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Mit HochDrei in der internationalen politischen Bildung
Start date: Jul 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Mit HochDrei in der internationalen und politischen Bildung" is based on a cooperation between Internationaler Bund Polska in Krakow and HochDrei e.V. in Potsdam. Over 12 months one volunteer from Poland will support the activities of HochDrei e.V. in the field international youth exchange and civic eduation. Beyond that she/he is motivated to implement an own project which will defined by him- or herself with the help of experienced pedagogical staff. We appreciate the volunteer's influence on our target groups: Volunteers are lively examples for social engagement and active citizenship. While working with youngsters during seminars and youth exchanges they are able to inspire, to motivate and to break down cultural barriers by talking about their own experiences and by showing how it is to live abroad. Volunteers act also as a peer reference person for our young participants as they are hardly older. Additionally, by working in an international team with volunteers we foster our own ability as youth workers to integrate new people, to respect others needs and thoughts and to share experience and knowledge. Volunteers can bring new ideas, realise extra projects and changes and therefore contribute to the development of our organisation towards more and more diversity. From our participant we expect to be able to identify him- or herself with the principle goals and the pedagogical concept of our association, meaning gender-equitable working, participatory approach and democratic interaction. Openness and joy in working with children and young people with different backgrounds is important while we are offering a platform to experiment. Thus the volunteer should be willing to learn and to acquire new skills. He/she should agree with flexible working times at least some times. We don't ask for any experience in youth work and methods of non formal learning – but interest and motivation is essential. The main work will take place in the seminar house during international youth exchanges and seminars. The volunteer will have the chance to assist in organising and implementing our activities and doing follow-up work. There will also be some office-related tasks to accomplish. Moreover we encourage him/her to develop an own project with our help and together with an other young person: either a german-polish youth exchange, a seminar or something else fitting to the work field of our association. With the project we hope to create an impact on both the volunteer and the association: For the volunteer we expect an increased sense of european citizenship, and better chances on the job market and within other aspects of life. We also focus on political empowerment as a result of the expierence as a European Volunteer in our organisation. A strong and active european partnership is what we expect for us as organisations also on a long-term level. Among our target group the opportunity to spend one year somewhere in Eruope will be disseminated and the idea to render voluntary engagement will be promoted. Since we are working in the field of german-polish youth exchange for many years now fostering mutual understanding between the citizens of the two countries is one of our huge emphasis and can be the impact of volunteer-exchanges between the two countries.

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