Volunteering at TRATWA

TRATWA is a Polish NGO established in 1997 in the city of Wroclaw. The organization’s main objectives are: support and professionalization of the third sector, providing quality support to young people in risk of exclusion through non-formal education methods and promote volunteering, intercultural and intergenerational awareness and respect. It is also accredited as an official sending and receiving organisation for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps projects.

In 2016 Tratwa obtained from the local goverment the historic Dąbie depot, a tram depot located in the outskirts of Wroclaw, in Biskupin district. The depot was transformed into Center of Academic Culture and Local Initiatives “Czasoprzestrzen”: a grassroot cultural center aiming to bring a change for the district and the citizenship. The entire area of the “Czasoprzestrzen” is over 1000 square metres for realizing various cultural initiatives. Organised activities vary: from food truck festivals and various fairs, workshops and youth exchanges, conferences, to artistic events (music, visual, theatre, exhibitions, others). At the back of the venue, a community garden is going to be implemented. In the Centre of the Academic Culture and Local Initiatives, what do we want? We want to integrate student and scientific circles, residents of Wrocław and the local community and tourists; directing the place at children, young people, seniors, students. Discover more about Czasoprzestrzen and the activity it is hosting here.

One of the main hub of the organisation is the “Youth Initiatives Centre “My Place” (in polish Moje Miejsce), which is a cultural center and meeting places for young people. With a deep connection to the local community in Wroclaw, Moje Miejsce holds an huge potential to organise youth exchanges, social events, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and similar events. “My Place” is addressed to teenagers and young people who are in a risk of social exclusion, and is based on a non-formal education approach: this place work as an Informal Community Centre and their aim is to boost the social and cultural life of the neighborhood where the Cultural Center is located. It works as social space, with information and activities for the local community from neighborhood, and a special focus on activities for seniors. Discover more about Moje Miejsce and the inititiatives here.

Beside its permanent projects, Tratwa has been involved in several other initiatives connected to the city of Wroclaw and the Lower Silesia Region:

Since 2015 Tratwa collaborated with the European Capital of Culture initiative by supporting different cultural and artistic events, social actions and event for the local community. Together with EVS volunteers, Tratwa supported and organised different activities for European Capital of Culture happening in Wrocław in 2016. A European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong pan-European dimension. Preparing a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity for the city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban regeneration, change the city’s image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.

Want to know more? Discover more about the initiative here and here

Thanks to its long-term experience and knowledge, TRATWA also operates as an NGO incubator, offering an information, consulting and training platform for non-profit organizations in the Lower Silesia region. The help especially concernes the field of project management and support in international cooperation. The organization strongly promotes the idea of volunteering and at the same time supports the process of professionalization of the third sector and the creation of non-governmental structures.

A social incubator helps a social entrepreneur in its early stages by providing tools, training, and support. […] The immediate goal is to develop and launch successful social ventures that builds long term capacity of social entrepreneurs and organizations.

In those 20 years of existing and working, Tratwa association have been cooperating with many different partners, from small starts ups and local informal groups to experienced organisations with multiple members, various schools and public bodies. Even though Tratwa cooperated mostly on local and regional level (Lower Silesia), there are also some patners on a European level.

Discover more about Tratwa in the official website (in polish).

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