Photo: 2018 Global Youth Volunteering Forum, Augsburg, Germany
We bring together diverse groups of leaders of volunteering in settings that encourage discussion, reflection and learning. Participants are invited to focus on specific issues challenging volunteering and on how to increase the impact of volunteering on the world’s most pressing problems. IAVE’s convenings include biennial World Volunteer Conferences and Regional Volunteer Conferences, as well as Special Interest Convenings to focus attention on issues of significant interest to target audiences.
IAVE was born from the vision of our founders that volunteers from throughout the world could come together to share their experiences, to learn from one another and to build bridges across cultural, political and linguistic barriers. Since IAVE’s inception in 1970, we have convened a total of 25 times for our biennial World Volunteer Conferences. The structure of the conferences includes plenaries with challenging and inspiring speakers; forums that dig deep into challenging issues confronting the field; workshops that are designed to present new ideas, expose highly effective practices and stimulate participant dialogue; and, ample time to meet informally and to learn about the host country.
Between World Volunteer Conferences, IAVE organizes and sponsors Regional Volunteer Conferences. The conferences are aimed to engage more people from all parts of the world and to stimulate discussions on both global and region-specific issues. To date, we have organized 4 Africa, 3 Arab Nations, 16 Asia-Pacific, 2 Europe and 7 Latin America Regional Volunteer Conferences.