Global Volunteer Action - Achievements

The Global Volunteer Action Opening seminar allowed participating organisations from Europe and Asia to meet face to face and go beyond what cooperation between Europe and Asian region means. The discussion on this topic led to a proposal of a resolution on improving reporting by SCI branches that was approved by the International Committee Meeting later that year.

“A public debate on International volunteering in a rapidly changing society  where experienced speakers shared their views, experiences and research findings was an eye opener for all of us.”  

-Edward Chuah, a participant from SCI Malaysia.

 

A session on online placement system was also organised during this seminar, serving as capacity building in usage of internet tools and ensuring smooth management of exchange of volunteers for international workcamps. For many, their participation at this meeting also contributed to the self-recognition of belonging to a bigger network.

 

During the Volunteer University the participants focused on exchanges of Global South and Global North. Also evaluation of activities was a big theme and as an important outcome of this activity an online evaluation system of projects and best practices on workcamps within SCI was implemented in practice.

 

The participants of the Social Media and ICT training developed Social Media Guidelines that are accessible at the Member area of SCI or in the Prezi below

 

 

 

“One day we went to a secondary school in Hong Kong to act as living books for the students. I was so grateful to share with students about my own homeland, Malaysia. They shared about the lifestyle of Hong Kongese and the famous food there!

    -Liew Shan Kun, also known as Sherlock,

     a participant  of the Social Media Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This training was a unique chance to meet with activists and volunteers

from our Asian branches, we need more chances for cross

continental cooperation, because somewhere in the middle the magic

happens and we all make a bigger difference together."

-Viktoriya Marinova, Bulgarian participant of the Social Media Training in

Hong Kong

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the expected and achieved results of the Training for multipliers working with (international) youth activities is the improved competences of the participants in planning, delivering and evaluating educational activities.

 

 

“Moreover, there was a visible increase in their self-confidence as trainers and educators, as well as their soft skills significantly developed and improved. Additionally, at the end of the training, we felt them as being more curious and willing to continue learning and developing in the field.”

-Goska Tur and Natalie Jivkova, trainers

 

During the practice phase of the Training for multipliers working with (international) youth activities, the participants developed educational materials, namely session outlines (scenarios) for training of campleaders. These scenarios suggest programme for 2-day training, 3-day training, 5-day training and urgent replacement campleaders training. These were provided to Better evaluation and exchange support working group and uploaded in the SCI Member Area (http://ma.sci.ngo/training-scenarios).

 

There were several trainings and workshops organised by participants as a follow up of the Training for multipliers.

 

 

 

 

“The group discussions and role playing were great ways in which to learn new aspects of self-assertiveness. I very much enjoyed the back and forth role playing and acting out different scenarios that might take place during a workcamp.”

- Shane Carolan, shares his experience from the campleader    training organised as a follow up of Training for Multipliers

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Final event of Global Volunteer Action a public event organized by SCI Catalunya" Making a Difference by Volunteering: Impact and challenges of international volunteering". This event aimed at analyzing the impact of the experiences that international volunteering have both on the volunteers themselves as well as on the local community that hosts them. Each year thousands of people participate in projects of international volunteering all around the world - but do we take a close enough look on the impact these experiences have on them and on the local communities? CCIVS (Coordinating Commitee of International Voluntary Service), invited to join the table of the speakers and presented a study  called “Changing Perspectives". From impact measurement to the recognition of international voluntary service” in order to answer these questions and to determine more profoundly all that is involved in international volunteering. The outcomes of the above mentioned study was presented by Oriol Josa and Matina Deligianni (CCIVS) and was further enhanced by the experiences in International volunteering of Abayomi Oyebade Oyekan (VWAN - Nigèria) and Hemamali Perera (SCI Sri Lanka). Examples illustrating the impact of volunteering on the local community were presented by David Llistar (Director of Global Justice and International Cooperation in the Ajuntament of Barcelona), Marta Rosique (area of cooperation of the Council of Youth in Catalonia), Clara Giberga (Servei Civil Internacional) and Pere Vidal (coordinator of the association ADeLA, Can Pipirimosca). After the introduction to the planned survey on international volunteering during the Opening Seminar, some branches contributed to this survey in 2015. As a follow up an Impact Map was created. The Glovola project and its results were also presented, and its follow up, Peers to Peace, was announced with great enthusiasm.

Grapheazy, a visual facilitation tool was designed for meetings with international participants, where English is not the mother tongue of the majority of the group, Grapheazy can help people expressing themselves more freely during a discussion. Thanks to a power of images, this tool turns a group discussion into dynamic visualisation that can be helpful in identifying new ways to tackle a problem or a theme. Grapheazy includes 50 visual A4 – cards and a manual with examples how to use it. It was created by SCI with the support of the Pool of trainers and facilitators of SCI. After its content-testing phase in 2014, the improved tool received a fresh design and was launched at the Final Seminar – Advanced Volunteer University.   

Question to Answer alias Q2A  online support forum SCI was developed to facilitate better knowledge transfer within the SCI movement. The basic principle is that anyone can ask a question and anyone can provide an answer. By this tool we are linking SCI newcomers with resource persons who can provide valuable insights on questions raised as well as to direct the person searching for advice to existing organisational knowledge on the topic.