Join the McConnell International Foundation for this important and timely online conference on the role of international volunteering. The McConnell International Foundation, in partnership with the Scottish Government, is delighted to invite you to join us for this timely event to examine the role of international volunteering in global citizenship and sustainable development, against a backdrop of de-colonisation, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency.

The event will consider a range of volunteering activities, including school partnerships and other educational trips. It will also look at the contribution of volunteering to employee development and take a critical look at voluntourism. It will consider not just the opportunities available for school students, but for those in higher and further education and the early stages of their working life.

We will hear from leading figures in international development about the policy landscape in which volunteering operates, learn about the potential for effective links between young Scots and their peers in Scotland’s partner countries: Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia; and consider how best volunteering can support young people to think deeply and critically about equity and justice, and how they can minimize harm to our planet.

The conference will hear from the co-chairs, Lord Jack McConnell, founder and chairperson of the McConnell International Foundation, Hon Vera Kamtukule, Minister for Tourism in the Government of Malawi, and Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development. Register here:

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