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PAVE Volunteering Weeks 2024

Call for participants for round 1 in Poland

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on peace awareness and conflict prevention? Do you have a keen interest in volunteering coupled with a desire to immerse yourself in diverse cultures?

If so, we invite you to join the PAVE Volunteering Weeks 2024, a unique program organized by the PAVE Project (Peace Awareness through volunteering and education).

About PAVE Volunteering weeks

  • From March to October 2024, the PAVE project will organize 8 rounds of volunteering weeks in Poland, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ireland (2 rounds in each country).
  • In total, they will host 96 participants from France, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Ukraine aged 18 – 30.
  • Each round of volunteering will host 12 participants that will be evenly distributed among all participating countries.

The Volunteering weeks will offer an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth, cultural exchange, and community service in countries that have historical or recent experience with volunteering in (post)conflict situations.

Key Information about all volunteering weeks

  • Participants will be hosted by a local organization that will organize the program of the volunteering week.
  • From the 7-day program, first and last will be dedicated to traveling, 5 days will be dedicated to volunteering and related activities.
  • Participants have to be aged from 18 to 30 and they have to come from France, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia, Poland, Ireland or Ukraine.
  • Volunteering weeks are free of charge for the participants, transportation, and accommodation costs, also breakfast, lunch and dinner will be covered for all participants from the budget of the project. Other costs related to insurance; visa fees must be covered by the participants.
  • Transport will be arranged for you by the team of the PAVE project after consultation with you. The contact person will get in touch with you right after the announcement of selected participants.
  • Accommodation will be provided by the hosting organization for all participants.
  • One person can participate in only one round out of eight rounds of PAVE volunteering weeks. We cannot guarantee that you will be chosen for a specific round, so if you are interested in participating, we advise you not to wait for your most favorite destination. But it is  advised  to  apply  to any opportunity that you may find enriching to maximize the probability of your selection for at least one of them.
  • Here you can find more detailed information about the PAVE volunteering week in Poland.

Information about the volunteering week in Poland

When: 3-9 th March 2024

Where: Wroclaw, Lower Silesia Region

Hosting Organization: Center for Disasters and Natural Disasters “RAFT” (website)

Day 1 3.3.2024Arrival to Wrocław and accommodation (close to hosting organization)
Day 2Meeting with hosting organization team, integration and plan of volunteering week discussionPresentation of main activities hosting organization in are of supporting different groups of people in need (eg Ukrainian)
Day 3 – 5 5-7.3.2024Training – working with PMC methodCommon activities for local community in cooperation with long term volunteers from other countriesMeetings with Ukrainian families suffered during war in UkraineMeetings with representatives of local authoritiesMeetings with representatives of other non-governmental organizations
9:30-15:00 (flexible time)
Day 69:30 – 12:00: Ending session in hosting organization
8.3.2024Meeting with PAVE project partners – evaluation session
9:30-14:00Ending of the volunteering week in Poland
Day 7Leaving Wroclaw

Important Dates

Application Deadline for the first volunteering week in Poland: 21. 1. 2024 Participant Selection for the first volunteering week in Poland: 22. – 25. 1. 2024 Volunteering Week in Poland: 4. – 8. 3. 2024

How to Apply

You can now apply for the first rounds of Volunteering weeks that will take place in March in Poland (Wroclaw). Call for participants for next rounds of volunteering will be announced about two months before the expected start of the volunteering week.

Fill in our online application form (link) and wait until the date when selection of participants is finalized for the confirmation of your acceptance and further details about your volunteering experience.

Why Volunteer with PAVE?

Skill and Knowledge Development: You will gain valuable skills in peace and conflict management while making a meaningful contribution to local communities. Participants will have the chance to get to know more about the life of peers that are inheriting tension from past and ongoing conflicts, and therefore they will be enabled to reconsider their consideration of war, peace, and intercultural dialogue.

Helping local community: Volunteers will be able to support the local communities working side by side with local volunteers, getting to know their backgrounds, motivation for engaging in volunteering activities, as well as difficulties and struggles coming with a context of tension and unsolved conflicts. Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Bosnia, Croatia, Ireland, or Poland.

Global Connections: Build lasting connections with fellow volunteers from diverse backgrounds and create a global network for positive change.

PAVE Volunteering weeks are organized by the following consortium of partners from different countries:

  • ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France): Pavla Bednáriková;
  • Extremadura Agency for International Development Cooperation (Spain): Patricia Muriel;
  • Merkury Foundation (Poland): Marta Sys;
  • Center for Peacebuilding (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Vahidin Omanovic;
  • Regional Foundation for Local Development Zamah (Croatia): Drago Vrucinić;
  • Inishowen Development Partnership (Ireland): Tracey McRory; For any inquiries or further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Join us in creating a world of peace, understanding, and positive change!

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