Sectors 01 Education
OID Number E10231380
Specialising in sector 0923 Social work and counselling
Type of work placements Teacher exchangesStudents with fewer opportunities
Erasmus Experience Yes
The LEVEL UP Association was established in 2019 to support, inspire, and conduct educational activities. The idea to create the Association was born among 10 people who actively operate in the social field and have experience in project management, people who have already conducted many workshops and training related to cooperation with children, young adults, and the elderly. Many of us have experience in both short and long-term foreign exchanges and training courses (as participants, team leaders, coordinators, or trainers/facilitator). We want to develop personally, and at the same time help others, by sharing our experience and skills. We believe in “learning by doing”.
-young people, adults, and elderly people (including people with fewer opportunities)
-volunteers involved in the activities of our organization
-people interested in community development
In every project we always include people with fewer opportunities, mostly with social/economical problems, from remote/village areas, with social disorders and educational problems.
Implementing the project, we usually cooperate with 5 high schools, 3 socio therapeutic social centers, and a couple NGOs.
Since 06.2020 we are conducting our e-volunteering program that involves different age groups. Our
organization has currently 129 active team members (19 men, 110 women – age range 13 – 50 y.o.) that are developing their skills in areas such as translation, graphics, and visualization, blogging, social project management, social research, creating social initiatives preparation, administration, partners & stakeholders acquisition, and PR & marketing. The program aims at developing key competencies & interpersonal skills through online volunteering, fostering employability, empowering active participation in social life in the time of COVID-19, and creating the conditions for gaining the first professional experience. 25 people have already finished cooperation with us after several months of operation and achieved a good result of their involvement. Most of our volunteers are living in remote areas, and around 5 of them also have disabilities but through e-volunteering, we can empower them. We have cooperated with Groupon Company, so 4 of their employees participated in employee volunteering.
As part of the project, young people independently run a social blog where they take up important social topics and have the opportunity to express themselves, expressing opinions, among others in terms of climate, ecology, human rights, professional development, third sector, etc. The research group conducts international social research in the context of occupational burnout in the third sector and starts new research in Poland on youth frustration caused by the pandemic.
A marketing group of 20 young people deals with the promotion of social activities and building relationships with social partners: other NGO’s, schools, and businesses. Whenever possible, we also try to implement stationary activities. So far, young people have taken part in the renovation of the walls of socio-therapeutic clubs as part of the “Color of the smile” and planted a forest with us as part of the “One Earth, One Life” project. Our young volunteers also took part in the preparation of an ecological virtual game for young people under 18 years of age.
Through online activities, young people learn new tools, improve their digital competencies and manage social projects.
We implemented 2 ESC solidarity projects initiated by our volunteers. We are on the way with 8 different solidarity projects who aim to empower different social groups. 4 of them are initiated by external informal groups, the rest by internal volunteers.
Additionally, the volunteers are fully involved in the preparation of international youth exchanges that can broaden their horizons and support their education and professional experience on a different level. So far we took part in Polish – Ukrainian YE, Polish Lithuanian YE, YE in Hungary.In 2022 we are sending volunteers for YE in Malta, Lithuania, Egypt, Armenia, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Sweden. Youthworkers and educators will have possibility to take part in TC in Portugal, Estonia, Sweden, Luksemburg, Turkey, Tenerife.