Hear from the ESN DUTH team
"ESN DUTH is a non profit organization active in Thrace, a whole region of Greece. Our members are scattered in four greek towns. But that is not all. As a subsection of a European International Student Organization - the Erasmus Student Network- we need to be in contact with teams all around the continent. As one can imagine it takes a lot of effort to sustain continuous teamwork throughout such long distances.
Due to the COVID pandemic we were left shocked with month long lockdowns, which left us feeling exhausted and disconnected from each other. We were forced to communicate online-only, with often hour-long sessions on boring platforms that just couldn’t make up for all the human interaction that was missing. We were online for classes, work, family, and socializing. That became really stressful to our members. Their productivity was at stake and so was the future of our team. We always say that volunteering comes from our hearts, we wanted to communicate less strictly, more authentically and that’s exactly why we decided to use FRAME.
The idea was - we would set up a virtual office filled with separate conference rooms, each dedicated to and decorated by our working teams to their aesthetic. We would be unique and wild with our ideas, no rules needed - fitting for a student organization if you ask me. As It turned out, FRAME had even more tools to offer. We decided to add some interactive posters for our members to see our latest projects and/ or announcements and a big screen where we could share content, hold training lessons, watch movies and occasionally play some of our favorite music during breaks.
This was enough to re-energize us. Our weekly meetings have been way more interesting lately, we literally can’t wait for our meetings -and let’s be honest, that’s awesome for our creativity which also seems to have rather been boosted.
Then it hit us - FRAME actually made up for things that were missing from other platforms. It lets us be more authentic with our communication. We could feel as if we were in a room together. We would share content in one or many “physical” screens, we would “talk privately” in separate rooms but still eavesdrop, we would interact with the avatars of our coworkers and (hopefully only as laughing factor) we would even run wild inside the online space if we didn't feel like paying attention.
It seems like a gap between real life and online interaction could finally be bridged for us. We have yet a lot to learn about this tool and a lot to improve in our communication as co-workers but definitely FRAME seems like it's here to stay. "