Blessing has been part of previous Global Weeks. Here are her top five reasons to get involved in Global Week:
1. You can celebrate where you're from!
It's a great opportunity to showcase your culture by doing something you're passionate about. Whether it's by taking part in a dance routine, sharing food from your country or showcasing cultural music, there are a variety of different ways you can show what makes you proud about where you're from. Other students can be educated about your unique heritage!
2. You can try something new and have fun!
It is a collaborative event that is jam packed with activities throughout the week and it gets better and better each year. There's a chance to participate in various games and enter competitions and challenges across the university. You can learn more about different cultures and countries across the world that you may not have been aware of before, try foods and drinks, meet new people and step out of your comfort zone.
3. It counts towards your volunteering hours!
Giving up your free time to take part in an activity during Global Week counts as volunteering and you can log your hours and any skills you were able to develop through planning and executing your event. If you run a society, this is also one of the requirements to achieve a silver reward. Once the silver reward is achieved you will be able to display a plaque at the Fresher's and Refresher's event which will help to promote your society and will show students that you have community awareness.
4. You can collaborate with others!
Global Week is one of many chances for students and societies to run joint events based on a common area of interest and also increase community engagement, for societies it is one of the requirements for the gold society award. Your society will get the chance to interact with the wider student body in a fun and exciting way. It's also a chance for you to network with students you might not have been in contact with before.
5. Be part of something amazing
Every year Global Week is an unforgettable event, you won't regret being a part of it. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about a global issue that you're passionate about, or fundraise for a charity that is close to your heart. It’s a great opportunity for both students and staff.
To take part as an individual send an email to email@example.com To take part as a Students’ Union society, submit a proposal to your relevant Society Coordinator explaining the event you would like to put on, how this is relevant to Global Week and what funding you would like to help this be a success. You will receive a lot of support to ensure your event goes off without and hitch!
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