International Volunteer Day

It’s International Volunteer Day. A chance for us to reminisce, all misty eyed, at the positive impact our volunteers have had on communities around the globe.

But whilst UN Secretary-General António Guterres says that this day is a chance to ‘“thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind” – this day is far more about looking forward…

Volunteer For An Inclusive Future

That’s this year’s theme for the United Nations celebrated date. But how can global volunteering improve the lives of those excluded from society?

Well imagine that you are a woman living in a society that doesn’t offer you equal rights. Or you are living with a disability or a criminal past which locally positions you as a second-class citizen.

This could mean little or no access to healthcare, education, housing, or basic social interaction. 

All in all, exclusion.

That is where volunteer projects come in, tackling exclusion, and promoting societal inclusion. At Kaya we have seen the impact that such projects can have.

These are three key project areas that support the UN pledge to improve inclusivity through volunteering.

Women’s Empowerment

We offer projects that focus on Women’s Empowerment in Nepal, India, Peru, and the Philippines. Many of these women have been forgotten by their societies for reasons such as leaving an abusive relationship. Volunteer projects provide an invaluable service to these groups of women and girls, enabling them to learn new skills, understand their rights, and improve their outlook for a brighter future in a challenging world.

Working with People with Disabilities

Working with People with Disabilities

In the developing world, it can be a huge challenge for a family to raise a child with a disability. Kaya works with projects in the Philippines, Bolivia, and South Africa to provide care and support to this community.   

“Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges. [It] benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Working with Young Offenders

It is so easy to judge someone for their past. But consider living in a poor community where you may have little or no access to an enriching education, or to pursuing a career or basic employment. Young offenders in these situations are often victims of circumstance. Kaya works with a volunteer project in the Philippines which is committed to offering hope, skills, and a future to young offenders. 

“There are approximately 1 billion volunteers across the globe, who dedicate their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place. They are often the first to act in moments of crisis. They create social bonds and give a voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres


By signing up to a locally-led, volunteer project, you are making an invaluable contribution towards a more globally inclusive future. 

Happy International Volunteer Day!