About the local hosting organization
The Polish Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities Branch in Gdansk is a local institution. Our aims are focused on working for equaling chances of intellectually disabled people.
The association leads institutions designed for disabled persons in every age and with every level of handicap. One of them is the Workshops of Therapeutic Occupations (WTZ) for adult people who are trained to work, Environmental House of Self-assistance (SDS) which is responsible for self-developing of adults with severe disabilities, Rehabilitation-Education-Upbringing – school for children and youth with severe disabilities, Supported housing for people with intellectual disabilities, Orchestra Vita Activa, ECEKON Music School, Remont Pomp band, Theatre Razem – art activities for people with intellectual disabilities.
About the volunteer work
Volunteers work not in one but in few places and they always suggest us where they want to work.
After the arrival, all volunteers spend 2 weeks as a training period. Volunteers have a Polish language course: at the beginning 2 times per week and after that - 1 time.After the arrival volunteers spend 2 weeks as a training period. We are visiting all the centres, discuss tasks in them and have general training about work and the project. Then, the coordinator asks volunteers where they want to work. We are meeting and creating individual schedules for every volunteer. Volunteer have also a training how to work with intellectually disabled people.Training will be organized also for Polish volunteers who are part of "Big Brother - Big Sister" program.
Volunteers are living in 2 flats that are owned by the association and one flat is rented close to the association. In most flats, each volunteer has his/her own room. Flats are very close to the most of PSONI centres so it's not a big distance to work. Flats are located in Gdańsk Przymorze very close to the Baltic Sea and 30 min by tram to the Gdańsk old town. Volunteers also get food money and they are responsible for organizing it by themselves. All volunteers have a free transport for trams and buses in Gdańsk for work and private time.
PSONI Gdansk is open to working with everyone who is motivated to work on a project that meets her/his expectation. We always try to find a volunteer specifically for the project, but if a volunteer finds the project by himself and in our opinion he is a good candidate we will host him. We are also open to host volunteers who have some difficulties with language and support them before the project. We are happy if the volunteer has previous experience in voluntary work with intellectually disabled people but that's not necessary.
Volunteers must be residents of Erasmus+ Programme countries.
Extra info about the project
Please contact the SVI for further information about the project and the application process.
For more info on the European Youth Portal : Here