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According to the statistics, the average age of a volunteer in Russia amounts to 22-27 years old. The development of the volunteering movement at universities and vocational education institutions is becoming one of the priority tasks for the nearest future. As set forth in the national project “Education”, the number of student volunteers will have reached 2.8 million by 2020 and 8.8 million by 2024. To help educational organizations in this endeavor, in April of 2019 the Association of Volunteer Centers (AVC) launched the program “Our People”. ITMO University joined the list of the participants.
On February 4-11, a group of ITMO University students traveled to the Tosnensky District in Leningrad Oblast, 53 km southeast of St. Petersburg, to take part in volunteer activities: shovel snow, chop wood, as well as perform concerts and teach lessons at local schools. All this was part of the national initiative “Winter Forces 2018” that aims to promote volunteering among the youth and foster values of healthy living. Members of the student team spoke to ITMO.NEWS about their experience of helping people.
Different Volunteering, Eco Camps and Fresh Perspective on Things: Belgian Gloria Sagaradze on Interning at ITMO
Belgian Gloria Sagaradze came to Russia to do a three-month internship at ITMO University’s Student Initiatives Development Office. Among the projects she worked on were collaborating with the organizers of the international ecological camp Ecological Raids held at ITMO’s sports and recreation center Yagodnoye, helping Nigerian students develop an events plan for their student club, and mastering student project management. ITMO.NEWS met Gloria to talk about the difference between volunteering in Russia and Belgium and the valuable lessons she learnt from traveling.
Daria Zvyagintseva is a third-year student at ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty. Last month, she took part in the Secret Library student exchange program coordinated by Erasmus+Youth. In the course of ten days, students from Estonia, Macedonia, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Georgia and Russia shared their countries’ legends and traditions, and even shot a movie. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Daria talks about the program and who can participate in it.
Organized by ITMO together with Rosmolodezh and the Presidential Grants Foundation as part of the social projects development program 'People Need You!', the National Forum ‘From Volunteering to Social Engineering’ was recently held at ITMO University. The event’s mission is to introduce young people to the opportunities that exist in the field of volunteering, as well as showcase the best charity projects of 2018. The forum’s activities include practical assignments, workshops, business games, etc.; the participants had a chance to talk to the authors of successful social projects and get some advice on how to launch such initiatives and overcome the challenges they may face. In this article, we summed up the best volunteering projects presented by the forum’s participants.
Ekaterina Mashina didn’t get enough Unified State Exam points to enter ITMO University, but still enrolled thanks to the ITMO.STARS contest with her IBolit project. This initiative aims to combine the efforts of students and staff from ITMO University, Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, St. Petersburg State University and Moscow State University for achieving a noble goal: the creation of a system for providing highly qualified premedical care in Russia’s outlying regions. ITMO.NEWS interviewed the student about the details of her project and her plans for the future.
Twelve students and faculty members of ITMO University have recently taken part in the Japanese-Russian exchange program that focused on working with disabled people. The week-long exchange program was organized by the Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center with support from the Japanese Embassy in St. Petersburg. In Tokyo, the participants of the exchange program attended training sessions, visited rehabilitation centers, studied the approaches to creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities in museums and public transport, and even visited their homes. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Andrey Zlenko, Head of the Department for the Development of Student Initiatives, and Natalya Startseva, graduate of the “People Need You!” program, spoke about the Japanese technologies that have to do with developing an accessible environment for people with disabilities, and the difference between volunteering activities in Russia and Japan.
Every year, ITMO’s most active students go to different parts of the world in order to do internships at the world’s biggest companies and universities, or explore new territories as volunteers. Student internships have long become not some boring compulsory labour but rather enticing adventures that can give you unique experience. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, students speak about this year’s most interesting internships and volunteering projects.
ITMO University has recently hosted the third schoolchildren’s contest of social projects “People Need You!”. During the contest students learned how to develop social projects and promote their ideas in social media. As a result, many projects were implemented, some of them in the field of IT. The winners told ITMO.NEWS about their ideas.
Last week, the “People Need You!” social project contest developed by ITMO University’s Student Volunteer Center won the Presidential Grant Contest. The project has been conducted for five years already; “People Need You!” is a countrywide full-cycle educational program: the participating teams go all the way from a concept for a social project to its implementation, from finding partners to seeing the first results. As part of the program’s practical and educational modules, participants gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in implementing socially significant programs and contribute to the level of social assistance in their region. Andrei Zlenko, Director of ITMO’s Center for Social Design and Entrepreneurship, speaks about the project’s history, and what awaits its participants in the future.