SL2College, one of Sri Lanka’s premier volunteer-driven organization held its July meet up at WSO2 in Colombo, on 11th July 2013. Marking the success of the event, 30 new volunteers joined the team to contribute their time and effort towards ongoing projects at SL2College.
SL2College is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization devoted to provide unbiased advice and guidance to Sri lankan students to pursue their higher education. Since its inception in 2005, SL2College has largely been an online based organization with over 400 advisers from at least 30 countries, and might well be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.
The evening was lightened and inspired by colloquial speeches by Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, Nayana Samaranayake, Sasanka Jayadasa, Rashmika Nawaratne and Kanchana Ambagahawita.
Nayana Samaranayake, a founding member of SL2College, explained its vision to the participants. He further explained the purpose of the meetup, mentioning that it is important for people to meet physically, network and share thoughts and ideas, since SL2College is more of a virtual organization. Nayana believes that dedication and passion to work in the organization can be developed by such meetups.
Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, the Chairman of the Director board of SL2College, shared his volunteer experiences. He explained that though volunteering may not have short term benefits, it gives a person unseen benefits in the long run including great professional networking skills and development that can be put into use in one’s own career.
Rashmika Nawaratne, Project Manager of the Sri Lanka Education Forum (SLEF) project under SL2College, spoke about SLEF to participants. He mentioned that the main focus of SLEF is to guide Sri Lankan students and provide information on higher education opportunities available within Sri Lanka. He invited everyone who would like to work for the cause to join the SLEF Team.
WorkInSriLanka, a vital project that has a timely value in Sri Lanka was initiated by SL2College recently. The project’s main objective is to advocate Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for highly skilled individuals and high calibre businesses. Kanchana Ambagahawita, the project manager of Work In Sri Lanka, introduced the project and its value to the Sri Lankan community.
Finally, Sasanka Jayadasa, Administrative Director at SL2College, spoke of the value of volunteers and how SL2College targets on building professionalism and soft-skills. He invited anyone who is willing to develop their professional skills and help Sri Lankan students in pursuing their higher education to join with SL2College.
Given that SL2College is largely run virtually, this meetup gave team members and volunteers an opportunity to meet and get to know about the great work that is being done, and showed different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. SL2College has a number of ongoing projects that are in need of volunteers. These include,
1. The online Forum
2. Editorial work
3. Mentor Program
4. Seminars (Local and Webinars)
5. University Clubs
6. Work In Sri Lanka
If you are passionate about volunteering and would like to make a change, SL2College is the place to be. SL2College is looking for professionals, students or individuals from a wide spectrum of expertise. You can get involved in Mentoring, Writing, PR, Fundraising, Marketing, Research, HR, Education Policy, Project Management, and Event Planning. It is not only about volunteering; it is about bringing yourself up to make a greater Sri Lanka.