Resources for Volunteers in Poland

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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.

Content

1. Volunteering Activities
2. A propos Poland: History, People and Culture
3. Let’s Learn Polish! – Online tools for learning Polish
4. Resources for Working with Children and Youth
5. The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme
6. Learning and Youthpass
7. Where to go? What to see? – Travelling in Poland

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)

Discover European Voluntary Service | YouTube

Nie rozumiem / I don’t understand

EVS volunteers coming to Poland and their experience (EN, PL).
Nie rozumiem – Part 1 | YouTube
Nie rozumiem – Part 2 | YouTube

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 | Titlepage

A propos Polski. European Voluntary Service in Poland. Guidebook not only for EVS volunteers

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

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

Poland Borders

Poland Borders 990 – 2008 | 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

Going Abroad: How to deal with Culture Shock?

Free 20-minute Online Course on Skillshare
Have you ever felt lost after your arrival in Poland, not having any idea what is going on around you? – “How to deal with #Cultureshock?” walks you through the process of transition entering a new, unknown culture. Note: You can access this course on Skillshare for free with this link. Just sign up for a free account (- no commitments – cancel anytime).

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

Games and Exercises | Titlepage

Games and Exercises for International Workcamps and Seminars

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

Teaching English

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

Erasmus+ | Website
Eurodesk | Website

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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

Youthpass | Website
Youthpass | Leaflet

7. Where to go? What to see? – Travelling in Poland

Poland’s Official Travel Website

poland.travel | Website

Transportation

PKP (Polskie Koleje Państwowe) | Website
PKP Intercity | Website
PolskiBus | Website
BlaBlaCar | Website

Planning your travel

e-podroznik | Website
jakdojade | Website

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