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March 2007


27 March 2007
Volunteers shave head for pediatric cancer
Chicago, USA: The volunteers shaved their heads at several St. Baldrick's events in 10 countries to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Read article

16 March 2007
Taliban prevents volunteers, health workers to vaccinate children
Tarinkot, Afghanistan: Taliban and other anti-government insurgents are preventing health workers and volunteers to vaccinate children against polio in remote parts of Afghanistan.  Read article  

15 March 2007
Volunteers knit 75,000 caps for Malawian babies    
Lilongwe, Malawi: Efforts to reduce infant mortality in Malawi got a boost today as U.S. and Malawi officials marked the arrival of 75,000 baby caps made by volunteer knitters and crocheters throughout the U.S. as part of Save the Children's campaign to save newborn lives worldwide. Read article

13 March 2007
More volunteers get health care training in Sudan by Anita Swarup in Nairobi
Dozens of Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers are being trained to participate in a Primary Health Care project which is being run by the Sudanese Red Crescent, supported by the International Federation, in rural South Kordofan. Read article 

08 March 2007
Volunteers lighten school workload in Mozambique 
Tete, Mozambique: In this remote corner of Tete, near the border with Zambia, cash-strapped parents often treat school as a luxury that is impractical and unaffordable. But last year, volunteers from the Mozambique Red Cross have been campaigning in several communities in Tete to convince parents and guardians that school is worth the sacrifice. Read article

06 March 2007
Volunteers fight crime in South Africa by Sipho Masondo
Community members in the crime-ridden areas near Knysna, South Africa have declared war on lawlessness. Through Bambanani (sticking together), a volunteer group, Knysna residents attempt to stop criminal activities illegal drinking establishments and drug dealing by continuously patrolling their community. Read article

05 March 2007
DR Congo volunteers help give back to nature 
Lubumbashi, DR Congo: Elections stole the headlines in 2006, but volunteers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are quietly giving back to nature what it had been stripped of in the years before. Read article 

05 March 2007
Bangladesh begins new polio drive with 700,000 volunteers 
Dhaka, Bangladesh: Some 700,000 volunteers will deliver polio vaccinations to about 24 million children on in an effort to eliminate the disease in Bangladesh. Read article

03 March 2007
Africa launches regional volunteer network by Vincent Orute
Arusha, Tanzania: Volunteer Network Africa was launched to send volunteers to schools, colleges, hospitals, church organizations and community development projects. Read article

02 March 2007
Medical volunteers receive national honour by Barbara Agnew
Oregon, USA: The U.S. Agency for International Development will recognize nearly 400 volunteers who have "inspired their fellow citizens with selfless dedication of time, talents and energy to help those in need around the world." Read article

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

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


15 March 2007
Volunteers are the backbone by Linda Mondoux
Without a doubt, it's volunteers who keep our communities running. Imagine what could be accomplished if the other 55 per cent of the population that currently doesn't volunteer did so. Read article

12 March 2007
Giving with a goal 
Volunteering England's Mark Restall explores whether ulterior motives in volunteer work should be lamented or embraced. Read article

Volunteer stories

27 March 2007
Volunteers are villagers last hope in rural Nepal 
Accham, Nepal: In the remote areas of Nepal, villagers have no choice but to walk for days to reach the nearest medical facility.  In these rural areas, communities rely heavily on    medical volunteers, such as Dhana Thakula, to receive basic treatment and medicine.  Read article

15 March 2007
Volunteers go to extremes to save Malagasy wildlife 
Ankarafantsika, Madagascar: The island of Madagascar is known for its prodigious biodiversity, a biological treasure trove threatened by deforestation. Dr. Luke Dollar, a scientist, is making a distinct difference in Madagascar's future with help from dedicated environmental volunteers. Read article 

13 March 2007
Volunteering from the heart by Abbas Al Lawati
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Jayne Winstanely volunteers at a centre for mentally and physically handicapped people. Having lived in eight countries and 34 houses, Jayne has volunteered in most places she has lived "to try to better the situation wherever we went". Read article

13 March 2007
On the same wave by Raymond Bonner
Cronulla, Australia: The most quintessential Australian pastime -- swimming at the beach -- has prevented many Muslim men and women to get totally integrated into Australian culture because of their traditional clothing. Through a new volunteer programme, and a novel swimming outfit, Australian Muslims are encouraged to "get out there and be part of Australia" by becoming volunteer lifeguards. Read article

08 March 2007
'Women & children are the first targets of war' by Ali Hakimi
The president of the Afghan Red Crescent Society is not only a dedicated humanitarian and a volunteer, she also happens to be an outspoken champion of women’s rights and democracy. To mark International Women’s Day, 8 March, Fatima Gailani talks to the International Federation’s Ali Hakimi about her influential role and why she refuses to let ongoing violence in Afghanistan prevent the Red Crescent from doing its important work.  Read article

08 March 2007
Volunteer lawyer took fight overseas by Lisa Abel
Ottawa, Canada: Ottawa-based lawyer Jacqueline Huston left her full-time private practice in 2003 to volunteer for a year in the South Pacific country of Kiribati. Read article

06 March 2007
Volunteer helps children regain childhood through sports 
Claude Marshall has been a full-time volunteer consultant at UNHCR for the past 14 years, helping tens of thousands of refugees around the world. Much of his work since then has focused on raising public awareness and private sector support for sport and education programmes for refugee children. He sat down with UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond to discuss his volunteer work and the future of the programme he began. Read article

01 March 2007
Sex and drugs: Preventing HIV/AIDS in Kazakhstan by Claire Doole
Temirtau, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan has the fastest growing HIV rate in Central Asia, fuelled by drug trafficking from Afghanistan into Russia. Since 2004, the Red Crescent has mobilized thousands of volunteers, like former drug user Sasha, to spread the HIV prevention message to drug users, sex workers and the communities most at risk. Read article


05 March 2007
Brand your volunteer programme by Susan Ellis
How do you brand your volunteering programme and why is it important to do so? Susan Ellis, volunteer management expert, of Energize, Inc. give some basic branding principles and tips on how to use them. Read article

12 March 2007
Have you taken a volunteer vacation? by Stacy A. Teicher
It's not just college students, and not just for one week in March: Whole families, retired couples, and single thirty-somethings are using their vacation time to volunteer. The Christian Science Monitor has compiled web resources and stories to help you make your vacation more meaningful. Read article

Volunteer opportunities

15 March 2007
AFS Intercultural Programs  
AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS Intercultural Programs is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in over 50 countries around the world through independent, not-for-profit AFS organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board. Visit site

16 March 2007
Amigos de las Americas  
Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) builds partnerships to empower young leaders, advance community development and strengthen multicultural understanding in the Americas. Visit site

16 March 2007
Art Corps  
ArtCorps pairs volunteer artists for 9-12 months with Central American organizations to communicate their messages through art. Artists use every imaginable art form including theater, mime, puppetry, mural painting, sculpture and poetry to bring the organizations' environmental and social messages to life and engage the local community in its activities. Visit site

17 March 2007
Center for Cultural Interchange  
Founded in 1985, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development and world peace. Based in Chicago, Illinois, CCI organizes cultural exchange programs for participants of all ages, including high school abroad, independent homestay, internship, language study, eco tours and volunteer programs in over twenty countries around the world. Visit site

17 March 2007
Child Family Health International 
Child Family Health International (CFHI) builds and strengthens sustainable healthcare services for underserved communities worldwide. CFHI conducts international health, service-learning programs for medical, pre-medical and other health students. Each year, by sending students to work and study with our international partners, we provide health services for families and children around the world. Visit site

17 March 2007
Coral Cay Conservation 
Coral Cay Conservation provides resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests. By providing the technical and financial support that developing countries need in order to produce conservation management plans for threatened reefs and forests. By training international volunteers and host-country partners to gather, interpret and monitor the data that's so crucial for effective conservation. By working with host-country governments and other organisations to encourage education and sustainable livelihood opportunities in local communities. Visit site

17 March 2007
Cosmic Volunteers 
Cosmic Volunteers is a US-based non-profit organization that offers volunteer and internsip programs abroad in China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Our volunteers are placed at schools, hospitals, newspapers, orphanages, HIV/AIDS clinics, women's groups, and other organizations who ask us for assistance. Our volunteers are mostly from the US, Canada, and Europe, from all walks of life, and range in age from high school to retirees. Visit site

17 March 2007
Council on International Educational Exchange 
Since 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange, known as CIEE, has been in pursuit of its mission, "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." Our services to young people studying, working, teaching, and traveling abroad are more important than ever. As we look ahead, we reaffirm our commitment to the principles and values that guide this mission statement. Visit site

17 March 2007
Developing World Connections  
DWC is a non-profit organization with charitable status in Canada offering ordinary people meaningful volunteer opportunities in the developing world. We know from experience that these introductions always lead to a global perspective, and a deep understanding that leaves a profound effect on both the volunteer and the communities that are empowered by our participation. Currently offering projects in Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Thailand. Visit site

21 March 2007
Global Citizens Network  
Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Visit site

22 March 2007
Global Eco-Spiritual Tours  
Global Eco-Spiritual Tours is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that contributes to educational and health care needs of children in developing countries in our tour area through our member donations. Visit site

22 March 2007
Globe Aware  
Globe Aware seeks to promote lifelong advocates for a better world and to sustain the world's cultural and natural resources. The organization, together with the local community hosts, develops effective local solutions to global problems in non-religious, non-political, multi-international environments. The aim is to expand and foster cross-cultural peace and understanding between Americans and the rest of the world, to preserve culture and promote sustainability. Globe Aware expeditions provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community. Visit site

22 March 2007
Greenforce a UK based international non profit organisation, working at the request of the host country and partners. Humanitarian aid, conservation, sports aid and marine conservation round the world for college credit. No experience required as full training provided. Work for and alongside the local partner in groups or individual placements. Visit site

22 March 2007
Iko Poran Association 
To implement volunteer programs and projects that make a positive impact on the projects in which they take place, promoting a wide experience exchange between cultures and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Visit site

16 March 2007
International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) 
The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an alliance of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations based in the Americas, that are involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges. IVPA offers a forum for international volunteer program representatives (staff, board members, etc.) to share information and resources, develop new skills, and collaborate on cost-saving initiatives. Visit site

22 March 2007
Minnesota Studies in International Development 
MSID is an academic study abroad program with emphasis on grassroots internships, the study of development and research. Enrollment options include fall semester, spring semester and full academic year. Visit site

21 March 2007
Nexos Voluntarios 
Nexos Voluntarios promotes high quality voluntary activity by incouraging impact-driven non-profit organisations to incorporate volunteers, and by acting as a bridge between such organisations and motivated individuals who whish to participate in meaningful social initiatives in Peru. Visit site

24 March 2007
Projects Abroad 
Projects Abroad sends volunteers abroad to 20 countries to do 150 different internships and service projects. Founded in 1992, we have grown to a team of 200 people around the world that sends 3000 volunteers annually. Volunteers can go at any time, for as long as they wish. Our most popular programs include: medical and nursing placements, childcare and teaching projects, as well as business and journalism internships. Visit site

24 March 2007
ProWorld Service Corps  
The mission of ProWorld is to promote social and economic development, empower communities, and cultivate educated compassionate global citizens. ProWorld offers 2-26 week internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs in Latin America. All programs are based on hands-on community-driven development projects. Make a difference, and join ProWorld. Visit site

24 March 2007
Right to Play 
Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right To Play is committed to improving the lives of these children and to strengthening their communities by translating the best practices of sport and play into opportunities to promote development, health and peace. Right To Play engages and trains Local and International Volunteers who work with communities to implement our programs. Seventy seven International Volunteers were sent to the field in 2005, and together with Local Coaches, reached approximately 500,000 children and youth on a weekly basis. Visit site

24 March 2007
Tembeza Kenya 
Here at Tembeza Kenya, we are proud to offer the eople of the world a chance to help ensure all the assets of this magnificent country are protected, from its environment to its animals to its people. Through our volunteer placement service, we offer a variety of truly unique opportunities to anyone yearning for a chance to travel with a purpose. No matter what project you choose to join, whether it's conserving endangered species in a national park, teaching art, music and drama at an elementary school, or promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in rural towns, you can be assured of having a positive and lasting impact, as well as a fulfilling and utterly unforgettable experience. Visit site

16 March 2007
This new website launched by the UK government acts as a gateway for volunteering opportunities for young people in England. Aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds, the site features blogs, question and answer forums, a chatroom, case studies and volunteering opportunities with charities including the British Red Cross and Global Xchange. Visit site

26 March 2007
Voluntarios Bolivia 
Volunteer Bolivia was initiated with the goal of providing a bridge to understanding Bolivia and her people. Since our founding in 2001, we have offered a unique combination of Spanish language immersion, volunteer work and homestays. Our volunteers work in micro-enterprises, literacy centers, and children's services. We work with a wide range of humanitarian and social organizations providing an authentic service experience and the chance to make a difference. Visit site

26 March 2007
Volunteer Adventures  
The mission of Volunteer Adventures is to create and promote volunteer opportunities that improve the lives of others and the environment in which we live. We seek to achieve this goal by connecting worthy local projects with volunteers around the world. Many local organizations are doing great work in their communities, but don't have the resources required to recruit international volunteers. Volunteer Adventures serves as the link between these organizations and the volunteers needed to make these projects a success. Visit site

26 March 2007
Volunteer in Nepal 
The mission of Volunteer Nepal National Group is to mobilize and sensitize women and youth on the issues affecting them and how to utilize the resources available in order to promote and support sustainable self-help projects focusing on advancement of women and youth initiatives, income generating activities, human development and environmental conservation efforts. We provides volunteer service opportunities for people who are genuinely interested in learning about a new and different community and culture while contributing their time and skills to benefit worthwhile community service throughout Nepal. Visit site

26 March 2007
Volunteers For Peace, Inc.  
VFP promotes international voluntary service as an effective means of intercultural education and community service. We provide projects where people from diverse backgrounds can work together to help overcome the need, violence and environmental decay facing our planet. Voluntary service projects are truly a microcosm of a world where nations join together giving priority to improving life for all humanity. They are a practical way to both prevent and resolve conflict. By participating in a project, you will help sow the seeds of peace. We hope that you will join us in this effort! Visit site

26 March 2007
Winant and Clayton Volunteers, Inc. 
The WCV is a non-profit organization registered in the state of NY. Winant Volunteers are American citizens of all ages (over 18), who since 1948 have traveled to the UK as a group, exporting their enthusiasm and energy to English grass roots community service programs. Visit site

26 March 2007
World Endeavors 
World Endeavors is a provider of unique international volunteer, internship, and study programs. Our mission is to become a catalyst for positive change in our community and the world through quality international programs. Visit site

26 March 2007
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. Currently we have yearlong or summer programs in China, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Namibia, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Poland and Venezuela. Visit site


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