Only for UK citizens! EVS vacancy in approved project in Poland – 2 months

Location: PolandPoland

Period: June 25th- August 25th 2014

Application deadline ASAP

*Service and the role in the Host Organisation

The volunteers will play a vital role in the regular intercultural event, organised annually by the foundation: “Intercultural Summer”. They will become intercultural animators during the summer camp for children. They will have the opportunity to create and implement their own ideas for creative and educative free time activities for local kids including intercultural education and communication in foreign language. The volunteers will work in small international teams with the Polish volunteers from Minsk Mazowiecki. The whole group will be supported, trained and monitored by the activity coordinator.

*Learning opportunities
We offer a deep and intensive intercultural learning by the means of direct and daily contact with Polish youth and children. At the beginning of the service the volunteers will attend the adaptation training allowing them to discover the local environment and traditions, cultural differences, social relations and attitudes. There will be also several cultural visits organised by the local Polish volunteers with the objective of providing a chance to discover Polish architecture, nature, cuisine, art, music etc. The volunteers will receive language support throughout the whole duration of the project. For those who will be interested to learn Polish we will provide 2h of Polish classes daily in the first two weeks. Later they will receive 2-3h of Polish classes per week, depending on the needs.

We offer non-formal trainings on cultural animation, volunteering, team work, time management, intercultural dialogue. The volunteers will have the opportunity to learn how to cooperate in the international team, how to animate children of different age groups and how to implement a big intercultural project. They will be able to improve communication skills in foreign language, social competences and some digital skills (photo documentation, managing the website). They will get a chance to share elements of their cultures and develop the cultural awareness and expression.

*The tasks in which the volunteers will be involved:
– assisting in the process of preparation prior to the event (promotion activities, organising materials, logistical arrangements),
– attending the training on intercultural animation and team building workshops along with the Polish volunteers,
– working in the international team on the preparation of the activities,
– developing and implementing free time activities for children,
– presenting and promoting the volunteer’s culture at the intercultural meetings open for the local community,
– working on the dissemination of the effects and visibility of the event,
– preparing photo and video documentation of the activities,
– managing the website and the fanpage of the event.
The level of involvement in particular activities will be adjusted individually to the needs and preferences of the volunteer.
Working structure
The volunteers will work 5 days a week, 7h per day (35 hours per week in total). The volunteers will have 2 days free per week, most likely Saturdays and Sundays. If any of the activities happen on the weekend – the volunteer is entitled to take another day of the week free. There will be regular team meetings with the project coordinator, volunteers and their mentors at least once a week. During such meetings the team will evaluate the process of the project, plan the following activities and tackle any issues that might appear.
Week 1 and 2: adaptation to the Polish culture, integration with the Polish team and the local community, team building activities, preparation of the summer camp, developing the program of the camp, Polish language classes, trainings on intercultural animation.
Week 3 – 7: developing and implementing intercultural free time activities for children, presenting and promoting the volunteer’s culture at the intercultural meetings open for the local community, working on the visibility of the event, preparing photo and video documentation of the activities, managing the website and funpage of the event.
Week 8: evaluating of the event, working on the dissemination of the effects, filling out Youthpass and evaluating the learning points of the project.

The project is located in Minsk Mazowiecki – an average town situated 40 km east from Warsaw’s Center (the capital of Poland). Minsk Mazowiecki is a calm, small town, where everything is within walking distance of maximum 30-40 min. It is a middle class place, called “bedroom of Warsaw”, because a significant part of inhabitants works or studies in Warsaw and lives in Minsk Mazowiecki. Public and private transport to Warsaw is very well-developed (regular train and bus services each day to and from Warsaw). In our town exists the cultural-social life as well. There is a House of Culture, School of Art, 2 libraries, 2 museums, a stadium, an ice rink, sports clubs, a swimming pool, many pubs and restaurants. The House of Culture arranges often exhibitions and recitals, the Minsk Music Association organizes concerts, the Sport Union sets up sport events.

*Local Community
Minsk Mazowiecki, with about 39 000 inhabitants, is a place with a great variety of educational institutions. At present, there are over 10 preschools (6 public), 6 public elementary schools, 3 public upper-schools, 6 high-schools and the University of Third Age. Yet it is still rather a small, very monocultural and monolingual town, quite closed for different cultures. The children and youngsters from Mi ´nsk Mazowiecki invest a lot of time into studying foreign languages, taking part in extracurricular activities and internships. However all of those are organised within formal education and official structure. Local youth has no chance to put their theoretical knowlege into practice, hardly a bit of space to develop their social skills, not to mention the lack of contact with other cultures. Thanks to the activities implemented by our foundation we observe a growing interest in intercultural events of all kinds, volunteering, international dialogue and possibilities of personal development. Every summer since 2006 we organise the summer camp for the local children. The activities during the camp are ran by the intercultural group of volunteers. We invite young animators from other countries to join our team. Although this program lasts only a few weeks we observe a growing interest in such event. It attracts not only the kids who are the main target group. Parents keep asking us about other possibilities to interact with other cultures. Every year there are more youngsters and young adults interested in becoming part of the project. Already such a short contact with foreigners brings into our small community a lot of changes. All of the schools which cooperated with us see the results of that joint venture.
Moreover they want to be involved in the future actions and projects with volunteers. Any local intercultural meeting we organise has a very high attendance. That is why we are sure that EVS-projects in our town will have a great impact on the local society.

The volunteers will be accommodated in shared apartments or/and with the host families. The volunteers will have full access to all the necessary facilities: washing machine, cooker, fridge, internet. All the accommodation venues will be located within walking distance from the working place and in close proximity to the stores, entertainment, church etc.

*Local transport
There is no public transport in the town but there’s no need for one as everything is within a walking distance. If needed the organisation can provide bicycles.

*Food and board
Each volunteer will receive a coupon for a certain number of meals at one of the local restaurants. During the working days the volunteers will have lunch at school with the whole group involved in the activities. Additionally, each volunteer will receive weekly food allowance in order to be able to have some flexibility as for the menu and to follow their individual diet needs. Along with the food allowance the volunteers will receive pocket money (according to the rates established each year on the Users’ Guide for the Youth in Action Programme).


 — with Eliza Bujalska.