On 20th and 21st August 2015, ARSP volunteers met for the last time at the ARSP office in Bethnal Green, London, before heading home to Germany and Poland after a year of voluntary service in UK projects.
This evaluation seminar gave the volunteers the chance to spend a couple of days together in London, reflect on their time with ARSP and share their future plans in a relaxed and informal environment. The seminar also drew together a number of topics discussed at seminars throughout the year, focusing thematically on the role and significance of individual biographies in shaping collective memory in different societies.
The 2014-2015 volunteer generation all made huge contributions to their different projects, with some even choosing to remain in the UK following the end of their ARSP voluntary service. As volunteer Karolina Motyssek commented working with ARSP provided 'a great opportunity to get to know nice people who never fitted my stereotypes, coming into contact with so many people is the best way to get to know them rather than judging them beforehand'. All the volunteers epitomised this attitude, throwing themselves into their work and UK culture, enjoying a very productive year in the process. The ARSP UK office thanks all the volunteers for their positive attitudes and hard work and hopes they all keep in touch in the future!