Augsburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany with a rich history and culture. First founded as a Roman garrison camp by the Emperor Augustus in 15 B.C., it was later declared as the capital Augusta Vindelicum of the Roman province of Raetia.
Augsburg was the center of the German Renaissance. Internationally prominent families such as the Fuggers and the Welsers hail from the city. The city prides itself for being a Free Imperial City for over 500 years. Due to this, Augsburg is welcoming of all types of cultures and religions. It is well known for its diverse and harmonious demographic.
Since the very first conference in 1970, the IAVE World Volunteer Conference has been the premier gathering point for volunteer leaders from throughout the world, for people who share a commitment to volunteering as a means to build understanding across borders through the active engagement of people in service to their communities, to their societies and to the world.
The importance of the conference was reflected in its role as the kick-off event, held in Amsterdam, of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers in January 2001 and, in Singapore, of IYV+10 in 2011. Attendance has grown to almost 1,000 global, national and local leaders of volunteering from civil society organizations (NGOs), grassroots community initiatives, business, religion, education and government. Everyone is welcome to share their experiences, expertise and enthusiasm as we meet, learn and recommit together.
Since 1998 the conference has been complemented by the World Youth Volunteer Conference Typically scheduled in the few days prior to the world conference, these are special opportunities for young volunteers, up to age 30, to meet together, volunteer together, learn and reflect together, and begin relationships that can last for many years.
For the first time in IAVE’s history, Germany will hosting the World Volunteer Conference. The host organization for the 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference and the 9th IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference is Volunteer Center Augsburg. They are working with several local (City of Augsburg’s Office of Youth and Family and Office for Citizen Commitment; Youth Circle Augsburg), regional (lagfa bayern e.V.) and national (bagfa e.V.) partners to make this conference a reality.
Kongress am Park Augsburg
Gögginger Str. 10, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
The 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference will be held at the Kongress am Park Augsburg convention center. Built in 1972 at the northern edge of the Wittelsbacher Park, the beautiful center symbolizes Augsburg’s rich historical culture. It is a popular venue for many major events hosted in the city.
The 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference will take place during the Fall. The weather may vary. Please bring suitable shoes and clothing for wind and precipitation, a warm jacket, scarf and other winter-wear.
Augsburg is more than 2000 years old and a gem of the Romantic period. Architecture from the Renaissance era can be seen throughout the city with splendid fountains and magnificent streets with great southern European and Mediterranean flair. Visitors can sample sidewalk cafés and Bavarian beer gardens right in the middle of the Fugger City between the rivers Wertach and Lech. During the winter season, you can peruse through the 500 year old Augsburger Christmas Market. There are many attractions within the city where you can explore thousands of years of German history.
Nearly twenty years ago the Freiwilligen-Zentrum Augsburg (VC – Volunteer Center of Augsburg) was founded under the slogan “Live together, grow together!”, symbolized by their mascots Freya and Willi living together symbiotically.
Volunteer Center Augsburg’s mission is to foster volunteering in Augsburg by informing and consulting its citizens, enhancing the communication between volunteers, and by supporting organizations and citizens’ initiatives for more volunteer commitment and sense of social responsibility. With these objectives, Volunteer Center Augsburg works closely with the various partners in the Alliance for Augsburg (Bündnis für Augsburg). Since 2012 the Bavarian Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has funded the organization as a the official center for volunteer coordination. Today more than 900 volunteers are engaged in projects through the Volunteer Center Augsburg.
IAVE exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering in all of the myriad ways it happens throughout the world. With members in 70+ countries, we are the connective tissue of a global network of leaders of volunteering, NGOs, businesses and national volunteer centers that share our belief in the power of volunteers to make a significant strategic contribution to resolving the world’s most pressing problems.
IAVE’s work is concentrated in four core functions:advocacy for recognition of the importance of volunteering and creation of an enabling environment that supports it; knowledge development and dissemination through research and organized learning activities; network development such as through our Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC) and our Global Network of National Volunteers Centers and, convening through our world and regional conferences and virtually through webinars.