Foreign cooperation

The cooperation with foreign partners enables Slezská Diakonie to exchange experience, create new methodical procedures, makes room for personal growth and contributes to the growth of our organisation. Our foreign relations section manages all such activities.

Areas of cooperation

One year as an international volunteer

Since 2004 the section of foreign relations of SD runs a programme „One year as an international volunteer“. Slezská Diakonie participates in international volunteering as an organisation that hosts, manages and sends volunteers. Every year in September our centres and partner organisations which are also in the programme welcome new international volunteers who lend a helping hand and raise the value of our work. We also send young people to do volunteer service in our partner organisations in abroad each year. As of 2016 we have hosted 126 volunteers from 15 countries of EU, Ukraine, USA, Israel and Palestine in 29 centres and have sent 11 volunteers into 8 countries of EU. The projects of sending and hosting volunteers are long-term and take from 10 to 12 months.

In 2014 Slezská diakonie began to send volunteers to Dongobesh and Marethad in Tanzania. So far, we have sent 7 volunteers.
The project One year as an international volunteer in Tanzania is organised in cooperation with our partners – Děti Afriky, projects of congregations of the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Třinec and Košice and the evangelical youth association (Společenství evangelické mládeže). Our partners are counselling as well as participating in specific stages of the projects with respect to their previous cooperation with schools and communities in the areas of Dongobesh and Marethad.
The schools “Lea” and “Yedidiass”, a hostel and local communities in Dongobesh and Marethad work as hosting facilities for young Czech and Slovak volunteers.
In 2015 Slezská diakonie in cooperation with the Italian organisation Valdese sent 1 volunteer to Argentina.

Cooperation with our partners

As a part of the programmes One year as an international volunteer and One year as an international volunteer in Tanzania, Slezská diakonie works alongside domestic and foreign institutions which provide it with general and financial support. These institutions are “Dom zahraniční spolupráce” and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
Another important partner in organising the One year an international volunteer programme is the EDYN (Ecumenical Diaconal Year Network) which puts together organisations that send, host and coordinate volunteers. Slezská diakonie cooperates with organisations outside of the EDYN as well.

 

International volunteering

Slezská diakonie is involved in international volunteering as an organisation that hosts, coordinates and sends volunteers.
Just as we send out Czech volunteers abroad, each year in September
our centres and partner organisations participating in the “One year as an international volunteer” programme can count on the help of foreign volunteers.
As of 2016 we have hosted 126 volunteers from 15 countries and we have sent 11 volunteers into 8 countries in the EU. In 2014 Slezská diakonie began to send volunteers
into Dongobesh and Marethad in Tanzania. As of 2016 we have sent 7 volunteers.

 

Sharing and exchange of experience and knowledge and research activities

Slezská diakonie is a part of many national and multi-national groups focused on social topics. This partnership makes room for sharing and exchange of experience and know-hows and also for the innovations.
We are a member of associations like: EASPD (European Association of service providers for persons with disabilities), EAUM (European Association of Urban Missions), EAPN (European Anti-Poverty Network), EDYN (Ecumenical Diaconal Year Network), Eurodiaconia.

 

Areas of interest/Specialists

During the course of 25 years, Slezská diakonie has already trained a number of experts that contribute by developing and supporting the quality of social services. Many areas are also developed by international cooperation in the form of internships, different projects, professional meetings and education. We specialize in these areas: the youth at risk, elderly people, homeless people, creating new services for disabled people, employing disabled people, volunteer service, addictions, supporting caretakers and others.