Project: Climate for Change!
Country: Poland, Wrocław
Deadline for application: 14th January 2019 17:00
Who we are?
Mission of Foundation for Sustainable Development (Fundacja EkoRozwoju – FER) is to support development in harmony with nature. We have been successfully trying to achieve this goal since 1991. Initially, our activities focused mainly on protection of water and river valleys. Over the years the range of our activities widened considerably including urban environment.
Today, we do not only protect nature (e.g. roadside avenues and endangered species) but we also support social initiatives using natural values in a sustainable manner, promote innovation in the field of environmental protection and conduct educational activities directed to the officials, teachers, youth, adults and seniors. We carry out projects of local, regional, national and international levels.
In autumn 2013 Foundation for Sustainable Development opened in Wroclaw Nadodrze a new venue called “EkoCentrum” - a center of environmental education unique in the country's scale. Not accidentally does it function in a place where major environmental problems are born, which is in the heart of the city. Together with the inauguration of EkoCentrum our educational activities expanded to a permanent offer of classes and also took on a more holistic nature including global and anti-discrimination education. Today, in a permanent educational offer, we organize both indoor and outdoor activities. The classes of the Sustainable Development focus on the sustainable use of natural resources, with particular emphasis on measures to reduce waste, reduction of energy consumption, promoting sustainable transport, responsible consumption, water conservation and climate change.
Who we are looking for?
Within a program Erasmus+, we are looking for EVS 9 volunteers who will join our team for 12 months. Volunteers will be involved into creation and implementation of the EkoCentrum and our partners offer (open classes, meetings, workshops, interventions) as well as assistance in current FER programs (environmental education, environmental campaigns, cooperation with local partners, etc). Three volunteers would be also assisting in everyday work in the office.
We are looking forward also for all ideas and initiatives undertaken by the volunteers as long as they will meet our priorities and will help to create an interesting offer for the EkoCentrum.
Our volunteers will work in three fields:
- Education & Activity - ecological education, promotion of intercultural dialogue, social integration.
- Culture & Animation - activities to support artistic expression of children and youth, providing an opportunity to integrate and to spend free time in an attractive way, presentation of different cultures that are present in Wroclaw, fighting with stereotypes.
- Nature & Infrastructure - promotion of sustainable transport and energetic sector, environmental monitoring, increase of city landscape attractiveness, promotion of ecological awareness of children and youth.
Our volunteers will work using methods of non-formal education; they will organize backyard actions, happenings, concerts, events. Main activities will take place at hosting organizations – FER and Mediateka. Other activities will be organized with our associated partners, which are experts in chosen areas of interests.
Our participants will gain or strengthen their key competences - knowledge of foreign language, digital skills, learning to learn, interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic competence. Personal grow of volunteers will be supported by an experienced mentor and project coordinator.
The results of the project on a local level will be increasing of ecological awareness, tolerance, and acceptance of foreigners, inclusion and active participation in social life of Wrocław habitants. In the long-term perspective Wrocław will become a better place to live as a multicultural place of tolerance and respect towards nature. We are planning to exchange the good practices between partner organizations in different countries.
You can change team during your stay or you can stick to one of the area, but what’s important you should feel at ease within at least one of the main topics: education/ media/ environment.
Accommodation, food and transport arrangements
If you need more info about your stay and your role please contact our partner regarding your country Ukraine/Turkey (contacts are below)
please fill out the application form and send it to us, together with your CV. There is no need to post or fax a copy. Successful candidates will be required to provide a hard copy signed with their signature.
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