Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside one's immediate family. It is undertaken freely and without concern for financial gain.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to try something new, gain experience, develop skills, improve your career prospects, build confidence and meet new people.
There are about 70 volunteers who are making TEDxOtaniemi happen this year. They carry out various duties before, during and after the event. Some of them would like to share with you their inspiring stories.
“I became a volunteer since I love TED Talks and inspiring speeches. I am also intrigued by learning and spreading insights and knowledge, which is exactly what the TEDx community aims at. Now, having met all of the amazing people involved in the creation of the event, I am more than happy to be part of the awesomeness!”
- Krista Palmu
“I aim to have a long career in Event Production/Management, yet my experience is currently limited to mostly parties, weddings and PR events. I wanted to expand my knowledge in order to have a wider understanding of different types of events and TEDxOtaniemi came just in time right before my graduation and job seeking!”
- Tanja Ulma
“I have been involved in organizing very different kinds of events for almost 10 years now, I've always liked the mood. Today my job doesn't allow me to keep creating awesome happenings and since I am a big fan of TED I kinda jumped on the occasion to be a part of this and discover a new kind of event production & coordination that I don't know much about.”
- Emilie Calmettes
“I wanted to be a part of a project that would give a platform for people to speak about education and learning, since those subjects are very important to me. Meeting new people and working together in a new team were also things I wanted.”
- Fairouz Hussien
“I wanted to experience how people work together when everyone is there by their own choice, doing what they want to do without any financial gain, and still wanting to create something amazing.”
- Tanja Täppinen
“I ride the Metro With No Pants in Helsinki, organized an Underground Vampire Raves in an abandoned hospital, arrange Zombie Invasions downtown and in Linnanmäki, create Survival Games that have no survivors, bring ancient practices and rituals back to life in Suomenlinna UNESCO site, also facilitate mass Pillow Warfare…
I design, plan and execute all sorts of participatory experiences and events, bring to life unique fun projects because more participation is needed in all aspects of public life and city culture. We all learned to play, now and again we just need a reminder.”
- José Jácome
“I have become a volunteer for TEDxOtaniemi first of all because I am a huge fan of TED talks and it has been my inspiration for a long time. Secondly, it is a brilliant opportunity to meet like-minded, open and proactive people. I am very grateful to be a part of it!”
- Olga Andreichik
“I became a TEDx volunteer to do something, and especially something meaningful. This specific event especially inspired me due to the topic. This is something I am passionate about as a person who enjoys having fun and as a future teacher.”
- Hannele Hiltunen
“So it all started when a friend of mine sent me a message saying "hey, I saw an announcement that TEDxOtaniemi is looking for volunteers, I think you could be interested". I didn't know too much about TEDx events, but I started doing some research. What I liked about it was the open atmosphere – different people from different backgrounds joining together, willing to listen and learn from one other. That kind of openness is not too common in Finland :P”
- Emmi Vilkanen
First of all I knew that such an event would gather inspiring and talented people. People that became volunteers because they want to share their knowledge, implement their skills in the new environment, teach each other and motivate to achieve a common goal which is an awesome TEDxOtaniemi. I love to learn new things, especially when playfulness is involved. So far, so good - I got to know new marketing tools, took dozens of photographs and recorded a few videos, engaged in communication process and met wonderful people!
- Emilia Kwiatkowska-van Dijk
And you? Why did you become a volunteer? What is your story?
Blog post by Emilia Kwiatkowska-van Dijk, a TEDxOtaniemi volunteer