Our world is changing day by day. As citizens of Europe we can feel a great wind of social changes and evolving cultures! This is a fantastic possiblity but a great challenge too. The project “creACTIVE minds” is an answer for these big changes and demands of young people to become more socially conscious and active units. By this project we hope our voluteers will find their place in international environment and they will influence others to seek their path!
In our project participate four volunteers Katrin from Germany, Danai from Greece, Iryna from Belarus and Ivana from Serbia. They will stay in Cracow for 10 months. They have opportunity to work at Krakowska Fabryka Talentów Association, Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury KFT and in organisation Internationaler Bund Polska. This project is funded by the European Commission within the framework of Erasmus+ .
Iryna and Danai work in the project at Krakowska Fabryka Talentów Association. The main aim of this organisation is to provide equal access to education and culture towards children and youth despite their various social backgrounds. Our volunteers will assist teachers and tutors during workshops and other activities, coorganize events and self-prepared workshops for youngsters.
Ivana realizes projects at Niepubliczny Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury KFT. Culture centre of KFT organizes artistic, sport, educational workshops aimed at youth and children (3-18 years). Ivana will assist teacherss, tutors during the activities addressed at young people visiting the Centre.
Katrin works at IB Polska. She assists in developing our european projects. She supports the EVS department to organize workshops, cultural and integrational meetings and supports the organisation in promotion of the activities undertaken by the EVS volunteers.
All four will prepare VOLUNTEERS MAP OF KRAKOW,with places in Krakow associated with EVS projects and helpful for volunteers! The form will be digital and paper. It will become very useful tool for our current and future volunteers who will develop it with time. Be prepared!
The European Voluntary Service project ‘creACTIVE minds’ (2015-1-PL01-KA105-014336) is organised within the framework of Erasmus+ KA1 and financed by European Commission.
For the following month all volunteers will be not alone on the streets of Kraków ? we will get support of our particular mentors. In our (first) meeting we got the opportunity to meet our mentors. Through some games and open space for conversations we learned much about the different intentions being a mentor or a volunteer.
We gave an official commitment to seal our fates: Superwoman alias Tiago and Superman alias Bastien handed over the ?BEST MENTOR IN THE FUTURE-SASH? to our mentors.
With this ceremonial pledge we are looking forward towards the first chapter of our shared journey?
After staying in Kraków for about one week, discovering the city by ourselves the ?old guard? of volunteers tempted us (the new volunteers of IB Polska) with polish candies in a game named ?treasure hunt?. Besides the small task to save the world we also had to solve some puzzles and missions, which solutions should lead us through the city. Getting through seven enormous challenges designed by the ?old guard?, helped us to get to know more of the beautiful city (such as Kościół Św. Apostołów Piotra i Pawła, Zamek Królewski na Wawelu ? and its golden dome and the Synagoga Stara w Krakowie) but also gave us the chance to meet all participants.
Being more or less successful, all of us reached the destination ? Kazimierz. There we came together to exchange our chronicles of adventure trips and all our goods we took on our journey (polish food, vocals and pictures). Besides learning much about the city and the history, we also got in touch with the mystical part of Kraków and the REAL legend of dragon, which we had to reconstruct from some keywords. So, just have a look:
Once upon a time there was a smart dove-king. His name was Maciek. And there was a princess, named Malin Johansson. She had a farm of pink sheeps. All the sheeps cought a cold because of the typical polish weather. When she was on the road to Krakow by ship with her pink sheeps down the Wisła river she asked her shoemaker to make a nice shoe to impress the citizens of Kraków. Therefore the shoemaker had to use the sulphur, but he spent all the night drinking of dragon vodka, so he did a wrong manipulation and provoke a huge explosion and the cheeps become blue...
With this lines of the real legend in mind we took a typical polish Zapiekanka with us, went to the Park Bednarskiego and took of our shoes to recover from the day 🙂
We are looking forward to an exciting time in Kraków and are grateful for the great reception the ?old guard? and IB Polska prepared for us.
Pictures taken by: Ivana Mitrovic, Katrin Pleus, Nieves Giner