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By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work.

The focus of the IVD 2020 is “Together We Can Through Volunteering” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“the efforts of 1 billion volunteers is an important foundation at a pivotal moment for development to enable us to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic” 

(UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed)

During the COVID 19 pandemic, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Community volunteers are recognised by the World Health Organisation as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. Their effort during the covid-19 pandemic has been huge and should be further recognised. IVD2020 is dedicated to volunteers worldwide and aims at recognising their valuable contribution.

As per initiative of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, host of Dialogue Cafe Évora room, Dialogue Café members in Belgrade, Evora, Novi Sad and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to the community in those harsh times. During the session, volunteers and social organisations invited will analyse the difficulties confronted by volunteers in times of covid-19 as well as identify new opportunities and frames for volunteering. Volunteers participating in the session will share also their views, motivations and experiences to show the benefits of volunteering.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate are:

  • According to your experience, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected volunteering?
  • What are the most important challenges faced by volunteers in the new era Covid-19?
  • How social distancing and restrictions imposed has affected your work as volunteer?
  • What about digital technology? Kindly let us know how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the use of digital technology in your work as volunteer?
  • Every crisis brings challenges, but also opportunities. Please identify new opportunities of volunteering brought by the new reality Covid-19 pandemic.
  • How do you see volunteering in the near future?
  • Share your best volunteering experience.

Check out the provisional programme and keep posted to know more!

Moderation: Inês Gonçalvez, Volunteers´Manager, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Cafe Belgrade / Youth Office

  • Sonja Kuzman,  Volunteer at the Novak Djoković Foundation
  • Marija Stojanović, Red Cross Stari Grad

Dialogue Cafe Évora / ADRAL

  • Maria JoĂŁo Rosado, Volunteer
  • Alexandra Mota, National Association of Young Entrepreneurs

Dialogue Cafe Évora / Eugénio de Almeida Foundation

  • Gil Nobre, Cultural volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Volunteer at the High School Gabriel Pereira Club
  • Filipa Neves, Project Mind the Mind and National Association of Psychology Students
  • Francisca Sousa, Comission of Volunteer, Food Bank Against Hunger, Évora
  • Levi Filho, Cultural Volunteer and Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation
  • Sandra Veladas, Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Novi Sad / Youth Office

  • Dr. Branka Cvetanović, OPENS – European Youth Capital Novi Sad


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daliasendra on 2019.07.29