The welcome seminar is kind of a “course” that all the volunteers from the EVS or ESC Project must to receive on its first month after the arrival. The number of volunteers assisting is variable, in my case we were 28 volunteers coming all over Greece. It took place in Thessaloniki center, in a hotel close to the city center, but the place change in every seminar. The first day was focus on the arrivals, check in and a little presentation. Some people couldn’t get there on time, so the presentation was shorter and the rest of the activities postpone to the next day so the rest of the people coming wouldn’t miss anything.
The hole week was planned full of activities. Most of them were games and exercises focused on what is volunteering, solidarity…
In order to know what was doing everybody in its own project, we had and activity where we had to make a poster with the explanation of what and where we are doing and then, in 3 different rounds, we had 10 min to explain to anybody that was interested our project. At the end, we didn’t find it enough to know all we wanted to know about each other’s program, so the truth is that we shared more interested info in our lunch/diner times and during night.
One of the best things of this 5 days at the hotel was the food. We had a free buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and as you can imagine, we ate each time more than necessary… Gosh I miss that food!
The coordinators wanted to focus in building a crew, so we spent the first 3 days exchanging info about ourselves and playing the typical games for breaking ice and finding stuff in common between us. Even though we got closer in our free time, when we could be relaxed and talk without a topic. I belive it's a normal thing to happen, isn't it?
We also made a wall with or names, as a "post offcie" and durnig the week we were leaving messages to each other, some anonymous, but at the end we knew each other and we were able to say from whom we were recieving a note!