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Organisation: Lužánky – středisko volného času (SVC Luzanky)
Post address: Lidická 50
Postal code: 658 12
Region: South Moravia
Country: Czech Republic
Phone: +420 549 524 111
Fax: +420 549 524 104
Signatory: Milan Appel
Contact person: Hana Klenovská
Mobile: +420 724 200 131
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SVC LUZANKY:
Centre of leisure time Luzanky is regional organization formed by the Region of South Moravia. Our goal is to offer free time activities for people of all the age and social groups. Luzanky has existed for more than 65 years and it’s the oldest and also thebiggest leisure time centre in the Czech Republic. Luzanky is formed by 11 centers situated in the different parts of the city. We Offer about 600 courses and hobby groups for more than 11 000 participants every year. During the school year we organizeabout 400 different events, we organize clubs of different topics and interests. Every summer we organize the summer camps and various courses for the children, youth and adults. During the school year we offer also the education programs for the schools in Brno.
Number of employees: about 100 employees, about 100 externs and more than 200 volunteers. There is a strong tradition of voluntary work and cooperation with volunteers in our organization.
Our philosophy is to create the conditions to fulfill the interests of all the branches of leisure time activities for all the age andsocial groups.
EI ref: 2013-CZ-10
Frequently asked questions
What are the activities and experience of the organisation in EVS?
SVC Luzanky has been EVS hosting and sending organization since 2006 . Every school year we are hosting group of volunteers from abroad (starting usually in September/October we prefer 12 months lasting stay). So far Luzanky has hosted 58 foreign volunteers and has sent 61 Czech volunteers abroad. We are coordinationg organization for 4 new receiving organizations in Brno (AF Brno, Forest Kindergarten Šiška, o.s., Lipka and Rezekvitek).
We are providing consultations for young people interested in EVS, helping them with selection of the project and application. We organize events with presentations of EVS volunteers and gatherings. We are running website about EVS evs.luzanky.cz providing specific information about the programme and tips and reports of EVS volunteers and Facebook page EVS in Brno.
The volunteers we are sending are in contact with the EVS coordinator during the whole EVS, they can get in touch with the volunteers we are hosting and other volunteers abroad as well as former volunteers via our EVS network. After the EVS activity there are provided evaluation training organized by Czech National Agency and they can use the assistance of EVS coordinator to disseminate the results of their project and get the support after arrival – presentations for employees, co-workers and public in our Volunteer’s centre 67, direct work with our clients and public etc. – cooperation on international projects and networking.
European Voluntary Service in SVC Luzanky is part of the Department of Participation and International Cooperation. Department´s head Kateřina Petrášová was the regional consultant for the Youth in Action Programme for the South Moravian Region. Standards of work with foreign volunteers regulate internal documents – project of department and “Manual for working with a volunteer from abroad”.
What are the skills and expertise of key staff/persons involved in EVS in Luzanky?
Hana Klenovská, EVS coordinator in SVC Luzanky, has personal experience with both long-term and short-term volunteering abroad (South Korea, Ghana, countries of Europe) as well as with volunteering in Czech Republic. She worked with NGO promoting volunteering abroad (including EVS) and counselling on this subject and also as a trainer for volunteers going abroad to culturaly different countries. In last years she worked as a pedagogue (of global and environmental education), mainly with adults. Now she combines education and EVS, her tasks are to take care of volunteers who are hosted in SVC Luzanky as well as volunteers willing to go abroad.
How did you select the volunteer? (Is the volunteer a member of your organisation, are you going to involve the volunteer in your current activities, did you interview the volunteer by phone or face-to-face…)
Because there is a lot of young people and students in Brno we are open to send all the motivated young people who contact our organization and who are able to follow are instructions.
All the candidates are invited for face-to-face interview with the EVS coordinator they are in touch with before during and after their EVS activity.
Their involvement into our activities is considered individually — some of them are already our co-workers and extern lecturers or members of our initiatives, some are coming from other cities (and studying in Brno) or are active in other organizations.
Volunteers we are sending abroad have chance to disseminate the results of the project in our organization – presentations for employees, co-workers and public in our Volunteer’s centre 67, direct work with our clients and public etc. – cooperation on international projects and networking.
What kind of theoretical preparation will you provide the volunteer with? (Insurance, rights and responsibilities of the volunteer, SO and HO tasks, duties of the tutor of the project…).
The volunteer will get the pre-departure training organized by Czech National Agency (concerning the issues: EVS Charta, intercultural and non formal learning, cultural shock, project management, conflict management within EVS etc), and training from our organization: help with administration, insurance and agreement upon communication during the activity and support and cooperation after EVS.
What kind of emotional preparation will you provide the volunteer with? (Cultural shock, conflict resolution, expectations, contact with ex-volunteers, keeping the volunteer motivated…)
The volunteers have several sessions with coordinator before their departure they are provided additional information to the topics from the pre-departure training, they have a possibility to meet other people going or have been abroad or the volunteers we are hosting and share the experience and expectations with them. The coordinator is talking to volunteer about the motivation for the project, plans for his stay abroad and goals the volunteer want to achieve during the EVS and after.
What kind of formation will you provide the volunteer with? (Languages, cultural formation about your own country and the hosting country?)
The volunteers and supported to get as much information as they can on their own and the coordinator is tutoring the process and ready to help.
What kind of support do you give the volunteers during their EVS? And afterwards?
The volunteers are in contact with the EVS coordinator during the whole EVS, they can get in touch with the volunteers we are hosting and other volunteers abroad as well as former volunteers via our EVS network. After the EVS activity there are provided evaluation training organized by Czech National Agency and they can use the assistance of EVS coordinator to disseminate the results of their project and get the support after arrival.