Engaging Volunteers - Orientation Event March 10
I am finding that committing to a blog is a lot more difficult than it sounds, but I am going to try again now. And hopefully from now on, I will keep writing every few days. Since I blogged last, I coordinated The Second IAVE Regional Volunteer Conference for the Arab Region in Oman (November 2013) with some 300 leaders in volunteering from throughout the region (www.arabvolunteer.org). Organizing the conference with the host organization (Oman Association for Consumer Protection) took all my energy, so that I really didn't have time to do much else. No blog entries, and no updates to the website. And when that was finished, I had to focus on a project with Reach Out To Asia, to help the Supreme Education Council of Qatar to improve the Qatar School Service Program, a mandatory service program in which all students in "independent" secondary schools must complete 25 hours of service to graduate. Both the conference and the Qatar project deserve their own blog entries, so I won't write more about them now.
For now, if you are in Lebanon, you are invited to an event on March 10 (2014) at AltCity (www.altcity.me) to introduce you to some of the best international programs to promote volunteering. Learn about the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Global Youth Service Days (GYSD), Little Free Libraries (LFL), International Volunteer Day (IVD), and the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA). And for those of you who want to know how you can improve your own understanding of volunteering and volunteer management, you will learn about a set of training programs in various aspects of volunteer administration. For more information, click here for English and click here for Arabic.