The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. Based in Bonn, Germany and established in 1970, UNV is administered by the UN Development Programme. Every year, UNV mobilizes more than 7,500 volunteers for development projects and it operates a special service (see below) to connect development organizations with volunteers worldwide through the internet. Volunteers are skilled professionals with at least two years of working experience. They work in more than 130 countries and 80 per cent come from developing countries.
UN Volunteers are individuals who come with certain academic backgrounds and years of relevant experiences. They are professionals in respective areas of specialties who agree to offer their skills, knowledge and experience as volunteers to contribute to community development efforts and support sustainable human development and peace processes. No matter how domestic or international the assignment, people who wish to become UN Volunteer should have a good understanding why to become a UN Volunteer and accept what UNV stands for. The UN Volunteers programme has two main options to volunteer: National and International. For the National programme follow the vacancies posted on the UNDP Serbia web site (www.undp.org.rs) and UNCT web site (http://rs.one.un.org). For information on serving in countries other than your own as an international UN Volunteer, go to register to be a UN Volunteer at www.unv.org. For information about how to become an online volunteer, visit UNV Online Volunteering Service
UNV Presence in Serbia
The UNV in Serbia promotes the beneficial effects of volunteerism - increased trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens - and positive social change within the framework of the country’s EU agenda and the current UN Development Assistance Framework. Current UNV activities in Serbia focus on advocating for volunteerism, integrating volunteers in development and mobilizing volunteers.
Ms. Boram Kim, UNV Portfolio Manager for Europe and the CIS & Egypt.