Day 1 - 24 January 2011 - Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of the 21st International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference was held at the Resorts World Sentosa.
Opening Address by Mrs Tan Chee Koon, Organising Chairman for the 21st IAVE World Volunteer Conference; Board Member for National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) Singapore
Speech by Ms Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator for United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Speech by Dr Kang-Hyun Lee, IAVE World President
The Guest-of-Honour was Mr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore.
Performer waving the IAVE Flag
Girl Guides bearing flags of various countries participating in the conference
Day 2 - 25 January 2011 - A Date with Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh
A Fusion Dance Performance showcasing the diverse culture of Singapore was presented to the participants who came from all over the World for the IAVE World Volunteer Conference.
The Dikir Barat had a fusion twist to it, with dance moves and songs from different ethnic groups entwined into one performance.
SM Goh Chok Tong talked about 3 strategies in increasing volunteerism rate:
- Flexible Volunteering - giving people "bite-size" tasks, adhoc basis. Case study: the success of New York Cares, UN Online Volunteers.
- Satisfying Volunteering - 17% of Singaporean volunteers don't return the following year
- Informal Volunteering - 33% of Singaporeans contributed more than 48 hours each on helping people. There is a need to recognise the efforts of informal volunteers.SM Goh also shared about the NVPC's "Vertical Kampung" initiative
After the Opening Plenary, participants headed for the respective forums that they signed up for. There were 5 tracks of forums and each track had about 3-5 different forums. Participants were definitely spoilt for choices.
Attended a forum of the Track 5: Strategic Issues in Volunteer Management
One of the key highlights of the 4-day conference was the Luncheon Plenary with two superstars - Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.
Li founded the One Foundation charity while Yeoh is the global ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign which aims to raise awareness of the problem of road traffic injury.
Jet Li says his One Foundation makes it simple for people to contribute. 1 Yuan a day and volunteering 1 hour a day in China makes it easy to digest.
He believes that everyone is part of a big family and everyone just needs to contribute a little and that would amount to a lot.
"Time is you control, don't tell me no time" - He illustrates the point by saying that when a boy chases a girl, even if he is busy, he still will be able to find time to do so.
Workshop Session 114: Maximising the Power of One: The Aggregate Strategy, moderated by Ms Amy Tan, CEO, Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS).
Day 3: 26 January 2011 - Plenary Session on the IAVE Global Corporate Volunteering Research Project
Sarah Hayes: "Nothing is more humane than people helping people."
In his sharing, Ed Martinez said UPS staff teach their trade. For instance, safety officers teach UK drivers on safety driving. UPS is a logistics company, so they also provide logistics training to NGOs involved in disaster-relief work. Ed Martinez thanks volunteers by saying, "Without you leading the charge, we'll be in a more desperate place."
Forum Session 420: Volunteering Mega Trends: International Volunteering
Moderated by Mr Zulkifli Baharudin, Managing Director, Global Business Integrators Pte Ltd
Workshop Session 522: Volunteer Performance and Measuring Performance to Meet Expectations
Moderated by Sue Kobar, Manager of Volunteer Services, Nurse Maude
Workshop Session 424: Get "Hands On" with Volunteering: Episodic Volunteering through the Hands-On Network.
Moderated by Mr David Fong, Director of SG Cares and Marketing Communications, National Volunteering & Philanthropy Centre.
Day 4 - 27 January 2011 - "The Pitch" presented by UBS
The Pitch is a "Singapore Idol" platform for NGOs to pitch their ideas. UBS sponsors US$60,000 for for the winner, and another US$15,000 for the finalist that wins the popular audience vote.
Mr Laurence Lien shared that there were 185 speakers and moderators for the conference and they all volunteered their time to share their knowledge. There were also a total of 400 volunteers (excluding speakers and moderators) involved in the conference. He said that some ideas shared were forming communities of interest, and the need to give volunteers opportunity to be entrepreneurial. Beneficiaries might not just be solution-receiving, they could be solution-giving too.
"Youths are changing the face of volunteerism." Biggest contribution from volunteering is the returning of the soul to the person, making people think of one another as friends.
Presented by CEO, Volunteer Ireland. Theme: Volunteering. Human Rights. Human Dignity
The 4-day conference ended with a Farewell Dinner, held at One on the Bund, Clifford Pier.
The programme highlight was the parading of performances down the aisle, as participants stood by and enjoyed the entertainment.