Through this partnership, specialized professionals and young people from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain/share experience with WHO.
This is a win for everyone. Volunteers bring valuable skills and experience, and we boost our collective strength to support communities in the area of public health, which benefits our work and the ultimate goal of more healthy people throughout the world. --Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General
After returning home from Cameroon in 2009, I accepted an assignment as an international UN Volunteer in Mauritius. Initially, I was tasked with the creation of a National Volunteer Programme based on a very attractive feasibility study. That study proved exceedingly optimistic but impossible to finance. I forged ahead and developed the programme in consultation with over 75 NGOs, government and private sectors and individuals.
Port Louis, Mauritius: Originally from Italy, since last February, I have been a "volonter pou Moris", which means "volunteer for Mauritius" in Mauritian Creole, serving in the UNDP Country Office in Port Louis as a UNV Intern in Inclusive Development and Gender. In my internship, which is fully funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I have been assigned to the Support to Inclusive Development project which is aimed at assisting the Mauritius Government in its efforts to address the issues of poverty reduction, socio-economic development and empowerment of vu