Since the beginning of the IYMC, our educational work has been supported by volunteers – young Germans from Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste), and since 1998 also young Austrians from Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (Gedenkdienst). Since 2005, the IYMC has participated as the host and coordinative organization in the program European Volunteer Service of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), welcoming participants from France, Denmark, and the Ukraine. In 2006, we began cooperating with volunteers from the German organization International Cooperation (Iternationaler Bund). All the volunteers live and work in Oświęcim for 12 months.
Over 34 years, 115 young people from Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Ukraine, and the USA have served as volunteers at the IYMC.
- providing organizational and pedagogical assistance to study groups staying at the IYMC from 4 to 7 days
- supporting the educational process based on a visit to the authentic historical site of KL Auschwitz
- assistance in the preparation and implementation of educational projects for young people from Oświęcim and the surrounding area, as well as international seminars for youth, students, and adults, carried out by the IYMC
Volunteers also give guided tours of Oświęcim to groups, seminar participants, and help in the organization of cultural events at the IYMC: concerts, exhibitions, and lectures which are directed mainly to the residents of Oświęcim.
The Foundation for the International Youth meeting Center in Oświęcim/ Auschwitz holds a European Solidarity Corps Quality Label. The Quality Label certifies that the organization is able to run projects in compliance with the principles and objectives of the European Solidarity Corps.
Marianna Shpak and Anastasia Moor are volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps programme.
Age: 29 / Comes from Kryvya Ryh, Ukraine / Education: doctorate 2019 / Languages: Ukrainian, Russian / Favorite word in Polish: coś takiego podobnego
Age: 19 / Comes from Kassel, Germany / Education: Baccalaureate exam 2019 / Languages: German, English, French / Favourite word in Polish: dlaczego
Age: 19 / Comes from Sinsheim, Germany / Education: Matura 2019 / Languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Russian / Favourite word in Polish: Uwaga
Age: 20 / Comes from Obernkirchen, Germany / Education: vocational secondary school leaving certificate 2018 / Languages: German, English, French / Favourite word in Polish: malina
Age: 20 / Comes from Biberach an der Riß, Germany / Education: Matura 2019 / Languages: German, English, French / Favourite word in Polish: szybko