“Active EVS” project in Association Polites, Poland

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.