Schumann Solidarity Crew - An ESC Opportunity in Poland

Schumann Solidarity Crew - An ESC Opportunity in Poland

Schumann Solidarity Crew – An ESC Opportunity in Poland

The Polish Robert Schumann Foundation is searching for 17 volunteers who would like to join their European Solidarity Corps project “Schuman Solidarity Crew” from October 2020 to June/August 2021 in Poland.

Volunteers will be hosted in eight different hosting organizations:

  • Two special kindergartens for children with disabilities (Warsaw),
  • Special kindergarten for visually impaired children (Warsaw),
  • Regular kindergarten for children with special nutritional needs (Warsaw),
  • Primary school with integrative classes (Warsaw),
  • Association of Developing Children’s Activity “Chance” – ngo focusing on providing best possible development, increasing the educational conditions for children and raising the quality of work in early childhood education (Warsaw),
  • European Integration Club at the School Complex in Wojkowice – non-formal European education for members of European Integration Club and school students (Wojkowice in the Silesian region),
  • The Polish Robert Schumann Foundation in Warsaw.

Volunteers profile:

Volunteers aged between 18 and 30 years, legally residing in one of the participating and partner countries (including Cyprus).
No specific knowledge, skills or experience is required as the necessary ones can be acquired during the project. This is an opportunity not necessarily for experienced volunteers, but for those who would learn a lot during the service in a particular hosting organization and are strongly motivated.
Apart from personal motivation of volunteers a requirement is the volunteers' strong will of learning Polish language. Volunteers will be selected that know a few crucial phrases: they will work with children with disabilities and youth, which often do not speak English well or any other language.

Volunteers common activities:

  • They will write blogs dedicated to their experience in the form of articles, photographs, audio/video materials. Each month the volunteers write (at least) one article about their volunteering experiences in Poland.
  • They will organize local activities – workshops/activities in cultural centers, libraries and ngos to share intercultural experience among people from small societies.
  • They will take part in the preparations of the Schumann Parade & Schumanville, events organized by the Schumann Foundation to celebrate Europe Day in the center of Warsaw.
  • They will take part in “internal on-arrival training” organized by the Schumann Foundation. The first days followed by volunteers’ arrival to Warsaw will be spent altogether, not in particular hosting organization.
  • They will participate in monthly meetings. Once a month all Schumann Volunteers living Warsaw (and sometimes also those in Wojkowice) will have a meeting in the Foundation and occasionally outside the Foundation to evaluate last month.

Description of the projects:

The Polish Robert Schuman Foundation

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 31.08.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

The Polish Robert Schumann Foundation is an non-profit organization which focuses on strengthening the civil society, supporting active citizenship, promoting European integration and fostering European values. They use non-formal and interactive educational methods such as activities in public space, urban games, we organize cultural exchange projects and take part in European voluntary movement, organize conferences, seminars, debates and workshops.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will visit schools and European School Clubs across Poland with prepared by themselves presentations/workshops about Europe & EU, European values and cultural diversity, their countries, possibilities of mobilities in Europe and other topics of volunteers’ interests connected with the mission of the project.
  • They will promote international volunteering & European Solidarity Corps by organizing an info point and activities of their interest/choice. volunteers will have the possibility to assist youth workers at local youth club for youth with difficult social backgrounds ”Tlen”, cooperate with a local primary school and kindergarten,
  • They will assist in current Schuman Foundation’s European & civic education projects.
  • They will have space to develop own projects/propose own activities connected with the mission of “Schuman Solidarity Crew” project.

European Integration Club at the School Complex in Wojkowice.

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

European Integration Club is an informal union of students and teachers interested in the EU and other cultures. The priority of the EIC’s activities is intercultural, European and civic education of youth. Within the EIC workshops, school exchanges, debates on European topics are organized.
The volunteers’ will support the club in its activities connected to European & intercultural education and organize non-formal language learning activities in English/their mother tongues for high-school students.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will organize individual English/mother tongue conversations with members of the European Club and high school students and help them improve their language skills and increase awareness about their countries, cultures and current EU topics which the conversations will be dedicated to.
  • They will prepare presentations/workshops about Europe & EU, European values and cultural diversity, their countries, possibilities of mobilities in Europe and other topics of volunteers’ interests connected with the mission of the project.
  • They will promote international volunteering, for example during long breaks between lessons volunteers can organize activities in the hallway in school. They will have their own “volunteering corner”, where they can organize activities for students.
  • They will have the possibility to assist youth workers at local youth club for youth with difficult social backgrounds ”Tlen”, cooperate with a local primary school and kindergarten.
  • They volunteers will have space to develop own projects/propose own activities connected with the mission of “Schuman Solidarity Crew” project.

Association of Developing Children's Activity “Chance” .

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 31.08.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

Association of Developing Children's Activity “Chance” carries out various activities mainly for the local community of Ochota district of Warsaw. Their mission is to "support the development of the kid and family". "Chance" tries to inspire parents, teachers, organizations, institutions to create the best conditions for the comprehensive development of children, increase the educational conditions for children and raise the quality of work in early childhood education.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will support the trainers in organizing everyday activities (workshops of cooking, English, music, motor-sensory etc.) – support in organization, conducting and enriching with volunteers' own ideas.
  • They will help to prepare materials for workshops.
  • They will present the culture, tradition, cuisine of their country of origin using non-formal learning methods.
  • They will participate in preparations of the annual events for the local community of Ochota district (family picnics etc.).
  • They will contribute new ideas and prepare different activities for all age groups and implement them later on (under guidance of tutors).
  • They will assist at the office of HO (participate in meetings, document management, handling correspondence etc.).

Special Kindergarten 393

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: Four volunteers.

Special Kindergarten number 393 in Warsaw is an educational institution for children with physical and intellectual disabilities (cerebral palsy, genetics definitive, down syndrome etc.). There are 30 children from 2,5 to 8 years old divided into 4 groups. Some children are able to walk and some are able to communicate verbally but some need help with all basic movements and operations. The pedagogical team is supported by specialists that lead different therapeutic activities like speech therapy, sensory integration, physiotherapy etc.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will participate in the classes and workshops (group and individual activities with children in various age groups), help the staff in everyday routine. They will help changing children’s clothes, feeding the children or help them eat their meals, go to the toilet. Each day is organized in systematically way, as it is required by children.
  • They will propose their own activities for the group. There is a special kindergarten plan which educators must follow but there is also some space for volunteer’s own creativity – they can adapt theatre instead of reading to children or exercising their artistic talents while preparing materials & scenery for kindergarten plays, seasonal holidays etc.
  • They will suggest educational group activities and/or individual work process for one child, all under supervision of an educator.
  • They will learn about different methods of working with children with various disabilities. They will have a chance to see therapeutic meetings, learn about adapted computer programs and didactic tools.
  • They will assist in walks and visits outside of the kindergarten. Most of the children are not able to move or walk, but of course some outdoor activities will be organized.

Special Kindergarten 245

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

Special Kindergarten number 245 takes care of visually impaired children from 3 to 6 years old. There are 40 children with various visual defects divided into 4 age groups. It’s important to recognize that children in the kindergarten are not sightless, though all of them have some serious vision problems. The Kindergarten provides regular activities such as musical lessons, gymnastic, art, dancing, English classes but also special treatment for children who have been diagnosed with different visual defects.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will assist during the teacher-managed group classes or individual lessons. Volunteers will get specific guidelines and training to prepare them to work with children with disabilities.
  • They will help teachers in conducting workshops and classes for children in different age groups.
  • They will take part in therapies and professional lessons with experts.
  • They will help kindergarten’s staff in daily routine with typical self-care activities, such as personal hygiene, eating and dressing, midday nap.
  • They will provide additional activities like presentations of their countries, thematic days, celebrations of holidays, local events for parents.
  • prepare ideas how to improve or develop existing activities and conduct them with teachers. Time for playing is the time volunteers are welcome to propose their own activities like handcrafts, musical workshops, reading books. They can implement their own solutions and ideas with acceptance of the teacher.
  • Assist during visits and activities outside of the kindergarten like going out to cinemas, theatres, museums etc.

Special Kindergarten 213

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

Special Kindergarten number 213 in Warsaw is an educational institution for children and youth with physical and intellectual disabilities. There are 47 children and adolescents (from 3 to 25 years old) divided into 8 groups. All participants are children with disabilities accompanied by other developmental disorders, e.g. autism, genetic diseases , behavioral disorders and physical disabilities.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will help in two different groups of children – 1 group of children with autism between 4-6 years old and 1 group of children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Each group is up to 6 children which creates an opportunity for establishing individual relationship during individual lessons, therapies.
  • They will accompany teachers and experts with special activities like physiotherapy, sensory integration, fairytale integration, language therapies. Take a part in integration and didactic activities in group activities.
  • They will propose own ideas on how to develop existing activities or create new ones for children. With teacher’s help volunteers will add new content to weekly schedule. They will prepare presentations about their home countries or thematic days/weeks to promote culture of their origin.
  • They will assist staff in their activities connected with daily routine: morning greetings, planning whole day using AAC methods (augmentative and alternative communication), assisting during the meals or feeding children, assisting children while going to the bathroom.
  • They will occasionally go out with children to theaters, cinemas, parks or visit partner schools institutions. Once a year in spring time group of children visits seaside for holidays and volunteers will be asked to join them and help during this trip.

Kindergarten 146 for children with special diet requirements in Warsaw.

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: One volunteer.

The Kindergarten no. 146 is a public educational centre in the Mokotów district of Warsaw and it has been designated to provide for children with special nutritional needs, which is ensured by the in-house dietitian. This Kindergarten provides a lot of extra activities for children in very well equipped classrooms & outside of the building in a big, beautiful garden. The goal is to ensure that the children are raised in a friendly and supportive environment, so that they can become and open-minded young people.

Volunteer activities:

  • He/she will support the teachers in organizing educational activities & preparing materials and activities for special events.
  • He/she will assist the children in everyday activities and help them with dressing, meals, toilet.
  • He/she will learn about special dietary requirements for children, healthy diets and lifestyle.
  • He/she will present the culture, tradition, cuisine of the country of origin of the volunteer by making presentations prepared together with the teachers from the kindergarten.
  • He/she will help in the preparation of the annual or specific activities/events for parents and children (e.g. festival of tulips, international day of selected country, grandmother/grandfathers’ day, celebration of holidays).
  • He/she will contribute new ideas and prepare specific exercises for the whole group with a support of the teachers, such as musical workshops, handcrafts etc.
  • He/she will accompany the group, help and support teachers during trips outside the kindergarten (e.g. theatre, zoo).

Primary School with integrative classes no 318

Project duration: 5.10.2020 - 02.07.2021
Searching for: Two volunteers.

Primary School number 318 is dedicated to children aged 6-14 and focuses on integration of kids with special needs and their emotional and social development. The school runs special integrative classes that are dedicated to kids with disabilities (autism, Asperger syndrome, physical disabilities, aphasia etc.) who can attend classes alongside other pupils without special needs. To support children with disabilities, the school provides extra classes like: sensory integration, social skills training, psycho-educational classes, speech therapy and individual lessons.

Volunteers activities:

  • They will assist and propose their activities for children (including children with special needs) in the school day-room.
  • They will co-organize short art, sport handcraft, music, movement and/or language activities/workshops for groups of children in classes 0-5.
  • They will participate in individual sensory integration sessions, psychoeducation, revalidation, speech therapy to get to know working methods with children with different disabilities.
  • They will help pupils with less educational opportunities to prepare for classes and assist them during everyday activities.
  • They will participate in organizing special events & trips outside the school to cinemas, theatres, neighbor kindergarten etc.
  • They will contribute new ideas and prepare specific workshops for different classes with the support of the teacher like games & quizzes, sport activities, workshops about volunteer’s country and culture etc.

For more information about the projects and the living conditions (pocket money, accommodation, etc.) refer to the info-pack attached below or email YEU Cyprus.

To apply, send the CV, motivational letter and application form you can find attached below to evs@yeu-cyprus.org before the 6th of July 2020

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