“Kids and Peace” — 3 months EVS in Poland

Starts between: 1st — 15th of May 2018

Ends at: 8th of August 2018

Volunteer: we are looking now for one volunteer to join the group of the other 6 volunteers in the project. This project has already started, but because one volunteer has to leave earlier, we are looking for another person to continue after her

Location: Łódź, Poland

Coordinating organization: KobieTY

Hosting organizations: 7 Kindergartens located in Łódź, Poland

About us: KobieTY is a non-governmental organization based in Łódź, Poland actively involved in promoting international volunteering projects. Since 2006 we were working with more than 100 international Volunteers.

We organize and partner in international mobilities, promote the idea of European Voluntary Service, encourage people to become local volunteers and/or mentors. We encourage and support people to develop local initiatives as well as create and implement their own projects.

Currently, the focus of our work lies on intercultural education. Exchanging ideas, sharing different points of view and learning “from” the diversity. In our work we implement the methods of non-formal education and learning by doing. We brainstorm ideas — we develop them, execute them, analyze, evaluate and improve them.

Meet the crew:

Bogna Stawicka — President and founder

Trainer with over twenty years of experience (NGOs, business), graduated in economics, philosophy and postgraduate studies in education of creative thinking.

Her interests revolve around gender issues, creativity, development of civil society and ecology.

Katarzyna Deka — Trainer, facilitator and project coordinator

International projects coordinator in KobieTY since 2013 (right after graduating psychology). During this time coordinated inter alia: Grundtvig partnership project BRIDGE, over 10 EVS projects (sending, hosting and coordinating), „Let’s Create!” CME (Contact Making Event) and co-coordinated 3 short-term group EVS projects. Professionally interested in the field of improving the quality of EVS projects as well as developing personal skills as a facilitator and trainer.

Marta Skorczyńska — Trainer and Projects Coordinator

I joined KobieTY in 2016, and I act here as a trainer, facilitator, mentor, coach, international and local projects coordinator, and more, according to the need of the moment… My main interest though is creating space and tools for other people to ask questions, to come up with solutions, to develop.

I gathered my experience co-operating with NGOs in Poland and Portugal. Since 2009 I have been involved in non-formal education and social animation projects working with kids, youth and adults.

Jolanta Marchlewska — psychologist, promoter of Non-Violent Communication (NVC, Marshall Rosenberg — www.cnvc.org).

Graduate of a one-year NVC course, course in solving conflicts with the method of Restoritives Circles, as well as other courses with Polish and international trainers of the NVC methods.

Jola works with kindergartens implementing emphatic workshops for kids „O emocjach małych ludzi“ (On the emotions of little people). She develops emphatic attitude, emotional and social growth.

She has participated in an inter-generational project called “Bajki empatyczne” (Emphatic tales), implementing workshops for small kids, and publishing emphatic tales and poems, together with the group of seniors — Latające Babcie z Plusem.

In KobieTY Jola leads workshops for adults inspired with the NVC methods.

Location: Łódź is the third largest city in Poland, located in the centre part of the country. There is an airport, railway station and bus station nearby the city centre. Łódź is an important academic and cultural centre full of different kinds of musical, theatrical, literary, art and movie events (mostly located on/next to main street — Piotrkowska), which are in contrast with the city’s calm and peaceful neighborhoods, making Łódź an interesting and attractive place to live.

About the project:

“KIDS and Peace” is a project that lasts for 10 months in total (September 2017 — June/July 2018) and takes place within 7 kindergartens (there is one volunteer in each kindergarten). The volunteer works alongside the staff of the establishment and sometimes alongside the other volunteers. The volunteer works with groups of around 25 children. On average, the volunteer spends around 30–35 hours per week, implementing project activities (supporting everyday activities in the kindergarten, preparing workshops, helping kindergarten’s staff with the events ect.).

What is more, there is a designated day of the week when the volunteers will meet as a group in the KobieTY office, to work and practice together peace education topics, plan common activities and address any issues that the volunteers might have.

Volunteer will also attend Polish lessons once a week. They will receive a card for the public transport in Łódź (to get to work, do shopping, explore the city or anything else you can think of), and a Polish SIM card (so they can stay in touch with the organization and the other volunteers).

In accordance with the Erasmus+ rules, your expenses on volunteer’s way to Łódź, Poland and on the way back will be refunded (up to a certain limit).

About you:

Volunteer profile — this project is for you if:

  1. You are aged between 18–30
  2. You are from Turkey
  3. Have a positive and pro-active attitude and approach (also towards difficulties)
  4. Are interested in WORKING WITH CHILDREN AGED 3–6, as well as intercultural dialogue, equality & diversity and citizenship issue
  5. Are willing to learn to: explore the idea of peace, address violence and conflict in their daily life, be able to apply peace education to own activities to be able to ‘live peace’.

We are waiting for your CV, and a motivational letter at: evs.kobiety@gmail.com

More info about us at: http://kobiety.lodz.pl/