Springboard Training Session 2 for Volunteers Going Abroad

Springboard - Youth Volunteer Training Programme

Session 2:  U in Voluntary Work - the Self and the Self in Community

On Saturday the 28th of April, the volunteer groups who will be going to Naples, Catania, Palermo and Ethiopia in summer attended a Self-Awareness session given by Dr. Natalie Kenely, a Lecturer at the Department of Social Work and Social Policy of the University of Malta.

Dr. Kenely explained the importance of self-awareness in everyday life, however most importantly when living in a community when on missionary work. Being self-aware allows individuals to know themselves as the tool they will be using to love, serve and help the poor is their own SELF. Self-awareness can grow through observation and feedback from others. One must of course sieve feedback and take notice of constructive criticism from reliable sources. However, individuals may choose to act upon the feedback and pursue appropriate changes.

Gossip is one of the most destructive poisons that creeps into groups. If there are issues between one group member and another, the issue should be tackled immediately, face to face, not spread behind everybody’s back. The help of a leader should be sought if the issue cannot be resolved.

During community experiences, it is crucial for each individual to be fully aware of his/her values, beliefs, habits and limits. Emotions cannot be controlled, however each person is in control of how to deal with those emotions. If a situation is overwhelming, than distancing oneself for a little while will help gain the necessary strength to face the remainder of the experience. More importantly, before situations get out of hand, group members should seek the help and guidance of the leaders concerned.

Veronica Zammit

Pastoral Assistant

University Chaplaincy

The Springboard Youth Volunteer Training Programme is being partially funded by the Small Initiative Scheme - VO fund managed by the MCVS.

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