Kabul, Afghanistan: I am really glad to have had the opportunity to work as a UN Volunteer in Afghanistan since 2012. The time and work here is enriching and words cannot explain the satisfaction obtained from the field experience, whenever I am greeted with not just the warm welcome but the look of gratitude and joy from the very poor, yet very hospitable families in the remote locations of the Northern region of Afghanistan, where up until this year access was not a problem.
In October 2011, Barbara Bianchini, an Italian national, left Turin, Italy to travel to Kabul and work with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on a UN Volunteer assignment as Staff Counselor-Psychologist with the UNAMA staff counseling unit in Kabul. Armed with a Master of Science in Clinical and Community Psychology and more than six years of work experience mainly in Italy as a trauma specialist, youth advisor, addiction specialist, researcher and trainer, Barbara accepted the challenge of working and living in a non-family duty station.
From 21-23 September 2013, UN Volunteers and other United Nations (UN) personnel with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) are joining with the Afghanistan Astronomy Association for a three-day “star party” to mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2013.
UNV highlights the work of two online volunteers and their important contributions to communities far away from their own: One woman in Malaysia assists with the design and production of a brochure for an agricultural association (ADICTA) in one of the poorest regions of Guatemala. Another online volunteer, located in Oxford, England, has been offering free post-secondary education courses and tutoring to Ugandan, Afghani and Nepalese refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons) through Respect University.