2019 marks the 70th anniversary of ICYE. To celebrate this milestone, we are delighted to present this special anniversary issue, “Best of ICYE”, which carries fifteen of the best articles by ICYE volunteers published in our newsletters from the very first issues in 2003 to the latest ones in 2019. It has been inspiring to go through 48 issues of the ICYE Federation newsletters and gain tremendous insight into the motivations, experiences and learning of the participants of our programmes. As enriching as the process has been, it made it a challenging endeavour to select fifteen from over 250 articles published over 17 years.
The articles in this issue cover a range of themes from the environment, HIV/AIDS, anti-racism, music, children, the elderly, etc. and are set in or written by former volunteers from just as wide a range of countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas.
In this anniversary issue, we also take the opportunity to present the key findings of a very recent qualitative study testing the impact of long-term international volunteering on the volunteers of the Erasmus+ project Skills and Competences for a Global World. We also illustrate the process of learning and change that young people undergo when participating in our volunteering programmes and share with you the recognition received from the European Commission on a recent project.
We wish you interesting reading and hope this special issue provides an insight into ICYE’s volunteering programmes, our work and development over the past 40 years which started with two National Committee in 1949 and has peaked at 40 in 2019.
ICYE International Office