5 December 2012

International Volunteer Day

I found out through my on-line membership of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) newsletter that 5 December is International Volunteer Day

Let us think about that for a moment.  The definition of the word volunteer is a person who freely gives up their time or who agrees to undertake a task of their own free will without expecting a remuneration, reward or compensation in return. 
I think volunteer work in any capacity is a noble and worthwhile cause.  It is a form of civic duty and teaches us the valuable doctrine of showing empathy and compassion towards others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

I believe we all have a moral obligation which ought to go beyond immediate friends and family where we feel a sense of responsibility and duty towards strangers. People who we don't know but who touch our lives anyway.

Volunteer work can also include people who we are familiar with.  Many of us have elderly neighbours or relatives who may need a helping hand with their weekly shopping, or perhaps they may need some heavy item lifted or else they may just be lonely and may appreciate a friendly chat.  Volunteer work can come under many guises.

I am including three multi-lingual links to the United Nations Volunteers homepage.  Those of you who are interested in doing volunteer work on a regular basis can have a look at these websites and see how your work experience matches the prerequisites of an NGO in need of help anywhere in the world.

 http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/vol/  in English
http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/fr/vol/index.html  in French
http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/es/vol/index.html  in Spanish

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