PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
„PROJEKTOR – wolontariat studencki” z nowym realizatorem programu
“PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” has a new Program Manager

Following the agreement between the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Foundation for the Development of Voluntary Service and the Educational Enterprise Foundation concluded on December 29, 2016, FEP will be the new manager of the “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” Program.

Najlepsi wolontariusze Podkarpacia nagrodzeni
The best volunteers of Podkarpacie awarded

Thousands of hours of workshops with children and teenagers, educational campaigns and local social projects as well as many active student-volunteers of the “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” Program – you could learn about all of these topics during the 8th Podkarpacie Voluntary Service Gala, held on December 5, 2015 in the Youth Community Center in Rzeszów.

Wolontariat studencki sposobem na aktywność
Student volunteering - a way to be active

‘One day you realize that you want to do something more than just study, you want to stand out against so many students and you start to carry out various activities,’ Mateusz Salach, a “PROJECTOR” student volunteer and future U.S. Citi intern under the Polish-American Internship Initiative says. Mateusz was interviewed by Kamil Wrzos of the Generator Inspiration Foundation.

This program is aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for children and youth living in rural areas and small towns. Within the program groups of student volunteers (2 to 3 persons) implement educational projects they have prepared to develop the knowledge, skills and interests of children and youth. The projects are implemented in free time during the school year as well as during summer vacations and winter breaks.

The projects involve a specific field of knowledge, a subject or a selected area of activity, and consist of activities such as classes in fine arts, sports, information technology, theater, and linguistics. The program encourages pupils to develop their skills by promoting positive role models and shapes university students’ sense of social responsibility while providing them with an attractive way to discover and fulfill their passions and interests.

Since 2003, in all program editions, over 32,000 educational projects have been carried out all over Poland in 2,207 schools involving more than 13,000 student volunteers and 300,000 pupils.

The program was supported by two former prime ministers, professor Jerzy Buzek and professor Marek Belka, who in 2007 volunteered to conduct vacation activities for children in several rural communes. In 2012, the Foundation for the Development of Voluntary Service, in cooperation with the Chancellery of the President of Poland, carried out the “Modern Patriotism” project, in which Ministers and Advisors at the President’s Chancellery visited eight schools in small localities. The project under the honorary patronage of President Bronisław Komorowski was designed to popularize knowledge of patriotism, instill civic values among young people, teach local traditions and national symbols and foster tolerance and respect for other people.

Since 2011, the program has been monitored and projects carried out by student-volunteers have been evaluated on a regular basis. It serves both the direct measurement of the program results as well as recognition of its impact. Among the greatest advantages mentioned by student-volunteers are the opportunity to gain new, practical experiences, the development of communication skills, the possibility to establish new contacts, and the fact that schools of higher education acknowledge their civic activity. Educational institutions also find the program beneficial. It broadens their educational offer and improves school attractiveness making parents pleased that their children are part of the undertaking.

In the years 2005-2010 the Program was managed by the Polish Association of Pedagogues and Animators „Klanza”. Next, up until 2017, the program was managed by the Foundation for Development of Voluntary Service.

 

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education has assumed an honorary patronage over the program.

 

The Foundation has disbursed $6,038,121, including $302,138 for the current edition of the program.

 

Program Manager:
The Educational Enterprise Foundation

 

The Programs' Office:
ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
20-029 Lublin
e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
tel: (81) 534 78 93
800 444 131

www.projektor.org.pl 
 

Responsible within PAFF:
Radosław Jasiński (Program Director)
in cooperation with Mirosław Czyżewski (Program Officer)