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14 August 2008
Scots the top volunteers in Europe? 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom: According to the Scottish Government, "The rate of volunteering has been higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK and other European Countries. Despite this, demand for volunteers exceeds supply." See their 2007 Household Survey for more.  Visit site
11 August 2008
12 August - International Youth Day 2008 
UN Headquarters, New York, USA: This year's theme is 'Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action'. Climate change has already begun to devastate communities and deepen the effects of poverty and hunger, complicating the challenges that youth face. However, through volunteerism young people are increasingly adding their voices to the call for action on climate change.To find out what's going on in your part of the world, click here for the UN's International Youth Day 2008 site Visit site

More about: Young volunteers  Youth
11 August 2008
Malaysian PM's wife urges volunteerism by Sharon Ling
Dachin, Malaysia: Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah has called on fellow wives of Barisan Nasional elected representatives to set an example in fostering the spirit of volunteerism. Jeanne, the Prime Minister's wife, said many social problems in the country such as neglected old folk, abandoned babies and addiction to drugs needed to be given attention.  Visit site

From: The Star Online, Malaysia
More about: Malaysia  Advocacy
07 August 2008
Harness the spirit of Olympic volunteerism as a force for development 
Beijing, China: The United Nations in China and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) Volunteer Department hosted a high-level celebration on the eve of the opening of the 29th Olympiad to recognize the service of Beijing's volunteers both in preparations for the Games and contributing to development in China.  Visit site
05 August 2008
Francophone volunteers among Chinese at the Olympics 
Beijing, China: Lost in the mass of hundred thousand Chinese volunteers, a Beninese, a Canadian from Quebec and a French-speaking Uzbek give assistance to journalists, athletes and members of delegations on the Olympic sites. Read on the NouvelObs web site in French.   Visit site
31 July 2008
Passing the torch, passing volunteerism 
Beijing, China: David Brettel, director of the volunteer programme of the Sydney Organizing Committee for Olympic Games, sees that volunteerism has grown into a thriving tree in Beijing.  Visit site
28 July 2008
US volunteers contribute 8.1 billion hours in 2007 
Washington DC, USA: What the originators call "the most comprehensive research on US volunteering ever assembled" shows volunteering in America is strong and poised for growth. Nearly 61 million Americans volunteered in their communities in 2007 giving 8.1 billion hours of service worth more than $158 billion to America's communities, according to the Volunteering in America report released on 28 July by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Read article

More about: United States  Research
22 July 2008
Aviation Sans Frontières volunteers ease air journey for refugees 
Paris, France: The France-based Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) charity is assisting in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the world, but its staff will not be piloting repatriation flights but joining them as passengers. ASF received an overwhelming response when it issued a call recently for volunteers to physically escort groups of 30-35 of these refugees as they are taken by air from Kathmandu to Brussels.  Visit site

From: UNHCR News Stories
More about: Bhutan  Nepal  Refugees
21 July 2008
Seminar with Dr. Robert Shumer on service learning by Yoon Jung Kyung
Seoul, Republic of Korea: From July 16 to July 18, a Volunteer Instructor Training Course was held for volunteer leaders. A total of 27 participants from volunteer centres, community welfare centres and other organizations attended and had a chance to learn about various educational methods and teaching techniques as volunteer education instructors.  Read article
18 July 2008
A new constituency of volunteers in India 
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, India: Apart from the sheer number of 'Teach India' volunteers - 55,000 have registered so far - it's the kind of people who have volunteered to be part of the campaign that is truly interesting. Almost 90 percent have never done any kind of social work before. As Adeline Aubry, programme officer for UNV in India, points out, "Teach India has created a new constituency of volunteers".  Visit site

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