International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion. With a special focus on equality, IVD is celebrating #IVD2019 with the theme “Volunteer for an inclusive future”. We at Peace Corps support this important day and are working with volunteer agency leaders from Japan, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United Nations this year to spread the word about the benefits of volunteerism in Vanuatu.
Here is brief background information about each of the volunteer agencies established in Vanuatu.