“Active EVS” project in Association Polites, Poland

Erasmus +

 


Duration
: 10 months (21.08.2017 – 30.06.2018)
Venue: Szczecin, Poland
Funded by: Erasmus+ Programme, Polish National Agency
Hosting Organisation: Association Polites and local kindergarten, schools and partner organisations
Volunteers: 18 volunteers from 12 different countries in Europe and the Caucasus

The long term EVS project “EVSactive” is concentrated on developing 8 key competences while doing various volunteer activities like working with kids, supporting the work of Regional Volunteer Centre and local nongovernmental organizations.

The aim of the project is to gain and strengthen mentioned competences and to promote voluntary service as an interesting way of spending free time. During this time the volunteers will be presenting their culture, country, ideas and creative approach in organizing activities for kids, youth and local community. They will have a chance to participate in many workshops that will help them develop the skills in working with kids, will show them the basics of project management, Social Media, volunteering and active participation. The inception workshop at the beginning of the project will prepare volunteers to work in the chosen area, which could be kindergarten, middle school or NGO office – depending on the specific placement, as follow:

EVS placement at the Kindergarten: The volunteer supports the staff in taking care of the kids and teaching basic skills such as personal hygiene and social skills, teaches basics of the native language, organises and leads activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.

EVS Placement at the Middle school: the volunteer organises classes for students about language, culture and traditions of various countries in the UE, supports pupils in learning foreign languages, carries out various activities about the EU, helps in running a school radio and broadcasts music, trivia, cuisine and culture of a given country, activates pupils in sport.

EVS Placement at the office of the Association Polites: The volunteers support Regional Volunteering Centre and its programmes Big Brother Big Sister and Emergency Teaching, administrates our Facebook page and blog, prepares posters and flyers, promotes the idea of EVS, writes reports, organises courses of native language, workshops and cultural events.

The European Intercultural Forum e. V is sending 2 volunteers from Germany to this project: Eloi at the Middle School placement from August 2017 to June 2018, and Linus at the Kindergarten from October 2017 to June 2018.

Pictures from the project

News from Eloi, volunteering at the Middle School

“The past two months have been an illuminating, didactic, and exciting experience. I have done everything from packing dog and cat food into plastic bags, to facilitating an educational debate among student council members from all over the country. I am meeting new people, improving my level of Polish, and learning from my workplace activities, all objectives I set myself before my departure for this project. In this sense, everything is incredible. I am very happy about my decision to move to Szczecin and have zero regrets. The Polites organization is better than anything I could have ever imagined. I feel comfortable here and owe a lot of this to them. They made me feel welcome as soon as I arrived, and made it clear that I could always come to them for guidance or advice, and for this I am very grateful.
However, life will always present you with challenges and this period is no exception. As well as the occasional workload management struggle, it is undeniably complicated to adapt to the culture, food and of course climate, despite the time I have already spent in Poland. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that your difficult moments are the times that you learn the most, and wholeheartedly plan on taking advantage of these educational stages. I truly believe that by the end of this journey I will have matured and developed significantly, all thanks to the amazing opportunity presented to me. This belief serves as a reminder of the immense privilege EVS volunteers are provided with, and is one I think about to keep me optimistic when the going gets tough.
Conclusively, my stay in Szczecin up to now has been just as good as I hoped it would be and one of the best times of my life. I am cherishing every (cold) minute.”

News from Linus, volunteering at the Kindergarten

“Als ich nach Polen gereist bin, hatte ich viele unterschiedliche Gefühle und Erwartungen – nicht nur gute. Doch jetzt, nach der kurzen Zeit hier, werden die negative Gedanken immer weniger. Ich arbeite im Kindergarten und werde dort sehr gut integriert. Die Arbeit macht Spaß und schon jetzt kann ich behaupten, viele gute Erfahrungen gesammelt zu haben. Auch die Freizeitgestaltung fällt mir nicht schwer, da ich sehr viele nette Leute kennengelernt habe und sicherlich noch kennenlernen werde. Ich hoffe, dass die nächsten sieben Monate ebenfalls gut verlaufen und ich viele positive Erinnerungen an das Jahr behalten werde.”