VOICE Connect is an important part of project VOICE. It aims at connecting our writers and other individuals working or volunteering in the same fields in their own country with our audiences.
This interaction allows a much deeper engagement with and reflection on the issues discussed by our authors, or brought up by other individuals with experience in social, humanitarian, peacekeeping or development fields. Hopefully, it will trigger a further challenging of one´s own and others´ perceptions. This contact can take many different forms, depending on the individuals or groups involved, the setting, distance, and the time frame. Examples here range from video conferences to direct meetings to the possibility to-in selected cases- join some of our writers and other individuals as a volunteer in their projects for some time. As VOICE is a very young project, we are still in the process of developing the Connect programme. More information will follow soon! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via email or the contact form!
Cooperation project with the Bavarian Red Cross Ingolstadt
Following the huge success of the first aid course for international students last week, VOICE and the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) Ingolstadt will officially continue their cooperation! VOICE project coordinator Annina Lux and Volunteer Services Manager Bernhard Grimmer met today, on 1 August 2016, to formalise this joint effort. Through this cooperation, we will continue to give international students insights into the work of local staff and volunteers of the German Red Cross, while also giving them the opportunity to learn some of the lifesaving skills these Red Cross staff and volunteers use on a daily basis. The students from all around the world will also be able to ask questions to and exchange with the Red Cross members present. While VOICE will continue to plan, organise and facilitate the courses, certified Red Cross instructors will be leading the training. We are very much looking forward to the continuation of this joint effort! The next course is already being planned for November 2016!
Normally, Connect aims at connecting our Western audiences with our writers and other individuals working or volunteering in the same fields. This time, however, we have turned this up side down. In cooperation with the Bavarian Red Cross Ingolstadt, we gave international students the opportunity to learn about (volunteer) work of the German Red Cross in Ingolstadt.
VOICE and the Bavarian Red Cross had already visited the class 10c of the local vocational school Berufsschule I on the 13th of June 2016. The students of the class are young unaccompanied refugees from different African and Near and Middle Eastern Countries. During three hours, the students had the opportunity to have a look around a fully equipped emergency ambulance, learn about volunteer and full-time work for the German Red Cross, and learn and ask about the experiences of the two EMTs present. The students also had a chance to discover some of the routine measures performed by volunteers and staff in a short practical introduction into basic life support. The many questions asked and the huge interest of the class led VOICE to organise a first aid course for the class to enable students to gain some further insights into the work done by the Red Cross and other ambulance services and first aid societies.
The course, which took place on the 25th of July from 8 am to 4.30 pm in the local Bavarian Red Cross Headquarters was a huge success. The 17 students of the class very proactively participated in both the theoretical and practical parts. Aside from learning basic first aid, there was also a focus on the direct contact and exchange with one professional and one volunteer EMT (Andre Schiersch and Annina Lux). In a short introduction to the water safety rules, a huge topic locally with the many lakes and rivers around, students were able to meet and ask questions to a member from the Water Rescue Team (Melanie Krestel). For the accompanying German teacher of the class, Marianna Kenyeres, learning vocabulary and terms widely used in the medical profession was also a positive aspect of the course.
Following the success of the course, the cooperation between VOICE and the Bavarian Red Cross will continue. The next first aid course for a refugee class is already planned for November or December 2016. VOICE will continue to organise the course, while the Red Cross will contribute instructors and rooms for the course to take place.
Photos: Marianna Kenyeres, Annina Lux
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