Every Action Counts: International Volunteer Day in Africa

International Volunteer Day is celebrated each year on 5 December to help raise awareness of and recognition for the important contributions of volunteers and volunteer organizations. In Africa, many volunteers and volunteer organisations contribute to sustainable development by engaging people at all levels of society in bringing about transformational change in the lives of people, communities and ecosystems.

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Every action counts and International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2013 is a global celebration of young people acting as the agents of change in their communities.

“Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message for the International Volunteer Day.


International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions – at local, national and international levels – to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

Volunteer organisations in Africa are involved in a myriad of community development, environmental conservation and peace building projects – from conducting marine surveys and monitoring turtle populations and dolphins – to working on climate change and restoration projects.

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If you are keen to get involved in volunteering in Africa, there are many options available and the Green Africa Directory promotes a wide range of community and conservation volunteer placements around Africa through our network. These include: 





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