14 Dec Volunteering: a journey of togetherness and growth
All Volunteers Meet (AVM) at Bhumi helps to bring all its volunteers from a certain project /city to one common platform where they can ideate, discuss and enjoy with each other. Volunteering for a single organisation, teaching the same subject, but at different locations with different types of kids, AVM becomes their meeting point. It helps the team to grow and learn from each other.
Our Mathematics project team in Pune conducted one such AVM on November 17 with 38 volunteers coming together at the scenic Pavana Lake viewpoint. Here the volunteers got together for a day of fun & learning. The day started as early as 6 am when they all boarded the bus to reach Pavana Lake. There were fun icebreakers planned for the travelling time on the bus. On reaching the location scrumptious breakfast was served at Tikona holiday Home, where they camped for the day.
The team bonded over different games, some for fun and some were based on projects and processes in Bhumi. It resulted in the team getting a holistic view of Bhumi and its different projects. They also indulged in a poster making activity to explain the challenges faced by volunteers at their centres. It helped in deriving a lot of insights from each others’ posters and the team could find many solutions together.
The highlight of the AVM was the appreciation certificates and awards handed out to volunteers and coordinators who performed extraordinarily in their endeavours. The whole day outing was enjoyed by all and they went back with a bunch of happy memories and inspiration to do more!
Namrata one of the attendees excitedly shared – “At this AVM, I got a chance to interact with volunteers from different centres & could learn from each others’ challenges and best practices. This AVM also served as a platform to communicate with all the new volunteers. A big thank you to our coordinators for organising this!”
Paurush, one of the seasoned volunteers commented – “This was my second AVM and my goodness! the thrill of the AVM never subsides. You always get something new to learn”. When asked about the outcome of such AVMs one of the coordinators remarked, “there is always a positive shift in the motivation level of volunteers after an AVM”.
Wordsmith: Himani Talati (Volunteer, Pune)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.