STC’s International Forum is the key once-a-year gathering with many cities participating across the movement globally. Last month STC Dublin & Ireland incl Galway and Cork, were honoured to host IF18.
Leaders from 24 cities were present, with another 5 cities joining on Network conference calls plus 12 cities sending greetings.
This year’s IF18 had close to 90 participants at our Thursday evening Welcome (Fáilte) dinner held in The Crypt of Christchurch Cathedral. STC leader participants were then hosted in the Eurofound Conference Centre Friday & Saturday where topics and themes discussed included best practice in Volunteer Management; community-based measures combating Human Trafficking and a “state of the movement” address by Carlton Deal, founder Serve the City International.
The STC Dublin host team were especially pleased to see more participants this year from the USA which was recently established formally as a 501 (c) (3) registered charity. New cities represented at the IF18 were Accra, Nairobi, Tartu, Minneapolis and South Jersey.
Some of the local STC Dublin volunteer Project Leader were able to attend along with the international guests, which gave them a wider and deeper perspective of what a volunteer “serving-revolution” can accomplish.
For those that were able to make the IF18 please see the short video here and for those that couldn’t make it, have a look at what it’ll be like for IF19 in Brussels next year.
A big thank you to our local IF18 team, accommodation hosts, Christchurch Cathedral Eurofound & DCM venues, Our Table & Q Café for catering, EI Travel Group for coaches and Dublin City Volunteer Centre.