EVS vacancy: work with refugees in Poland

Few days ago we wrote about the possibility for a short-term EVS in Leszno, Poland (check it out here!). Today we post information about long-term EVS in another Polish city – Białystok. Centre for Aliens Applying for a Refugee Status or Asylum is looking for male volunteers who would like to work with refugees and asylum seekers in a reception centre in Białystok. The project starts on 5th June and will last for nine months. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are interested in human rights and would like to learn more about the refugee issue!

Take the chance and apply now!
Deadline is on 21st May (Monday)!

Below you can find information about the project
and the hosting organization.

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  • Contact person: Katarzyna Jackiewicz
  • Host: Centre for Aliens Applying for a Refugee Status or Asylum: http://www.uric.gov.pl
  • Location: Białystok, Poland
  • Deadline: 21/05/2012
  • Start: 05/06/2012
  • End: 04/03/2013

Our project has been already approved by the National Agency. The project will take place in the Podlaskie region of Poland, with the coordinating and planning centre in Bialystok, in the Foundation of Education and Creativity. We will coordinate 4 volunteers in this project, each volunteer will work 9 months.

EVS volunteers will be accomodated in a dormitory in Białystok. Each of them will be offered a room of his/her own. Their work will mainly consist in working with Chechen refugee children and conducting workshops/presentations in Polish schools (promoting EVS, raising awareness or the refugee issue, promoting tolerance and multicultural cooperation).

We would like to involve EVS volunteers in the following activities:

  • working with refugees and asylum seekers in a reception centre in Białystok
  • lessons about human rights, stereotypes and refugees, aiming at raising the society’s awareness of the refugee issue (in high schools, junior high schools and primary schools throughout the region of podlaskie)
  • activities integrating Polish and Chechen children

Tasks

  1. human rights, refugee law
  2. Chechen history, culture and tradition
  3. designing games and activities for children and teenagers
  4. developing the strategy of integrating refugees in the society of the country they arrive in
  5. psychology and pedagogy of working with war victims
  6. Russian language
  7. Polish language, culture and tradition
  8. language teaching practice – creating lesson plans, leading group discussions
  9. administration/office work

Fundraising EVS volunteers’ education will take place both through organised training and individual research. They will actively take part in preparing the strategy, plan and activities concerning their work. After introductory training they will start working in the reception centre. Meanwhile, together with the coordinator from our Foundation, they will prepare lessons, presentations and tasks (including ‘passages’ game) connected with the topics of human rights and refugees to be used with Polish pupils. They will present the prepared classes to pupils in the Podlaskie region. Their presentations at schools will be combined with visiting different parts of the region and meeting the local people. They will also discuss the topics in the language students in our language schools. Each EVS volunteer will get their own Polish mentor, whose task will be to introduce a volunteer to the Polish reality, culture and social life. Each EVS volunteer will be also offered the possibility of intensive Polish language learning in exchange for his/her native tongue. With the assistance of the coordinator, EVS volunteers will have the possibility of carrying out their individual research and pursue their own personal interests and hobbies. If they are willing, they will be invited to our Big Brother Big Sister programme and will get a ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ from a dysfunctional family to take care of.

Criteria

After the deadline we’ll contact the selected candidates and their sending organizations. Please, put the contact details of your sending organizations in your applications. Send your CV and motivation letters to biuro@mentoring.pl

Procedure

All interested and motivated. To keep the balance between the number of male and female participants, we invite boys.

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