02.01.2020 – 30.11.2020 – European Solidarity Corps project “Socially Engaged: Learn – Teach, Get – Give”

“Socially Engaged: Learn – Teach, Get – Give” is a European Solidarity Corps project which involved one volunteer from Poland – Katarzyna Pasternak.

Title: “Socially Engaged: Learn – Teach, Get – Give”
Preliminary date: 02/01/2020 30/11/2020 (11 months)
Project Code: 2019-2-PL01-ESC11-065949
Project Venues: Tallinn (NGO Youth Club Active), Tammispea Village (NGO Youth Centre Vihasoo), Estonia


This project involves one volunteer from Poland to come to the Estonian NGO Youth Club Active for an 11-month activity from 02/01/2020 to 01/12/2020. The long-term goal of this project is to provide the volunteer with an opportunity to learn and develop through working with children and youngsters in the youth organization, to have a direct contact with local ethnic minority community and a possibility to impact them directly. Youth Club Active gives the volunteer plenty of opportunities in participating and taking initiative in carrying out activities and, through implementing her ideas in work with children and youth, to develop herself and her skills for future life.

The objectives of this projects include:

  • introducing the volunteer to the concept of non-formal learning through Solidarity Corps priorities;
  • creating an appropriate timetable for her in accordance with her needs, expectations and skills;
  • facilitating the process of self-assessment for both the volunteer and the youth;
  • providing the participant with opportunities to develop a workshop routine to realize her admissions and aspirations, on a voluntary basis;
  • promoting intercultural communication and diversity through involving the volunteer into life of a foreign country and its minority community;
  • promoting tolerance, interculturality and equality;
  • facilitating development of creative and communication skills, fostering intercultural learning, supporting mutual understanding between the volunteer and the youth of Estonia.

We intend this project to bring positive and stimulating influence on the volunteer herself, as well as on the youth she will be in contact with. We believe this project will facilitate personal growth of the volunteer, making her more independent and self-confident, ready to take initiative and bring her ideas to life. She will lead by her example and encourage local youth to become caring and active citizens of Europe.

This individual volunteering project involves one participant from Poland, Katarzyna Pasternak. We have previously met just via Skype and later accepted her according to motivation and wish. We aim to provide the volunteer opportunities to realize her own ideas and aspirations in action through working with the youth. Her main activities in our organization will include:

  • Working with the youngsters and children in our NGO as well as our local partners (other NGOs and schools);
  • Working in urban and suburban camps during school holidays;
  • Teaching English/Polish language and leading events on introducing Polish culture to the local youth and anyone interested;
  • Organizing and taking part in various projects, workshops, events, entertainment activities together with youngsters;
  • Leading workshops on different topics, all developed by herself with help of NGO staff.
  • Take initiative and realize own ideas in action (write own local project, organize event for children or other entertainment).