Projects and organizations that involve volunteers in service beyond their own national boundaries.
A study of recruitment by international relief and development organisations in the UK, by International Health Exchange and People in Aid
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The Ethical Volunteer
A video travel guide for volunteering abroad that ensures each placement is of benefit both to volunteers and their host communities.
European Commission Youth Programme
Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries.
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.
"iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide." There is a particularly good area of the site explaining telementoring and linking to more resources.
International Volunteer Program Association
International Volunteerism Resource Center from Idealist.org
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.
Online Volunteering (OV)
A free service provided by the United Nations Volunteers programme that connects development organizations with online volunteers. The site contains many tips about online volunteering, both for volunteers and host organizations.
Comprehensive volunteer management site with a special focus the Australasian region. (And a partner site to Energizeinc.com)
Reality Check: Volunteering Abroad / Internationally
Jayne Cravens offers a cogent look at the various ways people can volunteer outside of their home countries, comparing the different types of programs (especially those in which the volunteer pays to serve and those that do not charge; short-term and extended stays) and linking to many resources.
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.
The United Nations Information Technology Service, promotes volunteer involvement as fundamental to efforts focused on information and communications technologies for development ( ICT4D ). United Nations Volunteers service coordinates this UN ICT initiative.
Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA)
VOSESA was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by an Irish initiative to research and publish on the latest developments in service policy and programs, and on the impact of service on democratic values, citizenship and socio-economic development. Service Enquiry was a series of publications published from 2008 to 2013, when funding ended for the project. Free downloads of past issues remain in English and Spanish on the Web site.
Volunteering Solutions Blog
Blog for anyone considering volunteering internationally, with advice for how to choose the right program and other issues. "A handy resource for gap year students, schoolies and travelers who are thinking to volunteer abroad."
Volunteerism and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Library
Extensive collection of original papers written for the for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Conference on Volunteering and ICTs, December 2003.
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: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/resources/research-reports/national.html
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, research reports, and links to international volunteer resources.
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