5 December is International Volunteering Day!

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5 Diciembre 2013

Today the world is celebrating the contribution of millions of young volunteers who are acting globally towards social change. This year’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) theme is Young. Global. Active.

With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.

IVD 2013 is an opportunity for us as a volunteer-led organization to celebrate and thank millions of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds for acting as agents of change in their communities and internationally. These volunteers share their time, skills, passion and expertise to make a lasting difference in their communities and make the world a better place to live in. The value provided by volunteers is far beyond the reach of national governments and international organizations, and for this we say BIG THANK you to all volunteers worldwide!

In the run up to the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, this is an opportunity to call for a post-2015 agenda of people centred development where volunteerism has a specific role to play.

A message from our World Board Chair:

Young. Global. Active – celebrating International volunteer day

This year’s International volunteer day (IVD) theme is “Young. Global. Active.”

Could this be any more relevant to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?

We are the largest volunteer organization for girls and young women in the world, with over 1.5million highly skilled and dedicated volunteers across 145 countries delivering day to day, week to week and year on year a Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experience which inspires and empowers girls and young women to act, to lead and to take their place as global citizens.

For over 100 years we have provided these opportunities, transforming the lives of over 250 million women and men across the world.

For over 100 years we have successfully developed girls as leaders, have made a difference in our communities and shaped the world so that girls now are so much more likely to reach their fullest potential than ever before.

For over 100 years we have been dedicated volunteers, of and for the communities we operate in. 

I know and trust that we will continue to have such an impact for the next 100 years and beyond, so that soon, as soon as possible, all girls are valued and can take action to change the world.

On International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2013, we pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. For IVD 2013 we celebrate globally that young people act as the agents of change in their communities. On 5 December, 2013 join us in recognizing all volunteers' commitment and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place.

Official website of International Volunteer Day

The task may appear daunting – currently only one per cent of the world’s 870 million girls aged 5-19 are Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.  But just as we inspire others through our volunteering, they inspire us.  I can well imagine the difference a world full of confident, connected and active girls will make - to their lives, their communities and to our future. 

So let us this year, in line with the theme, recognize the work we do for girls and young women.  Equally importantly, let us recognize and celebrate the role girls themselves play in enriching our lives, teaching us and making the world we all live in a better place.  They are not only the volunteers and leaders of tomorrow, but of today as well.


With best wishes,


Chair, World Board

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Recently we have seen first-hand acknowledgment of the volunteer efforts on behalf of WAGGGS post-2015 Ambassadors in promoting the MY World survey. Not only have thousands of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world completed the MY World survey, you voted for us to win the My World Survey People's Choice Award!

Find out more about volunteering with the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts by visitng our pages below!

Read the Joint Statement from Volunteering Task Force on importance of volunteering in post-2015 development agenda

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