In line with the celebration of the International Volunteer Day, students and volunteers gathered at the Arrupe Hall, last Dec. 5 to participate on the first day of #DreamforPH.
#DreamforPH is organized by the Campus Clubs Organization (CCO) in partnership with other organizations to inspire students and individuals to act on issues concerning peace and nation-building.
“#DreamforPH is a week-long series [of events] in order to use different fields of interest such as Media and Governance, Environment and Technology, and etc. for nation-building,” CCO Chairperson Khryzza Pinzon said.
The first day of the said event featured a talk and open forum on volunteerism, with the theme “#GlobalApplause: Give volunteers a hand.”
Speakers from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Institute for International Dialogue Friend of Peace, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Madaris Volunteer Program, Jesuit Volunteer Philippines, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Philippines, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and other volunteers shared their stories and insights about volunteerism.
“Day one is all about volunteerism. Napapanahon, because this is also the day that we celebrate the International Volunteer Day.
“[This] day is for all the volunteers to honor them for nation-building and also for [their] international contributions,” Pinzon said.
Volunteers, faculty, and students from both the university and other institutions participated in the event.
“We believe that volunteerism and nation-building issues should not just be of the college students’ concern. To prepare the High School students, and even the elementary students, we invited them para dili na stranger sa ila ang idea of volunteerism and nation-building pag-abot nila’g college,” Pinzon said.
On Dec. 7, #DreamforPH will feature a talk on Media and Governance, and on Dec. 9, #DreamforPH will conduct another talk about Science, Technology, and Engineering.