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AKROPOLIS, o.s.


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Sending
Receiving
Coordinating
EVS accreditation expiry date 25/04/2015
Location Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
Art and culture
Children
Inclusion topics
organisation_inclusion: 
Educational difficulties
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties
Disability
Geographical difficulties

EVS accreditation number

2012-CZ-18

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Project Environment

Project environment:

The Akropolis centre operates with a spacious hall, classrooms, playrooms for children, offices, multisenzory rooms and all the necessary facilities. This allows to provide wide range of activities.
The Akropolis centre is based in the town of Uherske Hradiste in the Zlin region in southeast Czech Republic. (300 km far from Prag, 80 km far from Brno). Uherske Hradiste has 25,000 citizens, has rich history and plenty of historical sights as well as traditions. You will find sports areas - aquapark, theater, cinema, disco, bars as well as a beautiful countryside with bikecycling paths.
Each year Uherske Hradiste hosts the Summer Film School, a meeting of talented filmmakers and young film-lovers.
The region is famous for its wine making, among other things.
Tourism has been on the rise, not least as a result of the reconstruction of the Bata Canal, which connects regions along the Morava river.
More info about region is to be found on www.slovacko.cz .

Accomodation of EVS volunteers is in the college, near the town centre (5 minutes walking) , 2 km far from the AKROPOLIS centre. Using bikes is popular, we provide bikes to our volunteers. There is the public buses available too.





Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

- The volunteers will be involved directly in the Akropolis centre. They will be given opportunities to work to the best of their abilities and they will have the support of the staff members while doing so.
- They will be made familiar with all the activities of the centre and all the people who participate in them or cooperate with the centre.
- Volunteers can choose between children's activities (nursery, exercise, education, drawing, theater etc.), those for adults (workouts, painting, arts, environment, language classes and conversation).
- They will work together with the centre staff (planning the activities and organizing them, day-to-day tasks) as well as with the instructors (children, adults, families).
- Each volunteer will be given sufficient space to design and implement their own ideas that will tie in with the centre's activities. They will be allowed to bring in their own ideas to expand or enrich the centre's operation.
- Each volunteer's educational plans and needs will be respected and each volunteer will be able to further his or her education as they see fit.

Examples of involvement for long term volunteers (max. 4):
Long term volunteers are involved into regular activities of the AKROPOLIS centre:
Mo: 8.30 - 14.30 - nursery - creative workshops, nursery rhymes, outgoing with kids, preparing for next day
Tu: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-10.30 open club for parents with foreign language conversation and culture themes, 12.00 break, 15.30 time for preparation 16.00-17.30 youth open club, 18.00-19.30 Czech lesson
We: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00 - 11.00 promotion, 11.00 - 14.30 PR , publicity,
Th: 8.30 time for preparation 9.00 - 11.00 open clubs for parents, creative workshops, discussion 11.30 break,
15.30 time for preparation , 16.00 - 18.00 open club with foreign language conversation and culture themes
Fr: 8.30 - 14.30 nursery - creative activities
Once a month volunteer takes part at some weekend activity like theater play for children in the AKROPOLIS centre and creativ workshop. (Sunday 14.00 - 17.00)

Examples of involvement for short term volunteers (max 2):
Short term volunteers are involved mostly in the summer activities of the Akropolis centre
Mo: 8.30 meeting with EVS coordinator to plan the activities, 9.00-12.00 activities at summer camp for children like outdoor activities, creativs
12.00 helping with lunch for children 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 intercultural games with children
Tu: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.00 activities at summer camp for children like outdoor activities, creativs
12.00 helping with lunch for children 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 intercultural games with children 16.00-17.00 czech lesson
We: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.00 activities at summer camp for children like outdoor activities, games
12.00 helping with lunch for children 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 intercultural games with children
Th: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.00 activities at summer camp for children, outdoor activities, creatives
12.00 helping with lunch for children 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 intercultural games with children 16.00-17.00 czech lesson
Fr: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.00 final evens for children like carneval, exibition etc
12.00 helping with lunch for children 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 evaluation of camp with children, instructors and staff members

Examples of involvement for volunteers with fewer opportunities (max2):
volunteers are involved in the regular activities of the Akropolis centre
Mo: 8.30 meeting with EVS coordinator to plan the activities, 9.00-12.00 helping to prepare activities for parents and children, 12.00 office work 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 iconversation in foreign language with adults
Tu: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.30 helping with promotion 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 working on photos, videos 16.00-17.00 czech lesson
We: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.30 conversation in foreign language for adults and meeting with staff members 12.30 - 15.00 lunch break, 15.30 - 17.30 youth club - discussions, intercultural games ..
Th: 8.30 meeting with EVS coordinator, 9.00-12.30 activities with Czech volunteers 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 office work 16.00-17.00 czech lesson
Fr: 8.30 time for preparation, 9.00-12.30 promotion work, photos, videos, website 12.30 - 13.00 lunch break, 13.00 - 15.00 promotion work and publicity
Once a month volunteer takes part at some weekend activity like theater play for children in the AKROPOLIS centre and creativ workshop. (Sunday 14.00 - 17.00)





Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:

- as a family and volunteering centre we are looking for a volunteer who is friendly, easy to get along with, communicative, open-minded and enjoys working with people, both children and adults; previous experience with such work would be welcome (especially work with children)
- ability to communicate in English would be very helpful (some people working in centre speak also German and Spanish too)
- we appreciate a volunteer is knowledgeable about his or her country and its culture and traditions so that they could pass this information on
- active and responsible approach to work coupled with creativity
- the Akropolis centre is open to everybody regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation; when choosing a volunteer we will only take into consideration his or her personal motivation and whether or not they comply with the above conditions
- we appreciate a volunteer experiented by a non-profit organization working with people (preferably with children and families) or cultural organization; but not necessarily

We would like to get the motivation letter and CV from every candidates, Then we get in touch via email to get detailed information about possible involvement of candidate in our centre. We would like to talk to every candidate before being accepted for hosting (via skype) to set the individual educational plan and activities schedule.





Number of volunteers hosted:

6.





Risk prevention, protection and safety:

- each volunteer will be insured, instructed about work safety, and trained by a person who will be
taking care of them throughout their stay
- they will be provided with contact numbers for other staff members of the Akropolis team whom they will be able to contact anytime, every EVS volunteer will get a mobile phone and an limited amount to get in touch staff members and mentor
- they will be given information about the local customs and habits so as to prevent potential misunderstandings and complications
- they will be briefed about emergencies and provided with useful phone numbers (police, fire department, emergency medical services)
- social risks (homesickness) should be balanced by giving the volunteer a number of opportunities for socializing, internet access
- each volunteer will be instructed about behavior and practice related to working and acting to children
- the volunteer will be never responsible for the children. There will be always main workers with the volunteer.

Motivation and EVS experience

Akropolis, o.s. started the 'Youth In Action' programme and the EVS in 2009. We had been working with regional volunteers before.
Motivation to host EVS volunteers:
- to contribute to the multi-cultural interweaving between different countries and regions
- to become familiar with other cultures, traditions, lifestyles and customs
- to enrich and expand the current roster of activities at Akropolis by adding new ones that the volunteer will either participate in or design
- so that customers of our centre will be able to become familiar with other culture and improve their language skills by communicating with a foreigner
- the volunteers will help organize day-to-day tasks and operations as well as set up new projects and work together with member staff so that they could learn the way we are working and living

Motivation to send EVS volunteers
- to motivate young people who are in touch with Akropolis to join the EVS and to send them to other countries participated in EVS and give them chance to become familiar with life style in other countries that way
- to become more experienced and find new contacts and friends through working with people from different countries

Description of the organisation

The Akropolis centre was set up in 2007 as a place for people of different age to further their education and their involvement for local community. The centre offers a number of such activities for children, youth and adults.
Aims: support families by organizing events designed for entire families; offer a variety of ways for adults, children and young people to spend their spare time; contribute to life-long education via discussions, seminars and lectures
Target groups: age 0 – 50+ years old – depends on activity:
- parents on parental leave or parents with small children
- families
- children and young people
- adults
Activities: workshops (gender issue, soft skills - communication, management.., round tables, disscusion about social services..), PC classes, activities supporting re-entering labour market. workout exercises (aerobics, yoga, callanetics, Pilates), language classes, cultural events (discussions about art, support of traditions and crafts, theatre plays), drawing classes, educational classes (child-upbringing, preparation for parenthood, pre-school preparation, healthy lifestyle etc.), parents' (and grandparents') club, nutritional guidance etc.
There take paert usualy about 8-10 people at the classes and 20- 50 people at the cultural events.

Until February 2009, the centre was run mainly by volunteers. There are about 10 staff-member and 20 external co-workers at this moment. Also, about 15 Czech volunteers and 3-4 EVS volunteers have remained in some sort of cooperation with the centre. The atmosphere at the workplace is very friendly and we have been working hard to keep things that way.

Contact details
Organisation name AKROPOLIS, o.s.
Street Stara Tenice 1195
Postal code 686 01
Town/city Uherske Hradiste
Country Czech Republic
Email address dagmar.mega@akropolis-uh.cz
Website www.akropolis-uh.cz
Telephone number +420 605273426
Fax number n/a

Last update: 19/06/2012