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1. Law
a. a person who does some act or enters into a transaction without being under any legal obligation to do so and without being promised any remuneration for his services
b. Property law a person to whom property is transferred without his giving any valuable consideration in return, as a legatee under a will
a. a plant that grows from seed that has not been deliberately sown
b. (as modifier): a volunteer plant



a person who voluntarily enters military service. In several countries the system of volunteers was the basic means of army recruitment—for example, in Great Britain before World War I (1914-18)—before the introduction of universal military obligation. In the 18th century and the first half of the 19th, volunteer battalions and regiments existed in Austria-Hungary, France, and Italy that had joined the ranks of the regular army. In the second half of the 19th century the system of volunteers lost its significance in most states; it is still a means of army recruitment in Great Britain (since 1961) and serves as a supplement to the regular army in certain other states, particularly in time of war.



a serviceman in the Russian or foreign armies who would voluntarily enter military service on terms that were advantageous to him after having received a higher or secondary education (in Russia, also before completion of secondary education). The features of volunteer service that distinguish it from regular army duty included a shortened duration of service and of the time required for promotion in rank, the right to live on one’s own income outside the barracks, and the obligation to take an examination at the conclusion of service for the rank of junior officer in the reserves(in Russia, warrant officer).

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We recognise that volunteers can develop and gain new experiences within the organisation so it's important to us that volunteers are given the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, to meet new people and be a part of the community, we listen to their ideas and views and ensure they feel involved.
EFC is the first football club to get Investors in Volunteers IIV accreditation for its community volunteer programme
Al Badwawi implemented his philosophy by participating in major events such as the World Government Summit for three consecutive years; the Arabic Language conference for five years; as well as the Hamdan Hub for four years, where he was able to connect with people from different backgrounds, nationalities and interests, which helped him inspire more volunteers and increase diversity in his group.
I thank all Australian volunteers for their contributions, and invite the community to reflect on the lasting impact that international volunteering can have on Australians and our region.
The United Nations (UN), the Education Ministry and volunteers themselves consider voluteering work to be highly valuable for young people.
A volunteer shared: "Both of my parents were volunteers, Mum was involved with the Women's Institute and Dad worked here on the railway with my granddad.
People from all nationalities are welcome and we are not looking for any specific skills," said Abeer Al Hosani, Head of Volunteers Expo 2020 Dubai.
Time Please will run from May 25 to August 19, 2018 and is open to individuals willing and capable to do volunteer work.
Seventeen volunteer drivers have taken passengers to 596 health appointments, 202 hair appointments, on 606 social and other journeys and to 45 volunteer placements.
Volunteer competitions, activities and events for the day help promote the impact of volunteering and the UN's Millennium Development Goals via volunteering to help eradicate poverty; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health; reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases; help ensure environmental sustainability.
The Qatar Football Association honoured a selection of volunteers who previously took part in QFA's matches and tournaments.
And as applications open for those wishing to become volunteer team leaders at this year's show, organiser WorldSkills UK is celebrating the achievement of a national award which recognises the excellent work which it does in creating and shaping the volunteer development programme for the event.

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