Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2021

December 5, 2021

International Volunteer Day

Let’s celebrate our volunteers, their talents and contribution!

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The world of international development is quickly evolving. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of coming together to bring about change at home and abroad. This past year, volunteers got together to build capacity, in the field, and from home. We worked in 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Canada, supported and empowered 43 local partners with 21 volunteers (16 in country and 5 remote).

once a crossroader, always a crossroader

Every day, our volunteers from around the world, committee members, board members and honorary patrons are sharing their expertise and talents to create a more just and equitable society where no one is left behind by working with partners online, or on the ground. Thank you. 

global resiliency aND volunteerism: a celebration

For International Volunteer Day, Canadian volunteer organizations, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada are hosting two special events on December 9th, 2021.

Listen to expert speakers on international cooperation and chat with volunteers on various themes such as gender equality and justice, decolonization of international aid, citizen participation, communication and the environment.

The first event, a panel discussion, will take place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST. Hear from international cooperation experts: The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development at GAC, Denise Byrnes, Executive Director of Oxfam-Québec, Erin Bateman, Director of WUSC-EUMC Volunteer Cooperation Program and Mattie Khoory of the Amane Foundation for Child Protection (FAPE) in Tunisia. 

The second event takes place from 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST, as a Human Library with volunteers from around the world. Learn about their experiences and ask them questions on development, volunteering, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with them; the world of international development is in full swing!


Join the ranks of incredible Crossroaders making meaningful change around the world. We are excited to slowly return to mobility and have new volunteer mandates posted!