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Kopalnie Salomona Szlifujemy Diamenty
Start date: Jun 30, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Kopalnie Salomona - Szlifujemy Diamenty /Salomon’s Mines – Polishing the Diamonds/... is a project of the group European Voluntary Service which will be realized in the Christian Primary School ”Salomon” in Zielona Góra. The main objective of the project is to develop pupils and volunteers in different areas during the extracurricular classes. Three volunteers supervised by a teacher will help during classes for children, increasing their skills in such areas as general knowledge, foreign languages, arts (art, music, theatre, technical classes) and sports. Volunteers’ work will take place at school on working days, Monday to Friday, for 10 months.Volunteers who are at school will in the first place work with teachers working in common rooms. A volunteer will help the teacher – they will work together and in time volunteers will be able to conduct some activities on their own (games with kids, creating arts works, sports, teaching songs in a foreign language, keeping the common room clean, taking care of kids while going to the playground/ swimming pool/ theatre/ cinema etc.). Each volunteer will have a supervisor – a common room teacher. Additionally, one of the volunteers will be working with a kindergarten teacher (taking care of 5- and 6-year-olds). The volunteer will be helping the teacher in caring works such as preparing breakfast, going to the toilet, going for walks, helping kids with everyday activities, playing with kids and – as much as possible – conducting simple and short activities with kids (sports, singing songs, counting outs etc.). During the project, the volunteers will be able to conduct certain workshops within the extracurricular classes conducted in the common room. Teachers responsible for given workshops will co-operate with volunteers as long as they are there, which will allow volunteers to learn planning and preparing classes in co-operation with the teachers leading the workshops. During the whole year of work in the common rooms, the volunteers will experience and learn such working methods as: a show, storytelling, work with a book, learning from schoolbooks, discussion, introductory talk, problem solving, brainstorming, playroles, didactic games, case study, exchange of ideas and others, introduced by the teachers. Work in the team of the experienced teachers will allow observing their work, absorbing good patterns and informal learning of work with children. The volunteers will be able to experience and learn team work – planning classes and special events such as Thanksgiving, European Week, Nativity Play, Carnival or Family Day which take place in school more or less bi-monthly and involve the whole school as well as local community.The result of the project will be learning based on own (positive and negative) experiences in the context of life and work. Involvement into searching new methods of activating kids will encourage creating solutions and facing the appearing problems. A direct connection with life situations will focus learning on overcoming personal barriers as well as drawing conclusions from the activities.

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