Volunteers and participants can share pictures and videos on their social media stories during the activity and tag the relevant SCI organisations (their sending and hosting organisations for example), who can decide to share the content on their accounts as well.
This will make the communication of the activities very personal and interesting for the audience, who will feel like they have a “behind-the-scenes” access to what is happening in SCI.
Reels and posts at the end of the activity are also very interesting, providing a more comprehensive reflection on the whole activity.
In both instances, it is valuable when volunteers and participants post content that expresses the entirety of the activity, from the volunteering/learning part, to the fun activities together.
As a volunteer posting, make sure:
As an organisation, make sure that before the activity:
On SCI communication channels
Another way to share volunteers’ and participants’ experience is to create content to be shared on SCI’s communication channels. Volunteers and participants can:
This content is interesting for the volunteer’s host organisation, sending organisation, and the International Secretariat. Organisations who receive this content can share it with each other.
Volunteers and participants can share their inspiring stories with their local community during in-person events. Depending on volunteers’ and organisations’ connections and the local reality, volunteers can:
Volunteers and participants can inspire people around them to volunteer, and an in-person, face-to-face testimonial is always very powerful.
Exercise: You are now following this online learning course. This is an SCI activity in and of itself. Think about your motivations for following the course, your initial expectations, what you discovered along the way, and reasons why someone else might want to take this course. Now, create:
about your experience with the course. Your audience are other SCI volunteers or potential volunteers, and your goal is to inspire them to follow the course as well.
Explore the different ways of promoting an SCI activity (this course) from a participant’s perspective, and feel free to send it to us if you want it published!
Checklist for volunteers/participants
I am participating in an activity with SCI, and I want to share what I am doing: