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06 May 2008
Building digital lifelines 
Thanks to Telecoms Sans Frontieres' (TSF) digital lifelines, victims of natural disasters can talk to their loved ones immediately after disasters. The charity, run by volunteers, sets up temporary communications infrastructure for the victims and disaster response charities to help them coordinate relief efforts.   Visit site

From: BBC News, UK
More about: Emergency relief
04 May 2008
Expert: 'Volunteerism critical to keeping ocean clean' 
Kingston, Jamaica: A marine litter researcher has lauded the efforts of volunteers in bringing about legislative change to protect the marine environment.  Visit site

From: Jamaica Observer, Kingston, Jamaica
More about: Environment
01 May 2008
Volunteering essential in civil society: UAE experts 
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The first international symposium on developing a 'culture of volunteering' in universities and schools across the country was held in the capital on 29 April. Organized by the Emirates Foundation's volunteer programme Takatof, the symposium, titled 'Learning from the International Volunteer Experience', featured international delegates who stressed that volunteering is a critical aspect of an active civil society.  Visit site

From: Khaleej Times, UAE
30 April 2008
The latest office perk: Getting paid to volunteer by Sarah E. Needleman
New York, USA: Corporate volunteerism often used to mean cleaning up public parks or building homes for the needy. Today, a growing number of companies are lending out skilled employees to nonprofits and struggling small businesses around the world.  Visit site

From: Wall Street Journal, New York, USA
29 April 2008
Charities 'should use skills of retired volunteers' 
Charities should tap into a new trend for volunteering after retirement, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 workers aged 45 and over showed that more than one in five are considering taking up voluntary work after they retire.  Visit site

From: Third Sector, UK
More about: Senior volunteers
27 April 2008
America's National Volunteer Week: 'Volunteer to Change the World' 
Washington DC, USA: While International Volunteer Day is held on 5 December, in North America National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2008 is from 27 April to 3 May. In the US, this week is about "engaging individuals in service, inspiring a nation to join a movement for change, and recognizing deserving volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award and other meaningful signs of thanks". The campaign slogan is 'Volunteer to Change the World'.

Click here for the United States NVW site and here for Canada's.

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More about: Canada  United States  Advocacy
25 April 2008
World to Peace Corps: Skilled volunteers needed 
If the Peace Corps wishes to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS, it needs to send expertise, not just youthful zeal. That was what Ethiopian officials politely told Peace Corps country director Peter Parr when he approached them last summer with a proposal to send a batch of volunteers to work on the pandemic.  Visit site
21 April 2008
Twenty years of Global Youth Service Day - 25-27 April by Christine Batcheler
Washington DC, USA: Millions of young people from Cambodia to Peru, from Pakistan to Liberia, from Mexico to Mongolia, are implementing community service projects during the 20th Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

Young volunteers will address important community needs through service and service-learning projects addressing climate change, literacy, poverty, human rights and many other issues.

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19 April 2008
Flying Kites for the Beijing swift protection volunteering project  
Kites depicting ‘Nini’, one of the five Beijing Olympic Games mascots, decorated the sky of Haidian Park in Beijing, where kite flying activity with the theme of protecting Beijing swifts was held on 19 April. Many Chinese and international volunteers who have registered to be Beijing swift protectors participated in the activity with their families.  Read article

From: Beijing Youth league / Olympic Committee
More about: China  Environment  MDG 7
15 April 2008
Volunteers in China: from villages to the Olympics 
Beijing, China: The Beijing Olympic Games is apparently not only an opportunity for athletes. It is and will be an impetus for the development of volunteerism in China.   Visit site

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