Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi to address the youth on the International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2012, Ghent, Belgium

The United Nations have declared the 5th of December as International Volunteer Day. A perfect opportunity to boost the cooperation between Flanders and South Africa when it comes to youth. During the period 2011-2013 the focus will be on stimulating South African youngsters to volunteer.
Come and discover more about the projects from this cooperation period. And learn more about the results of ‘the research on South African youngsters’ perception on voluntary work’. How different or similar is it in comparison to the Flemish situation? And how can we inspire each other?
Exchange views with other fans of South Africa and give your own suggestions. You also get the chance to share your experiences with partners in South Africa and to extend your network.
On the 5th of December, local volunteers will be helping out in the communities of Witzenberg and Stellenbosch. Thanks to a live connection with South Africa, you can follow their BOOST it! actions from the front row.
Are you a youngster, professional or volunteer working for an organization or an office that links with South Africa? Do you have a South African experience or do you cooperate with a South African partner? Or do you fancy an experience in the South? Then we’d love to see you on the 5th of December. Click here to register.
Reception in De Centrale
1.30pm – 2pm  
‘Promoting and Up-scaling Youth Volunteering in Civil Society Organizations in South Africa’
Introduction to volunteering by South African youth and the origin of the cooperation (Jan Vanhee)
2pm – 2.30pm
LIVE communications with volunteers from Witzenberg and Stellenbosch:
South African and Flemish volunteers talk (in English)
2.30pm – 3pm
Results of the South African research
‘Youth perceptions on volunteering’ and a comparison with the Flemish situation (Bram Vermeiren)
3pm – 4pm
Discussion sessions: change thoughts about youth volunteering in South Africa.
Short commentary (Eva Hambach, Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk)
4pm – 5pm
Network drink with Southern appetizer
Speech by Mr. Nkosi, South African Ambassador
Music by string orchestra Violet (twinned with the Bochabela String Orchestra)
Information corner by the South African Embassy
Date:             Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hour:             From 1pm until 5pm
Contribution: free
Location:       De Centrale, Kraankinderstraat 2, 9000 Gent
Accesibility:   see map

More details, a full program and registration on
Please register before November 26.