Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality.

International Volunteer Day image from the United Nations

In honor of the 2016 theme, NSLI-Y Interactive would like to highlight some of the volunteer efforts of current students and alumni of the NSLI-Y program. If you have a volunteering story you would like to share, please submit your story here: http://wordpress-217859-683370.cloudwaysapps.com/submit-a-story/

Pictured above: current students on the NSLI-Y Taiwan program spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning up a beach near their community.


Nathan (China Summer 2015) started a pen pal exchange between young students in the U.S. and China:

Jack (Morocco Summer 2013) shares opportunities on how to give back to the NSLI-Y program:

Nilaya (Tajikistan Summer 2014) used her Persian language skills to learn about women and girls in Afghanistan and later shared her findings with her school and community:

Adam (Morocco Summer 2015) started a club at his school dedicated to aiding refugees and spreading awareness of the crisis:

Learn about the experiences of more alumni volunteering after their NSLI-Y program in the "Coming Back, Giving Back: Using Your NSLI-Y Experience for Good" Virtual Event. This webinar was part of a month-long campaign encouraging NSLI-Y alumni to share stories of how they have used their study abroad experience to give back to their communities. It featured five speakers talking work they have done in immigration services, ESL, LGBTQ advocacy, working with under-served youth, and environmental research. The goal of the presentations was to not only celebrate the incredible work that NSLI-Y alumni are doing, but also to inspire and enable other alumni to undertake similar work: