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 Solidarity: Volunteer for an inclusive future

As we strive for social justice and a more equal world, where everyone enjoys the freedoms as set out in the Charter of Human Rights, we recognise that it takes the combined efforts of a lot of people. This is how change has come about in the past.

On the edge of an abyss

Mankind today stands on the edge of an enormous abyss, the greatest crisis in human history and that of the planet ­­– namely, the climate emergency. This manmade catastrophe threatens life as we know it.

We are also acutely aware that the people who have contributed the least to the climate crisis are the ones who will suffer the most from its consequences, namely rural communities in the global south.

Action is needed now

Actually, there has never been a better time to join the ranks of people who want to do something about it. There is an enormous need to provide access to human rights such as education, health care, climate-related solutions and security for marginalised communities all over the world.

The Humana People to People projects are based on the needs of the people who through the projects are empowered to improve their life conditions, giving marginalised communities the possibility to gain strength and ability to fulfil their potential as human beings.

The role of an international volunteer

As an international volunteer at a Humana People to People project is to act into the framework of the project activities with an attitude of solidarity towards the people in the communities, the project leaders and their partners. You will contribute with your heart, mind and hands ready for action. With time and togetherness, you and the people you join at the project will bring about positive change – for an inclusive future.

As a volunteer with Humana People to People, you join a movement. The projects have long-term aims and community-led. As such, they will run with or without international volunteers. Sustainability is key when we talk about development programmes. All projects must end eventually, but the impact of the project should be substantial, positive, equitable and long-lived, meaning that the communities will be empowered to carry the new practices forward long into the future.

As an international volunteer, you can contribute with your skills and ideas to the project, without taking away agency from the people who are at the core of it. Your skills and time are supporting the aims of the long-term project for a limited time, but in that time, you can contribute with elements that add some extra to the project.

Transnational exchanges

Responsible international volunteerism offers an opportunity to learn about different cultures in a hand-on manner.  Most likely it will help shatter any stereotypical beliefs and bring more intercultural respect.

Volunteering, implemented on a basis of solidarity, bring people together, regardless whether the exchange is domestic, South-South, South-North or North-South.

Inclusion and the Global Goals

In cooperation with the project leaders, volunteers can reach out to people in places where governmental organisations don’t go –  including those marginalised or stigmatised. Volunteers can listen to those who are otherwise deliberately unheard and facilitate changes in mind sets by raising awareness or championing those changes and inspiring others.

As brothers in arms, project management and volunteers can take the initiative to collective action. This is crucial to build ownership of the project and secure the sustainability of it.

Volunteers can also put different aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals into action – based on the needs of the community.

Finally: The possibilities are endless: Just look around and see what needs to be fixed in this world.

International Volunteer Day 2019: Volunteer for an inclusive future

Volunteerism lets people and communities participate in their own growth. Through volunteering, citizens build their resilience, enhance their knowledge base and gain a sense of responsibility for their own community. Social cohesion and trust is strengthened through individual and collective volunteer action, leading to sustainable outcomes for people, by people.

United Nations Volunteers

What is the Take 10 Volunteer programme?

It is an action-based, fast-paced international development volunteer programme where volunteers receive relevant training for three months at a community-based learning centre in Europe.

Thereafter, volunteers participate actively and constructively in creating positive change in marginalised communities in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia or India for six months.

The international development programme provides an opportunity for people from the global West and North to learn from, and volunteer with, community-driven projects under the Humana People to People umbrella. The projects respond to needs within the spheres of education, sustainable farming, child aid and mitigation of climate change.

The Humana People to People Movement has four decades of experience and comprises 32 national associations working in 43 countries worldwide, reaching approx. 16 million people in over 1.000 development projects.

International Volunteer Day 2019 – about solidarity

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International Volunteer Day 2019: Solidarity

As we strive for social justice and a more equal world, where everyone enjoys the freedoms as set out in the Charter of Human Rights, we recognise that it takes the combined efforts of a lot of people. This is how change has come about in the past.

On the edge of an abyss

Mankind today stands on the edge of an enormous abyss, the greatest crisis in human history and that of the planet ­­– namely, the climate emergency. This manmade catastrophe threatens life as we know it.

We are also acutely aware that the people who have contributed the least to the climate crisis are the ones who will suffer the most from its consequences, namely rural communities in the global south.

Volunteerism lets people and communities participate in their own growth. Through volunteering, citizens build their resilience, enhance their knowledge base and gain a sense of responsibility for their own community. Social cohesion and trust is strengthened through individual and collective volunteer action, leading to sustainable outcomes for people, by people.

United Nations Volunteers

Action is needed now

Actually, there has never been a better time to join the ranks of people who want to do something about it. There is an enormous need to provide access to human rights such as education, health care, climate-related solutions and security for marginalised communities all over the world.

The Humana People to People projects are based on the needs of the people who through the projects are empowered to improve their life conditions, giving marginalised communities the possibility to gain strength and ability to fulfil their potential as human beings.

International Volunteer Day 2019: Solidarity, not charity

The role of an international volunteer

As an international volunteer at a Humana People to People project is to act into the framework of the project activities with an attitude of solidarity towards the people in the communities, the project leaders and their partners. You will contribute with your heart, mind and hands ready for action. With time and togetherness, you and the people you join at the project will bring about positive change – for an inclusive future.

As a volunteer with Humana People to People, you join a movement. The projects have long-term aims and community-led. As such, they will run with or without international volunteers. Sustainability is key when we talk about development programmes. All projects must end eventually, but the impact of the project should be substantial, positive, equitable and long-lived, meaning that the communities will be empowered to carry the new practices forward long into the future.

International Volunteer Day 2019: Reflection and respect is needed

As an international volunteer, you can contribute with your skills and ideas to the project, without taking away agency from the people who are at the core of it. Your skills and time are supporting the aims of the long-term project for a limited time, but in that time, you can contribute with elements that add some extra to the project.

Transnational exchanges

Responsible international volunteerism offers an opportunity to learn about different cultures in a hand-on manner.  Most likely it will help shatter any stereotypical beliefs and bring more intercultural respect.

Volunteering, implemented on a basis of solidarity, bring people together, regardless whether the exchange is domestic, South-South, South-North or North-South.

Malawian and Italian volunteers working side by side

Inclusion and the Global Goals

In cooperation with the project leaders, volunteers can reach out to people in places where governmental organisations don’t go –  including those marginalised or stigmatised. Volunteers can listen to those who are otherwise deliberately unheard and facilitate changes in mind sets by raising awareness or championing those changes and inspiring others.

As brothers in arms, project management and volunteers can take the initiative to collective action. This is crucial to build ownership of the project and secure the sustainability of it.

Volunteers can also put different aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals into action – based on the needs of the community.

Finally: The possibilities are endless: Just look around and see what needs to be fixed in this world.

International volunteer day – climate action

Take 10 Volunteer Overview

3 months:
Preparation – training, practical skills, teamwork, setting goals

6 months:
Project work – in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique or India

1 month:
Conclusion and information activities – reflection, bringing the good message out