SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

My name is Isabela, I am 23 years old, and I am of American and Ecuadorian nationality. I left the United States in July of 2016 to join the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to explore how youth are contributing to the development of my second home, Ecuador.

This is how I got to participate in the First Regional Meeting of Youth Volunteer Networks in Cuenca, where I had the opportunity to interact with young volunteers from Latin America and learn how volunteering contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

20 December 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean
Our stories
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The day I received an alert for an online volunteering opportunity with the UNV Latin American and the Caribbean Portfolio, I had already applied for different assignments throughout the years. My happiness was immense. My perseverance gave me the possibility to collaborate, not only contributing with knowledge about the reality of my own country, Venezuela, but also with other groups and situations in other latitudes, in this case Nicaragua.

20 December 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean
Our stories
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

We live in a world influenced by social networks, and people invest more time in them every day. Through social media we have the opportunity to share our everyday lives with others, and at the same time get inspired by other people and their posts.

When I became aware of this situation, I also realized that having a computer, internet connection and the will to transform the world, can be the start of a project that achieves great impact in the lives of other human beings, and that is why I decided to become an online volunteer.

05 December 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean
Our stories

Between February and May 2016, these volunteers dedicated their time, experience and knowledge to the local realities of their regions or countries, and shared their ideas and impressions about the SDGs in their social networks, mainly Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #ODS_LAC and #UNVLAC.

The initiative sprung from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme’s Latin America and Caribbean Portfolio, with the idea to strengthen UNV’s online presence in the region, especially among Spanish and Portuguese speakers. 

05 December 2016
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