The 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference aimed to create an environment that encouraged networking, sharing of knowledge, and continuous learning for all those who believe volunteering improves their communities and the lives of those who volunteer and is a strategic asset to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For the first time in IAVE’s history, Germany hosted the IAVE World Volunteer Conference. The host organization for the 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference was Volunteer Center Augsburg. They are teamed up with with several local, national and international partners to make this conference a reality.
The conference theme – Our Responsibility for the Global Future – highlighted the collaboration that we believe will bring solutions to the global challenges we face. We see volunteering as a unifying force that enables us to pull together resources and commit the time and effort to bring about positive change in our communities.
The conference welcomed over 726 participants from over 78 countries, representing companies, NGOs, academia and government agencies.
The conference featured 5 plenary sessions, 12 forum sessions and 32 breakout sessions, from over 165 presenters.
The conference was made possible by the generous patronage of our sponsors and supporters.
Preceding the World Volunteer Conference, youth volunteers from around the world convened for the 2018 IAVE Youth Volunteers Forum.
Relive the moment! You can watch recording of the plenaries, view pictures and download presentations from the various sessions.
“Since we are currently working on a Volunteerism Law, it was of interest when I heard views from other colleagues from countries where they have legislation’s on volunteerism.”
“I think the World Volunteer Conference is the best opportunity to network with volunteers worldwide in such interesting ways. We can share our experience and take away from each other’s best practices.”
“During this conference, I was lucky to have my eyes opened about all the volunteer initiatives from around the globe. I know that I will not start from zero in my community, but will actually adapt these international experiences to my work.”
“It was a wonderful experience to exchange knowledge and have the opportunity to meet very prominent people in the international volunteer sector.”
“I was able to connect with individuals who are interested in knowing more about my research and obtaining ideas to impact their organizations as well as expanding opportunities for growth in my career.”
“‘We met, we discussed and now we are all set to serve the World, together’. Thanks IAVE for connecting me with the passionate people like myself.”
“I understood better about the many challenges and opportunities of volunteering in the global context and got more clarity about what questions to raise in my own country.”
“The IAVE World Volunteer Conference enlarged my view and vision of volunteerism around the globe, and it helped reframe my work as crucial civic engagement with youth and adult volunteers.”
“IAVE provides a great platform that breathes the spirit of volunteering and collaboration.”
“It was amazing to be able connect with people with both a passion and an incredible depth of knowledge on most issues linked to volunteerism. It is rare to find a global collective united by and working towards a single agenda!”
“I learned a lot during the event, many of the experiences were humbling considering the difficulties colleagues in the developing world face. I found their drive and commitment empowering. It was also very interesting to learn about different approaches to volunteer involvement and management.”
“I had the opportunity to share my experience in volunteering with people from all the world, from all continents, working in various fields of volunteering. I learned so much and got inspired, and I took home a lot of wonderful ideas and practices.”
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