I thought long and hard about whether I could fit it into my time as a graduate student, but I don’t regret saying „yes” to the event. Not only because I was able to learn and grow, but also because I met some really great people. Volunteering is a very important thing, it is a way to make new friends, it is a responsibility and it is a learning experience.
The first thought that came to my mind about the event is the potential for improvement. Not only that, but to a large extent we learned interesting and useful things about children, and I also learned about some diseases. As a volunteer, it is very important to know how to manage a young child’s behavior when they are troubled, sad or doesn’t belong to the majority. Despite the fact that I love working with children, I don’t always have enough knowledge about how to behave with a minority (disabled or with special needs) child. All this has changed since I took part in the Volunteer Meeting, and I have realized again how grateful I am to be able to volunteer. I can learn, grow, belong, work with other volunteers and take part in different games and activities.
As with all events, the 17th Volunteer Meeting event allowed us to improve a lot at team level, despite the fact that not everyone knew each other. We were able to improve in this area too, we got to know each other. It is important to be able to work effectively as a team, as teamwork is an essential at an event. Not knowing each other and not being able to work as a team can have a negative impact on the work done, the atmosphere and the identity of the team.
I still recommend volunteering to everyone, I don’t regret a single minute of it, and I would motivate everyone to try what volunteering means, how it feels to belong somewhere. A thousand thanks!
Written by: Janka Fodor, volunteer
Translated by: Orsolya Barabás, volunteer