Call for volunteers to take part in an Erasmus+ Volunteering project at the Stefania Sempołowska High School, Poland
Stefania Sempołowska High School is a school located in the heart of Lublin, a city in Eastern Poland. The school offers comprehensive education to about 600 students (aged 16-19) and the school staff consists of 45 teachers. They are looking for one volunteer to join them for 12-months be a part of the school community and assist the teachers during lessons and activities.
About Stefania Sempołowska High School
Stefania Sempołowska High School is a school located in the heart of Lublin, a city in Eastern Poland. The school is located in close proximity to the Old Town – a nice place to seat and enjoy the view of old and historical buildings. However, apart from undoubtedly beautiful architecture and surroundings, that area is also the center of many cultural and international events as well as educational and cultural institutions. 4th High School (as it is commonly named and recognized) is a school with a 100-year-old tradition. As a result, the school’s mission is rooted in patriotism and multiculturalism. Although the school is very old, its principals and staff like to be up to date with educational and cultural issues. Consequently, the school is in constant cooperation with local cultural and educational institutions like theaters, museums, universities and voluntary organizations. Thanks to which it is able to offer its students a wide variety of educational opportunities such as: participation in renowned competitions, projects and conferences. Inside the school, students may also take advantage of various annual events or extra curricular activities like sports club or school voluntary club.
Our school offers comprehensive education to about 600 students (aged 16-19). The school staff consists of 45 teachers, the most numerous of whom are language teachers of English, Spanish, French, German and Russian. Many school events are organized in the filed of multiculturalism in order to emphasize the importance of cultural diversity and knowledge of foreign languages. We would like to develop and expand the variety of educational and multicultural activities our students could benefit from.
Location: Lublin, Poland
Starting in: December 2018/January 2019, may be negotiable
Program: Erasmus+ Volunteering
The main tasks of the volunteers are the following:
- Enrich the school programs with new, entertaining and educational events.
- Develop students language and interpersonal skills through everyday communication.
- Give students a chance to develop their interest in foreign cultures (about 70% of the pupils are from poor village regions where they have little access to cultural and educational opportunities).
- Take part in every school event or activity which could develop or teach you new skills and abilities.
- Develop your own school activities with the support of the teachers, depending on your preferences, abilities and skills. A few ideas based on previous projects are noted below. These suggestions are fully flexible according to your skills, competence, experience or ideas. We would like to give you freedom in implementing your own ideas – perhaps making your own workshops of culture, languages or any other hobbies which could be interesting for students or teachers.
- Mini conversation club – individual or group meeting with students who are eager to develop their language skills by communicating with the foreigners. Those meetings could be a type of language exchange teaching experience as students could teach you some Polish at the same time.
- Theater group/arts workshops – as far as possible and as much as your interests/skills are concerned, you could run a drama group where various performances could be prepared (and staged on some school events later on). This can be also any kind of arts workshops (crafts; drawing; painting, etc.) where students learn and prepare some works of art that can be e.g. placed in a charity fair to support a particular charity/fundraising action.
- Blog writing – the ideas for blog theme are various and would be discussed with your school attendants. One suggestion is to create a blog/vlog titled “Lublin seen through foreigners’ eyes” – you could sight-see the city together with the students who would organize some trips around Lublin for you. That could be an inspiration to share your thoughts and impressions on the city on the blog.
- Film club – regular meetings at school with film lovers; watching and discussing movies which are of interest to the group. As a result some film reviews could be written and published in the school monthly paper.
- Student government meetings – participation in discussing, planning and organizing activities and events for the school community.
- School voluntary club – working on different voluntary projects inside and outside the school (in the kindergarten; in the children’s hospital, with the disabled).
- Workshops about Erasmus+ Volunteering activities, Poland and Polish culture and all topics volunteers may be interested in. As well as in the schools, you may make some activities in the other places like community centres, libraries, leisure centres etc.
Training during the project:
- Develop your own interpersonal communication competence through team work.
- Learn how to plan, prepare and implement educational and cultural projects or events.
- Gain experience participating in various voluntary actions (inside and outside school).
- Learn the Polish language.
- Share and expand your knowledge and experience among teachers, educators and representatives of important cultural institutions in the city.
- We would like you to take part in every school event or activity which could develop or teach you new skills and abilities.
Accommodation, food and transport arrangements:
This project is based in Lublin, Poland. Volunteers’ accommodation, food, pocket money and transport will be provided through the Erasmus+ program.
- Aged between 18 and 30 years old.
- Currently residing in the United Kingdom.
- Enjoy working with teenagers.
- Interest in educational and cultural issues (inside and outside the school).
- Any experience in working with children is desirable, however if you feel like you could enjoy this, and you may have some arts interests (theatre, film, crafts, literature, etc.) the school would sincerely invite you to become a member of their school community.
How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for this Erasmus+ vacancy, please send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, get in touch with us using the form below, or call 0131 243 2745.