Youth volunteering has long been recognised for its contribution to society, its potential to create social capital, social awareness and civic responsibility among young people for more global and empowered citizens. So what inspires these young people to travel beyond their comfort zones and serve in communities unknown to them, and what keeps them going often for a year? Approximately 900 young people volunteer annually with ICYE in a diverse range of host project across the world. The 48th issue of the ICYE Federation newsletter asks them, What drives YOUth to volunteer?
In Volunteers Voices, six young people from Vietnam, France, Taiwan, USA, New Zealand and Italy give insight into the richness and diversity of experiences of many young people volunteering abroad. A common recurring theme is social capital, the long-lasting relationships and friendships forged with local and other international youth, as well as with host families and host projects. In your search for “What drives YOUth to volunteer?”, we start you off with a former Vietnamese volunteer in Japan who questions the altruistic motive, urging you to be honest with yourself, to do it for yourself and help yourself, for only then you will be able to help others.
ICYE News: ICYE celebrates its 70 anniversary this year and presents the global events planned in 2019 to celebrate our work and mark this momentous jubilee.
News from Int’l Organizations feature: new UNESCO e-Platform on intercultural dialogue and UNESCO’s Right to education handbook and digital campaign #RightToEducation.
News from NGOs feature the World Report 2019 of Human Rights Watch and the Peer learning activity on “validation of transversal skills through volunteering”.
Wishing you an interesting reading, please note that to mark ICYE’s 70th Anniversary in 2019, the next issue of “Worlds of Experience” will be a special edition consisting of the best articles by volunteers published in the ICYE Newsletter, from its first issue in February 2003 to this very last issue. The “Best Of” will be published in July, 2019 and the print version will be available in November 2019.
ICYE International Office