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International Volunteering and Volunteer Management

(as defined from an American perspective)

Articles and book excerpts on this subject

Web sites with useful articles on this subject

European Commission Youth Programme
Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries.

Guardian Newspaper
This newspaper web site devotes a full section to the topic of volunteering, with many provocative articles challenging the value and role of British volunteers.

International Volunteer Program Association
Portal and search site providing information for volunteering overseas through a variety of organizations.  See for an excellent list of other Web sites dealing with volunteering abroad.

International Volunteerism Resource Center from
A free, comprehensive source for information, tools, and strategies for making informed decisions about engaging in meaningful international service.

OneWorld UK Volunteering Guide
OneWorld Guides offer an introduction to relevant sustainable development and human rights issues, with pointers to more detailed content.  This one focuses on trends in worldwide volunteering.

OVAC Share the View
Quarterly news magazine from the Osaka Voluntary Action Center in Japan.  Last issue released in June, 2006. English archive at

Comprehensive volunteer management site with a special focus the Australasian region.  (And a partner site to

Service Enquiry

Service Enquiry is a series published by the Global Service Institute, USA in partnership with Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA), Johannesburg, South Africa, focusing on the latest developments in service policy and programmes, and on the impact of service on democratic values, citizenship and socio-economic development.  Free copies in English and Spanish on the Website; print-on-demand copies available for a fee.

TVAC Voluntary Network
Monthly news magazine from the Tokyo Voluntary Action Center in Japan.  English archive at

World Volunteer Web
As a follow up to the International Year of Volunteers 2001, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has created a comprehensive Web site offering continuing news of worldwide volunteer efforts, including government actions and the formation of new volunteer centers in other countries.  Also see their extensive -- and intriguing -- list of research studies on volunteerism in dozens of countries around the developed and developing world:

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