WHAT IS EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS?
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop.
PARTICIPATION IN EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS PROJECT
European Solidarity Corps projects are available to people the age of 18-30 years old, after completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities.
Project are supported and fund by European Commission.
CARITAS ARCHDIOCESE GDANSK
Caritas Archdiocese Gdansk (CAG) is very experienced organization in national and international projects connected with volunteering, since 2005 Caritas Archdiocese Gdansk has hosted more than 180 volunteer from various countries: Germany, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Ukraine, Georgia, Spain, Belarus, France, Armenia, Finlandand, Hungary, Checz Repubilc, Sweden, Germany, etc.
WHAT IS OUR PROJECT?
The project is developed in response to the needs of children and youth who attend Caritas daycare centers, senior centers in Trójmiasto and also the handicapped benefiting from the support of the Caritas center. Our project is created for youth and children having difficult backgrounds plus those who cannot afford to travel abroad, thus limiting their opportunities to meet people from other countries.
With a prior life of poverty inflicting social limitations upon the few we have the opportunity to work with, this program thus provide a fresh perspective for participants to discover new cultures, traditions and languages with an ultimate expansion towards a broader personal worldview, public awareness and civil identity. Additionally, the program contribute towards supporting the development for young people to embrace the idea of intercultural dialogue while respecting the diversity of religious, racial and national differentiation. Emphasizing mutual understanding and curiosity while exploring other cultures encouraged them to better get to know about each other.
An overall emphasis focusing on a „Getting to Know” orientation work as well between the ESC volunteers. This involve spending time and getting to understand the perspectives of young people while sharing living facilities with individuals from multiple countries bringing their cultural, linguistic and religious differences into the collective setting. While also force to embrace each other’s contrasting personal habits at times, challenging situations inevitably arose, yet ultimately become a successful, condensed social experiment for integrating life experience when teaching participants about respect for others’ cultures. Thus this became a way towards identifying their differing national histories and even political viewpoints in a positive manner.
WHAT ARE OUR ACTIVITIES?
- To support the project/work Coordinator to plan, implement and evaluate programme events, seminars and other national/international events, provide input and support with creative ideas for strategic development of the centers.
- To take a lead role in implementing outdoor, cultural, educational activities,
- work as a member of the programme team, leading and developing activities for our beneficially.
- Take part in various activities of Caritas.
- Providing beneficial information on educational, cultural and practical assistance programs
- Cooperate with project and work coordinator.
- To respond to programme correspondence from potential participants in a timely manner.
- To maintain / improve programme materials and equipment.
- To provide input to promotional material on programme events for the CAG website, newsletters and other publications providing research and marketing material for events and potential marketing opportunities; updating website & other social media.
CAG hosts volunteers for twelve months in Poland, while working in Tricity; (Gdynia, Rumia, Orunia, Sopot and Gdansk.) The volunteers come from European and Non-European countries.