Following are the basic information questions that we answered through the on-line conversation, and summaries of our responses to each.
Question 1: What first attracted you to become involved with ICA or to become re-involved if your interest lapsed?
Most members were first attracted to ICA by the opportunity to volunteer overseas in a grassroots community development project. Others were attracted by the participatory facilitation skills or referred by someone they knew well.
Members stayed involved because of the emphasis on civil society, participatory values and the global mission and spirit dimension of ICA. The quality of the training, the opportunity to stay connected with like minded people, and the opportunity to learn about life are also contributing factors to members continued involvement.
Question 2: What have been some most meaningful events or experiences for you, in your involvement with ICA?
The most meaningful events and experiences have been volunteer training events and the international volunteer experience; visiting other ICAs and attending global ICA events that broadened one's understanding of ICA; taking facilitation courses and being able to immediately use the tools; being part of an ICA training team; being welcomed at other ICA:UK network events and being involved in a network/team of people who are making a difference in many different ways. Members also appreciated events that have grounded their understanding of ICA and its role.