, Scotland: Non-traditional media and its role in volunteer activism deserves attention.  During the CIVICUS World Assembly from 18-21 June 2008 in Glasgow, Scotland a number of discussions were held on the partnership between various forms of media and civil society.  The focus was not only on the mainstream media, but also on alternative or non-traditional forms of media.    Read article
23 June 2008
Volunteers fill Myanmar relief void 
Bloggers may find their messages blocked by Myanmar's military regime, but that hasn't stopped blogger Nyi Lynn Seck from raising tens of thousands of dollars for cyclone survivors through his Web site. Nyi Lynn Seck quit his job as a manager at a software solutions company to lead six volunteers, including four other bloggers, on a mission to aid villages around Labutta. They have been here since May 9.  Visit site

More about: Myanmar  Emergency relief

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