Friday, December 14, 2012

VSO India International Volunteer Day Celebrations

6-9 December 2012

YEY! VSO India celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) through a series of events and activities in Delhi. It's a day to honor all the international volunteers all around the globe. As part of the celebrations, in-country volunteers based in States outside Delhi were called back to re-unite with Delhi-based volunteers for a day of fun and stress-free sessions of games and reflections.

(some) VSO India in-country volunteers and Country Office Staff

The IVD celebration has paved the way for in-country VSO India volunteers to get to know more about each other, the work that we do, and the challenges that we have faced/been facing while volunteering here in India.

Guess Who Game
Wrapping up Gifts for Performers of the Rock Concert
Yummy chocolate cake as prize for singing Christmas Carols
Yarn of Reflections (sharing of volunteer experiences)
Volunteers Dinner Night Out at MBs in Defence Colony

Apart from spending time with co-volunteers (too bad not all of us made it to Delhi), the IVD celebrations by VSO India also aimed to raise awareness about active citizenship and volunteering among Indians, especially those in Delhi. International volunteers also participated in the volunteer mela (fair) to share experiences with people interested in national volunteering.

The Amphitheater
Posters encouraging volunteering all over the area

Youth volunteers from JOSH, a VSO partner org in Delhi, performs
a street play with song and dance during the mela
Co-vol Tita Susan tries out the "Big Step" game
(Concept: Take a BIG STEP. Volunteer with VSO)
People were encouraged to write on the Active Citizenship wall
The volunteer mela was then followed by a rock concert with Naysa and Indian Ocean. I barely understood what they were singing but the rhythm and the level of performance was interesting!

VSO India Executive Director Ratna Viswanathan talks about volunteering
followed by South Delhi Mayor on how people should support
charitable activities to help people (before the concert began)

Rock Band Naysa - loved their music!

Rock Band Indian Ocean - definitely not what I expected!
Full House (well, amphitheater)
Closing time: thanking the performers and felicities

Rock on volunteers! Go VSO!

VSO India Film on Volunteering

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