Friday, October 21, 2016

Back to School! University Conference: The Fifth LoveYourself Counselors’ and Volunteers’ Convention

As the adage goes: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”
Truly, that is what the University Conference is offering volunteers this coming October 22, 2016. The University Conference, which was organized by LoveYourself’s Love University, is a combination of the Counselors' Convention and the Volunteers' Convention, two events which were held separately in previous years. Fittingly, the University Conference will be held at a school in Mandaluyong city: The Highway Hills Integrated School.
The University Conference’s goal is to inform and update LoveYourself volunteers with critical information related to HIV prevention and care initiatives as well as engage them  with fun activities to offer the organization's volunteers a more enjoyable experience.
The brains of Love University stayed true to the “class theme” of the event by  adopting a registration system similar to that of a university’s enrolment system. There are three classes in each of the three time slots which totals to nine classes. The roster of classes provide holistic balance with the following three tracks: the psychological track, the wellness track, and the medical track. Furthermore, these classes were chosen based on a survey conducted  on LoveYourself’s volunteers. With these choices, volunteers have the freedom to attend  classes which interest them the most.
John Danvic Rosadiño, the director of Love University as well as one of the brains behind the event explains the need for volunteers to update themselves with new knowledge and constantly learn as the HIV epidemic changes. This new information will enable volunteers to further improve the way they reach out to clients and enhance the service delivery network of the organization. This is supplemented by classes on wellness, aimed at arming volunteers with techniques for mindfulness and relaxation, improving well-being to enable them to face the challenges of counseling and avoiding volunteer burnout and fatigue.
“Because of this, we need to go back to school to learn, to gain more so that we can help more. I just want everyone to enjoy and use whatever they will learn to push our efforts to stop the spread of HIV here in our country”, Danvic hopes.
Love University encourages volunteers, whether new or seasoned to attend classes.