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A total of 20 universities, ITMO University among them, were granted the opportunity to be the first to present the program to their students.
Sometimes It’s Important Just to Talk: How Volunteers of #WeAreTogether Initiative Help the Elderly During Self-Isolation
During the period of self-isolation, the #WeAreTogether (#МыВместе) initiative has started in Russia with the aim of providing support to elderly citizens with limited mobility and medical workers. Over 100,000 volunteers all over the country are helping those who are experiencing an acute need in the simplest yet vital things: food and medicines. ITMO University students and staff have also been making their contribution. For some of them, this has been their first venture into volunteering. ITMO.NEWS spoke to them to find out how the work went and why they decided to answer the appeal for help.
Nine ITMO University students have completed a four-day training course at 20.35 University to become certified digital volunteers. During the intensive course, the students familiarized themselves with online communication services (Zoom and Discord), discovered how to organize online learning, monitor university and school students’ progress, and learned to implement gamification of study subjects using ClassDojo and Mozilla Hubs. ITMO.NEWS contacted the newly qualified digital volunteers to find out about possible applications for this knowledge and skills and the development of digital volunteering in the country.
Amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, ITMO’s Volunteer Center has launched an initiative to help the university’s older staff. The volunteers deliver groceries and medicines, and also help to tune in online services for those who are forced to observe a strict quarantine due to being especially at risk. Entrepreneur Evgeny Mutovkin, a former student of ITMO University, has supported the student initiative by equipping the volunteers with electric scooters rented by his company to make the delivery faster. He speaks about his cooperation with his alma mater and himself in this interview with ITMO.NEWS.
It’s common knowledge that the elderly are the most susceptible to the risks of COVID-19. At the same time, they find self-isolation especially hard, as they can’t carry lots of products to their homes and need to purchase medicine more often. Members of ITMO’s Volunteer Center offer help to the university’s older staff members. ITMO.NEWS talked to the center’s coordinator in order to learn how to become a volunteer or call on their support.
All throughout the past week at ITMO University, seven teams from Russia, the US and Switzerland were developing social projects to then present them to the judges. The students and lecturers forming part of the groups interacted with their colleagues, discussed the difference in social entrepreneurship approaches in their countries, and exchanged experiences in order to come up with the most comprehensive solution for their tasks. Read on to find out how it all happened and what the participants learned from each other.
This Sunday, the results of the Form of Kindness award have been announced in St. Petersburg. The citizens of St. Petersburg have chosen 25 people in 25 nominations, who will help the city administration solve various social problems and support those who need help. Among the winners is a representative of ITMO University, head of ITMO’s Student Volunteer Center Andrey Zlenko.
The founders of ITMO University student club Paws of Help have recently held a festival in St. Petersburg featuring a concert, workshops, lectures and quests. The mission of the event was to draw attention to the problems of animal shelters in the city. ITMO.NEWS talked to the organizers of the event about the idea of the festival, as well as their challenges and plans for the future.
ITMO University has recently hosted an opening ceremony for a series of events that will take place as part of a Japanese-Russian youth exchange program. Last year, fifteen ITMO students who actively participated in volunteering activities went to Tokyo; the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities acted as the host party. Volunteers from Russia got lots of information about Japanese programs for helping the disabled. This time, a group of Japanese students came to Russia to learn how such programs are implemented in our country.
On August 3-17, the Yagodnoe sports and recreation center hosted the annual camp Ecological Raids, which attracted volunteers from Germany, Italy, Spain, Palestine and other countries. Together, they cleaned rubbish off the center’s territory, beautified the space and learned more about each other’s homelands. This has been the fifth time that Ecological Raids is organized, by efforts of ITMO University’s students. Here is more on the international volunteers’ expressions and this year’s camp.