Long-term volunteering – Anita’s testimony

Anita’s testimony of the Challenge Yourself in Rybnik 2.0 project 🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺

Project funded by European Solidarity Corps programme

Coordinating organization: FRSP

Hosting organization: Zabytkowa Kopalnia IGNACY

Sendnig organization: Limited liability company “Movement Sfera”

For 7 months I have been volunteering in Poland, in a very unique region, called Silesia, with its unusual language, delicious food and tons of traditions. Silesia is an industrial region of Poland, with a bunch of factories and mines.

In the photos, you can see Katowice, the biggest city in my voivodeship. These stylish houses were built for miners, very important people for Silesia. They are called “Familoki” in Polish if you are interested. I have these houses just around the corner too. I even went on an excursion to see the biggest familoki group in Poland once.

Why? How come I, a girl that was born and lived in the 2nd biggest city in Europe, and was as far from industrialization and mines as it was possible, knows it and cares about it?

The thing is, for the last 7 months I have been working at a historic mine here – Zabytkowa Kopalnia IGNACY, where we now have a museum, a cultural, educational center. And I think we make locals learn more of their heritage.

I have gained new knowledge and skills needed to be an active citizen and had a chance to represent European values during different activities:

  • organized excursions (organized and helped with excursions to nearby towns, to other historical mines and museums)
  • wrote questionable blog posts
  • promoted events on social media

Also, I have traveled: Gdańsk, Sopot, Kraków, Wrocław, Gliwice, Poronin, Katowice, Brenna, Jarosław…

More you can find below 👇👇👇

Beautiful prezentation was prepared by our volunteer Anita Narimanova