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Zespol Szkol Specjalnych nr 11

Zespol Szkol Specjalnych nr 11

Zespół Szkół Specjalnych nr 11 w Krakowie

al. Dygasinskiego 25, 30-820, Kraków, Poland

zss11.krakow.pl - +48126591512

description of organisation

Special School No 11 is a leading institution in Poland which offers education and therapy for around 120 students with multiple disabilities, aged 3-25. Almost all of our students are physically disabled and use wheelchairs to get around. Most of them do not speak and use different forms of alternative communication. They need support while eating, getting dressed as well as in the bathroom.
Our school is one of the few such schools in Poland and has very rich experience which we eagerly share with other institutions providing workshops, apprenticeship for students and study visits.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our students by best available education, therapy and as many as possible positive experiences of all sorts, especially positive contacts and relationships with other people. This seems to be one of the crucial aspects where European volunteers can significantly support our efforts.

Currently our school occupies two buildings: one for the younger, the other for the older students.

The students attend various educational classes, depending on their age and needs, for example:
- Education through games and play for the younger children;
- Academic Skills (reading, writing, math)
- Argumentative and Alternative Communication (AAC);
- Theatre and music classes;
- Multimedia and computer projects;
- Sport activities;
- Kitchen and cooking, pottery, floristics.

For many years, with positive effect, we have been hosting volunteers from Poland and many European countries who became an important part of our school culture. The volunteers support students under teachers’ supervision during educational classes as well as everyday routines, like eating, changing clothes, moving around etc.

They also have the opportunity to prepare their own activities and present their unique talents and their countries.

Our employees are highly qualified specialists – special education teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, often specializing in more than one field, constantly improving their competences and knowledge. For the last 25 years we have been cooperating with similar institutions from Denmark, Great Britain, the US, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. We have also participated in Leonardo da Vinci program – "The system of education for disabled people in Germany – exchange of experiences of staff”. The main aim of the project was to get to know the German professional training system for people with disabilities and their integration on the labour market.
The project was organized by Internationaler Bund Polska foundation.

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has a physical environment suitable for young people with physical, sensory or other disabilities (such as wheelchair access and similar.
  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projectsHosting organisationSupporting organisation
Geographical obstacles
Social obstacles
Cultural differences

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Equal Volunteering, March- July 2019 in Kraków, PL ( ~4,5 months)
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Mar 2019 to Jul 2019
10/03/2019 - 31/07/2019
25/03/2019 closed
ESC project "Mobility for Solidarity" in Kraków, PL for EU countries
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2019 to Jun 2020
01/09/2019 - 30/06/2020
31/03/2019 open
EVS in Special School No11 in Krakow 15/09/17-14/07/18
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Apr 2018
15/09/2017 - 15/04/2018
31/12/2037 closed
Keep Greening 15/10/2017-15/08/2018
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Dec 2017 to Aug 2018
01/12/2017 - 15/08/2018
31/12/2037 closed
fair EVS play - EVS project in Krakow, Poland (1.12.2017-15.08.2018)
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Dec 2017 to Aug 2018
01/12/2017 - 15/08/2018
31/12/2037 closed

This organisation is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+ Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps.

Scope Volunteering

Role Expiry date
Receiving31/12/2020
PIC no: 944406939 | Last updated on 04/12/2018

Organisation topics

Health and wellbeing

Inclusion - equity

Disabilities - special needs