Besides working at EkoCentrum, our volunteers also cooperate with different non-profit organizations with the aim to improve their skills and share their knowledge. One such form of collaboration takes regularly place at Wrocławskie Centrum Wspierania Organizacji Pozarządowych SEKTOR 3.
SEKTOR 3 is, among other things, organizing traineeships for high school students in Germany. To goal of the project is, besides from allowing the students to learn a new profession, also to get them acquainted with a new culture, new people and to go out of their comfort zone.
A workshop can be an engaging, energetic and interactive platform to generate new ideas, sharing experiences, improve processes and change the way people interact.
At the beginning of September 2017. educators at EkoCentrum organized a two day training on assertive communication for the EVS volunteers. The goal of the workshop was to adopt new tools that would help the participants to communicate more efficiently and to improve their interpersonal skills. Gatherings such as these are an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange and with engaging training environment the group dynamics also becomes more stimulating.
On Tuesday 22th of August 2017, EVS volunteers organized at EKo Centrum a workshop on archeology for children from UNESCO SUMMER CAMP. In fact, since one of our EVS volunteers is archeologist we have come up with the idea to present this exciting profession to our participants and connect it with ECO activities. The workshop started with a presentation regarding what is archaeology and how an archeological excavation actually looks like.
All of us wish to live in clean environment, breath fresh air without smog, enjoy swimming in clean river, sea and ocean. But not everyone is aware that there is much more we can do than just be mere polluters. Following this idea, we decided to organize a workshop for kids from UNESCO Initiative Summer Camp. The participants were asked to collect all the waste they had at home (plastic bottles, cardboards, ice cream sticks, CD/DVD boxes, cans) and bring it to our Foundation.
On Friday 18th, our EVS team made an excursion to Mount Ślęża, which is 718 meters high and is located close to Wrocław city. The main idea of the trip was to get acquainted with different kind of trees, history and to enjoy pure nature. It was a good challenge since we had to be both mentally as well as physically well prepared for it.
Do you know what is common between ecology and food? With this question we have started our meeting with Summer School at Fundacja EkoRozwoju. All together with Monika (instructor), EVS volunteers and volunteers of the UNESCO Initiatives Center we discussed how environment and ecosystem affect food and water we use.
On Sunday, 25th of June, EVS volunteers from Ekocentrum took part in the Father’s Day Event with their activities in Wyspa Slodowa. This event was part of Family Month in this park. The Wroclaw family holiday is an annual gathering of events and attractions aimed at all Wrocław residents, especially families with children. Wroclaw institutions, non-governmental organizations and commercial companies to cooperate and actively participated in the project.
“Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future”. The quote made by the U.S. president John F. Kennedy so many decades ago perfectly embodied the event we took part in on the 11th of June 2017. On this meaningful day the city government organized in Wyspa Slodowa an event for the children of Wroclaw that was called Family Month. The Wroclaw family holiday is an annual gathering of events and attractions in May and June aimed at all Wrocław residents, especially families with children.
On Friday 21th of July we participated in a cultural initiative organized by Żółty Parasol. We deliberately chose a neglected neighbourhood in Barlickiego Street near Park Tołpy with one goal in mind; render it more attractive and allow children of the local community to enjoy summer vacations in their own backyard. So the works kicked off early in the morning and with the weather on our side, we knew a perfect day was ahead of us.