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Experiencia de Araceli en Polonia

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September 2020:

This has been the first month of my stay in Kielce. The first thing that surprised me was the few restrictions due to the Coronavirus, it seemed a country without a pandemic and the truth is that we enjoyed it a lot, both at work and in social life. During this month we were working in the office, doing workshops and visiting different institutions. We were also working on some picnics (it seemed like the city of picnics, every weekend you would see some). We also started preparing workshops to carry out in a secondary school about «Hate Speech», what I missed was a preparation to know how to carry out interesting workshops – and especially in a language that is not yours.


At picnics we promoted our organization and played games with the children, at first I was a little scared and shy because I can work with children but I don’t consider myself very good at this. I am a person who likes to have my schedules fairly organized and to know what I am going to do in the future, as many times I did not know what was going to happen in the future, I was easily frustrated.


During my free time I began to discover how cheap the zloty was compared to the euro, to visit almost all the bars and restaurants in Kielce, to have parties with the new volunteers, to enjoy the good weather, the long days and the small details. I also started to discover a lot of the Polish culture. One of the examples that surprised me is that no one crosses the crosswalks in red. We also start to see those inspectors on buses who look like normal people but suddenly start checking. I also realized how young some parents of many children are or the importance of religion. I also began to discover how interesting it was to live with people from so many different countries. Even though I already lived with different volunteers from other countries, I had
never met anyone from Pakistan or Reunion Island. But among so many cultures, differences also began.Some of the weirdest questions appeared in my life: Oh are they living together? A boy and a young girl shouldn’t live together// Are you taking this alcohol to the party?? women shouldn’t drink alcohol because it is not healthy and good for them. //
You haven’t slept at home?? It is weird for a woman to not sleep at home on week-days.


This is something that has surprised me but that I have also understood. Well, I think we closed September with the wonderful Arrival Training – the most fun that has happened to me in these months.

 

 

October 2020:

The month of October started very well, with our first trip together as volunteers. We went to the city of Krakow, and we also visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The weather was very pleasant and the city was full of life and people. But after this trip everything got worse, we started with a 10-day quarantine because of a contact of coronavirus, we had some plans prepared but we could not do them. 

In the next few weeks, the cases of Coronavirus increased a lot in Poland, and immediately we received the email: You are going to start working in a Kindergarten from Monday. After looking for all possible projects to avoid working in a Kindergarten we have to work in
Kindergartens.

The truth is that it was quite frustrating and demotivating, I have worked with children but I did not see myself prepared to work in a kindergarten.
The next bad news came, we had our trip prepared for Copenhagen and due to the coronavirus they canceled it. I decided to travel to Gdansk and enjoy the good weather and the last weekend when the bars would be open. The first weeks in Kindergarten were good, I was very lucky with the teachers and my students.

My Daily activities in the Kindergarten were:

-Helping by lessons and meals,
-Interactions with children during time for freely play
-Caring for disabled children;
-Kindergarten event: “Independence Day” (October/November);
-Helping in teaching choreographic arrangement.
-Day of Spain.

And about the forms of personal development through given tasks:
-Ability to cooperate with teachers,
-Communication skills,
-Noticing the needs of disabled children,
-Learning basic phrases in the polish language,
-Learning selected old songs of polish soldiers.

 

November 2020:

I think the month of November was one of the worst so far, I didn’t see the point of continuing in Kielce with all the restrictions that there were and working on something that I didn’t expect at all. Also this month we were «forbidden» to stay with the other volunteers, we could only see each other in groups of 5. Every day less daylight hours and fewer activities to do, it was very frustrating. I had planned to spend Christmas in Poland but due to my state of mind I decided to buy the tickets to spend with my family in Spain. The happy moments of this month were the arrival of new volunteers like Katrin who made us very happy, and also our trip to Zakopane. Sadly I had to change Kindergarten and didn’t know if I was ready for a new start.

My Daily activities in the Kindergarten were:
-Help by lessons and meals,especially during paper crafts and work in exercise books.
-Interactions with children during time for free play. (drawing together, for example singing some action songs in Spanish, simple movement exercises)
-Caring for disabled children;

-Preparing games for the gym lessons.

-Preparing art workshops about Picasso.

And about the forms of personal development through given tasks:
-Ability to cooperate with teachers,
-Communication skills,
-Noticing the needs of disabled children,
-Learning basic phrases in the polish language,
-Reliable performance of assigned tasks,
-Developing creativity.

 

December 2020:

This month I started working in another Kindergarten, the first big difference was that there were 28 children per class, it was a bit difficult at the beginning but thanks to my partner Coralie it was quite fun. I also found it difficult to prepare activities because I was only going to be there 3 weeks and 3 days a week, and the first week or even 2 I needed some adaptation. Also in the previous Kindergarten I worked 4 hours. And here I worked 5, more all the extra work I had to do. And sometimes 5 hours with young children was very long for me. This month I went to Spain and it was great, my family prepared many special things for me, we had a great time and I think it was one of the Christmas that I enjoyed the most of my life. I also spent time with my cat and finally saw the sea.

My Daily activities in the Kindergarten were:
-Help by lessons and meals,especially during paper crafts and work in exercise books.
-Interactions with children during time for free play. (drawing together, for example singing some action songs in Spanish, simple movement exercises)

-Preparing games for the gym lessons.
-Preparing art workshops about Spain, teaching some spanish words.
-Prepare the Christmas Event and decoration, and help to record it.

And about the forms of personal development through given tasks:
-Ability to cooperate with teachers
-Communication skills
-Learning basic phrases in the polish language
-Reliable performance of assigned tasks
-Developing creativity.

-Ability to encourage, motivate and inspire children.
-Have a lot of energy, enthusiasm and dedication.

Month of January:
The month of January was also quite difficult, I had a very good Christmas at home with my family, but when I returned to Kielce everything was different. I had to be in quarantine for 10 days and I barely had contact with my flatmates, I was quite isolated. In addition, new volunteers arrived and I did not have the opportunity to get to know them very much. The weeks I spent in quarantine I worked online on different tasks, it was interesting to do
different things. After quarantine I started working in a Forest Kindergarten. I thought it was a good idea, but it was the coldest week of winter, reaching -16 degrees. In this Kindergarten they use alternative education methods, but we spent 4 hours outside playing with the sleds so it was quite difficult to plan activities. Also when we tried to plan something, it was very difficult for the children to pay attention to us, they just wanted to play in the snow.
The teachers also asked us for help to change the children, but they did not explain to us where they had the clothes. I was in this kindergarten for two weeks and asked for a change. But I think that in the spring months it can be much more interesting. About free time, there have been quite a few birthdays this month and we celebrated them and things got better in the end. Also I visited the capital of Poland.

My Daily activities in the Kindergarten were:
-Interactions with children during time for free play. (drawing together, simple movement exercises, some english words and playing with the snow.)

And about the forms of personal development through given tasks:
-Ability to cooperate with teachers,
-Communication skills,
-Learning basic phrases in the polish language.
-Have a lot of energy, enthusiasm and dedication.

February:
This was one of the best months of the project, the new volunteers and my new workplace were great. I started working in a Primary school, with 8-year-old children. The first week was a bit difficult and stressed because they never had volunteers and they didn’t know very well how
to collaborate with us. But everything got better.

My Daily activities in the School were:
-Preparing workshop about Spain, words, presentation, activities, art-crafts

-Preparing activities and games for the english class, specially for practicing the new vocabulary. Anagrams, the hanged man .
-Preparing activity for the Pancakes Day.
-Preparing activity for Saint Valentines.
-Workshops about traveling around the World: China. Also with some art-crafts.

And about the forms of personal development through given tasks:
-Ability to cooperate with the teacher,
-Communication skills,
-Reliable performance of assigned tasks,
-Developing creativity.
-Ability to encourage, motivate and inspire children.
-Planning and preparation skills.
-Creative skills to find activities that interest and stimulate learning


This month we also celebrated some birthdays and I repeated my trip to Gdansk. I tried to participate in all the proposed events and I was enjoying the days of sun. I love snow, but I was also waiting for the last day of it.

¿Qué incluyen nuestras plazas?

Viaje

Un billete de Ida y Vuelta

Curso idiomas

Aprenderás el idioma del país

Dinero bolsillo

Cantidad fija al mes para tus gastos

Alojamiento y gastos casa

La casa y los gastos los cubre el programa

Seguro

Seguro gratis accidentes y responsabilidad civil

Comida

Tendrás una cantidad para comida y gastos corrientes

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