Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.
Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust,
solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.
UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers,
working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world.
UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will,
commitment, engagement and solidarity.
Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in 140 countries.
It is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.
UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges worldwide.
Everyone can contribute their time, skills and knowledge through volunteer action, and their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving peace and development.
Volunteering makes important economic and social contributions, contributing to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens. It can be both challenging and rewarding and require you to use your skills in a new context. You can also transfer useful knowledge while gaining a greater understanding of the issues affecting other people.
To know more, See http://www.unv.org