Stowarzyszenie Projektów Międzynarodowych „INPRO”

Bridges over Culture

Bridges over Culture is a European Volunteering Service project we received funds for in order to make it possible for a Polish volunteer, Justyna to stay in Russia for a period of one year. In the case of volunteering in one of the so-called Erasmus Plus partner countries, only a Polish organization has the option of applying for funds to realize such a project, being its coordinator at the same time. However, the volunteer’s hosting organization acts as the project’s partner. Bridges over Culture is a project that initiated our fruitful cooperation with the Russian organization Perspectivy from St. Petersburg. Perspectivy works for people with disabilities and children in foster care. Perspectivy has been hosting volunteers from all over Europe for many years.

 

 

During her stay in St. Petersburg, from October 2018 to September 2019, Justyna helped in the implementation of the School for All activity. It involves working with families to prevent children from living in the orphanage. Justyna was involved both in helping at the daycare center for children between 6 and 16 years old, as well as in running the so-called Employment center for minors and adults with developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

Justyna spent time with children, developing self-acceptance and respect in them, encouraging them to be independent, gain new experience, to move, while taking care of their safety. Justyna played with children, giving them a chance to fulfill their natural need to play. She also cooperated with the teacher, having her share in the development of the children. Justyna also had space to implement her own ideas. Here you can read about Justyna’s experience in Russia.