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“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.”
Kofi Annan

Voluntary service is undoubtedly very valuable for society. Besides the aspect of service, within the EU programme European Voluntary Service (EVS) the individual learning process of volunteers has become more and more important.

In our trainings and seminars we are looking for ways how to better support and empower volunteers both in volunteering and learning. In the past few years our discussions have often circled around three topics: future, personal development and managing change. With this brochure we are proud to share some of our ideas, approaches and tools for working with volunteers.

“The undiscovered country” is about learning through experience during European Voluntary Service and introduces our three main topics. These topics are explored in the following three chapters “Future“, “Personal development“ and “Managing change“, both from a more or less “theoretical” and from a practical point of view. Thoughts, ideas, outlines of methods and tools may serve as an inspiration for how to work on this topic during EVS seminars and meetings.



The undiscovered country. Learning through experience during EVS / Nieodkryty kraj. Uczenie się przez doświadczenie podczas EVS   Dagna Gmitrowicz & Michael Kimmig

Future in the context of EVS trainings / Przyszłość w kontekście szkoleń EVS   Tomek Lubotzki

Methods of working on the subject of future / 2.2. Metody pracy nad tematem przyszłości podczas szkolenia EVS   Tomek Lubotzki

Development – the magic of life and non-formal education / Rozwój – magia życia i pozaformalnej nauki   Dagna Gmitrowicz

How to create an environment conducive to development? / Jak tworzyć środowisko sprzyjające rozwojowi?   Dagna Gmitrowicz

A conversation on managing change / Rozmowa o Zarządzaniu Zmianą   Michael Kimmig & Eliza Zadłużna

Working with metaphors and stories / Praca z metaforami i opowieściami   Michael Kimmig & Eliza Zadłużna

The effect of volunteering / Efekt Wolontariatu   Dagna Gmitrowicz & Anna Wohlesser

Although „The undiscovered country” is mainly directed to EVS trainers who would like to work more on future, personal development and managing change it gives an interesting insight for everyone who is interested in the how these topics are addressed in our EVS seminars.


At one glance…

Title The undiscovered country. Future, Personal development and Managing change in the context of EVS trainings
Language English
Authors Dagna Gmitrowicz, Michael Kimmig, Tomek Lubotzki, Anna Wohlesser, Eliza Zadłużna
Editors Agnieszka Bielska, Michael Kimmig, Melania Miksiewicz
Publisher Foundation for the Development of the Education System / Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji | National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme / Agencja Narodowa programu „Młodzież w działaniu”, Warsaw
Year 2012
*This publication has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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  1. I agree with you. We need to change our life for our country future. We need to do personal development. As a consultant, I believe that, without personal development, I’ll be hard to change our country future.

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