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01 March 2007
UK leader: Migrants should volunteer 
London, UK: Immigrants should do community work to help them settle before being granted UK citizenship, Chancellor Gordon Brown has said.  Read article

From: BBC News, UK
01 March 2007
Foster parents may be paid by Simon Collins
Foster parents in New Zealand may soon be paid a fee for their services - changing a long tradition of volunteering.  Read article
28 February 2007
Swimming lessons: Lifeline for Ugandans 
Kampala, Uganda: When many people think of aid to Africa, they imagine sacks of grain for the starving or blankets for the homeless. But in Uganda, one volunteer-involving charity is offering something different: swimming lessons.  Read article
24 February 2007
A shoulder to cry on  by Angus Crawford
In Swaziland in southern Africa one in 10 households is run by a child. Society has been hollowed out by HIV and Aids. Orphans are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Some men infected by HIV believe they can be cured by having sex with a child. But now Unicef has set up a unique scheme to protect them.   Read article

From: BBC News, UK
More about: Swaziland  MDG 6
23 February 2007
UK survey reveals volunteers more interested on personal benefits 
London, UK: Volunteering is increasingly centred on the volunteers' benefits according to an online survey released by Volunteering England (VE), the national development agency for volunteering in the UK.  Read article

More about: United Kingdom  Research
21 February 2007
Canadian volunteer organizations urge returned volunteers to do good at home by Carol Goar
Toronto, Canada: A coalition of international service organizations in Canada is calling on returned overseas volunteers to join a new movement called Global Citizens for Change and fight poverty at home.  Read article

More about: Canada  Infrastructure  Poverty
21 February 2007
Bahamas immigration arrests expatriate doing volunteer work by Angelo Armbrister
Nassau, Bahamas: A foreigner doing volunteer work was allegedly arrested by Bahamas Immigration because she did not have a permit to do that type of service in The Bahamas.   Read article

More about: Bahamas  Infrastructure
14 February 2007
US volunteerism figures fall to four-year low by Ian Wilhelm
More than 61 million Americans donated their time to charity last year, the lowest number of volunteers in four years, according to new data from the US federal government.  Read article
12 February 2007
Singapore: Tighter rules won't hinder volunteerism by Julia Ng
Singapore City, Singapore: The Singapore Commissioner of Charities (CoC) has said tightened charity registration will not discourage the spirit of volunteerism. Nine in 10 Singaporeans support stricter charity and volunteering rules.   Read article

From: Channel News Asia
More about: Infrastructure  Policy
07 February 2007
Scrutiny hinders volunteers in Hawaii 
Hawaii, USA: The American Red Cross Hawaii state has mandated background checks for volunteers nationwide, including board members, after accusations of impropriety among volunteers surfaced in the aftermath of Katrina. The new rule is unprecedented for one of the nation's most well-known charities, and officials of the Hawaii chapter are concerned that the organization will lose some of its 2,000 local volunteers over the issue.  Read article

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