• 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 relationship 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 different things, but all in all it is still the same - about the people and for the people.

  • TRAINING/COACHING

    SOFT and SOCIAL 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) 
    • Study of Therapy through Art (Teatr Ludowy in Krakow)
    • Speed reading and memory techniques (Academy of Sciences in Poznań)
    • Vipassana meditation course

     

    Experience

    About 590 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

    and GLOBAL EDUCATION

    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 Foundation and Stowarzyszenie Kobiet Konsola)
    • Global Education (Edukacja dla Demokracji Foundation)
    • From consumers to activists (Kupuj odpowiedzialnie Foundation)
    • Drama Academy of Anti-discrimination (Stowarzyszenie Praktyków Dramy)

     

    Experience

    About 620 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
    • Responsible tourism
    • Social projects creation and implementation
    • Getting resources for social projects
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Climate Change

    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)

    ERASMUS+

    Experience as trainer

     

    Youth Exchange

    • Wise Consumerism (5 days)
    Training Courses
    • Changemaker Course (7 days)
    • Global Educati-ON Training of trainers (7 days)
    • Climate Hope (10 days)
    • HerPower (8 days offline + 8 days online)
    • Listen (10 days)
    • ExChange The World - social entrepreneurship (5 days)
    Currently involved as trainer and leader in:
    • Women Empowerment one year small scale partnership project
    • Youth Changemakers one year small scale partnership project
    • KA 1 - adult education
     

    Experience as participant

     

    Training Courses
    • DEAL (social entrepreneurship)
    • Storytelling for Global Change
    • MoMint (mindfulness)
    • Journey Toward Connection
    • Please Talk Peacefully (Solution Focus Approach)
    • See Me Through (movie making)
     
    • LANGUAGES

      ENGLISH

      Certificates

      - C2 - Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

      - Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

       

      Experience

      - Work in language schools:

      • 5.2019 till today - Tutlo, Poland (online lessons)
      • 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 (more information: http://annaandandrea.mystrikingly.com/)

      - 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

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      since 05.2016

       

      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 projects; public speaking/communicating the vision.

       

      Results: (last update 21.12.2021)

      - 22 editions of 4-6-days Changemaker Course for youth and/or adults, including editions focused on Social Entrepreneurship, Global Education, Women Empowerment, Climate Change, Youth Wellbeing (Poland, Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Italy, Scotland, Hungary)

      - 5 editions of 5-days Changemaker Course for children

      - 3 edition of 2-days Changemaker Weekend for youth and/or adults (Poland)

      - 1-year international project of Youth Changemakers

       

      exchangetheworld.info

      EXCHANGE THE WORLD

      What?

      A journey around the world in search of Changemakers. The travel is based on exchange as alternative to the current economy.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      since 09.2015
       

      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 accommodation and food

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

       

      Results: (last update 21.12.2021)

      - 357 interviews with Changemakers

      - 36 visited countries (South-East Asia, Balkans, Turkey, Caucasus, Europa, South America)

      - 209 workshops and presentations for 4508 people in 25 countries, in collaboration with many organizations, such as AIESEC, Amnesty International, Ashoka, Erasmus, Google, Impact Hub, JA, JCI, Kanthari+, Make Sense, PwC, Rotary, Scouting, TEDx, Toastmasters, and others

      - 2 book with 17 scenarios each for educators, based on the collected stories (scenarios in different languages can be found here: changemakertoolkit.wixsite.com/change)

      - more than 30 volunteering projects

       

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

       

      exchangetheworld.info

       

      CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS

      What?

      Promoting social skills in education.

       

      Why?

      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.

       

      When?

      04.2015-08.2015

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      05.2015-08.2015

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      08.2014-09.2015

      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.

       

      Why?

      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.

       

      When?

      04.2014-07.2015

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      05.2013-12.2014

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      09.2009-09.2010

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      08.2008 - 09.2009

       

      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.

       

      Why?

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

       

      When?

      10.2009 - 06.2010

       

      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.

       

      Why?

      Create a space for international exchange.

       

      When?

      England 2007

      Bavaria 2008

       

      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

      Travel around the world - since 09.2015

       

      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, 10.2017

      Camino Portuguese - 04.2011, 11.2017

      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