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Community-based rehabilitation for young people
18 September 2014
Margje Talen (right), from the Netherlands, is an experienced UN Volunteer assigned to UNICEF as a Social Work Specialist. Here she uses the Life Skills game to talk to juveniles. (UNICEF/Akobir Zohidov, 2013)
My focus has been on building the capacity of the psycho-social support mechanism within the Juvenile Justice System: an improved capacity means an improved referral system, that is, one that is friendlier to the child. Using punishment only, without any support or care, will actually increase the risk of re-offending. Young people at risk have better chances in life when they receive psycho-social support instead of punishment. Although the process of change is slow, work in this field is highly rewarding. Read
Countries:  Tajikistan
Mutual learning, action and enthusiasm
30 July 2014
Amanda Eyer (left), UN Youth Volunteer with UN-Habitat Ecuador, during a workshop about urban planning with the community of Puerto La Cruz in the Gulf of Guayaquil. (UNV, 2014)
Among this year’s many enriching experiences as a UN Youth Volunteer, two particularly stand out. Participating in the organization of the first National Urban Forum in Ecuador was one of them. The other was learning about the most immediate needs of communities living under very poor conditions in the Gulf of Guayaquil. In many ways, I equate these experiences with the essence of the mission of a volunteer. Read
More about: Poverty  Youth
Countries:  Ecuador
Reflecting on 250 UN Volunteers helping peaceful development in Liberia
03 June 2014
Aktar Uddin, UNV Advocacy Officer, from Bangladesh, is among 250 UN Volunteers assigned in various capacities to help sustain peace and return capacity to Liberia after years of civil war. Photo: UNMIL 2014
UN Volunteer Aktar Uddin, from Bangladesh, a UNV Advocacy Officer with UNMIL reflects on his experiences in Liberia where he is among 250 UN Volunteers helping sustain peace and return capacity to the country after years of conflict.  Read
More about: Civil society  Education
Countries:  Bangladesh  Liberia
Emergency obstetric care during height of South Sudan crisis
07 April 2014
Dr. Simon Bagumaho, a UNV Medical Officer assigned to UNMISS at Bentiu, sets off on a field visit to Yei, in South Sudan. (Bernaflor Pujanes, UNMISS Medevac Coordinator, 2014)
As a UNV Medical Officer attached to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Level I Clinic in Bentiu, Dr. Simon Bagumaho, is challenged daily to carry medical procedures normally beyond the scope of the health facility.  In this in-depth Volunteer Voice,  Dr. Bagumaho reflects on how he and his medical team have risen to these challenges. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
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International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue
03 February 2014
UNV Chief of Partnerships & Communications Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed presenting UNV Executive Coordinator’s IVD 2013 statement at the International Youth Conference on Volunteering and Dialogue in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (UNV, 2013)
The International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue opened on 3 December 2013 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More than 200 young volunteers from over 33 different countries attended the Conference, along with delegates of UNESCO, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. The three-day event provided young volunteers, experts and practitioners with the opportunity to discuss, display and evaluate ‘best practices’ in the field of volunteerism. Read

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