On Thursday 18.01.2018, we went to visit Hydropolis, a center of knowledge and science about water in Wrocław. This extremely modern facility, opened in 2015, uses multimedia applications, interactive installations, faithful replicas and models, as well as touch screens with only one purpose; to show water from various fascinating perspectives. Due to its cutting edge technology, it represents Poland’s only facility of this kind and one of very few worldwide.
On Saturday 9th of December, volunteers and workers at Ekocentrum organized several workshops in occasion of the Muzyczna Noc Nadodrza. One of the things we did was a cooking workshop. We baked traditional Christmas Pierniczki and invited the participants, both children and adults to decorated them based on their own wishes and creativity. In that respect, natural ingredients and spices such as sugar, poppy seed, dried fruits, oranges, mango, coconuts etc. were used. It was a pleasure to see many young people enjoying decorating their cookies in a warm Christmas atmosphere. Moreover, for us foreign volunteers it was also a great opportunity to get acquainted with Polish traditions of celebrating the holidays.
If somebody asks you, do you live in a good environment and breath a fresh air, what would be your
answer? As interview with Wrocław citizens shows us, the majority of them give a negative answer
and share their wishes to live in the city without air pollution. As we know, air pollution in Poland is
an actual topic for big and small cities.
On 24.10 and 25.10. 2017 a two day training on body language took place at Fundacja Ekorozwoju. EVS volunteers from Croatia and Ukraine broke down the science of nonverbal communication, presenting a practical, cutting edge and incredibly efficient tool for everyday interactions.
On 7th of October our EVS team has visited Lower Silesian NGOs fair. This meeting held on an aim to collect all possible NGOs of Lower Silesia, to give them an opportunity to present the organizations, provide information about what they engage in to them. The meeting was interesting, so we had the opportunity to know about other organizations and stipulate a possible collaboration in the future. We met many new people as well.
EkoCentrum Dawaaajjj!!! Screamed one of our volunteers during football match against racism. We can’t explain all our feelings about this game just can say, we were over excited!
To play a football game we didn’t need to be professional, we only should to learn how to be one- team. But good team is not as good when it has no a leader. So we’ve got a key-person who taught us the rules of the game and how to behavior concerning our opponents. That day we faced a new challenge, we’ve got a new goal. The game is not that serious to be, but somehow we felt the spirit of competition.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue(Plato). Music is also a good way to connect people and grow up friendship between them. On Saturday 9th our young participants had an opportunity to get new skills in creating handmade music instruments.
On Saturday 9th September,on the occasion of Muzyczna Noc Nadodze, the EVS volunteers from Turkey who are doing their EVS at Eko Centrum, have organized “Turkish Delights”, an event that allowed the citizens of Wrocław to get better acquainted with Turkish foods, dances and music. The evening started with live music and famous Turkish songs played by our volunteers.
Besides working at EkoCentrum, our volunteers also cooperate with different non-profit organizations with the aim to improve their skills and share their knowledge. One such form of collaboration takes regularly place at Wrocławskie Centrum Wspierania Organizacji Pozarządowych SEKTOR 3.
SEKTOR 3 is, among other things, organizing traineeships for high school students in Germany. To goal of the project is, besides from allowing the students to learn a new profession, also to get them acquainted with a new culture, new people and to go out of their comfort zone.
A workshop can be an engaging, energetic and interactive platform to generate new ideas, sharing experiences, improve processes and change the way people interact.
At the beginning of September 2017. educators at EkoCentrum organized a two day training on assertive communication for the EVS volunteers. The goal of the workshop was to adopt new tools that would help the participants to communicate more efficiently and to improve their interpersonal skills. Gatherings such as these are an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange and with engaging training environment the group dynamics also becomes more stimulating.
On Tuesday 22th of August 2017, EVS volunteers organized at EKo Centrum a workshop on archeology for children from UNESCO SUMMER CAMP. In fact, since one of our EVS volunteers is archeologist we have come up with the idea to present this exciting profession to our participants and connect it with ECO activities. The workshop started with a presentation regarding what is archaeology and how an archeological excavation actually looks like.
All of us wish to live in clean environment, breath fresh air without smog, enjoy swimming in clean river, sea and ocean. But not everyone is aware that there is much more we can do than just be mere polluters. Following this idea, we decided to organize a workshop for kids from UNESCO Initiative Summer Camp. The participants were asked to collect all the waste they had at home (plastic bottles, cardboards, ice cream sticks, CD/DVD boxes, cans) and bring it to our Foundation.