• ANNA KSIĄŻEK

    Who am I?

    - Trainer

    - Coach

    - Language teacher

    - Activist

    - Leader

    - Adventurer

    - Changemaker

     

    What am I doing?

    I work with people. This is my passion and profession. My previous experience may appear a bit chaotic, full of seemingly unrelated events. But in fact everything is about the same - about people, about the possibility to share my knowledge and to support others in gaining new skills. It matters little whether the skill is assertiveness or Italian language.

    My greater passion and skill is to establish an open and honest relationships with people, motivating them to take action and discovering the best side in themselves. I do it in all the areas that are important to me - psychology, culture, and human rights.

     

    Below you will find a description of my main activities divided in three categories - training, languages ​​and projects. Each of these categories concerns a little bit different things, but at the same time still the same - about the people and for the people.

  • TRAINING

    SOFT SKILLS

    Education

     

    University

    • Psychology (5-years master studies at the University of Lodz)
    • Pedagogy (3-years bachelor studies at the University of Lodz)
    • Professional School of Coaching (annual professional course) 

     

    Courses

    • Course of NGOs trainers (Scouting)
    • Course of heads of local training teams (Scouting)
    • School for Leaders of Civil Society (School of Leaders Association) 

     

    Experience

    About 520 hours of conducted training and workshops from topics such as:

    • Interpersonal communication
    • Empathy
    • Creativity
    • Mindfulness
    • Assertiveness
    • Public speaking, self-presentation
    • Negotiation and argumentation
    • Emotions management
    • Time management
    • Planning your own development
    • Stress management
    • Developing leadership skills
    • Team management
    • Change management 

     

    About 100 hours of coaching conducted with individual clients.

    CHANGEMAKING

    Education

     

    University

    • Cultural studies (3-years bachelor studies at the University of Lodz)

     

    Courses

    • Training for educators of human rights (Amnesty International)
    • Training for trainer of anti-discrimination and gender (Autonomia [Autonomy] Foundation and Stowarzyszenie Kobiet Konsola [Women's Association Console])
    • Global Education (Edukacja dla Demokracji [Education for Democracy] Foundation)
    • From consumers to activists (Kupuj odpowiedzialnie [Buy responsibly] Foundation)
    • Drama Academy of Anti-discrimination (Stowarzyszenie Praktyków Dramy [Association of Drama Practitioners STOP-KLATKA])
    • 12-days course about Social Enterprise organized withing Erasmus + programme

     

    Experience

    About 300 hours of conducted training and workshops from topics such as:

    • Human rights
    • Stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination - what they are, how to notice them and how to counteract them
    • Gender
    • Language and discrimination
    • Education for the dignity of (poverty, forced displacement)
    • Responsible consumption
    • Social projects
    • Getting resources for social projects
    • Social entrepreneurship

    TRAINING FOR INSTITUTIONS

    Experience

    About 200 hours of conducted training and workshops from topics such as:

     

    School (trainings for teachers and directors)

    • Psychophysical development of children and youth
    • Games and exercises useful in working with a group
    • Circus pedagogy
    • Working with difficult pupils
    • Aggression / Violence among students
    • Addictions

    Interdisciplinary teams for Prevention of Domestic Violence

    • The procedure for the Blue Card and other activities aimed at preventing domestic violence
    • Contact with the perpetrator and victim of violence

    Municipal teams for Solving Alcohol Problems

    • Basic tasks of the members of Municipal teams for Solving Alcohol Problems

     (help in fighting against alcoholism and its effects)

     

    Social Nursery Houses (training for employees)

    • First contact with the resident of Social Nursery Houses
    • Directions of the therapy and methods of work with residents DPS
    • Right of resident of Social Nursery Houses

    Non-governmental organizations

    • Creating mission and vision, setting goals of NGOs’ activities
    • Status, the structure of NGOs, the basic documents
    • Volunteers in NGOs
    • Cooperation with NGOs from Poland and abroad (networking, breaking down barriers, international projects)

    OTHER

    Education

     

    Courses

    • Course for trainers about European Union (EUROPE DIRECT Forli - office of the European Commission in Italy)
    • Voluntary Drama Academy (Stowarzyszenie Praktyków Dramy [Association of Drama Practitioners STOP-KLATKA)
    • Circus pedagogy (KLANZA)
    • Study of Therapy through Art (Teatr Ludowy in Krakow)
    • Speed reading and memory techniques (Academy of Sciences in Poznań)
    • Vipassana meditation course

     

    Experience

    About 70 hours of conducted training and workshops from topics such as:

    • Mnemonics and other effective methods of memorization
    • The use of methods of drama in working with children, youth and adults
    • The use of theater and the other arts (literature, photography, visual arts) in working with children, youth and adults
    • Creativity training
    • The European Union - what it is, how it works
  • LANGUAGES

    ENGLISH

    Certificates

    - C2 - Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

    - Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

     

    Experience

    - Work in language schools:

    • 08.2014-03.2015 - Katiusza, Warsaw (individual clients)
    • 09.2013-03.2015 - Lingwista, Warsaw (primary schools, adults, EU projects - working with groups)
    • 01.2013 - 05.2013 - Inlingua, Mantova - Italy (corporations - working with groups)
    • 06.2013 - 08.2013 - EuroSchool, Verona - Italy (language camp for children)
    • 01.2012 - 09.2014 - Mobile Language, Warsaw (children, adults, young people - working with individual clients)

    - Private lessons

    - Participation / organization of international projects (see: Projects)

    - Traveling and living in other countries (see: Projects)

    ITALIAN

    Certificates

    - C1 - Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS)

     

    Experience

    - Working at Studio Linguistico language school (individual classes and translations)

    - Internship in Europe Direct in Reggio Emilia, Italy (all tasks performed in Italian):

    • conducting workshops and meetings for children and youth on the functioning of the European Union
    • translation and preparation of newsletter
    • planning, conduct and evaluation of European projects
    • supporting young people in applying to programs implemented under the Lifelong Learning Programme

    - Private lessons

    - Sharing life with Italian partner ;)

     

    PORTUGUESE

    Certificates

    - B1 / B2 - Certificado Universidade de Aveiro

     

    Experience

    -One year studies at the University of Aveiro, Portugal

     

    OTHER

    German

    - B1 - Zertifikat Deutsch

     

    Spanish

    - B1

     

    Esperanto

    - A2

     

    Sign language

    - First degree

  • PROJECTS

    CHANGEMAKER COURSE

    What?

    Workshop for those who want to do something good for themselves and for the world

     

    When?

    since 05.2016

     

    For what?

    Inspiring, networking and giving tools to those who want to make a difference

     

    Responsibilities:

    - preparing and leading workshop about global education, changemaker skills (communication, empathy, awareness, teamwork, creating a vision); building, implementing and evaluating a social project; getting resources for social project; public speaking/communicating the vision.

     

    Results: (till 17.09.2017)

    - 9 editions of 6-days Changemaker Course (Poland, Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Italy)

    - 1 edition of 2-days Changemaker Weekend (Poland)

     

    changemakercourse.com

    EXCHANGE THE WORLD

    What?

    Travel around the world in search of Changemakers. Travel is based on exchange as alternative to current economy.

     

    When?

    since 09.2015

     

    For what?

    Our mission is to make everyone to be a changemaker. We do it by story telling, networking and education.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - telling stories of changemakers from all over the world in three different languages (Polish, English, Italian)

    - participating in projects based on exchange: our skills (teaching, coaching, working on the farm, cooking...) for place to stay and food

    - leading workshops and presentations about changing the world for better in its broaden sense

     

    Results: (till 19.09.2017)

    - 214 interviews with Changemakers

    - 23 visited countries (South-East Asia, Balkans, Turkey, Caucaus)

    - 88 workshops and presentations for 1763 people in 14 countries, in collaboration with many organizations, such as AIESEC, Amnesty International, Ashoka, Google, Impact Hub, Kanthari+, Make Sense, PwC, Scouting, TEDx, Toastmasters, and others

    - 1 book with 17 scenarios for educators, based on collected stories (in Polish and English)

    - more than 20 volunteering projects

     

    TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvKHkS49vRo

     

    exchangetheworld.info

     

    CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS

    What?

    Promoting of social skills in education.

     

    When?

    04.2015-08.2015

     

    For what?

    The emphasis on skills such as empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership in the life of each and everyone of us. Creating a world where everyone can be a Changemaker.

     

    Responsibilities:

    -collaboration with Ashoka Fellows, creating the vision of the project based on interviews with people working in education

    -co-creating the European program of Changemaker schools

    -collaboration with all sorts of educational environments, including alternative education

    -contact and cooperation with the Ministry of Education

    -participation in conferences and festivals

    -collaboration with media and specialized journalists dealing with the topic of education

     

    The project is still being implemented. For more information visit poland.ashoka.org.

    CHANGEMAKER MAP

    What?

    Creating a map of changemakers in Poland.

     

    When?

    05.2015-08.2015

     

    For what?

    Visualize where in Poland and in which areas the changemakers work, show the connections between them, discover unknown changemakers and initiatives.

     

    Responsibilities

    -recruiting and managing two people employed in the project

    -following the methodology of maps implementation-managing the map creation process

    -cooperation with Ashoka from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia which implemented the same project in their respective countries

    FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS

    What?

    Economical education mainly for girls and women.

     

    When?

    08.2014-09.2015

     

    For what?

    Promotion of a responsible and aware approach to economy and increasing confidence of girls and woman in that sector.

     

    Responsibilities:                                                                                                               

    - Recruitment and coordination of project team, individual work with each of the 30 women involved in the project

    - Conducting workshops, trainings and events within the four thematic areas of the project (Responsible consumption, Philanthropy, Management of Money, My Professional Future)

    - Promotion of the project, work with media

    - Work with sponsors, acquire new partners

    - Planning, accounting and evaluation of the project budget

     

    Results:

    - 2325 participants from 35 cities, 13 districts

    -team of 34 volunteers from all over Poland

    -61 workshops scenarios for teachers and  NGO leaders

    -cooperation with organizations such as the Kupuj Odpowiedzialnie [Buy Responsibly] OdpowiedzialnieFoundation, Amnesty International, Ashoka, Stowarzyszenie Coachów [Association of Coaches] PRIZM, Bizness Link.

     

    ekonomiajestkobieta.zhp.pl

    sayBABEL

    What?

    Linguistic-cultural project.

     

    When?

    04.2014-07.2015

     

    For what?

    Building relationships between people over differences of language and culture and promotion of self-development based on respect for human rights and nature in its broaden sense.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - Conducting workshops, events, meetings to look at and discuss different social issues while actively using a foreign language.

     

    Results:

    - 4 workshops editions in Warsaw: Responsible consumption, Soft Skills, Travel as a metaphor for life, Change the world?.

     

    saybabel.wordpress.com

    COURSE FOR THE FUTURE

    What?

    Workshop for high school students.

     

    When?

    05.2013-12.2014

     

    For what?

    Supporting high school students in a conscious and responsible development of future.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - Program coordination of the educational project conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Education:

    a) preparation of workshops for high school students based on the experience of the pilot project (see below), the current evaluation of workshops

    b) preparation, conduction and evaluation of training for trainers and ambassadors of the project (30 people)

    c) supervisions of trainers

    d) training and constant support of the volunteers involved in the project (20 people)

     

    - Coordination of annual pilot project's Co z tym życiem?! [What's with this life?!]

    a) organization of workshops on planning and creating future (situation analysis, goal setting, construction and evaluation of an action plan, time management, building self-confidence)

    b) individual support for high school students in the conscious planning of the future

    c) promotion of the project among high school students

    d) cooperation with schools and other institutions that associate high school students

     

    kursnaprzyszlosc.pl

    DREAMERS

    What?

    Creating a community which support each other in realizing dreams and goals.

     

    When?

    09.2009-09.2010

     

    For what?

    Encouraging people to take their own initiatives, follow their dreams and goals.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - The creation and ongoing support to a community of people ready to share their dreams and help others to achieve their goals

    - Promotion of the project among local community and media

    - Coordination of work of the project team

     

    Results:

    - 131 participants

    - 429 planned / realized dreams

    - Methodical material with suggestions of exercises related to the subject of realizing your dreams and goals.

     

    marzyciele.net

    BEYOND BORDERS

    What?

    Expedition to Kilimanjaro.

     

    When?

    08.2008 - 09.2009

     

    For what?

    To inspire people to follow their dreams, cross borders – physical, geographical, cultural, linguistic and inner ones.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - Cooperation with representatives of NGOs in Kenya

    - Conduction of workshops, meetings, discussions concerning the project and culture

    - Promotion of the project, cooperation with media

    - The acquisition and cooperation with sponsors

     

    Results:

    - Establishing cooperation with NGOs in Kenya

    - Involvement in the project over more than a hundred people who supported us in the activities and constantly followed

    - Inspire others to realize their own dreams, which became the basis for the following project Dreamers (see above)

    - A series of workshops, meetings, lectures with media and people interested in the project after its completion, in order to share our knowledge, experience and inspire people to take their own actions

    - Gaining the summit of Kilimanjaro

     

    przekroczycgranice.zhpwidzew.pl

     

    STORIES OF LIPOWA STREET

    What?

    Project for the local community. 

     

    When?

    10.2009 - 06.2010 

     

    For what?

    Strengthening social cohesion in local communities using the methods of drama. 

     

    Responsibilities:

    - Development and conduction of drama workshops for children and youth

    - Work as a street activist with local communities, involving them in common actions

    - Promotion of the project among the local community 

     

    Results:

    - Activation of inhabitants of Lipowa street (Lodz, Poland) and surrounding areas,  exploration of the history of this place

    - Movie summarizing the project which promotes the forgotten corners of Lipowa street and the surrounding areas made by the inhabitants of the street

    - Organization of the event for local communities- Strengthen social ties between neighbors, encourage them to take actions which continued even after the official end of the project

    - 10 scenarios of drama workshops for children and youth 

     

    stop-klatka.org.pl/daw/lipowe-historie

    INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

    What?

    International camps for children and youth. 

     

    When?

    England 2007

    Bavaria 2008

     

    For what?

    Create a space for international exchange.

     

    Responsibilities:

    - Cooperation with NGOs from other countries

    - Recruitment and preparation of children and young people group for international exchange

    -Co-organization of camps (formal aspects and program)

    - Raising funds and cooperation with the media

     

    Results:

    - 20 young people from Poland took part in an international camp in England with 40,000 participants from over 140 countries

    - 40 people took part in the Polish-German camp in Bavaria

    TRAVELS

    Small

    Iberian Peninsula by motorbike - 04.2011

    Ramadan in Egypt - 07.2012

    Kumys in Mongolia - 07.2005

     

    Big

    Portugal - 08.2010 - 07.2011

    Italy - 08.2012 - 09.2013

     

    For one smile

    Hitch-hiking

    Poland-Portugal - 07.2011

    Balkans - 07.2012

    Balkans bis - 07.2013

    Georgia – 07.2015

     

    Camino de Santiago (Spain)

    Camino Francés - 07.2008

    Camino Portuguese - 04.2011

    Camino del Norte - 08.2012

     

    Via Francigena (Italy)

    Bologna - Roma - 09.2012

    Via Flaminia (Italy)

    Fano - Rome - 08.2013

     

    Up

    Mount Blanc 2007

    Kilimanjaro 2009

    Toubkal 2011

    Olympus 2013

     

    On the run

    Marathon 2014