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All walks of life: Volunteers of the world

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, this multimedia exhibition explores the impact of voluntary service in all its variety around the globe, and showcases organizations and volunteers of all walks of life making an impact on the challenges that matter to us all.

Open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 22 June 2012 to 13 July 2012

The exhbition was organized by UNV in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information and Magnum Photos.

Sincere appreciation to the Governments of Argentina, Belgium, Finland, Germany and Japan, and the European Commission for their generous sponsorship of the exhibition and of the marking the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers project.

Creative director: Philip Sen (UNV)
Curation and production: Thomas Fuhs (Fine Print)
Design concept: Jennifer Bose (UNV) and Sam Williams (Baseline Arts)
Featured Photographer: Dominic Nahr
Special Assistant: Joel Sheakowski

Participating organizations

ATD Fourth World
Bátor Tábor (‘Hole in the wall’)
Cascos Blancos (White Helmets Argentina)
European Commission / European Volunteering Centre (CEV)
Habitat for Humanity
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Kids of Kathmandu
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Peace Corps
Times Foundation
Service Civil International (SCI)
Skillshare International
St. John Ambulance
Un Techo Para Mi País
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS)
World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

Thanks also to Photo Philanthropy and the Maasai people of Narok, Kenya.