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19 September 2008
Volunteer bridges cultures 
Ben Hiza always knew he was interested in volunteering. While others pick a local group, Hiza decided to apply to the Peace Corps and was accepted in January for assignment in Mexico, where he will serve for two years. "For me, it's the sense that you're actually helping someone, as well as a cause. I'm improving someone's life and a country's development," Hiza said.  Visit site

From: Daily Press, United States
Hai Liu collects seeds while volunteering for for Hands On Manila, an NGO in the Philippines. (H. Liu)
21 August 2008
Volunteering in the Jungle by Liu Hai
Manila, The Philippines: "Volunteers should never stop trying to understand what they see and have a capacity of empathy. That's why we often find ourselves become more open-minded and get a wider picture of the world through volunteering." A volunteer from China describes her experiences preserving the environment.  Read article

More about: China  Philippines  Environment  MDG 7
13 August 2008
"I love you and I love me": Volunteering with the Stairway boys by Meghann Aurea Villanueva
Manila, The Philippines: The volunteers at Stairway are what we call 'ate(s)' and 'kuya(s)' (big brothers and big sisters), who devote their time as teachers, as well as friends. I was very impressed with how the volunteers have become really close to the boys. They believed that these children need love. They believed that their presence would not only make a difference to the foundation, but make a difference in their lives as well.  Read article
Tree planting at the Lagud Village Learning Inn in Barangay Uhaj, Banaue. Eloisa Romero from JICA (wearing black, on the left) and Jephonie Himiwat (right) attend. (JICA)
15 July 2008
A diploma for a rice cooker by Eloisa Romero, JICA NGO Desk Local Coordinator
Makati City, The Philippines: In the Philippines, two Japanese volunteers help send young Ifugao people to school and, in the process, learn to cook rice without a rice cooker...

Jephonie Himmiwat is an Ifugao, one of the indigenous people in the northern Philippines. Her people and their land are inseparable, thus both are called by the same name, Ifugao. 

In Japan, two women enjoyed a very different upbringing. Twenty-three-year-old Kiyoko Okamoto spent four years as staff at the Mister Donut chain while she was studying international economics in the city of Fukuoka. Thirty-year-old Kozue Kamijo worked part-time in a restaurant while attending a business school in the Japanese capital.

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15 June 2008
Twists and turns 
On his blog, Patrick Mosolf relates his diverse experiences as a volunteer across the world - from work in his local community in the US to time spent as a UNV volunteer in Liberia.  Visit site

More about: Cambodia  India  Liberia  United States

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The people you'll meet on these pages are not famous, yet they have touched millions of people's lives through their committment, compassion and courage. They've been baptized as  "trailblazers", "shakers and movers", "disaster responders", among others.  Whatever names they've been called, they have one thing in common -- they've made a difference.