Welcome to European Voluntary Service

About us

The Foundation of Social Integration Prom was established in 2004. It assembles people of various professions: teachers, trainers, psychologists, ethnologists, historians and sociologists. The team of our permanent co-operators consists of several dozens of active social activists. This professional variety very well reflects the character of our interests and activities including education, research on civil society and culture.

Our common aim is integration of persons and groups of people at risk of marginalization and social exclusion. We are united with passion of our work and belief we can shape the reality.

We work on children and dysfunctional families, Roma minority and people with mental problems. We help students and graduates, also from abroad.

The basic form of the Foundation activities is running of community centres for children. Both our establishments are of integration character. Five days a week Polish and Roma children can find additional help with their school subjects and take part in interesting workshops. We offer our wards possibility of developing their passions and cultural traditions. The effect is an integration band, Terni Romani Bacht, where children learn not only dance and song but also tolerance.

The idea of European integration is also close to us. Since 2009 we take part in „European Voluntary Service” under Youth in Action and now Erasmus+ Programme hosting volunteers from all of Europe. Since 2011 We have the acreditation for hosting, coordinating and sending organisation. In 2014 our acreditation was succesfully extended. We cooperate with two experienced coordinators and well-prepared mentor.

For seven years we organize many-sided studies for institutions and organizations working on Roma in the countries of Visegrad Group.The acquired knowledge and interesting ideas we introduce in our daily work.

From 2004 We take part in food distribution for the poorest citizens in partnership with the Food Bank Federation.

We cooperate with many researchers from universities and together we create and publish books and publications on Roma issues: books and comics for children and grown-ups alike. To promote interesting initiatives in the region, we created internet information service documenting activities within the governmental program on Roma in Lower Silesia.

We help creating civil society running very popular stations of free legal advice for Wrocław citizens.

In 2013-2015 We organized two editions of „Some of the many” social campaign. Its main objective was to improve the image of Roma in the three provinces, increasing knowledge about this ethnic minority and reducing stereotypes. To know more visit: www.jednizwielu.pl

Within several annual projects we cooperate with Local Government units, State Administration and other NGOs and also with universities and cultural institutions.

In recognition of Foundation’s services for the integration of the Roma, in 2015 we received the European Citizen’s Prize. Awards ceremony was held in the European Parliament in October 2015.

Projects

Our main motivation for the projects is to develop international relationships and raise cultural awareness of our members. We are supportive when it comes to their personal growth, learning foreign languages and becoming active members of the society.

CHILDREN

AND YOUTH CENTERS

As a member of our organization, you will have the task of participation and help in the activities with children, youth and people with mental problems. There are 2 afterschool clubs for the children and youth (Zakątek Krasnoludka – Dwarfs’ Corner and Promyki – Rays) and You Are Not Alone Club for the people with mental disorders. If you have any hobbies which you would like to share with others and want to create workshops this is a great opportunity to do so and join us. Possibilities for our volunteers are unlimited, from art workshops, language lessons, gymnastics, dance lessons to performing and organizing theatrical plays, musicals and field trips.

Volunteering duties also include work in the office and helping by organization of meetings and conferences, searching for new partners and assisting employees providing administrative support. Our volunteers participate in food distribution to the poorest families from our beneficiaries and take part in educational projects and trainings organized by our institution.

Organization PROM helps volunteers to discover their abilities, step out of their comfort zone and exchange ideas with other members within the organization as well as with our partner organizations. The main goal is to create a fresh, dynamic and professional work environment.

We are very excited to include people from disadvantaged social conditions and provide an equal chance for them to fit into the society. The projects are pursued through volunteers from different countries. They all share the same roof and learn how to cooperate with the institution and each other.

We welcome aboard people who are active and creative. If you are interested in psychology, social work and pedagogy, recent problems of the Roma community and are eager to help, this is your possibility to join us. We are looking for people who are interested in working with youth, children, minorities, are friendly and responsible. If you are looking for a change and an unforgettable experience, we are happy to welcome you in our team.

This project usually start in September and finish in the end of June (10 months long).

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten “Tajemniczy Ogród” – Secret Garden (founded in 1945) can boast of a long tradition in education and enlightenment. It is a small institution which has 3 playrooms – 1 for each of the 3 groups. What makes this kindergarten really intriguing is a large and well wooded area. The main advantage of the space is that the children stay in contact with nature all year long due to various activities planned by educators and volunteers.

Education and approach of the employees enable children to develop their rational as well as emotional skills and prepare them for functioning in the society. Education programme helps children to develop their intelligence and motor skills. They also have a great opportunity to discover different countries and cultures through our volunteers and learn more about the world around them.

Our volunteers will have the responsibilities of supporting for the activities of care (feeding, dressing up, co-creating a sense of security) and helping teachers with organizing activities throughout the day (including help in preparing teaching aids or decorating the rooms). Volunteers have the space to organize their own activities where various hobbies are appreciated. From language, dance lessons, artistic workshops to planning activities for the outside – all the activities are welcomed.

If you are patient, love children and are not afraid of big groups of small children running around and laughing – this is your place, join us!

This project usually start in February and finish in the end of January (12 months long). Prom Foundation is the project coordinator and Kindergarten is the hosting organisation.

In 2016 We started cooperation with 7 new Kindergartens (state and private as well, one working with the Montessori method and one which is focused on languages).

To see more: http://przedszkole2.tumblr.com/

BRAVE

KIDSFESTIVAL

Stowarzyszenie Kultury Teatralnej Pieśń Kozla (Song of the Goat Theatre) is an organization founded in 1996 and after years of operation has achieved a status of being the most innovative European groups which is continuously seeking new artistic expressions. From 2005, the organization has been running various projects. Stowarzyszenie Teatr Pieśni Kozła is the hosting organization and Prom Foundation is the project coordinator.

BRAVE FESTIVAL

Brave Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Lower Silesia. Its character is unique not only in domestic but also on a global scale. This festival tells all the incredible stories of brave people who are not ashamed of where they come from. Participants of the project introduce their culture and traditions to wide audience. The festival includes various performances of artists and authentically captures the cultural and spiritual heritage of minorities and nations.

BRAVE KIDS

Brave Kids is an educational project organized in order to unite children from different parts of the world. Aim of this project is to help and inspire children to express themselves better and to prepare them for the future. Education is realized through various artistic workshops which are the main communicative media for introducing feelings and cultures.

During the first 2 weeks of the project, children and their tutors are hosted by host families who take care of them and organize their free time. This part is also the most important of the project because it gives all the included a great opportunity for intercultural exchange and discovery.

As the project continues, 4 groups have meetings in different cities during 1 month in order to exchange ideas, cultural differences and performances. The main method which is used is the principle of “the children teaching other children”. We believe that this fusion creates a platform for everybody to speak up and discuss. Given that the children come from countries dealing with various social and political situations or natural disasters, the festival is a place where they can all share with others and achieve positive changes.

Main task for our volunteers will be to contact artistic groups of children, assist the instructors of the programme and apply their creativity when it comes to organizing workshops for host families, children and local volunteers. Their responsibilities will also include writing descriptive and promotional materials and monitoring the organizational progress of international groups in the months preceding the project.

This project usually start in February and finish in the end of October (9 months long).

To see more: http://www.bravekids.eu/

Volunteers

Ines and Hajnalka

Ines and Hajnalka

Portugal/Hungary | 2016
Maria

Maria

Spain | 2016
Patricia

Patricia

Spain | 2016
Csenge

Csenge

Romania | 2016
Andrea

Andrea

Slovakia | 2015/16
Anton

Anton

Ukraine | 2015/16
Calin

Calin

Romania | 2015/16
Katka

Katka

Slovakia | 2015/16
Marcio

Marcio

Portugal | 2015/16
Lenka

Lenka

Slovakia | 2015/16
Barbora

Barbora

Czech Republic | 2014/15
Patricia

Patricia

Spain | 2014/15
Vanuhi

Vanuhi

Armenia | 2014/15
Kateryna

Kateryna

Ukraine | 2014/15
Anna and Ana

Anna and Ana

Russia/Portugal | 2014
Joana

Joana

Portugal | 2013/14
Daniel

Daniel

Spain | 2013/14
Veronica

Veronica

Spain | 2013/14
Luca

Luca

Italy | 2013/14
Jana and Araceli

Jana and Araceli

Czech Republic/Spain | 2012/13
André

André

Portugal| 2012/13
Fanny

Fanny

Germany | 2012/13
Mariana

Mariana

Portugal | 2011/12
Giulia

Giulia

Italy | 2011/12
Emile

Emile

France | 2011/12
Estefania

Estefania

Spain | 2010/11
Giorgi

Giorgi

Georgia | 2010/11
Damiano

Damiano

Italy | 2010/11
Irem

Irem

Turkey | 2009/10
Paola

Paola

Italy | 2009/10

How To Become a Volunteer?

What is European Voluntary Service – EVS?

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an opportunity to participate in an international project for young people (17 – 30 years old) regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion, political beliefs or health status. This is your chance to join us!

The EVS project stands for a voluntary, free, deliberate work for others in an international project, which is from 2 to 12 months long. You don’t need to have any qualifications or experience, you don’t need to have a certain level of language proficiency. The most important for us is a strong motivation, age and nationality.

If you want to become a volunteer, contact sending organization and then check the corresponding hosting organization to your EVS project in the online database (http://ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/mobility/european-voluntary-service_en.htm).

You can take part in EVS project only once. Exceptions can be short-term projects after which it is possible to participate in long-term projects.

Where, who, how long? 

The implementation of EVS is possible in the “Programme Countries” (all members of the EU, Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and in the neighbouring countries (Albania, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine), or “other Partner Countries in the world” (e.g. Latin America, the Carribean, Asia, Oceania).

The only important thing is that one of the two countries (hosting or sending) has to be a member of the European Union.

Who can participate? Anyone between the ages of 17 to 30 years old who would like to have an amazing time, gain experience and meet lots of interesting people.

Project lasts from 2 to 12 months (usually 6 to 12). You need to take the training before your departure, arrival and evaluation.


The expenses are not high – as the European Union covers almost all of them! There is no need to worry about the cost of housing, insurance, travel (you may be asked to cover up to 10% of travel costs), the food! In addition, you have pocket money for small expenses and language training in your hosting country.

How to become a volunteer step by step:

1.

Collect all the necessary information about EVS and find a project and your hosting organization (refer to the online database at                                      http://europa.eu/youth/country/76/theme/46_en). You will find all the descriptions of the organizations and their projects for volunteers from abroad. If you speak English, refer to these proposals and make notes of the numbers of project which interest you.

2.

Find a sending organization

You are on the right track! Fundacja Integracji Społecznej – PROM could be your future hosting organization and help you to start your journey. Contact us via email, call us and make an appointment for more information.

If you are from abroad – Organization PROM can be your hosting organization. Look for more sending organizations in your country, preferably close to the place of your residence. Direct contact with experienced employees of your sending organization will help you be better prepared for going abroad.

Warning! The selection process, finding a project, applying for funds and preparation for departure lasts at least several months. Contact the selected organization a minimum of 6 months before the planned departure.

3.

Claim your interest

Have you found a project which interests you? Convince the future hosting organization that you are the perfect volunteer. Send all the required documents (usually a resume and cover letter, sometimes it is a special form that needs to be filled in). Write about your experience, interests and plans for the future. Explain why you chose a particular project among the other ones and point out your contribution to the project. Now patiently wait for the results. In case of refusal, cheer up! Together with your sending organization look for another project and try again.

4.

Time to fill out an application

You have been chosen. The organization which you have contacted accepted your application. One of the two organizations usually your hosting organization submits an application to finance the project for one of the three dates of year (in February, April and October). The period of time between filling an application and departure must be at least 3 months.

5.

Wait patiently

The decision for financing is made by the National Agencies of the “Erasmus+” in the country in which the application has been submitted for funding. The decision can take up to 8 weeks from the date of submitting all the documents to the agency. Did it turn out that you are qualified to become a volunteer? You can start preparing for departure! Be sure to contact your sending organization immediately to help you with the preparation.

6.

Handle all the formalities

The period of time between accepting your application and your departure will take at least 6 weeks. This time is needed to arrange all the formalities – the signing of the agreement (so-called EVS Agreement or Activities Agreement), manufacturing passport, visa, arranging insurance, etc. Coordinator of your sending organization will take care of appropriate training related to adaptation to life in another culture and will be ready to answer all your questions.

7.

And after volunteering…

After your EVS, there is a possibility for you to work in your sending organization or even other local organizations in Poland.

Benefits of being a volunteer:

  • Personal development: better understanding of yourself and others
  • Challenge
  • New contacts and friendships
  • Helping people in need
  • New knowledge: Science/improvement of foreign language
  • New ideas and interests
  • Communication skills
  • Practical skills
  • Experience

What is a volunteer provided with?

  • Training: initial training (before departure), introductory training (soon after arriving in the hosting country), evaluation meeting halfway through the project, evaluation meeting after the completion of the project
  • Courses and trainings before and during the project (courses, practical courses, lectures, workshops…)
  • All the expenses covered: insurance, travel expenses, food and accommodation, pocket money (different exchange rates depending on the country of residence)
  • Other: assistance and support from a caregiver  – a mentor
  • Certificate from the European Commission – Youhpass – confirming participation in program European Voluntary Service EVS
  • 2 days off for each month of volunteering work

If you are thinking about joining our organization – please refer to the projects. There are 3 options to choose from: volunteering in day care for children, the young people from Roma community and the club for people with mental health problems; you can also work in one of Wroclaw’s preschools or the organization of the Brave Kids festival (in these 2 cases, organization Prom is a coordinating organization).

Below you will find all the standard forms which together with CV and LM should be sent to our address: evs@fundacjaprom.pl

Even if there are not any current proposals from us – feel free to send us your details. We will include them in our database and will be in contact with you shortly.

Open call EVS 2016 Children Center’s

Download EVS Questionaire Children’s Center Prom

Download EVS Project  2016 Foundation Prom

Media

Children And Youth Centers

Kindegarten

Brave Kids Festival

Partners

APS Mondo Nuovo (Italy)

APS Mondo Nuovo (Italy)

www.mondo-nuovo.org
Community volunteers’ foundation toplum gonulluleri (Turkey)

Community volunteers’ foundation toplum gonulluleri (Turkey)

www.tog.org.tr
Association ATINATI (Georgia)

Association ATINATI (Georgia)

www.atinati.org
Stranaidea S.C.S (Italy)

Stranaidea S.C.S (Italy)

www.stranaidea.it
Rota Jovem (Portugal)

Rota Jovem (Portugal)

home.rotajovem.com
Mission locale de villeurbanne (France)

Mission locale de villeurbanne (France)

www.mission-locale.fr
Giosef-Giovani Senza Frontiere - Caserta (Italy)

Giosef-Giovani Senza Frontiere - Caserta (Italy)

www.giosef.it
Coordinatora infantil y juvenil de tiempo libre de vallecas (Spain)

Coordinatora infantil y juvenil de tiempo libre de vallecas (Spain)

www.coordinadora.org.es
ayuntamiento de murcia. juventud (Spain)

ayuntamiento de murcia. juventud (Spain)

www.murcia.es/web/portal/inicio
Proatlantico - associacao juvenil (Portugal)

Proatlantico - associacao juvenil (Portugal)

www.proatlantico.com
dobrovolnicke centrum o.s. (Czech Republic)

dobrovolnicke centrum o.s. (Czech Republic)

www.dcul.cz
european intercultural forum e.v. (Germany)

european intercultural forum e.v. (Germany)

european-intercultural-forum.org
provincia di foggia servizio civile nazionale (Italy)

provincia di foggia servizio civile nazionale (Italy)

www.serviziocivile.provincia.foggia.it
german-russian exchange (Russia)

german-russian exchange (Russia)

www.obmen.org
YMCA v Ceske republice (Czech Republic)

YMCA v Ceske republice (Czech Republic)

www.ymca.cz
Vinnytsia Regional Center for Information KREATIV (Ukraine)

Vinnytsia Regional Center for Information KREATIV (Ukraine)

vn.ukrcei.org
Asociaciòn Cultural Ingalicia (Spain)

Asociaciòn Cultural Ingalicia (Spain)

www.ingalicia.org
Full Life NGO (Armenia)

Full Life NGO (Armenia)

www.fulllife.am
Mladiinfo Slovensko (Slovakia)

Mladiinfo Slovensko (Slovakia)

www.mladiinfo.sk
entrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

entrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

www.centruldevoluntariat.ro
Chernivtsi Regional NGO "Bukovinian Agency for Regional Development" (Ukraine)

Chernivtsi Regional NGO "Bukovinian Agency for Regional Development" (Ukraine)

www.bard.cv.ua

Contact us

+48 71 359 29 21

Email address: evs@fundacjaprom.pl

Fundacja Integracji Społecznej Prom
ul. Jagiełły 3/64
50-201 Wrocław

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