KERIC is a non-profit non-governmental organisation working mainly with children and youth aged 4-30 as well as adults. They offer a wide range of activities with an extra added international dimension which develops the personality of children and youth and differ based on the needs of participants. Their mission is to connect the region Kysuce with Europe and the whole world.
KERIC can be found in the small town of Čadca in Northern Slovakia, near to the borders with the Czech Republic and Poland. It is easy to reach Čadca overland from anywhere in Europe. A train journey from Bratislava takes around 5 hours. Čadca is not widely known, but sits in the foothills of some spectacular mountains and is loved by the locals for its nearby ski facilities. It also has twinning links with Toruń in Poland, where Global Footsteps also has linked projects.
KERIC hosted our Footstep 12 conference in 2010, in which representatives from 10 countries participated. More recently, in April 2013 they ran a four-day workshop as part of the ‘Learning through Volunteering’ project.
The KERIC team are fantastic fun. If you volunteer with them you will be very well looked after, staying with locally based host families and joining in with all sorts of enjoyable events. There are fantastic volunteer opportunities for adults interested in working with underprivileged children on English language, Music, Drama and Sports education. KERIC take full advantage of the EU European Voluntary Service (EVS) program for young adults which funds year long volunteering programs. Please visit the KERIC website to find out more and fill out our application form if you’re interested.