"This extraordinarily challenging year has shone a spotlight on the power of volunteers in Australia and around the world. With the message Together We Can Through Volunteering, UN Volunteers is encouraging everyone to make International Volunteer Day this year a worldwide moment to thank volunteers and celebrate their efforts despite all the challenges at hand." (Volunteeringaustralia.org)
RWN volunteer tutors really stepped up this year to ensure that adult literacy students, many of whom were already vulnerable and isolated, were able to continue weekly sessions despite various restrictions that the Covid-19 outbreak brought. Contact and lessons were delivered using Zoom, Skype, email, phone - whatever was most convenient for both tutors and students.
One tutor and student took a very original approach – the tutor reported "my student drives to my house and sets herself up on my verandah at a safe distance. I stay inside and we communicate through the open window!” Volunteers are the best!