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Ekumenická rada cirkví v SR

Voluntary Service in Slovakia

Can become a great life adventure and unforgettable experience. It can be a good chance to discover or develop your skills, strengthen your independence, personality, values and attitude to life.

Courage is the ability to let the well-known go

Why do a voluntary service abroad?

  • Get to know a new culture and mentality

  • Language development

  • Self-confidence and independence

  • International contacts and new friends

  • To develop social work-skills and gain direction for future career

  • Learn more about the church and different work environments

  • Get a larger view of the structure of society and social problems

  • Chance to reflect on own culture and values

  • To become aware of European thought

You should be…

  • 17-30 years old

  • open to a new culture, different lifestyle and new experiences

  • motivated to help people  

  • brave to explore your own ideas         

  • able to accept different living conditions         

  • open minded        

  • able to act independently and bring initiative of your own with you

There must be a structure…

  • About 35 hours working time per week         

  • Pocket money         

  • Health and casualty insurance          

  •  Accommodation         

  • Holidays (2 days per month) + public holidays         

  • Language course         

  • Supporting seminars (before, during and after the service)          

  • Travel costs (to and from the host-country)         

  • 11 months service from 1st September - 31st July

Working with

  • mentally disabled         

  • seniors         

  • youth and kids 

  • church          

  • school

Volunteers 2012/13

Understanding of voluntary service

Volunteers help and meet physical, mental and spiritual needs with respect for each individual's basic human rights. They recognise, respect and follow the directions of the host organisation staff and the local supervisor(s). They adapt their expectations and lifestyle to the local community within which they serve. Volunteers are respectful of the communities, cultures and faith traditions within which they serve.

Learning objectives for volunteers

  • Personal and spiritual development;Intercultural learning;

  • Ecumenical learning;

  • Awareness of social and political responsibility;

  • Faith journey;

  • Workplace skills;

  • Increased capacity to communicate and work in group situations;

  • Help in deciding about life and career orientation.

A core of the programme is dialogue and empowerment through service therefore we put stress on candidates who are:

  • flexible and mature, with a open mind;

  • willing to work with elderly, physically or socially weak people; or work with children and youth;

  • willing to learn a language (Slovak) needed for the work;

  • willing to know different cultures and stay for required time (11 months) in Slovakia;

  • able to develop new programs in the placement and to take the initiative of organising these programs;

  • open and willing to learn from the others and at the same time ready to offer her/his abilities and skills as a contribution;

  • willing to respect a cultural diversity together with the fight against racism and xenophobia;

  • open and willing to be in a group of volunteers reflecting on their experiences together;

  • able to live simply in a flat with other volunteers, sharing a room (or in a family);

  • open not to have a comfort like at home respecting other people with their condition, abilities and faith;

  • willing to get some basic practical experience related to future work in placement before she/he starts a service;

  • willing to disseminate and exploit gained results; intermediate English language skills.

And have:

  • social competencies;  

  • a positive attitude towards multiculturalism.

Experiences from volunteers…

  • "The big change that I noticed was that I became more confident in new situations and new places after having a year of experiencing the extreme of these things."

  • "I noticed many changes in myself over the year of my service, and since I have been back. After adapting to another culture I think I learned to be more flexible and open to new or different things."

  • "I learned how to cook Slovak food, and came home and have been sharing it with everyone!

  • "I think throughout the year my faith went through difficult times, but ultimately became stronger because of the new experiences."

  • "Slovaks are very accepting and hospitable people."

  • "I think that I grew a lot during my year in Slovakia. I became more self-confident and got to know more my limits and my gifts."

  • "I grew in my faith because I tried to find my own point of view."

  •  "A challenge was to understand people around me, to find out why they react the way they react."



Lots of fun...

Halusky Slovak national food

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Poster DOBRO



Nata Hovorkova - Coordinator of the program:

Ecumenical council of churches in Slovakia
Palisády 48, 81106 Bratislava,

mobile: +421/903/195-884



These projects are realised by ECCSR and the hosting placements; co-financed by the European Solidarity Corps


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For more information about Erasmus plus European voluntary service visit https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/young-people/european-voluntary-service_en


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