Resources for Volunteers in Poland
What do you need to know to start your voluntary service in Poland? – Check out information and resources for volunteering activities within the European Solidarity Corps (also known as European Voluntary Service) and the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme: volunteering, learning and Youthpass, Poland, it’s history, places to see and travelling tips, learning the Polish language and working with children and youth.T his blog post offers a list of resources created for volunteers in Poland attending Volunteering Activities within the the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. This includes information about the EU Programmes offering volunteering activities, the learning process, Poland, it’s history, places to see and travelling tips, learning the language and resources for working with children and youth.
1. Volunteering Activities
Volunteering Activities within the EU Programme Erasmus+ has been better know by European Voluntary Service (EVS). From October 2018 on, EVS will be continued as Volunteering Activities under the EU Solidarity Corps (ESC).
1.1 The European Voluntary Service (EVS)
Nie rozumiem / I don’t understand
Pictures of EVS
Video clips from volunteers documenting their experience during EVS (European Voluntary Service).
Pictures of EVS | Youtube Playlist
1.2 The European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
The new European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme is an initiative from European Union which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer and/or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. The programme is offering volunteer and occupational activities that support a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company in addressing challenging situations across the European Union.
Find out more… European Solidarity Corps | Article
Watch it on youtube
2. A propos Poland: History, People and Culture
A propos Polski is above all directed at people who take on the challenge to live and work in Poland as volunteers in the frame of the YOUTH Programme. It includes some information on discovering Poland and a lot of useful practical hints as well as links to other sources.
All in all, this brochure serves as a starting point and aims at showing you a lot of doors. Some of them will allow you to get an idea of what’s behind, but to really see what the rooms behind the doors look like, you’ll have to find those doors yourself in Poland… Read more
Poland.pl is the official information portal of the Republic of Poland, run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Poland.pl | Website
Animated History of Poland / Animowana “Historia Polski”
An 8 minute video, depicting the history of Poland through animation, prepared by Tomasz Bagiński for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Animowana “Historia Polski” | YouTube
Heart of Europe – Norman Davies
“Heart of Europe” is a documentary about Norman Davies, his fascination with Polish history and the process of discovering it. As for many Eupeans Europe ends at the border of Germany, Norman Davies is determined to show objective European reality, including the history and culture of countries of Middle and Eastern Europe.
Heart of Europe (EN/PL) | YouTube
Polish Film Chronicle / Polski kroniki filmowe
Polska Kronika Filmowa (1944–95) was a 10-minute-long newsreel shown in Polish cinemas prior to the main film. It continued the traditions of the pre-war Polish Telegraphic Agency, and in Communist Poland was often used as propaganda tool.
Polski kroniki filmowe | YouTube
3. Let’s Learn Polish! – Online tools for learning Polish
Learn Polish Feel Good
Polish grammar and vocabulary exercises, Polish grammar practice tests
Learn Polish Feel Good | Website
Learn Polish online with Mówić po polsku
Vocabluary and phrases, grammar, videos and podcasts
Mówić po polsku | Website
Learn Polish Online
Information about more free Online Platforms and Apps to Learn and Improve your Polish you find here:
Learn Polish Online | Article
4. Tools for Working with Children and Youth
Games and exercises for children and youth
Games and exercises are bringing your group work to life. They help breaking the ice, bringing people together and building a group, stimulate and increase curiosity and learning, strengthen interaction and communication, and many more things. Games and exercises reinforce learning through experiencing.
Bring Your Group Work to Life. Games and Exercises for Children and Youth | Article
Games and Exercises for International Workcamps and Seminars | eBook
CreActivity and Play: Ideas for games and activities for kids and youth | Pinterest board
This brochure is a collection of games and exercises: from bringing individuals together, breaking the ice, activating groups, developing trust, untill reflecting and evaluating the group work and process.
Games & Exercises is meant for leaders and facilitators of international workcamps and seminars. Read more
or: some inspiration to teach your own language to others…
LearnEnglish Kids | British Council
LearnEnglish Teens | British Council
Teaching English (kids, teens and adults) | British Council
5. The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme
6. Learning and Youthpass
The undiscovered country. Learning through experience during European Voluntary Service (EVS)
European Youth Programmes provide various non-formal learning experience: youth exchanges, youth initiatives and voluntary service. These activities are based on learning through experience, which gives young people an opportunity to develop competences and one’s own personality. A perfect preparation for an unknown future.
The undiscovered country | Article
7. Where to go? What to see? – Travelling in Poland
Poland’s Official Travel Website
Planning your travel
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