Information

What?

The Laski Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation working with blind and partially-sighted children and teenagers from across Poland. Some of the children and teenagers are also mentally challenged. It is a Catholic organisation, run by nuns from the Saint Franciscan order in cooperation with lay people, as well as with the blind people themselves.

 Where? 

About 20km north of Warsaw, in the small town of Izabelin.

 Number of volunteers required?

 Two.

 Volunteers’ tasks:

Holding conversations in English in the secondary schools, the special school (middle school and vocational school) and the boarding house for girls. Involvement in the activities of the Centre and  participation in the educational trips with  students are also expected. A working week for the volunteer is approximately 30 hours.

Requirements:

The volunteer(s) must cover the cost of travel to / from Poland, and necessary visas, insurance and vaccinations.

Benefits:

Depending on the tasks the volunteer(s) are doing, accommodation is provided on the school campus. This is either in a dormitory with some of the children, or in a house with other Laski staff.  Meals are provided. Additionally, when volunteers accompany any of the children off campus, transport is free as the volunteer is considered as a guide. EU volunteers will not need a visa for Poland. There are regular buses into Warsaw that stop at the Laski gate. A one-way ticket is around 7 NOK (0.9 Euros).

Minimum length of stay:

6 months from 1st September each year. There is a possibility of a week’s break at the end of October and at Christmas.

Current UWC volunteers:

None. However, UWCRCN sends groups of students to Laski each October for Project Week, and a Laski garduate is now a full-time student at UWCRCN.

Former UWC volunteers:

None full-time, but see above.

Application procedure:

Applicants should submit the completed Volunteers’ Questionnaire (available from Peter Wilson), a letter of motivation and two recommendations. These should then be emailed to  lucyna.wawrzula@laski.edu.pl. The closing date is June 30th.

Website:

www.laski.edu.pl