(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman Association for Consumer Protection (OACP) will host the second IAVE regional volunteer conference for Arab nations from November 24-26 at the conference centre of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) holds a world conference on volunteering every alternative year and regional conferences in the years when there is no world conference. The first IAVE conference for the Arab region was held in Beirut in 2011.
The conference is aimed at bringing together those who have expertise in volunteering and those who want to develop that expertise and/or develop volunteer initiatives in their own countries; providing orientation to the scope of volunteerism, in general; creating a forum for people to share ideas, experiences and expertise that can help promote volunteering in the region; providing basic training on volunteerism; encouraging collaboration within and between countries of the region and introducing participants to resources in Arabic, English and French on volunteering and encourage the development of additional resources specifically in Arabic.
The conference will have four tracks “ training of trainers in volunteer management; sharing best practices in volunteering in the Arab region; corporate track (for companies that have or want to start a corporate volunteer programme “ in English) and the youth track for young leaders 18-25 (in Arabic).
There will be plenary sessions that will bring together participants in all four tracks, panel presentations for participants to share their own experiences in volunteer management, workshops (many to be presented by international specialists in volunteering), discussion sessions that allow conference delegates to openly discuss the state of volunteering in the region and propose strategies to improve it, site visits to volunteer programmes in Oman, an exhibition of resources on volunteering and poster presentations on volunteer programmes of participants.
The conference will be an opportunity for participants to share, learn and network with others in volunteerism from throughout the region and the world. Those who attend at least the 75 per cent of conference sessions will be issued certificates. Arabic will be the primary language of the conference with simultaneous translation into English for all plenary sessions and some workshops. The youth track will be in Arabic. The corporate track will in English. Around 300 leaders in volunteering are expected to attend the conference, including 100 from within Oman and 180 from other Arab countries. IAVE will also have its annual board meeting in conjunction with the Oman conference, which means around 20 world leaders of volunteering will take part in the conference from countries such as Australia, Philippines, India, Lebanon, Togo, Kenya, Germany, the United States, Colombia, and Peru.
Participants will include IAVE national representatives, representatives of the Arab Federation for voluntary activities, IAVE members and others who demonstrate their commitment to promoting volunteering in their countries. The conference logo is the frankincense tree, the 'giving tree of Oman, which symbolises that there are many ways through which people can volunteer for the good of others, drawing comparisons from the frankincense tree that gives through the incense and medicinal oils produced from its resin, the shade and animal food provided by its leaves and the dye made from its bark. The conference logo and banner were designed by Shadya al Ismailiya, an Omani artist.<