Overseas governments and agencies requested their sending in full knowledge of their youthfulness. They hoped that these volunteers would activate their own young people in service. Because that aim requires an institutional framework, the Nigerian government, for one, has made a year of service an integral part of university education.
Some of the early volunteers were in fact highly skilled. Among the first dozen, sponsored by Rolls-Royce on completion of their apprenticeship, one became the only faculty member at Thailand's Institute of Technology who could translate a blueprint into a working model within hours.
Out of those first beginnings I concluded that there were needs in Britain to which young volunteers could make their contribution and founded Community Service Volunteers for that purpose.
Community Service Volunteers
The writer was the founder of Voluntary Service Overseas.
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