New energy! (Monar Gaudynki, near Ełk, Masurian Lakes)
Description: SCI Poland has been successfully co-operating with Monar for over 20 years. Monar is the largest Polish NGO dealing mainly with drug addicts. Monar runs 30 rehabilitation centres in different parts of Poland, 5 of them specialising in the therapy of young people. The Gaudynki centre is one of them. It is situated in the picturesque area of the Kingdom of the Great Masurian Lakes in the north-eastern part of Poland, among fields and forests, far from the hectic cities. In the Monar Gaudynki there are around 30 patients, between 20 and 30 years old, who work and live together undergoing a group one-year long therapy.
Type of Work: The main task of volunteers is to socialise with the community, by helping them in their everyday work (gardening, cleaning, working in the kitchen, renovating etc.) and taking part in leisure time activities with them. Games, camp-fires, sport activities, workshops with/for the residents will bring fresh energy and relaxation to the centre. During the second week volunteers will go with the patients on a camping trip to the beautiful area on the lakeside.
Study Theme: The problems of drug addiction, anti-drug therapy.
Accommodation: In the house of the community, in one or two rooms and in big tents during camping trip.
Requirements: Motivation, openness, joy of life.
Approximate Location: near Ełk.
Notes: No drugs, no alcohol. Smoking allowed.