International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017, “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”, celebrated worldwide on December 5, is a recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow. #VolunteersActFirst
Dreams of Snowdrops is a project that has been inspired by normal people, people that have dedicated their time, their heart, their mind, their resources in making this world a better one. We should call these people Angels on Earth but they are modest people and most of the times they go by a simple title: Volunteer.
5th of December is the International Volunteer Day, the one day when we should remember to celebrate and give back to these wonderful people, volunteers. Without volunteers our lives would be poorer as they often bring us hope.
Everyone in our life have met somebody that is or was a volunteer. Some of us have done it ourselves. Today please celebrate them and please join any of those amazing projects out there that are dedicated in helping your community.
We would like to applaud all the volunteers around the world and we wish everyone that there will be a day when we will not need to rely on volunteers, that there will come a day when peace and a normal life is something that happens to everyone.
Please take a few minutes now to view a video that the United Nations Volunteers branch have created to celebrate this day and raise awareness. Please follow their twitter profile or visit their home page and subscribe to their newsletter so that you can always be a step closer to those around you.
International Volunteer Day #INV #VolunteersActFirst #InternationalVolunteerDay
— UN Volunteers (@UNVolunteers) December 4, 2017
Would you like to become an United Nations Volunteer?
Would you like to contribute to your own country and work with others like yourself who have a desire to accelerate your nation’s development and promote peace?
As a national UN Volunteer serving with a United Nations agency you will make a positive impact on your homeland while working alongside people from around the world, including international volunteers and other United Nations professionals. As a citizen, you can share your knowledge of local languages and culture and bring an insider’s understanding of social and economic conditions.
National UN Volunteers are invaluable assets to the work of the United Nations, particularly at the community level where they usher in greater ownership of programmes and projects. Join us now and help your country move faster toward reaching the new Sustainable Development Goals.
What exactly does a national UN Volunteer do?
National UN Volunteers frequently wear many hats. The types of activities in which national UN Volunteers engage include:
- strengthening capacities of local communities so they can participate effectively in development activities and gain access to government services;
- fostering social inclusion and empowerment of marginalized communities and persons;
encouraging national and local volunteer initiatives;
- promoting sustainability and local ownership of development and peace building activities.
The beauty of this is that the volunteers themselves gain life-changing experiences and enrich their own skills and expertise. Now that’s a win-win situation!
More about United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
UNV is based in Bonn, Germany. UNV has a staff of around 150 at headquarters, and almost 7,000 volunteers deployed in the field. UNV also has an Office in New York, four Regional Offices in Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi and Panama City that develop regional interventions to advance peace and development, and around 80 Field Units that represent the organization at the country level. Olivier Adam (France) is the Executive Coordinator.
UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.