Homemade soap

Homemade soap

Under the European Solidarity Corps project, our volunteers have created a creativity club and every week they implement different kind of activities. last week they tried to make homemade soap and the result was very impressive

Celie, a volunteer from France is the leader of creativity club and she tells more about the homemade soap.

Why should you make handmade soap ? 

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“I know this project will be one of the biggest experience in my life”   – says Tamara from Georgia

“I know this project will be one of the biggest experience in my life” – says Tamara from Georgia

Are you ready to read a new post about our volunteer from Georgia? 🙂

My name is Tamara. I’m 25 years old and I’m from Georgia. I live in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of activities, with old and modern architecture together, beautiful parks, squares, places to visit and with amazing people.

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Living in Krakow  is really nice, because…

Living in Krakow is really nice, because…

IB Polska is happy to share a very good news with you: From March 2021 We are able to host a new volunteer from France, who was studying in Krakow and decided to become a volunteer with us. 

My name is Etienne, I’m a French  22 years old guy. After a semester of history studying in Krakow, I decided to stay and become a volunteer. Joining the project of the IB Polska and working in a school with disabled kids is a great opportunity for me.

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Fighting with Zapiekanka calories

Fighting with Zapiekanka calories

It is a really hard time for everyone, especially for young people. when everything is closed and you must stay at home. We came to Poland at the beginning of Autumn and so far we have not been able to enjoy the city and discover all its excellent sides.

Our host organization tries everything to create comforts for us and the last week they offered us to spend Friday evening at the Trampoline, which is a huge place for burning calories and having fun. After several months of being at home and eating Zapieanka which is a traditional polish food, this idea seemed cool. This place was amazing to spend an hour with the people who are parts of our Polish family. Read more

What are the European Solidarity Corps projects and why did I decide to volunteer in France?

Nowadays there’re lots of possibilities to discover Europe by participating in different types of projects and initiatives.

European Solidarity Corps is an EU mobility which was created in order to improve people’s competencies thanks to informal education. It gives a chance to young people age from 18 to 30 years old to acquire new experience, live in a new country and look at life from a different perspective.
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Poland on my mind – Back to the country

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Have you ever seen yourself as a volunteer in a foreign country with different people and culture? Maybe yes, or not. But being a volunteer is an opportunity to help others, to use your knowledge and experiences for involving in activities which give you pleasure.

4 years ago, I came to Poland for studying, and I discovered beautiful people, delicious food and impressive culture. Watching beautiful buildings, exploring the old towns in different Polish cities and eating Pierogi and Zurek inspired me to come here again.
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DomEQ

Even in Corona times we will not stop meeting new people, may it be via Zoom, Skype, or any other video messenger. So did we with Dawid Wojtyczka from the Equality House, or DomEQ, in Krakow.

 

The EQ-House is a place that was founded in 2016 to create a place that is offering a safe space for the LGTBQ+ community here in Krakow. LGBTQ+ is the shortening of the words Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, and every other sexual orientation which there is e.g. Pansexuality. 

 

By meeting Dawid we had the chance to talk with someone who is working in the DomEQ (Equality house) so, he could give us some insides into what the organization is doing and what they are standing for. Read more

Rethinking Refugees- A meeting with Sindhuja

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.[1]

It is important for your understanding to define the term “refugee” first so that you know on what base we were talking about this topic together with one of the founders of “Rethinking refugees”, Sindhuja Sankaran.

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The Founder of the Special Schools

Let me tell you of a woman whose compassion led to the foundation of the well-known special schools here in Krakow. A woman not afraid to take matters in her own hands, not fearing any obstacles. A woman who never intended to do something like this and ended up in a different profession than she ever thought. Read more

Monika and her short-term-ESC story!

I was supposed to spend these two months somewhere else but within one day everything changed and I ended up in Joannina. And I couldn’t end up better.

The story of this ESC starts when I had to back out of my planned internship in the Czech Republic because I was unable to find any affordable accommodation. I also had another internship planned for November and a nightmarish job at that time. I had two options: I could either stay in that job for another two months or find something instead. Guess what came to my mind?
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Easter in Italy

Since Italy is a religious country Easter is celebrated everywhere and in different ways, even by the ones who are not religious. I’m sure there are many traditions in whole Italy but in this text I am going to talk about the ones which are famous in my region, Apulia.

Starting from Palm Sunday I can say that people are used to go to church in the morning, especially the masses at 10 am are full of children and parents. The tradition is that people, after the Sunday mass, exchange crosses which are done with palm leaves, to wish peace to the others.

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Easter in Belgium

The people in Belgium are celebrating Carnival 40 days before Easter. It’s the last time the Belgians are partying before the period of fasting. Especially the people in Wallonia are walking in big carnival parades and live according to the motto “savoir vivre” (know-how to live).

As in other Catholic countries, the believers abstain 40 days from meat, sweets and even chocolate! For some reasons is the good Friday in Belgium, not a free day, as in many other countries. From this day on, the bells in most parts of Belgium are quiet. Especially on Saturday (“silent Saturday”). There is a history, which says that the bells are flying to Rome to be blessed by the pope.

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