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First year postgraduate student of the Department of Foreign Languages of the HSE
Volunteering is a unique opportunity to feel like being a ‘multifunctional’ person. It’s volunteer work that allows you to assess the significance of the event, it’s time when you can look at the situation from a completely different perspective, to watch it from the sidelines, while being a part of it. You see how many different people have come to the event. Some visitors come to share their experience and others — to get it. To make the long story short, I can say that it was just an intensive exchange of ideas, experience and emotions.
The first two winter days at the Higher School of Economics were dedicated to the second International Scientific and Practical Conference ‘Strategies of Intercultural Communication in the Modern World: Culture, Education, politics’. The participants were scientists: research doctorates in Linguistics and Pedagogy and PhDs. Should postgraduates visit such an event? And what for? After two days spent listening to presentations and discussions of various scientific issues, there’s no more space for doubt: yes, they should, and there’s a number of compelling reasons for it.
It is worth mentioning that we had an opportunity to participate in the Scientific and Practical Conference both as volunteers and listeners. Everyone had a choice, and those who were especially active were able to combine these two forms of participation. There is no doubt that the volunteer-organizational part is a huge responsibility. One’s willingness to take a part of responsibility was generously awarded (that we are not talking about tasty pies!). Those who had chosen to visit the conference as a listener had many other privileges. Which ones?