Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) Perth Office, will be inviting volunteers to morning tea to celebrate the assistance they provide to Indigenous communities to support them to realise their dreams and goals.

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-Organización y realización de talleres "Factores protectores para niños y adolescentes trabajadores de mercados en Managua"
-Talleres vivenciales de crecimiento personal
-Programa de reforestamiento con Hermanamiento Norwalk Nagarote

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I'm a Psychology student and I'm very interested in humane issues. I have an special interest in community social issues/matters, as the improvment of the social welfare or the people's quality of life, and increasing their integration level in the social, familiar or laboral enviroment. Additionally. I'm interested in matters of poverty and social injustice.

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IVD2013 in Tajikistan!!! On 5th December 2013, UN Volunteers in Tajikistan celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) at the Central Park in Qurgonteppa, together with local and international NGOs and Tajik volunteers such as students and persons with disabilities in order to raise awareness of the importance of volunteering. In Tajikistan, UN Volunteers carried out a Fundraising Fair on IVD together with the local NGOs Society of Persons with Disabilities in Qurganteppa and SWORDE-Teppa and the International NGOs AAR Japan, Handicap International and VSO. We left Dushanbe at 7 am, and at that time it was already pouring down. The weather didn’t improve much during our two hours trip to Qurgonteppa, south of Dushanbe. Once in the town we were greeted by our fellow UN Volunteers Margje and Keiichi, who had spent the previous night already in Qurgonteppa for last-minute preparations, and a bunch of enthusiastic young volunteers. Together we made our way to the public park in the centre of town and quickly set up everything. To every stand, there was one of us UN Volunteers, a student and a person with disability volunteer assigned. I was very impressed by the professionalism and energy of the volunteers. I had a lovely young lady and a motherly woman in her 50ies assigned to the Artist Corner, that I was in charge of. They were great! Many children and young people enjoyed the fun games set up for them at the Central Park of Kurgan Teppa, especially the Sumo Wrestling. Some put a wish down at one of the wish trees, many expressed their drawing talent in the ‘Artist’s Corner’ or by creating beautiful Origami. The beauty parlor was a big hit among the young girls, who got a haircut, make-up or a manicure with volunteers trained by AAR. At the garage sale, many of the older visitors were able to find hidden treasures, and the food stand was sold out within an hour. Mohnisso, a mother of 2 children just visited the garage sale by chance. She said, “I am feeling as if God overheard my prayers because my children needed clothes!” While she was looking through the goods and clothes at the garage sale, her children were having a really good time by jumping on the bouncing castle and making animals from origami.
A girl called Zarina with disabilites said, "Now I understand I am not mcuh different from my friend. I want to study English so that I can work together for volunteering and volunteering is really fun!“.
All in all, apart from the rainy and cold weather, it was a great success. Young students experienced firsthand how to contribute to their community by volunteering and had the unique opportunity to work alongside persons with disabilities. A good example for what should be the norm: social inclusion of persons with disabilities – the most important message of the event. Norimasa Shimomura, UNDP Country Director in Tajikistan, stressed in his message for IVD, the importance of volunteering for young people in Tajikistan and added: “I hope that today’s event will inspire other young people to become a volunteer in their community.” It was the first time for UN Volunteers in Tajikistan to conduct an event in Khatlon province. Passions of volunteers made it possible to gather second-hand donations from colleagues in organizations and to work together to send the message to buid a society with persons with disabilities. Thanks to financial contribution and stable electricity from Qurganteppa City Khukumat, and thanks to supports from Khatlon Provicial Khukumat and Committee of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Civil organizations, young students and persons with disabilities united themselves to conduct the modestly tiny event but greate stride for promoting volunteerism in Qurganteppa. The raised amount was more than 2000 TJS, which was donated to the Society of Persons with Disabilities in Qurganteppa city. The Society is going to use the donation for clothes, walking sticks, thermoses, medicines, heater etc. Now, the Society and young students understood how to raise fund and how to work together voluntarily.
*For detail, please read our Newsletter
http://www.untj.net/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=category&id=187:newsletter&Itemid=746

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I am dedicating a service to the society. In my village, when I give guidance to the youngsters for our river protection awareness and tree plantation and education services. They support and implement various activities and care about how to serve people. So we will give some guidance and support to the people therefore support to the development of our society.

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Faire sourire l'orphelin, redonner espoir à l'adolescent évoluant dans les établissements pour enfants privés de famille, déculpabiliser la jeune femme, le jeune homme à qui, on a séquestré toute information les concernant. Voilà le rêve de l’homme aujourd’hui qui est devant vous.

Ce rêve amplifié et soutenu par vous, contribuera j’en suis sûr, non seulement à l'épanouissement de tout enfant installé sur les braises de la souffrance, mais sans aucun doute à éduquer, former et inculquer à ces êtres innocents, les valeurs nécessaires, pour qu'ils puissent contribuer à leur tour et à part entière, à une réconciliation profonde entre l'humain et ses semblables.

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We are Volunteer Platform, a Japanese NGO working for international cooperation. We will hold an event on International Volunteer Day in Japan! Please go to the URL below to see details.
http://volunteer-platform.org/ive/ We will hold this event with the aim of providing an opportunity to look to the volunteer activities in everyday life in the wake of International Volunteer Day. Part 1 : "Volunteering Abroad and Career Steps"
We will have organizations which provide a variety of volunteer opportunities: from short-term programs without specific skills to long-term ones with expertise and specific skill. They will explain about their volunteer programs including the real voice of past participants and show how they can contribute volunteer experiences into the career steps. Part 2 : "New ways of Volunteering"
We will introduce a mechanism of volunteering involving ICT. The word "Volunteer" seems to reminds people of physical work or activities actually being done in the field. However, it seems like meaningful volunteer actions can be taken, using ICT. We hope to let people know that there are many ways of volunteering without going abroad! <Event Overview>
■ Program
1. Opening Remarks 2. Part 1:Volunteering Overseas and Career steps
【Introduction】Introducing Showing different Volunteer programs and steps
●About short-term、medium-and long-term program (Volunteer Platform)
・Participants Stories (One who participated in volunteer program of VPF)
●About UN Youth Volunteer Program + UNV(UNV)
・Participants Stories (One who participated in UNV)
●About Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV)(Japan International Cooperation Agency)
・Participants Stories (One who participated in JOCV) 3. Part 2:New ways of Volunteering involving ICT
【Introduction】Introducing Volunteering mechanism using IT
●Innovation Tohoku (Google Japan)
●Online Volunteer (UNV)
●Social Volunteer (Volunteer Platform) 4. Closing Remarks

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Calgary, Alberta, is quickly becoming one of Canada’s largest immigrant centres. Newcomers flock to the city’s bustling economy, proximity to stunning mountain vistas, and can-do community attitude.
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) offers comprehensive settlement and integration programming to help newcomers of any age feel at home in Canada.

Volunteers are an integral part of the programs and services at ISC, which isn’t surprising considering Calgarians as a group are incredibly active volunteers. The primary goal of the agency’s Volunteer Program is to promote the benefits of volunteerism in the community. Each volunteer brings to their chosen program a wealth of skills, experience, and personal enthusiasm.

ISC strives to ensure its volunteer positions benefit volunteers by: enabling them to interact with people from different cultures; enhancing their interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; and instilling a sense of personal fulfillment through helping others in the community. Simply put, volunteering helps newcomers find their roots in Canada. Hassan* was born and raised in the Republic of Sudan. He always enjoyed school and was a dedicated student. He received a degree in economics and a diploma in social science from a Sudanese university. In 2007, Hassan and his uncle moved to Calgary. They hoped for a better future and safe surroundings. By 2012, Hassan had grown to love Calgary (even the snow!) and wanted to give back to the community that had been so welcoming to him. He joined ISC’s volunteer team as an interpreter and office support volunteer to apply his skills and knowledge to help people in need and gain work experience. Having excelled at his postings, he says he enjoys interpreting. He feels it is his way of helping people from his cultural community adjust to life in Calgary. His assignments take him to many locations throughout the city, which has helped him become familiar with all Calgary has to offer. “I feel connected to my new community,” Hassan says. “I did not have a lot of confidence in my work skills and abilities when I first moved to Calgary. I thought they may be below Canadian standards. After volunteering for a while and attending the different training courses ISC offered, I realized that my skills were strong and developed new ones. I started applying for jobs related to my degree.” On International Volunteer Day – and every day – ISC is thankful to the newcomers that make Canada a better place through their dedicated volunteer efforts. ____________
* Name and other identifying details have been changed to protect volunteer’s privacy.

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Hello I am Sabyashachi Purokyesta, Completed Hons on Social Science. I always like to do something specials for poor people from my poor life that never done before. I think I was borned poor its my faith but my mind is rich then riches. That's why, I engaged With facebook group CHANGE and engaging youths of my local area for day lightening people who lives in slums or dark room where sunlight unavailable. Hope I completed my mission & its totally volunteer base action.

Yet, upcoming 5th December 2013, very first hour of the I will start street cleaning programmed with mine friends & interested people. Thats it.

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Volunteer Social Support Program -To maintain and improve independence and quality of life through volunteer social support, enabling people with disabilities and their carers to live at home and within the community, in an environment that is as close as possible to that of other members of the community.

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