Today we have received amazing news from the European Parliament. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has been awarded the esteemed European Citizen's Prize, which honours exceptional achievements of European citizens and organization.
Education and introducing new skills, especially connected with first aid and CPR training, is highlighted as one of the statutory goals of the foundation. What began as training volunteers for the purpose of organising Pol'and'Rock Festival, over the years grew into something bigger and more complex. That's why we decided to establish a training centre in Szadowo Młyn in northern Poland. This remote location is perfect for team building activities and focusing on the brief, but very intense weekend training course.
Peace Patrol courses are taking place from February till November - rain or shine, we meet in Szadowo Młyn for weekend training! The Peace Patrol training curriculum includes:
- AHA first aid training;
- team-building and survival exercises;
- teamwork activities and leadership initiative exercises;
- instruction course for stewards working at mass events.
At the end of the course, all participants receive certificates, confirming their qualifications and skills. We also expect the participants to help at Pol'and'Rock Festival in the following year. It is thanks to their hard work and heartfelt commitment we are able to say that the festival is one of the safest and definitely the most beautiful musical festival in the world.
The course is divided into theoretical and practical parts, which allows our trainees to learn and then practice their new skills during simulations of accidents and are tested at both theoretical, written exams and practical hands-on tests. The course is three days long - we meet on Friday morning and we bid farewell to new friends on Sunday afternoon. The training is intense and might be quite a lot to take in, but thanks to a fair share of practical and outdoor activities it ensures that you are able to retain a lot of knowledge.
We also love encouraging people, who have proven that they are ready to take up more challenges and are ready to commit more time to the activities organised by the foundation, so we invite them to take part in our internship programme. Our interns will in time become instructors, training volunteers and taking part in CPR for Schools programme.
Our Internship programme is meant to prepare you to become an instructor. Instructors are present at volunteer courses in Szadowo Młyn as well as travel across Poland sharing their knowledge with teachers as a part of our CPR for Schools programme. Interns participate in a variety courses which cover material ranging from medical first aid training to skills connected with outdoor activities, and from managing work in a group to team-building activities and games.
We keep our eyes peeled for instructors, who have impressive leadership talents. Such people are invited to become - you guessed it - Leaders. They sport yellow T-shirts and they shoulder the responsibility for work of groups of Peace Patrollers during the festival and at the Grand Finale fundraisers, or during different events organised or co-organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.