EVS volunteer in Poland for 12 months

Do you want to become an EVS volunteer in Poland for 12 months?

That is the unique opportunity for youth of Moldova, Latvia and Bulgaria.

Submit the application as soon as possible!

Polish non-profit organization “East-West Mutual Understanding” Association is looking for 3 volunteers from Moldova, Latvia and Bulgaria (age 18-30 years), who want to come to us for 12 months to work in 3 youth centres in Olawa (near Wroclaw city) as volunteers within the European Volunteer Service (EVS) project called “Academy of Alternatives” within Erasmus+ EU Programme.

Project venue : Olawa near Wroclaw (20 km), Poland.

Host organization: City Council in Olawa (3 youth centres in Olawa).

Co-ordinating organization: “East-West Mutual Understanding” Social-Cultural Association, Olawa, Poland.

Duration of the project: 12 months – from 15.12.2014 to 15.12.2015.

Number of vacancies for volunteers: 3.

HOW TO  SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?

Send as soon as possible the e-mail to the address: evs .pwz@gmail.com (to Blazej Zajac, the president of “East-West Mutual Understading” Association).

In a subject of the letter write: “EVS Olawa” and specify name of your country.

Please attach to the letter:

  1. CV (Resume) with the photo.
  2. Motivational letter: why you want to be a volunteer in this project?

Please send the documents in English language.

PROJECT CONDITIONS

Organizers provide to volunteers:

– accommodation in the apartment of volunteers in Olawa;
– food money – the sum on food of 400 PLN per month;
– pocket money for personal expenses – the sum is 85 EUR per month;
– an insurance during stay in Poland, including the health insurance (the policy of the AXA insurance company);
– visa support: invitation letter, compensation of visa expenses;
– compensation of transportation costs from the place of residence in Olawa and back.

Volunteers will live in Olawa (20 km from Wroclaw) in the apartment which is rented by our organization (1, 2 or 3 volunteers in every room).

It will be very good if volunteers could communicate in English (Russian or Polish language also is well).

The organization will provide language support to volunteers. For volunteers we will organize courses of Polish language. We would like that each volunteer after this project could know Polish language,  at least on the communicative level.

TASKS OF VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers will help for 3 youth centres in Olawa which are funded by the City Council in Olawa. Main tasks: the help in educational and cultural work with youth and children; participation in planning and the organizing  of various youth actions and events in the youth centres and in the city.

TRAININGS

After arrival to Poland the volunteers will participate in the trainings:

  1. Introduction training in Wroclaw (about 7 days) in the House of Friendship of Nations (first time the volunteers will live in Wroclaw city during the training time).
  2. Introduction and meetings in Olawa; cultural program (Christmas and New Year time) in Wroclaw and Olawa.
  3. Pre-Departure Training in Warsaw, the capital of Poland (7 days).

After the trainings volunteers will live and fulfill volunteer duties in Olawa town near Wroclaw.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Project environment:

The project is focused on the town of Olawa, population 32.200 inhabitants. Olawa is well-infrastructured town, distanced 20 km from Wroclaw, connected with Wroclaw by a lot of trains and buses.

The town Olawa and Olawa district are relatively economically well-developed. Only over the last ten years significant number of big enterprises have been founded with economic-privileged zones. There is a lot of young active citizens in Olawa.

As far as the project is concerned, we predict significant and active participation of the local population representing local societies.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

There are many activities taken by our staff, members and volunteers in our youth clubs as well as outside them, which creates a wide range of activities that could be proposed to a volunteer. We will show what the youth centres and how it works in Poland.

The tasks we can offer to volunteers:

  • working with children and teenagers in youth centres;
  • planning and organizing events in our youth centre (giving presentations about the culture and customs typical for the volunteers’ native countries, themed cuisine evenings, engaging teenagers to spend holiday typical for the volunteers together, concerts, festivals in co-operation with SLOT art festival etc.);
  • co-operation in organizing different actions and projects;
  • participating in promotion of volunteership, creating ideas;
  • preparing and organizing interactive cultural-educational presentations about culture of volunteer’s origin country, targeted at the local society including the youth and aged population (for example: national and folk songs, multimedia presentation,
    poem-reading, cabaret show, short shows with the use of national motives, knowledge competition, folk dance show etc.);
  • creating promotional materials, multimedia, stands, talking with young people about being volunteer etc.;
  • giving trainings to local volunteers, helping them to work with different people, showing how important it is to give them volunteer support (e.g. foreign languages, different trainings for kids or teenagers;
  • organizing discussions about important values and issues (civil society, freedom of speech, democracy, youth participation, intercultural activities, self-governance etc.) for local youth organizations, local activists, journalists, local authorities, selfgovernment representatives;
  • organizing inter-generational events in the local society;
  • participating in meetings of organization’s staff and volunteers, proposing new ideas and conceptions, expressing views and opinions about our activities, suppor in making decisions about organizational issues;
  • leading wall newspapers about the project in youth centres;
  • spreading results of volunteer’s work (visibility and promotion of the EVS project in the local area and whole Poland and Europe as well);
  • supporting organization in projects and everyday work.

Volunteers can learn/improve skills:

  • team work;
  • working with kids and teenagers
  • time management;
  • creativity and self-reliance;
  • public speaking;
  • learning and understanding of Polish culture and mentality;
  • language and communication skills;
  • self-confidence in unexpected or new situations;
  • organizational skills (organizing different events);
  • inter-generational communication skills;
  • tolerance and respect for other cultures and the understanding of diversity;
  • practical knowledge about activities of non-governmental organizations and participation in their projects;
  • promotion, creating image of organisation;
  • understanding of role of volunteers in nowadays and future Europe;
  • implementation of projects financed by different institutions.

The volunteers will conduct the work for the benefit of local society, among which they will live in Olawa and nearby. The tasks are to be fitted to profiles of volunteers and will reflect their individual capabilities, needs and expectations tied with their learning process. Each of volunteers receives respectively individual support from the side of coordinator, mentor, and other people involved in the project possessing respective competencies. The representatives of the local society – residents of Wroclaw, Olawa and rural areas are expected to be the direct source of assistance and support for volunteers. Regular working meetings with coordinator and mentor are to take place.

The volunteer should have the motivation to serve as a volunteer, the ability to work as part of a team, required skills to work with children, be sociable and be able to establish personal contacts, to be creative. Also the volunteer has to be willing to learn and to gain new experiences.

ABOUT THE HOST ORGANIZATION

Being a City Council we work for the local community. Between the boundaries of our city we are responsible for the activity of three youth centres the aim of which is the elicitation of children and teenagers as well as the prevention of their social exclusion.

To our children/teenagers we offer such activities as:

  • helping with homework
  • teaching English as a foreign language;
  • photographic workshops
  • art workshops
  • dance workshops
  • sociotherapy
  • various sport activities

Despite having a wide variety of workshops to choose from, children can also play billiards, table tennis, table football and lots of different board or card games. Moreover, we also offer a wide range of activities depending on the season, e.g. Chiristmas Eve and Easter, barbecue in the summertime, cycling, walking and sometimes swimming in our city pool. All these activities help bring the youth we work with together and break their social barriers.

In each youth club work two educators who are mainly psychologists and social workers. People who hold these occupations deal with the target group of the youth centres which are the children and teenagers aged from 7 to 20 years old. The youth often come from broken families or are raised in a difficult social background.

Co-ordinating organization’s social groups:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/porozum
http://www.facebook.com/dpn.pwz
Vkontakte: http://vk.com/vzaimoponimanie

Information about the project on the official website of European Voluntary Service programme: http://europa.eu/youth/vp/vol_organisation/58001604736_en

Contact information:

Blazej Zajac – president of “East-West Mutual Understading” Association
e-mail: evs.pwz@gmail.com
тел. +48-603-176-186