I am a volunteer.
Most often than not the response I get sounds like ‘You are just doing something for free? Girl you should get a real job’ or ‘So you hand out fliers every day?’
Mmm.. Not really.
I served as a national UN Volunteer in Sri Lanka. During this time, something I found most interesting was the opportunity to work with volunteers who are diverse in every possible way; be it gender, ethnicity, language or religion.
Duvindi Illankoon, Manela Karunadasa and Kavitha Ariyabandu are on a six-month UN Volunteer assignment and support the World Bank on core staff responsibilities that include developing the existing relationship with the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and maintaining momentum on national economic reform.
This new deployment is especially noteworthy – World Bank and UNV rejuvenate their more than three-decade old partnership and, UN Volunteers take on core bank staff responsibilities instead of being tasked to specific projects as in the past.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has been supporting implementation of the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in South and East Asia and the Pacific since 2014.
V-Force volunteers “discover their passion” for community development
Mohamed Sulaiman Rameez is a UN Volunteer Youth Lead with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka.
On this International Day of Peace we celebrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the “Building Blocks for Peace”.
The second “Volunteer Talk – UNV Knowledge Sharing Webinar” was organized on 7 July 2014, with the theme “Gathering evidence on the impact of volunteering". The webinar featured experiences from the field in carrying out research studies on volunteering. Presentations by the guest speakers – Natal Donnaloia and Mohammed Husni from Sri Lanka, and Laura Amadori from Guinea Bissau – were followed by vivid interactions with the nearly 70 webinar participants. Video edited by: UN Online Volunteer Amy Ozeri
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka: When I was in high school in Kenya, I participated in various volunteer programmes for palliative care centres and hospitals as part of my studies (I needed to complete 500 hours). This instilled in me a set of values that compelled me to act on deeply held beliefs about the importance of helping others.
At the beginning it did not feel voluntary as it felt like an obligation. However, with time I owned the values and felt the need and urge to volunteer to better my community. Values I hold to date.