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Activities for the volunteers in Foundation "Rodowo"

EVS volunteers can profit during their service from the specific atmosphere im ‘Camp Rodowo’, very different type of activities runing every week, also from the possibility to develop their abilities through the informal learning and sharing experience in multinational environment. During their stay in Rodowo and in Poland they establish lasting personal relationships and become part of European civil society. EVS volunteers in ‘Rodowo’ Foundation learn how to work and cooperate in an international, inercultural and multilinguistic team. Such kind of work and dayly activities make young persons being ready to develop interpersonal skills, to solve conflict situations, learn to be pation, reach a compromise - such qualities are very usefull in the private and professional life.

The work with international youth groups give a great experience in non-formal youthwork and teach the volunteers to be a leader, learn interactive methods of work with an international group such as team-building activities, energizers, role-plays, the process of preparing the workshops, seminars, exchanges.  The volunteers also learn to be independent, self-confident, develop their language skills. Creativity will be developed during the voluntary service while getting a chance to find themselves, to understand what is important for them in life, to achieve their goals, to realise own ideas. The less oportunities volunteeers, coming for the short-term period, learn moreover different technical skills and experiences.

EVS volunteers, we have hosted in Rodowo before, they remained close contact with the ‘Rodowo’ Foundation and with  staff members. The volunteers can learn more about other cultures as well as about Poland and learn Polish language. We provide for the volunteers intensive Polish language courses on the beginning of the services and after regular Polish lessons few hours every week, adapted to their needs and possibilties.

The role of the long-term volunteer is to be a part of the Rodowo team, so as well to help in different ways to prepare and lead international youth exchanges and seminars. The short-term volunteers also become a part of a team helping to arrange technical assistance im ‘Camp Rodowo’ and to take care about sourrounding area, forest and educational natural path. Every week there are held meetings of staff members and volunteers, to make evaluation in the team, evaluation of the realised projects, personal relations, preparation of next activities, division of tasks in the team, development of new ideas. In this sense the volunteers create one of our target groups.

The work of our organisation is divided into 4 project groups: 1. international and Polish-German youth exchanges,                 2. East European projects section, 3. youth leader’s academy and 4. local projects section, so the volunteers can choose in which group of projects they would like to help, according to their interests, also proposing their own ideas and create their own projects. Volunteers actions and engagement in ‘Rodowo Foundation can be divided into two types:                         1. volunteers form a special group of co-workers, contribute and help by the daily tasks of our staff, 2. volunteers together with other volunteers and young persons from international exchange groups, form a kind of live-work-community.

Volunteers' tasks can be divided in 3 major activity categories: 1. support and help to the group staff members of ‘Rodowo’ Foundation by realisation of international projects and setting up own projects, 2. work in the environmental protection programme, mostly on the educational ecological path ‘Jary Lampasza’ and 3. contact, projects and daily activities on the level of the local community. The volunteer work about 35 hours per week.

Activity 1 (mostly for the long-term volunteers, more then 2 months of service)

Volunteers will have tasks directly connected with international youth projects:

-   help in preparing, realisation and evaluation processes of exchange projects and seminars

-   help by preparation and implementation of  integration games and workshops: art, ecological, civil education;

-   help by artistic activities: theatre, music, singing, painting, decorating, circus, psycho-drama etc;

-   directly contact with participants of youth and student groups, planning free time and common social activities;

-   creating new project ideas based on own experiences, interests and own international contacts;

-   accompany the groups during regional study visits and excursions; help in taking care about the office

-   help in preparation and leading national cultural events or thematical integration evenings;

-   help by web-page management and designing, redaction of ‘volunteer's newspaper’, newsletter and internet forum;

Activity 2 (mostly for the short-term volunteers, up to 2 months of service)

This activiy (activity-group) is prepared for the less opportunities volunteers with disadvantage backgrounds:

-  taking care of the educational natural path ‘Jary Lampasza’, reparing and putting new information boards;

-   help by taking care on the territory and surroundings of the International Youth Centre ‘Camp Rodwo’;

-   technical support in ‘Camp Rodowo’, help with technical equipment (video beamer, computer, stereo etc.),

-  assistance in foresters' everyday work and other ecological activities and actions;

-   help in preparation and leading national cultural events or thematical integration evenings;

-   help in sport activities with youth groups: volleyball, football, baskteball, tennis, badminton match, canoe trips;

Activity 3 (for long-term and for short-term volunteers possible);  activities for local community

-   help by preparation and implementation of different educational activities for children and youth in a local community;

-   promotion EVS programme and presentations own countries and cultures (in schools, cultural centres in the region)

-  help by construction of sport- and play-grounds in local villages

-   help by renovations of children and youth clubs, social and educational rooms in different day-care local institutions,

-   preparation and realisation of common cultural and social activities with young people from local community;