Meet our volunteers and their advice, suggestions and memories from the Integrart project. Integrart is an annual, international project financed by the European Solidarity Corps Program (https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en), which has been successfully implemented for many years by the Dworek Białoprądnicki Cultural Center (https://dworek.eu/).
Integrart aims to integrate and spread European values such as: solidarity, tolerance and respect for diversity. It is a reaction and a response to the changing social structure of a large city such as Kraków in recent years, in which already 10% of its inhabitants are foreigners, and to the challenges and problems associated with it. Foreigners who come to Krakow, as well as their children, neighbors and colleagues, face challenges related to increased diversity and internationality on a daily basis. As part of the project, we use culture and art to spread European values. The activities of our volunteers reach not only the center of Krakow, we not only carry them out at the Dworek Białoprądnicki Cultural Center, but also where culture is a bit more difficult to access. These places are the outskirts of Krakow where our branches: Przegorzały, Łokietek, Mydlniki, and Wola operate dynamically. We also work with other institutions, thanks to which our volunteers also worked in primary school number 48 in Bielany, in the XXVII Secondary School of Henryk Jordan and the Maltese Center for Aid to Disabled Children and Their Families. Inhabitants and our recipients always respond with great interest to lectures, conversations and events organized by our volunteers, because they are an unusual opportunity for them to come into contact with a different culture and a foreign language. They react equally enthusiastically to conversations and events, but also to attempts to communicate in Polish, which are invariably met with enthusiastic reactions and words of appreciation.
The Cultural Center and its branches leave a lot of freedom for volunteers’ activities and their creativity. Thanks to this freedom, three large events, initiated by the volunteers themselves, have already been realized. They were: Heartfestiwal – about clean air and street art, Artmosphere festival about space and art, and a series of lectures on Polish history for foreigners covering the times from the partitions to modern times. More information can be found at: https://przegorzaly.dworek.eu/eks
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