Open Cafe Rzeszow goes online – here is no certainty, only opportunity.

This quote from the world known movie “V for Vendetta” inspired INPRO volunteers for facilitate the first Open Café of the autumn 2020.

On October 14th despite the growing pandemic situation, we were alive and LIVE! Yes, as usual, Wednesday 19:00 was the best time to come together with the people from Rzeszow and all over the world to sharpen our knowledge about an important topic, particularly, for the young people living in Europe.

V for Volunteering” topic of this Open Café was dedicated to the upcoming October 15, 16 & 17 October 2020: 3 days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. However, we had one major difference from the usual Open Cafés! To avoid any little risk of virus spreading, we decided to continue our series ONLINE instead of meeting at the office space. Probably, you have heard its name a thousand times already, but our best supporter was ZOOM platform. Thank you so much, Eric Yuan!

Greeting the online audience, our 26 years old motivated volunteer from Azerbaijan (Ayxan) briefly introduced himself and highlighted the good practices during the Open Café such as respecting each other, how to use the Raise up icon to ask questions, screen sharing and recording, and most importantly, good energy and positive vibes!

“2 Truths, 1 Lie” online icebreaker helped the participants getting to know each other a bit more. Then they learned 8 useful facts about the topic of the day: Volunteering. For instance, did you know that volunteering can improve your overall fitness, and can help you to lose weight? Some experienced participants in short and long term projects confirmed and discussed further on.

 “1 2 3 Clap Snap Comment” online energizer supported to refresh the minds of participants after the 5 minutes break.

Final activity of the day was group discussions. ZOOM platform has a good benefit called ZOOM ROOMS. Participants were manually divided into groups (in our case, ROOMS) and each of the 3 ROOMS had 20 minutes to discuss the below questions and write down their own definition of volunteering:

  • What is your definition of volunteer work?
  • What do you know about the volunteering opportunities in Europe and in the world?
  • Why would you enjoy volunteering?
  • Can you think of ways to help people who need help?
  • Bonus question: Have you/your family/friends ever worked on a volunteer project? Is volunteering worth the time it takes?

When the time was up, minimum one person from each ROOM got the chance to share their individual and group opinions with other participants. Summing up the day for some more minutes, participants shared their constructive feedbacks and sent kind wishes until next Wednesday.