Contact-making seminar "Creating Volunteering Circles" was taking place in the beginning of the March in Thessaloniki, Greece.
It was an intense program and many good practices, as well as project ideas have been shared between the participants. The trainers, Olga and Olimpia, were perfectly prepared and guided us through the whole process of creating and implementing an ESC project. We were also presenting our sending organisations and exchanging practical information. One of the most interesting activities in my opinion was a role-play of given scenarios that were all real life situations from one of the trainers' experience.
On one day we had guests from another organisation - an ex-volunteer now working as a mentor to the ESC volunteers and the organisation's manager. There has also been an inspirational visit to Thessaloniki and the hosting organisation's headquarters.
During the activities and outside of activities talks' it came out that some of the participating organisations would be willing to partner up with Seiklejate Vennaskond (and either send their participants to the projects or invite potential volunteers from Estonia for their initiatives such as long- and short-term ESC projects). So many new projects are ahead.
Personally, I was also interested in getting involved as a long-term ESC volunteer because I've already done a short-term project before. I saw some potential possibilities I may be willing to apply for. What's even more important, I now have a clear overview of how it works from the very theoretical organisational side and how it might look in reality.
After the mandatory part of each day's program there were some evening activities such as intercultural night, game night or a night visit to the city.