Engaging Returned Volunteers in Active Citizenship: Research, learning and best practice from four countries
This report presents the findings from research into active citizenship in volunteering undertaken as part of the Volunteering for the Future project.
From Volunteers to Active Citizens
This resource, a curriculum for volunteer sending agencies, was produced by a group of 7 EU-based organisations working with returned international volunteers across Europe.
Good Practice and Quality
Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter
Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter is a guide for people who are going to volunteer overseas in developing countries.
Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of International Volunteer Assignments: A 10-Year Analysis
This research brief summarises the key findings of a study that sought to understand the factors that contribute significantly to the effectiveness of a volunteer assignment and the implications of these factors for Australian Volunteers International (AVI).
Impact and Contribution
Volunteer Disappointment and Outcome of Activities: Regional Perspective of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV)
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) are dispatched to a range of countries around the world, where they work with people from local communities to provide expertise and training in programs related to education, healthcare, and other kinds of technical assistance.
Valuing Volunteering: The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development
This report summarises findings from the global action research project ‘Valuing Volunteering’.
“Shining a Light on Disability”: Supporting and Promoting Disability Inclusion in Lesotho
Between 2007-2013, Australian Volunteers International placed 10 volunteers across six government and NGO partner organisations to support disability inclusion in Lesotho through the Australian government-funded volunteer program, Australian Volunteers for International Development.
Contributions of Australian Volunteers International Volunteers in the Middle East
Since 2001, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has managed the Australian Government-funded volunteer program in the Middle East, providing support to partner organisations across Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
International Volunteering: An Investment in Development
The report is based on extensive field research with Australian volunteers and the organisations that host them overseas.
It’s the Invisible Things: An Evaluation of the Volunteer Program in China 1988 - 2013
Between 1988 and 2013, Australian Volunteers International placed 180 Australian volunteers with 65 partner organisations in China under the Australian Government-funded Volunteer Program, now Australian Volunteers for International Development.
…so that Personnel Development Co-operation has a lasting effect: Interviews with co-ordinators in the South
Living the co-operation without forgetting that “we are guests in the South”… Help over-come the wounds from past colonial rule … Daily practice of modesty in the relationships of mutual learning … Breaking the vision of “knowledge transfer” by replacing it with the paradigm of horizontal exchange in the framework of co-operation designed as a “two-lane road and not a one-way street.
Uniterra Volunteer Cooperation Program 2010-2011: Annual narrative report and summary
In 2010-2011, economic difficulties and the international situation exacerbated social tensions and provoked severe crises.
State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: Universal Values for Global Well-being
The focus of this report is on the universal values that motivate people the world over to volunteer for the common good and on the impact of volunteer action on societies and individuals.
Where Would the World be Without Volunteering?: The impact of volunteering in international development
Meaningful and lasting change comes about when people work in partnership, helping each other achieve their goals.
Assessment of Results: FK in Nepal, Norway and Ethiopia Final Report Summary
The report Assessment of Results-FK in Nepal Norway and Ethiopia is a review that Nordic Consulting group (NCG) was commissioned to do by Fredskorpset (FK) Norway.
Rethinking Tokelau Education: Tokelau and the role of New Zealand volunteers
The purpose of this study is to review and evaluate Volunteer Service Abroad’s (VSA) Tokelau programme and identify the impacts of the work of 26 New Zealand volunteers undertaking 28 volunteer assignments between 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2010.
Lighting a Fire: VSA’s role in promoting education leadership in the Solomon Islands
This study examines Volunteer Service Abroad’s (VSA) contribution to in-service teacher training in the Solomon Islands, and the role of New Zealand volunteers in strengthening educational leadership.
Civil Society Aid Effectiveness: Uniterra case study
The following text was drawn from the Case Book prepared for the 3rd High Level Forum on AID EFFECTIVENESS held in Accra, Ghana, September 2-4, 2008.
The Role of Volunteers in International Development: VSO Position Paper
VSO is a leading exponent of volunteering as a means of enabling sustainable change.
Volunteerism and Capacity Development
In the context of current debates on the future of technical cooperation for capacity development, this paper sets out the important existing and potential roles of volunteers in capacity development.
Methods and Tools
Capacity Development Plans: Trialling New Ways of Working Together in the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Program
Capacity Development Plans (CDPs) are part of Australian Volunteers International’s effort to employ a more strategic partnership approach with overseas partner organisations under the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
What Next: A toolkit for returned volunteers
The What Next toolkit for returned volunteers is an EU-sponsored resource, developed by 3 organisations (Comhlámh, finep and SWM) as part of the ‘Back to the Future’ project.
Uniterra Result-Based Management System: Explanations for the planning, monitoring – evaluation, and reporting tools
Appropriate planning of activities, monitoring of progress on achievement of outcomes with the volunteers and the partners, and reporting are very important stages for the implementation of Uniterra.
Safety and Security Highlights to Help You Prepare for Peace Corps Service
This guide is aimed at Peace Corps Volunteers.
Models and Strategy
Impact Investing: A Tool for New Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Defined as investments “made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return,” impact investing is a $120 billion industry practised by asset owners (such as pension plan members, high-net worth families, corporations, governments), asset managers (managers of private equity funds, endowments, development finance institutions, etc.
Diaspora Volunteering: A Comhlámh Discussion Paper
This paper outlines the benefits of involving diaspora communities in international volunteering from Ireland.
Online Volunteering: A Comhlámh Discussion Paper
Launched on International Volunteer Day 2014, this paper aims to inform volunteer sending agencies, volunteers, international development organisations and policy makers about the facets, features and benefits of online volunteering for development.
Voluntary Service Project: Sector summary report
In 2012, Australian Red Cross undertook a strategic renewal of voluntary service to ensure that Red Cross clearly position itself to meet the humanitarian needs of the future.
UNV Programme Strategy Overview: Volunteerism for Peace and Development
This overview of the UNV Programme Strategy summarizes the programme approach of UNV, outlining the focus of its work and defining realistic and practical ways to embed volunteerism into peace and development activities.
Inspiring Employee Volunteering – China Research Study: Inspiring Corporate Volunteering in China
VSO China and Beijing Normal University are pleased to present this Corporate Volunteering Research Study on the status of Corporate Volunteering in China.
Benefits of the Leave for Change Program
Leave for Change® is a program that offers tangible benefits to employers, wonderful professional and personal development to staff and also strong support to organizations in developing countries.
Laws and Policies Affecting Volunteerism Since 2001
This Research Report represents an attempt to synthesize lessons learned since the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) in 2001 in order to promote best practices and analyze obstacles and impediments that continue to block the development of volunteerism law and policy.
Indigenous Australian participation in international volunteering: Report on exploratory research
In May 2008, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians were interviewed about the current participation of Indigenous Australians in the Volunteer Program (VP) of the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).
Volunteering as Essential in Achieving Sustainable Development: UNV Responding to the 2030 Agenda
This discussion paper was submitted as part of the Administrator’s 2016 Report.
Surveys and Trends
The Peace Corps’ Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2018
The annual submission for budget support to the US Congress requires extensive detailed evidence of activity on the part of Peace Corps and statistical profiles of Peace Corps Volunteers.
Annual Volunteer Survey Results Global Tabular Report
This report analyzes the results from the Peace Corps’ 2016 Annual Volunteer Survey.
Statistical Report of Crimes against Volunteers 2016
The Statistical Report of Crimes Against Volunteers 2016 provides summary statistics of reported crime victimizations of Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees that occurred in calendar year 2016.
The Evolution of International Volunteering
This paper reviews the historical evolution of international volunteering from the early-mid 20th century and the important coordinating and facilitating role played by international voluntary service networks.
Political Origins of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, 1960–1965: Why the State Sends Young Volunteers Abroad
This paper examines the political origins of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) through the lens of two research questions: (1) Why did the Japanese government undertake the JOCV project in 1965?
Changing Perspectives: Incoming Voluntary Services
Voluntary service organisations in Germany are becoming increasingly internationally based.
From Local Lives to Lasting Legacies: Raleigh International’s long-term effect on in-country volunteers
This pilot study examines the long-term effect of Raleigh International’s Expedition programme on volunteers in Namibia and China who took part in Raleigh’s programmes between 1998 and 2004.
The Overseas Experience: A Passport to Improved Volunteerism
Canadians have a long history of volunteering beyond their borders.
Learning Opportunities of International Volunteers: AVI and University of Sydney Research Study
This report summarises findings of a research project undertaken in 2006-7, examining whether an international volunteer placement could contribute towards volunteers developing important workplace capabilities, including abilities relevant to creativity.