IAVE 2017

The Power of Volunteerism

Yayasan SALAM Malaysia will be hosting the 15th Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference of International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Nov 22 to 26.

Under the auspices of the Washington-headquartered IAVE, which promotes volunteering through 64 national volunteer centres and three regional volunteer networks, the regional conference is held biennially, by the host country that wins the bidding.

The five-day conference will explore the diversity and power of volunteering, with the first 2 days dedicated to efforts of youth volunteers. Approximately 100 working papers will be

Topics that will be explored during the conference have been designed around six major topics relevant to the Asia Pacific region. These include leadership; technology and social innovation; sustainable development goals focusing on poverty, education and climate change; financial sustainability; corporate volunteering and strategic partnerships.

The conference was expected to attract about 600 foreign and local delegates involved in various volunteering movements. Notable speakers at the conference include Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur, Secretary-General of the Higher Education Ministry; Datuk Zuraidah Atan, Chairman of Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa; Sue Hennessey, Country Director (Borneo) of Raleigh International; Jihoon Park, Team Lead, BBB Korea; Nunatinee, Malanon, Manager, Volunteer Spirit Network, Thailand; and Adrienne Picone, CEO, Volunteering, Australia.

Among the topics to be discussed are “Developing student volunteerism”, “The positive impact of senior volunteerism in helping seniors through para-counseling programmes”, “Employee volunteering increases professional development”, “Unearthing the true value of corporate volunteering for development impact”.

Besides the conference, delegates will also take part in a number of local volunteering programmes during their stay. For more information on the IAVE conference, please contact Roza at Roza@salam.org.my or click here for the IAVE 2017 website.

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