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Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization".wikipedia
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Gap year

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An increasingly popular form of volunteering among young people, particularly gap year students and graduates, is to travel to communities in the developing world to work on projects with local organisations.
These students might take advanced courses in math or language studies, learn a trade, study art, volunteer, travel, take internships, play sports, or get involved in cultural exchanges.


service learning
Many schools on all education levels offer service-learning programs, which allow students to serve the community through volunteering while earning educational credit.
Volunteerism: Volunteerism is acts of service performed out of free will without expectation of recompense and is generally altruistic in nature; the main beneficiaries (at least in a visible sense) are generally those served by the student.

Community service

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Community volunteering, in the US called "community service", refers globally to those who work to improve their local community.
Community service is distinct from volunteering, since it is not always performed on a voluntary basis.

Volunteer grant

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About 40% of Fortune 500 companies provide monetary donations, also known as volunteer grants, to nonprofits as a way to recognize employees who dedicate significant amounts of time to volunteering in the community.
Volunteer grants are charitable gifts given to non-profit organizations by corporations in recognition of volunteer work being done by a company's employees.

Non-governmental organization

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The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami attracted a large number of volunteers worldwide, deployed by non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and the United Nations.
Not all people working for non-governmental organizations are volunteers.

International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer Day
It offers an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.

International Year of Volunteers

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International Year of Volunteers
The initiative aimed at increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, to highlight the achievements of the millions of volunteers worldwide who devote their time to serving others, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteering.

Join Hands Day

Join Hands Day
It is a national volunteer day and annual event sponsored by the American Fraternal Alliance.

Federal volunteers service

Federal Volunteer ServiceFederal volunteers service (BFD, for Bundesfreiwilligendienst)
An organization having one of the biggest manpower in Europe is the German Federal volunteers service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst), that was founded in 2011, by having more than 35.000 federal volunteers in 2012.
The Federal Volunteers Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst) is a German government program which encourages volunteerism among German young adults for public welfare, especially for social, ecological and cultural engagement.

Mitzvah Day International

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Mitzvah Day
On Mitzvah Day each year, community groups and individuals undertake a range of volunteer projects for those in need in their local community.

Sewa Day

Sewa Day
Sewa Day is an international volunteer day and annual event celebrated primarily by Hindu and Sikh-affiliated groups.

Mandela Day

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Mandela Day
Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.

Volunteer fire department

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Volunteering that benefits the state but challenges paid counterparts angers labor unions that represent those who are paid for their volunteer work; this is particularly seen in combination departments, such as volunteer fire departments.
A volunteer fire department (VFD) is a fire department composed of volunteers who perform fire suppression and other related emergency services for a local jurisdiction.

Voluntary social year

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A much older institution is the Voluntary social year (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr) in Austria and Germany.
FSJ) is a state-funded voluntary work program particularly for young adults.

Association for Volunteer Administration

Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA)
The Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) was created in 1961 as a nonprofit association for those that work with volunteers, in any setting.

List of volunteer awards

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List of volunteer awards
This is a list of awards issued by organisations and governmental bodies honoring the contributions of volunteers (unpaid staff).

International volunteering

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International volunteering
International volunteering is when volunteers contribute their time to work for organisations or causes outside their respective home countries.

Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE)
It is a professional association for managers of volunteers.

Peace Corps

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A major development was the Peace Corps in the United States in 1960.
The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government.


Micro-volunteering describes a volunteer, or team of volunteers, completing small tasks that make up a larger project.

Pro bono

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Pro bono
Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.


Subbotnik Day
Subbotnik and voskresnik (from for "Saturday" and воскресе́нье, for "Sunday") were days of volunteer unpaid work on weekends following the October Revolution.

United Nations Volunteers

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Volunteerism and legislation: a Guidance Note Inter-Parliamentary Union, United Nations Volunteers, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2004
UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world.

Voluntarism (action)

Volunteer management specialist Susan Ellis differentiates between "voluntarism" and "volunteerism":

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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MLK Day of service
The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of King.