Hi, everyone! I am Au Pair Ophelia from Go Au Pair. My hometown is in China. I just volunteered for Newtown Welcome Day in Bucks County, PA a few weeks ago. Even thought I just been here less than one year, Newtown Welcome Day was my fourth time volunteered in America.
I love volunteering here so much! In China it’s hard for me to get a chance to do volunteer work. Now I would like to share all my volunteering experience with you.
A Local Area Representative (LAR) from Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area Polina takes care of us. She helped us find the chance to volunteer for Newtown Welcome Day. We helped distribute balloons, bags and some other promotional items. By the end of the event, you can see almost everyone had green bags on their backs! We worked really hard for it, and people were glad they could get free items. Everyone was happy!
Our Au Pair group volunteered for Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Flower Show Before. It’s hard to say which one is my favorite. Because they all unique. I had different experience through different events. For example, we helped give out snacks during Marathon; we worked together as a team not just with Au Pairs but with thousands of Volunteers from other places. It gave us a chance to make friends with other volunteers too. Also because it was free snacks, almost everyone took them happily. But during Newtown Welcome Day what we gave out were promotional items, some people did refuse to take it. So in this way, I will say I like Marathon better.
Philadelphia Flower Show was even more unique! We helped people did flower hats in the Make and Take room. I love volunteering for the Flower Show so much, because I helped people design different kinds of hats also I made a cute flower hat for myself!
Besides volunteering together with other Au Pairs from Go Au Pair, I taught English in Chinese Gospel Church as an volunteer. All my students were the elderly. As they are old, they don’t have very good memories, but they did work really hard on English. Their spirit moved me so much; it’s my honor to help them with English.
As I found a new host family in Las Vegas, I will move there in July. Hopefully I can still find a lot volunteering opportunities there. One of the best memories for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Please read more about volunteering and my journey in Ophelia Diary. Ophelia Diary
by Ophelia He
I am called Consoler Nyah, a research student in Peace, Democracy and Humanitarian Response. For the past decade counting, I have aided in sensitizing on the repercussions of repeated skirmishes and conflicts in the world especially in post independent Africa. Post independent Africa is today synonymous and unfortunately rightfully so; to insecurity, homelessness and increasing statelessness. With millions of Africans displaced throughout the continent amidst acute poverty and starvation as a result of conflicts that could be avoided, it saddens me and I believe through enhanced volunteer initiatives we can collectively put an end to the repeated crisis and insecurity.
A Concerned Citizen!
We live in an era of large scale crisis, insecurity and disasters. Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic inter-alia quickly come to mind. Apparently State and UN efforts seem to have fallen on deaf ears as innocent civilians and children as a result of no fault of theirs have to pay with their lives.With most of Post Independent Africa now synonymous and unfortunately rightfully so to;insecurity, homelessness, statelessness, untold starvation just to name a few, should we continue to fold our arms and watch this germ of regular skirmishes and insecurity unfold in post independent Africa and the world at-large a midst a moment when prayers seem not to have an impact ?
Permit me throw some light on the unsung predicament of Central African Republic refugees and asylum seekers in Cameroon.Beside the painful ordeal of abandoning their homes to settle in foreign countries, they remain constant targets of rebels with women and children continually kidnapped for ransom.With the situation increasingly difficult for the UNHCR staff to effectively monitor,register new arrivals and distribute relief supplies given the dozens of settlements in Cameroon, volunteer initiatives become imperative.
Given that a return to security in C.A.R is far fetched, host communities such as Mandjou and Bolembe in East Cameroon, Gore´ and Sido in the South of Chad face problems of their own such as inadequate structures and the limited UNHCR resources in Cameroon, there is the urgent need to engage in a global effort to put an end to the growing problem of statelessness,skirmishes and major conflicts in Africa and beyond.
Peace, Democracy and Humanitarian Relief Researcher
A small group of us have been fighting to abolish the death penalty in US (for a few it's been 30 years) and our Governor just declared a moratorium. We are elated and hope prisoners rights will expand from here... Peace!
Think Yes Bangladesh (TYB) is a voluntary organization which is founded by a group of enthusiastic youth who are prominent in their own line of work as well as share a common passion to work for the society. The TYB seeks to unite, inspire, and develop the next generation with the positive sense of humanity and make the best out of it. This group is really concerned and worried about the issues that directly affect our society.
I am a 32 years brazilian woman that work in NGOs for my hole life since my 13 years old cause my mom has her own, which she support herself for 20 years without big companies helps resources, but never gave up. I made law school and my ex husband is president of the Lawyers Associations Organization, so I always were involve in helped and support situations as much as i could. I apply to multiples NGO without registration and Ialmost went to Kenya in one of them January last year, but the Brazilan consulate didn't allowed me cause of some kidnaps that was happening over there, but I continuing applying me in all serious NGO I know and I really want to go as volunteer to anywhere in the world where i can help in anyway I am able to !
I really hope you can enjoy my applied to use me as help to send me to anywhere (I put Kenya as base, but I really dont have one) where I can help those one who really help my capacity to help! I appreciate since now, Julia Hoyer Erichsen
We believe that THE WORLD is over-armed and peace is under-funded.
(1)Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
(2)Strengthening of the disarmament regimes in respect to other weapons of mass destruction, and chemical and biological weapons
(3) Disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, especially landmines and small arms, which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts.
Our Office seeks to promote global norms of disarmament: Global norms for disarmament are vital to the sustainable development, quality of life, and ultimately the survival of this planet. The need for such norms arises directly from the legacy of the last century of wars and preparations for wars. The costs of such conflicts have been extraordinary and have included the loss of untold millions of innocent civilians. Weapons of mass destruction, along with excess stocks and illicit transfers of conventional arms, jeopardize international peace and security and other goals of the Charter of the United Nations. We believe that the potential effects from the use of weapons of mass destruction - especially nuclear weapons - demand their elimination. We believe that the very possession of such weapons necessarily entails risks of use. We shall work therefore to assist the UN, its Member States and civil society in efforts to eliminate such arms. We acknowledge that disarmament alone will not produce world peace. Yet we also maintain that the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, illicit arms trafficking and burgeoning weapons stockpiles would advance both peace and development goals. It would accomplish this by reducing the effects of wars, eliminating some key incentives to new conflicts, and liberating resources to improve the lives of all the people and the natural environment in which they live. We believe that disarmament will advance the self-interests, common security and ideals of everybody without discrimination. Yet despite these benefits, disarmament still faces difficult political and technical challenges that can only be surmounted by deliberate human action, strong institutional support, and understanding among the general public. We call this combined effort sustainable disarmament - our fundamental goal. We believe that the global dangers posed by such weapons cannot be eliminated by the actions of any one country. We are convinced that the UN is the place to forge multilateral approaches to alleviate such threats. We also believe this effort requires a focal point within the UN system to integrate these activities and to meet the expectations of Member States. We affirm our commitment - to perform these roles with dedication and diligence; to assist the Secretary-General, Member States and groups within civil society; to promote equal opportunities for men and women, while promoting gender perspectives on disarmament; and to bring credit to the United Nations in the goals we seek and the means we pursue to achieve them.
We are a group team Jordanian Goodwill Ambassadors for International Peace was formed team of Jordan as the first team in the Middle East for peace and humanity and then was formed teams of 19 Arab countries. We formed those teams where consists of one team of 10 ambassadors and 7 advisers and our activity and our development and humanitarian peace and social and psychological, religious and cultural, and the empowerment of women, youth and community
For the last 15 years, our organization has hosted an event 'Youth Peace Week Festival' in the first week of December. This year it will run from 2nd to 7th December, and on 5th we will observe an important session in recognition of the International Volunteers Day.
In the framework of the International Volunteer Day, my colleague (Paul Diarra) and I are organizing a workshop for young people (15 to 17) on journalism and citizenship. 20 young boys and girls are attending a 5 day workshop (2 weeks) on how to produce short TV documentaries which will be projected public on December 4th for the local community. The activity is being organized with the commitment and volunteer support of the Koulikoro community, actively engaged in the education of its young.