Third Time’s A Charm! YFU Serbia Sharing Event

The last of the three Sharing Events was organized in mid-December in Belgrade, Serbia. Seven volunteers enjoyed one and a half day of exciting workshops and had a lot of fun!

The trainers responsible for the educational content of this event, Riikka Pasanen from YFU Finland and Marta Bednarczyk from YFU Poland, spent a productive one-and-a-half day with seven participants, among whom there were both newcomers and very experienced volunteers, involved in YFU Serbia since its creation in 2009.

The first day commenced with a self-reflection on how each of the participants embarked on the journey with volunteering and on the reasons that kept them involved ever since. They discussed the essence of volunteering and also the characteristics of the volunteer network in Serbia. Participants gave thought to skills and opportunities that YFU as an organization can offer, as well as to practices that can hinder volunteer involvement.

The topics discussed during the second half of the day were recognition and appreciation of volunteers. Riikka Pasanen introduced the participants to Frederick Herzberg’s motivators and hygiene factors, as well as concepts such as vertical and horizontal job loading, knowledge of which enables expressing appreciation and acknowledgment in the most efficient way.

During the second day, Serbian volunteers worked with the coaching cycle method and selected areas of development that matter to them the most. Afterward, they focused on specific actions needed to achieve the objectives that they had set. Participants were also made to commit to fulfilling a number of demanding tasks which required for the entire group to work as a whole, which helped the group bond more and get to know each other better.

The last part of the sharing event was an open Q&A session in which participants were able to talk with the trainers about topics they considered important, which were not included in the original event schedule.

After 2 days, everyone went their ways, holding in their minds new knowledge and in their hearts – the team spirit.

This activity was made possible thanks to the funding of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.