Welcome Message

On behalf of the United Arab Emirates, we are really honoured to have been selected to host the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference in 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

We are privileged to host this global conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IAVE, which has been a pioneer in bringing together individuals, organizations and the private sector — on an unprecedented scale — to support and advance volunteering around the world.

We are committed to deliver a memorable Volunteering Conference with a meaningful and far-reaching legacy.

I can assure you that you will be touched by the spirit of our young country that looks to the future with enthusiasm and hope.

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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and
Chairman of Emirates Foundation

Welcome from IAVE

On behalf of IAVE and its Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) it is my great pleasure to invite you to join us at our 2020 World Volunteer Conference.

We are very excited to be holding the conference for the first time ever in the Arab Nations Region. It is our great honor to be hosted by the Emirates Foundation and to be working with their superb team to bring the conference to life.

This year’s conference is one of our most special as it includes a celebration of IAVE’s 50th anniversary as a global leader for volunteering. We look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi and to offering you a tremendous experience!

Kylee Bates

World President

Celebrating IAVE’s 50th Anniversary

In 1970, even though volunteering was happening throughout the world, there was no such thing as a “global volunteer community” as we speak of it today. But because of the shared vision of a handful of women in Los Angeles, California and people throughout the world who they had met through their volunteering, that global community began to emerge.

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Call for Presenters

“Volunteering Together to Enable Change and Create a Better World”

October 11-14, 2020
Abu Dhabi, UAE



What is IAVE?

IAVE stands for the International Association for Volunteering efforts (IAVE) and exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering in all of the myriad ways it happens throughout the world. With members in 70+ countries, IAVE is the connective tissue of a global network of leaders of volunteering, NGOs, businesses and volunteer centers that share a belief in the power of volunteers to make a significant strategic contribution to resolving the world’s most pressing problems.

What is the IAVE World Volunteer Conference about?

The IAVE World Volunteer Conference is part of The International Association for Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) which began in 1970 with the birth of IAVE and is organized every two years in a different country around the World. The conference aims to bring together the volunteering community from across the world to share their experiences, learn from one another and build bridges across cultural, political and linguistic barriers.

What is the Format of the Conference?

The conference includes a series of stimulating plenaries and workshops with inspirational speakers and experts from around the World. Workshops include compelling topics, discussions and debates on challenging issues confronting the volunteering sector around the World.

Who usually attends the IAVE World Volunteering Conference?

The World Volunteer Conference brings together participants from civil society, government sectors, and corporations to share and explore how volunteers as agents of change provide the practical action that builds hope and resilience, improves lives and strengthens communities.

Where and when will the conference take place?

The 26th World Volunteering Conference will take place on October 11-14, 2020 at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Company (ADNEC)

How can I register to the event?

Registration can be done directly from the website: http://www.iave2020.ae/

Are there costs to participate?

Yes, please check the registration link on the website for more details on the different categories of participation. http://www.iave2020.ae/registration/

Do I need a visa for Abu Dhabi?

Ctizens of Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Vatican State can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Where can I stay during my visit?

We have chosen a range of hotels across all price levels, all within walking distance of the conference site. Discounted prices will be announced in the coming months.

What is the theme of the 26th IAVE World Volunteering Conference?

The Theme is Volunteering Together to Enable Change and Create a Better World: Sharing and exploring how volunteers as agents of change provide the practical action that builds hope and resilience, improves lives and strengthens communities.

What are the highlights in the conference agenda?

The 26th World Volunteering Conference includes the following topics:

  • Volunteering 2030 – New Paradigms
  • Future Leadership – the Role of Youth Volunteers
  • Tolerance and Inclusionin volunteering
  • Corporate Volunteering
  • Volunteering and the Digital World
  • Measurement and Impact of volunteering
  • Volunteerism and Community Resilience