A day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of volunteers across the world, providing an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to show their contributions to peace and development. The theme for International Volunteer Day 2017 was 'VolunteersActFirst. Here. Everywhere.' This recognised the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis. You can find out more about the Day, and the annual theme, from the UN Observances: International Volunteer Day web pages. Why not use one of the stories from the UN Volunteers website to start a class discussion about the benefits and problems of volunteering? From the home page you can scroll down to the 'Stories of our impact' section to pick volunteers' stories from different parts of the world.