This story is part of the Guardian’s partnership with GuardianWitness, an initiative to connect people across the globe with stories of volunteer work in their communities.
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The Volunteer State is a project by the GuardianWitness project, which was established in 2009 to empower people to tell their own stories of volunteering in the world’s poorest countries.
The project aims to foster awareness of and investment in volunteering as an effective way to increase social and economic empowerment, with the aim of providing a new lens for social justice in the global fight against poverty.
More than a million volunteers across the world have joined the initiative, and over 1.4 million people are actively volunteering.
The GuardianWitness network of journalists, photographers, writers and others, which has more than 30 journalists and photographers across the UK and other countries, has helped to create and promote a network of volunteers around the world who share their experiences and stories of caring for the planet, protecting the natural world and sharing the joys of volunteering.
Volunteer images by: Alastair Cocksby