Training at the International Volunteer School
The International Volunteer School is one of the projects conducted by PetrSU as the winner of the All-Russian competition of youth projects among educational institutions of higher education in 2018 with the financial support of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs.
The first month was devoted to learning the skills needed for working with schoolchildren since one of the tasks of the volunteers is to conduct interactive classes for children. Agents of the SLOVO attended a series of fascinating lectures, improved their public speaking skills and developed their own classes, which they will soon host at regional schools.
“We do not position ourselves as teachers, rather, we are senior mates. Our classes are devoted to intercultural communication. In the form of a game, we tell children that, despite a large number of countries and peoples, each of which has its own characteristics and traditions, we have a lot in common,” said Anna Vyarieva, the head of the School.
Volunteers shared their impressions of the first month of training:
Anastasia Amelina, the Institute of Philology:
“During this short period of time I’ve met a lot of very interesting and completely different yet like-minded people. I have learned a lot of things that I can now apply in daily life. I try to overcome the fear of the new, to leave the comfort zone. I feel like I’m a part of something big and globally important, I’m looking forward to upcoming meetings, knowledge, and acquaintances!”
Christina Shabelnikova, the graduate of the Faculty of Philology of PetrSU:
“We’re planning to go to schools and hold classes for children. At first, I was scared of such a prospect, but in the process, I was inspired by the idea and began to enjoy the creative process. Previously, I highly doubted my teaching abilities, but now I admit that I can fulfill myself in the form of the lessons that are hosted at SLOVO. I like that by developing classes, we collect the most creative ideas, develop them, give shape to ideas and ultimately implement our plans.”
Alina Shipovskaya, the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences:
“For me, this is a challenge in its own way - to try something new, to plunge into the seething activity and even to overcome certain fears and stereotypes. I had difficulty in representing myself as an activist volunteer. For me, it was always people who could come up with and implement everything in a short time, some wizards who generate a sea of ideas and vividly implement them. I see how people create something new, I feel how passionate they are, how open they are, how they make decisions, and this is what I learn from them - to be a wizard. This atmosphere of SLOVO is insanely contagious.”