Partenariat éducatif GRUNDTVIG, International Voluntary Work - Who - Why – What, partenariat éducatif Grundtvig (2011 – 2013), n°2011-1-DK1-GRU06-03530 6, 5th Partner meeting in Cracow



5th Partnermeeting in Cracow, Poland, January 13 – 14, 2013

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity(GOCC, PolishWielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. It was founded in 1993 by Jerzy Owsiak. The Grand Finale takes place on the first or second Sunday of every new year. Sponsored by many Polish and worldwide companies, it is a one-day long, nationwide, money-raising event. Volunteers from all around Poland go out on the street and collect money in special cans which are labeled with a red heart and text: "Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy" (Polish for The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity). They also have identification cards, thanks to which anyone can report suspicious-looking people collecting money to the police without any such proof of authorization. Everyone who gives the volunteers any amount of money, gets a red heart sticker in return. Every year, millions of Poles donate their money to the Foundation and, between 1993 and 2013, they collected more than $170 million for public hospitals in Poland.


Sunday 13 January


8.30 Breakfast at Hotel Ibis Budget Restaurant

Friendlywelcomingbreakfast. Presentinga detailedprogram of the visitby the organizer. Presentation ofthe idea of Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC).


10.00Meeting at the Hotel Reception of Ibis Budget Hotel Stare Miasto, ul. Pawia 11 (All partners)


10.00 – 12.00 Walk through the Old City.

- observation and interviews with young volunteers collecting donations on the streets and close the churches.

- participation in some actions on Central Market Square (Rynek Główny): for example "Zostaw Kasę, Zjedz Kiełbasę" (“Leave money, eat sausage !”),   "Bicie rekordu w ilości osób pijących tran na świeżym powietrzu"  (Beating the record of the number of people drinking cod-liver oil in the open air). etc.

- walk sightseeing (Grunwald Monument, Barbakan fortress, Florianska Gate and Frorianska street)


12.15 – 12.30 Visit to the Interschool Headquarters of GOCC (Miodowa Street)

This is one of fifth headquarters in city (The interschool one), located in private hotel, prepared during GOCC for managing of volunteering actions.

- interviews with young volunteers

- watchingtheworkof volunteers

- observing of counting thecollected money

- ranking andvaluingthe best volunteers

- interview with supervisor



12.30 – 13.30 Common Lunch at Kazimierz Historic Jewish District “Sąsiedzi” Restaurant.

Enjoying thecommonmeal, tastingof typical, traditional Polish food.


14.00 –  15.30 Visit at Gallery of Art & Main Headquarters of GOCC (Sukiennice).


The Sukiennice, a huge market hall built in the 13th century in the middle of Rynek Główny (Main Square), enlarged in the 14th century in the Gothic style and remodelled in the mid-16th century after Renaissance fashion, was restored in 1875–1879 and became the city’s showpiece facility hosting grand balls and patriotic celebrations. Its location and character made the rooms on the first floor of the Sukiennice a perfect place for the National Museum in Krakow. Initially the Museum shared premises with the Fine Arts Society.At present, the gallery consists of four rooms: 1. The Bacciarelli Room: Enlightenment; 2. The Michałowski Room: Romanticism. Towards National Art; 3. The Siemiradzki Room: Around the Academy, and 4. The Chełmoński Room: Realism, Polish Impressionism, Beginnings of Symbolism. The chronological-thematic layout of the exhibition reflects major trends in the Polish art of the time, showing not only the most outstanding artists and their works, but also providing a broad view on Polish art. As a result, the exhibition offers a more diverse and complete view of 19th-century Polish art. During GOCC The Main City Headquarter of COCC is located on 2 floor. We have a chance to observe their work in passive way. 

15.30 – 20.30 Enjoying GOCC activities on Central Market Square (Rynek Główny) and sightseeing.


Kraków’s main market square (Rynek) serves as the city’s gravitational centre, and is the natural start and finish point for any tour of the city. Originally designed in 1257 , measuring 200 metres square, the Rynek ranks as one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, and is surrounded by elegant townhouses, all with their own unique names, histories and curiosities such as: Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Adam Mickiewicz monument, magnificent St. Mary’s Basilica with Veit Stoss’ altarpiece, Town Hall Tower, St. Wojciech Church an much, much more.

15.30 – 16.00 Watching of Ice Bathing (“Walruses-People”)

16.00 – 16.45 Coffee break

16.30 – 20.00 Sightseeing and enjoying of participating in live Rock-concerts on Central Market Square (Rynek Główny) +

20.00 – 20.15 Watching fireworks show (“Light to the sky”) as symbolic summary of GOCC


20.30 – 21.45 Common dinner/supper at “Chłopskie jadło”


Chłopskie Jadło is one of the most popular and one of the longest-operating restaurant networks in Poland serving Polish cuisine dishes.The interior of Chłopskie Jadło restaurants refers to the design of village cottages. The idea was to create a kind of a heritage park, transferring guests to the world of the 10th century peasant Poland. In 2012 the network underwent many changes. A new logo and sign boards were introduced; the menu was refreshed, by means of adding traditional house-made dishes of Polish cuisine in a lighter version. The changes were also related to interior design. The main theme of the restaurant is now a fowl, as well as folkloristic elements arranged in a modern way. The blue colour, dominant inside till that time, was replaced with warm shades of red and beige. So it looks like folk motives, as well as the best Polish culinary traditions received a new form in Chłopskie Jadło, keeping up with the times.


22.00 – 23.00 (23.30) common watching of final TV broadcast from Summary of the GOCC in All Poland at TV Room at Ibis Budget Hotel Stare Miasto


Common watching of TV broadcast. Common supporting of moneydonations and auctions during broadcast summary. The unofficialannouncement of nationwide results. Whole day summary and discussion between project participants.


Monday 14 January


8.00 – 9.30 Breakfast at hotel’s  Restaurant 


10.00 – 11.15 Meeting at conference room at MISTIA (Małopolski Instytut Samorządu Terytorialnego i Administracji, ul. Szlak


Workshop, Summarizing of Previous Day, Discussion.

Summaryof yesterday. Talk aboutthe main aspectsof volunteering in GOCC.Whois typical volunteerin GOCC (young, well-motivated).Whyvolunteers want to participatein GOCC?Whatis theirmain motivationto participate in GOCC?

Is GOCC cool action ?
What aspects GOCC is different fromother knownaction.What are theequivalents inother countries (France, Danmark).What are thecommon elements?


11.30 – 13.00 Coordinators Meeting

Topics of coordinator’s meeting (managed by Lisbet – DK)

-application for a new partnership called ACUMEN. I shall send you the draft application in two or three days and Lisbet will go through it in detail at the meeting

-fixing the dates for the meeting in Greece (Jun 1-2), but without confirmation from host side. Important because of possibility of air ticket early booking

-minutes of the meeting. We have minutes from three meetings. They are important to remember data for the final report about voluntary work we have promised in our application. The important thing to report is what voluntary organisations we visited, what they do, who the volunteers are, who finance them.

- other organisational matters

- Free time for shopping for others)



13.00 – 14.00 Farewell Lunch (Hotel Francuski) for host organization living Cracow to Nowy Sacz (home town)


14.00 – 18.00 Sightseeing Wieliczka Salt Mine arranged by French and Danish delagation