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~ June 2007 ~ Topics

An Olympic-Sized Dilemma
The Call for Canada

An Olympic-Sized Dilemma

A majority of the 100,000 people who will volunteer for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing are university students or recent graduates. Unfortunately, these young volunteers are finding that the time required for extensive volunteer training is cutting into their studies and job searches. Almost fifty percent of volunteers surveyed are worried about their volunteer commitment conflicting with a new job or school. Over twenty percent thought that their volunteer commitment may lead to salary deductions or even dismissal. The Beijing Organizing Committee has responded by requesting a national policy to protect volunteers who support the games of the XXIX Olympiad. For more information, visit China Daily (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn) or World Volunteer Web (http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/news-views/viewpoints/doc/dilemma-over-volunteering-or.html).

Interested in more information on International Volunteering? Check out our online bookstore for Isto da Samba, Corporate Volunteerism: the Brazilian Way by Monica Beatriz Galiano & Barnabe Medeiros Filho and Al Tatawae, Volunteering in the Arab World by Dr. Lobna M. Abdelmagid and Mr. Izzat Abdul-Hadi.

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The Call for Canada

Volunteer sector experts Linda L. Graff and Paul B. Reed are not content to just stand by while volunteerism in Canada declines. With reduced government support and survey data showing a drop-off in individual volunteer hours, Graff and Reed have put together a series of conversations to urge their fellow citizens and policy makers to take action before it is too late. Through the website Canada Who Cares (http://www.CanadaWhoCares.ca), the duo hope to warn Canadians of the societal changes coming if volunteer hours continue to fall. The site includes recommendations for individuals, communities, nonprofit organizations, funders and government ministries. Visit http://www.CanadaWhoCares.ca to download all five Graff-Reed Conversations.


Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.

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Roxanne Hanson is the author of the International Volunteering page. She works at and can be contacted at: The NonprofitCenters Network, P.O. Box 29125, San Francisco, CA 94129, 415-561-6365, rhanson@tides.org.

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