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May 2007

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Dilemma over volunteering or job hunting
Beijing, China: Most of the Olympic Games volunteers are university students. While they are keen to help out during the international event, they are also concerned about finding a paying job and choose the latter instead. Recent survey shows that majority of the interviewees are worried about employment. They are not only busy with their schoolwork, but also with job-hunting and becoming Olympic volunteers at the same time.


Thai civil servants get leave to volunteer
Civil servants will be given five days leave a year to do volunteer work  starting today, says Deputy Prime Minister Paiboon Wattanasiritham. The announcement was made after Thai government declared that giving and volunteering was placed in the national agenda.

Expert: Global volunteer programme brings 'triple-win' results
A volunteer expert said that South Korea's overseas volunteer program creates a triple-win situation for volunteer participants, donor and recipient governments.

Thousands supported fight hunger, joined 'Walk the World'
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in hundreds of cities worldwide to vote with their feet in support of WFP's 2007 Fight Hunger: Walk the World campaign

Volunteer projects in England to get over half a million grants
Local volunteer organizations in England with plans to involve volunteers in the delivery of health and social care projects could benefit from the latest funding round from the Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme (OFV), a Department of Health initiative that provides grants to local health and social care organizations in England.


I could volunteer a name for pests like this
By Carol Sarler
If it looks like a job, quacks like a job, then it is a job. Why give it to unpaid volunteers? Carol Sarler, a former charity trustee, says that one of the lessons she learned is to "resist the entreaties of volunteers in favour of at least minimally paid workers." In this article reposted from the UK daily Times Online, she writes, that "without the mutual discipline of financial contract, you can neither make them (volunteers) do nor stop them (from) doing anything."  What do you think?

Volunteer story

No prejudices, one mission: Young volunteers in Lebanon 
Seventeen-year-old Shawky Amineddine first balked at the idea of volunteering. "I thought it was a waste of time, " he said. But after more than 280 hours of volunteering, he realized it opened a new world for him. Together with some friends, he formed "Volunteering with No Constraints" -- where young Lebanese under age 20, could volunteer regardless of their religious and political affiliations.

Featured resources

Study: Volunteering helps improve health
The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.

Young people and volunteering
Aimed primarily at managers of volunteers and not-for-profit organisations,  this guide, issued by Volunteering Australia, contains online resources to help managers involve young people in your volunteering program.


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