BRUNO AYRES: I BELIEVE MORE INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERISM THAN THE NETWORK
Participants in the session on Internet and networks, at the 18th World Volunteerism Conference discussed their experiences as volunteers in various countries
Bruno Ayres, representative of the agency Comunitas, in Brazil, said today that he "believes more in individual volunteerism than in the network, meaning a more spontaneous, less institutionalized volunteerism." Participating in the session "Internet and Networks," Ayres discussed his experience in Portal do Voluntario, an Internet portal that searches for volunteers and is a receptor for their needs.
Astrid Zelaya, from Fundación Desafíos, in Nicaragua discussed a television project that is being done exclusively with volunteers. The project is a series of videos dealing with juvenile issues. The project, which works in 8 Nicaraguan cities, uses volunteers who have never had such an experience before in the videos and they are later shown for educational purposes. She assured that the project has been widely accepted by the community.
Furthermore Su –fen Huang, from Taiwán warned of the need for volunteers to have access to information on the Internet as to do a better job. As a conclusion to the session they agreed that the state must complement, accompany and support social initiatives from private volunteers and not compete with them, in order to jointly serve the community.
The World Volunteer Conference runs through August 21 at the Forum.