STC International Forum: Strengthening Connections and Igniting Change
Serve the City recently convened in Krakow, Poland for the much-anticipated Serve the City International Forum. From October 19th to 22nd, our volunteers from various cities around the world came together to forge connections, share knowledge, and explore innovative approaches to community service.
This four-day event was a testament to the power of collective action and the impact that can be achieved when like-minded individuals unite for a common cause. With a diverse array of workshops covering essential topics such as Building Strategic Networks, Sustainability, Team Building, and Conflict Resolution, the forum provided invaluable insights for volunteers to implement in their local communities.
Representing Serve the City, Luxembourg, a dynamic team consisting of Abdul, our most dedicated team leader from Syria, Sonal, an enthusiastic Social Media Representative from India, and Nicolas, our esteemed Director, who hails from Franco-Lux heritage, attended the forum. Their presence exemplified the unity that binds Serve the City volunteers worldwide.
Abdul and Sonal, attending the forum for the first time, were particularly moved by the experience. Here are some of their reflections on the event:
“This enriching weekend was a blend of knowledge-sharing and camaraderie, bringing together members from various active cities across Europe. Engaging with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for community service was truly inspiring.” Sonal
“Participating in the STC forum in Kraków was a truly transformative experience for me. What struck me the most was the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere that permeated through all represented cities. It opened doors to new opportunities, enabling us to better serve and support those in need. Additionally, it significantly enhanced our visibility and reputation within our community.This experience reaffirmed the immense power of collaboration and networking in our mission to make a positive impact and extend our reach.” Abdul
Throughout the forum, it became evident that while Serve the City volunteers may come from different backgrounds, work on diverse projects, and even wear various colored T-shirts, we are all united by a common purpose. The shared values of compassion, service, and transformation bind us as a global family working towards making a difference in our cities and neighborhoods.
As the forum drew to a close, the enthusiasm and determination of the attendees were palpable. The experience left everyone with a renewed sense of purpose and a strengthened resolve to continue their efforts in their respective communities. Looking ahead, there is eager anticipation for next year’s forum, with the expectation of even deeper connections and a broader exchange of ideas to further empower Serve the City’s mission of serving cities and communities worldwide.
Serve the City extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the volunteers, organizers, and partners who made this forum a resounding success. Together, we are creating a lasting impact, one city at a time.
Photo credits: Abdulrahaman ASAAD