Reflection Tips from Student Facilitators

  • Be positive!
  • Include food.
  • Change it up every week.
  • Use a variety reflection styles and activities (creative, verbal, written, drawing).
  • Have different locations, maybe try a coffee shop and get to know the neighbourhood Keep it to the designated time, but don’t cut it short.
  • Have a lot of icebreakers in the first few weeks as your group is forming.
  • Use the travel time to intentionally get to know your group members and help them connect with each other.
  • In addition to your usual reflection time at the agency location, try some icebreakers that you can do on the bus or while waiting for the bus.
  • Start each week with a random fun fact.
  • Have an anonymous Questions / Issues Envelope.
  • Discuss a specific scenario or scenario which could be drawn from volunteer concerns that were submitted anonymously or brought up in discussions.
  • Have a group scrapbook where volunteers can write observations and comments.
  • Have them answer a question on stickers and then put them in the book.
  • After a couple of weeks, the group facilitator(s) can revisit the scrapbook to look for trends in the concerns or issues of the group and from there gather additional ideas of reflection.
  • Start a web scrapbook, facebook group, or a blog for your volunteer group.
  • Share the facilitation (i.e. ask a volunteer to facilitate a reflection activity).
  • Relate our career hopes to our future influence on social issues.
  • As a group, write a reflection piece for the campus paper, promoting the need for volunteers or discussing how their experiences changed their view about the local community.
  • Do a presentation in residence or on campus to help others become aware of the community.
  • Ask volunteers to write reflective pieces that can be used to help newer volunteers in the future.
  • Keep in touch with group members in between volunteering sessions (possibly get together for dinner or coffee outside the volunteer time).
  • Have incentives such as Volunteer of the Week.
  • Express your appreciation for the service and reflection of the volunteers.
  • Explain to volunteers why their volunteer service is so important (show them feedback from the agencies).
  • End reflection with a quote and then send it in a thank you e-mail with highlights of the past week.
  • Give past examples.
  • Be enthusiastic!