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10 March 2006, 16:25
My views on international volunteering by Randolf
I went through the articles trying to justify the world's Millennium Development Goals, I only felt it being very hypocritical. My personal observations tells me that the co-ordinators of volunteer programmes do well to discourage lots of people in developing countries from applying or succeeding in rendering their services.   Read entry

22 February 2006, 10:01
Volunteering in Hong Kong by Jessica Pang
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It is getting easier to volunteer in Hong Kong. You can now go to www.ho-sum.org and find one-time or on-going volunteer opportunities. To participate, you have to become a volunteer member first. All projects posted on the website are held by government registered charities, so volunteers will not be "abused" by commercial companies. Have fun volunteering!  Read entry

A doctor from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) takes care of a young child in Pakistan. (Photo: Sveinung Uddu Ystad/Norwegian Red Cross)
13 February 2006, 15:43
What difference does it make - to volunteers? by Editor, World Volunteer Web
We regularly publish articles that illustrate volunteers’ impact - individually and collectively. But a recent research showed that some volunteers don’t value their experiences. A study done by UK’s Chartered Management Institute and the international volunteer-sending organization VSO, reveal that some individuals fail to capitalize on their volunteering experiences.

What does your volunteer experience teach you? How do you apply the skills you’ve learned during volunteering in your normal, everyday work and life? Did volunteering make a difference? Tell us here!

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25 January 2006, 12:11
WAY formalises its volunteers programme by Ediola Pashollari
WAY invites interested volunteers (in the age between 25 - 30) to join the programme.  The key functions of the Volunteers Programme would be to assist and support WAY programmes internationally, and to be able to join international relief and emergency programmes coordinated by WAY.  Read entry

18 January 2006, 18:44
Is volunteering always about money? Who is a true volunteer? by Editor, World Volunteer Web
Who is the true volunteer – somebody who has “less” but gives more? Isn’t it enough to “spare” some months or years of your life to help others to be called a volunteer? Do you really have to give until it “hurts” to be the true volunteer? Or as one reader said, “(volunteering) should be based on true love?” To quote another reader: “Volunteering is always about money.” Is it?

These are some of the issues raised by our readers in response to the following two articles:

Volunteer in Yemen? ‘Please be serious!’  [28 comments]

Is volunteering just for the privileged few? [25 comments]

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18 January 2006, 11:57
Appallingly limited view of volunteering by Jayne Cravens
Current promotions of volunteerism, whether in rich or poor countries, are focused primarily on government-endorsed activities: the state or large corporations, through their sponsorship of such campaigns, encourage people to work without pay to address community and social needs, the gain being a better community, improved self-esteem for the volunteer, and less money needed to pay for such action, as volunteers aren't paid.

It's an appallingly limited view of what volunteering is and its true importance and power, and it's no wonder that the unemployed and the disenfranchised scoff at such campaigns.

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17 November 2005, 11:11
Another question on good volunteer management by Nan Hawthorne
"What are the top 2-3 MISTAKES inexperienced volunteer resources managers make?" asks Nan Hawthorne, Editor-in-Chief of the Volunteer Management Review.  Read entry

31 October 2005, 11:48
What makes a good manager of volunteer resources? by Kanti Kumar
What qualities and skills go into a good manager of volunteer resources? Nan Hawthorne invites you to share your opinion in an online poll.  Read entry

17 October 2005, 20:59
Sri Lankan volunteers take relief management system to Pakistan by Fouad Riaz Bajwa
Sri Lanka's Chamindra de Silva and another volunteer developer are arriving in Islamabad today to deploy Sahana that is a Free and Open Source Software disaster management system that handles missing/displaced persons, camp management, assistance, trading system, etc. These are the lead developers for the same system, which was used in Sri Lanka to coordinate aid for the Tsunami disaster.     Read entry

06 October 2005, 20:39
Tax benefits for US firms to support employee volunteers by Kanti Kumar
In the United States, a new legislation is being introduced in the Congress “which encourages employers to continue to pay workers who volunteer in the aftermath of a disaster”.   Read entry


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