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IAVE’s Global Youth Volunteering Summit in Edmonton, Canada.

Updated: Mar 9

They are looking for young people across the world who are passionate about volunteering to join the Youth Advisory Group and bring this conference to life!

Deadline to apply is March 20, 2021. Decisions will be announced by the end of March 2021.

Every 10 years IAVE celebrates the Global Youth Volunteering Summit (GYVS), an event, made by youth and for youth, that seeks to connect young volunteers from all regions of the world. The 1st Summit was in Tokyo, Japan in 2001, and the 2nd Summit took place in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 2011. The next Summit will be in Edmonton, Canada in 2022.

IAVE exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering in all of the myriad ways it happens throughout the world. With members in 70+ countries, they are the connective tissue of a global network of leaders of volunteering, NGOs, businesses and volunteer centres that share a belief in the power of volunteers to make a significant strategic contribution to resolving the world’s most pressing problems.

About the Youth Advisory Group

The Youth Advisory Group is responsible for co-producing the conference with MacEwan University and IAVE. This group will ensure that all planning and development is taken forward with a youth-led approach and with a global perspective. The group will comprise of young people ages 16-30 from around the world (50% from Edmonton, the host city) and would commit to being involved in the planning process for 12-18 months prior to the event.

Through the open application process, two representatives from each region (Africa, Arab Nations, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America) will be selected to serve in the Youth Advisory Group. This group will be co-chaired by the IAVE Board Representative for Youth, Yvette Tackie, and the MacEwan University Student Representative.

Who Should Apply

They are looking for young people between the ages of 16-30 who:

  • Hold leadership roles in their volunteering organizations

  • Have experience in planning, managing and supervising youth conferences

  • Can commit 10 hours per week for the first 12 months and 15-18 hours in the 6 months leading up to the Summit.

  • Can travel to Canada for the Summit.

  • Have devices with adequate internet access to attend online meetings.

  • Have basic proficiency in English (oral and written).

An ideal candidate is:

  • Nonjudgemental and a team player

  • Motivated, honest and creative

  • Aware of global and regional trends in youth volunteering

  • Committed and solution-oriented

Why you should consider applying

  • Opportunity to shape the outcome of an exciting, once in a lifetime global event

  • Connect with hundreds of young people from all over the world.

  • Opportunity to learn what trends are shaping youth volunteering.

  • Inspire and activate keynotes and workshops with relevant stakeholders.

  • Build an exciting agenda for attendees from around the world.

  • Share your knowledge expertise and culture with your global peers.

  • Develop inspiring projects related to youth volunteerism.

  • Opportunity to travel to Canada to attend the Summit in person!


  • Build community with other committees to build the agenda for the Summit.

  • Brainstorm and co-create the theme of Summit.

  • Work with IAVE Youth Board Advisor and McEwan University Student Representative to create and plan the agenda for the Summit.

  • Plan and design activities for the Summit.

  • Take forward ideas and suggestions from the planning committee into actionable activities.

  • Generate and build interest in the Summit in their region via social media.

  • Ensure the execution of the budget with Conference Advisors.

  • Propose and create an action plan involving NGOs, youth volunteering organizations, Government and other stakeholders in participating in the Summit.

  • Propose avenues of securing funds for the Summit.

  • Attend weekly advisory meetings.

  • Facilitate group norms and meetings with the local organizing committee.

  • Provide guidance in terms of barriers to the project.

  • Gather supplies for youth activities.


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