Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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Volunteering – Inspiration in Action

LogoAll over the world more than 7,700 people volunteer and contribute to peace and development through the United Nations Volunteers Programme. UN Volunteers help to organize and run local and national elections and support a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects. In this week’s In Focus we meet the head of the European Year of Volunteering John Mcdonald, two young volunteers speak about their experiences and we tell you how you can become a volunteer.

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1 UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo
2 How to be a volunteer through the United Nations
3 The life of a volunteer: Johanna
4 The life of a volunteer: Thomas
5 UNV online initiative to mark International Volunteer Day 2011
6 European Year of Volunteering

Interview with Angelique Kidjo about UNV and why it matters


  • Every year about 7,500 people register as volunteers through the UNV.

  • People from over 160 countries serve as volunteers in over 130 different countries.

  • 80 percent come from developing countries, 20 percent from industrialized nations.

  • 40 percent work in Africa, 26 percent work in Asia and 15 per cent in Central and Eastern Europe; the remainder are to be found in the Arab States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

  • 30 percent serve in the world's poorest nations. Half work outside capital cities, frequently in remote towns and villages.

Requirements for a UN Volunteer:

  • You need to be aged 25 or more to be an on-field volunteer. Younger people can become online volunteers.

  • You need to hold a university degree.

  • You need two years of work experience.