In almost 2 years of volunteering, I have not had the pleasure of attending any get-togethers, so it’s no wonder I was thrilled when I found out that the previously cancelled self-awareness weekend was going to happen.
For me, it’s always recharging to be around people, especially since we have this epidemic situation. It was quite a disappointment when we found out that we couldn’t meet in person because of the restrictions, but I think we had a great weekend together despite that. I’m grateful that it was able to happen under these circumstances.
On Saturday we had a very interesting and enlightening presentation about our daily roles. It was thought-provoking to look at the roles we have to play in our daily lives and the factors that influence us not to live up to expectations. But it was also about the importance of knowing where our limits are and daring to say no when taking on a role is beyond us or incompatible with our daily lives.
On Sunday, the theme of ‘Boundaries in Volunteering’ was discussed. This session covered a number of important issues related to volunteering. We defined how to help in the right way and when, despite the fact that we only want to do good, we can do harm.
Besides the above mentioned, there were other benefits of the weekend we spent together. Even though we were only able to meet in virtual space, we did not miss the usual cheerfulness, openness and love. I was able to meet old friends and get to know new people, for which I am grateful. In addition, the two days we spent together gave me a number of ideas that could serve as a key to getting to know myself better.
Ultimately, I am grateful to be part of such a community of open, accepting and loving people. For me, volunteering is about being open, accepting and loving.
I hope we can meet in person at the next get-together and spend another wonderful weekend together.
We are grateful to the city hall of Miercurea Ciuc for the support!
Translated by Razman Noémi-Katalin