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If you are interested in one of our EVS hosting places, please check the page with current information about vacancies. The next step will be to fill in and email us our application form you find here: 

EVS Application Form ANAWOJ[DOC, 280 kB, English version]

Dear partners and future volunteers,

Please find here the descriptions of two of our actual EVS hosting placements

  • Primary and secondary school center in Gródek
  • ANAWOJ association in Michałowo

Both of them are long-term volunteering opportunities ( 9 months) . We are selecting for 4 free places in duration from 01.10.2016 to 30.06.2017

and we are awaiting your applications! In case of any questions please, do not hesitate to contact us!

Application deadline for candidates: 04/04/2016

 To apply: please send your CV+ application form + photo

to the following email-address: anawoj@interia.pl

  1. Hosting place: Primary and Secondary School Complex in Grodek 2014-1-PL01-KA110-000122

Description of host organization

This school complex in the village Grodek is located on the edge of the Knyszyn Forest, 36 km far from Bialystok in Northeast of Poland. The School Complex consists Primary School with 198 students in 12 departments and the Secondary school with 112 students in six departments. Students learn English, Russian and Belorussian language.

The school from Gródek has realized various projects co-founded by the European Union within the European Social Found. The school holds the titles: The School without The Violence, The School of The Dreams, The School with the Class, The Humanitarian School. Since two year we also cooperate with European volunteers within Erasmus+ program. In the last two years we hosted 4 volunteers from Belorussia, Spain and France for each 9 months. The volunteers provided different workshops i field of creative arts and non-formal education and learnt us more about their countries and cultures. These meetings aroused great interest among our pupils and teachers. That’s why we would like to continue and deepen the activities in this field.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

  • Support in the school club (care centre after formal lessons) by preparation and organizing of creative (and / or sport) activities for kids in the age 6-14 years
  • Assistance in preparation of school feasts and local ceremonies.
  • Organization of language workshops, non-formal meetings and games about their countries, cultures and traditions.
  • Creation of own activities (in field of sport, music, theatre, multimedia, literature, languages …)
  • Animation of different non-formal activities inside and outside of the school (in co-operation with other local institutions – culture centre, forest district, kindergarten ….)

Local environment:

Gródek is located in the North – East part of Poland, in the eastern part of the district of Bialystok. By the municipality runs the road E-65, connecting Bialystok and Minsk through the border crossing at Bobrownikach.  The muncipality of Grodek has arround 5800 inhabitants. The unique ecological placement is the fact that the whole area of the municipality is located in a Polish Green Lungs and the western part of the municipality is located within the Knyszyn Forest Landscape Park. Clean air and water, the abundance of different species of plants, birds and animals is unique in Europe, which creates excellent conditions for the development of tourism and recreation.

The village has convenient public transport with Białystok. There is the Cultural Center, the music festival called Basowiszcza (festival for independent Belarussian Rock-music) takes place annually. There are various folk festivals. There is a bay called “Zarzeczany” and the sports centre. There is a indoor swimming pool 9 kilometres far from Gródek. The only drawback of the region is quite high unemployment faced by locals and the absence of perspectives for young people. One problem is also absence of space for youth, where they can spend their free time.

Volunteer’s profile:

  • We are looking for: 1 volunteer from Belarus and 1 volunteer from Spain (female and male).
  • We wish to welcome motivated young people, interested in working with children and young people.
  • Welcome are active volunteers with creative hobbies (like plastic arts, handicraft, music instruments etc or like sport).
  • Volunteers should be autonomous as they will live alone in a flat in a rural area.

More details: http://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/project/635_en

  1. Hosting place: ANAWOJ association in Michałowo 2015-1-PL01-KA110-023286

Description of host organization

Association of International and Intercultural Exchange ANAWOJ is a non-governmental organization from north – eastern of Poland, from Podlasie region, working on local, regional and international level. We actively participate in development of our region and promote the civil and social activity among inhabitants. We act to promote the intercultural exchange and dialog between different cultures and people from different cultural and social ground. Our target groups are: mainly kids and youth, but also their parents, teachers, youth workers, youth leaders and also seniors. Our regular activities are:

–          International youth exchanges, international summer work camps, regional seminars about Youth in action program and workshops for youth leader about project management;

–          Sending, hosting and accompanying volunteers and trainees;

–          Animation of the cultural live by preparing trainings, educational-seminars, cultural parties;

–          Activities in field of heritage protection (like for instance renovation works on old Jewish or German cemeteries in our region);

–          Organization of meetings with young people to create the leisure-time-activity, to discuss the present problems and future and to argue about „anti-alien-feeling” and stereotypes;

–          Since 2011 we are very active in fields of: active citizenship, youth participation in democracy, global education, sustainable development, and  environmental and ecological education.

With European Voluntary Service we have been working since 2002. Some of the members of our association had been EVS volunteers before. We wanted others to use the same possibility and encourage them to take part in the same programme. Since 2002 we have sent more than 100 volunteers to different countries in frames of EVS. Since year 2006 we also have been inviting people to our country as well. As coordinating organization we help other organizations to host volunteers in their institutions and take care about administrative and qualititative aspects of their activities (since 2006 more than 60 volunteers). Furthermore we are also active as hosting organisation and invite volunteers from different countries to us (since 2008).

We see the deep meaning of the idea of voluntary service and it is very important for us, not only in international context of EVS but also in local dimension – we want to support and encourage young people living in our community to became active and do whatever it takes to improve the quality of own lives and invest in better future. We let them be included in European society. Being involved and also being active has huge impact on the way our own and others future is being created. That is what we would like to show, that the idea of voluntary service makes sense, that even „without money” you can do something fantastic and be engaged in developement of the local community. What motivates us most in our work with international volunteers is that we can bring a „piece of Europe” to the rural region of Podlachia and that the volunteer can show possibilities, through own example, also present others  that they can also help our organisation in work with the youth, kids and adults in our region. There is a lot of things that we can learn from other countries and EVS-volunteers always bring a lot of new ideas from their own cultures, show different ways of solving problems and acting and effectively help us to develop our projects and organisation.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

  • Organization of non-formal activities for children: like creative activities (handicraft, or music or plastic arts), sport and outdoor activities (in holiday camp, forest activities or on playground)
  • Assisting and conducting environmental activities for children in nature and forest in cooperation with local Rangers from our Forest District
  • Organizing workshops in field of non-formal education and “European workshops” in local partner institutions like: Culture Centre, Kindergarden, Primary and Secondary School and/ Workshop of Occupational Therapy for disabled person of our community
  • Assistance in project management and office work (especial correspondence, public relations, updating of our homepage and local web-forum, edition of newsletter, creation of posters and information sheets and so on)
  • Assistance in organization, preparation and creating of different kinds of seminars, workshops and trainings on regional, national and international level
  • Presentation „European Voluntary Service” on all local and regional events in the region
  • Preparation and organization of “language workshops’ for kids, youngsters and seniors of the village
  • Leading the “intercultural cafe” for youngsters in ager 15-20 on two evenings per week in the culture centre.
  • Promotion  of discovery of different cultures and European citizenship (through games, cultural, manual, sport activities, quiz, cooking, discussions…).

 Local environment:

Our head office is located in Michalowo, small town located near Bialystok in Podlachia region, in the northern-eastern part of Poland. The whole region is a part of so called Green Lungs of Poland – the territory with multitude of national and regional parks and nature reserves, great wilderness (the part of it is famous Bialowieza forest, for example), the largest swamps in the Central Europe. Bialystok (300 000 inhabitants) is the capital of this region. It is great administrative, academic and cultural centre).

Michalowo is located about 38 km from Bialystok and 15 km from Belorussian border. Counting 3000 inhabitants struggle with many problems. One of them is high unemployment and lack of perspectives. The big worry is also strong abuse of alcohol among young people. The association ANAWOJ is constantly trying to involve these young people in projects and to show them that live without alcohol is much better choice and gives a lot of different, interesting opportunities that can be created by their own involvement and creativity.

Volunteer’s profile: 

  • We are looking for 2 volunteers (male and female)
  • We wish to welcome motivated young people, interested in working with children and young people.
  • Volunteers need to be creative and to have the ability to take initiative. It is important, that the volunteer has his/her own ideas for activities and motivation to realise them independently
  • Welcome are active volunteers with creative hobbies (like plastic arts, handicraft, music instruments etc or like sport).
  • Volunteers should be autonomous as they will live alone in a flat in a rural area. He/ she should be open to live in a small village (3000 inhabitants). The next big city is far 40 km and can be reached by local busses.

            The volunteers we are searching for should like to work with youth, should be active, independent and creative as we wish them to realise their own small projects and activities. Life condition in Michalowo will be simple (for instance wooden houses heated by stove), so the volunteer should be sure that he/ she want to live in such rough conditions. Instead we offer stay in nice and quit environment near nature and a lot of forrest.

More details find here: https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/organisation/58001486623_en

or here: www.anawoj.org

All future volunteers can find more information about Bialystok and our region in “EVS Guide”:ANAWOJ-EVS Guide for Volunteers [PDF, 6.7 MB, English version]