What´s Keric

KERIC is a non-profit non-governmental organisation working mainly with children and youth aged 4-30 as well as adults. We offer a wide range of activities with an extra added international dimension which develop the personality of children and youth and differ based on the needs of participants. Our mission is to connect our region Kysuce with Europe and the whole world.

KERIC was founded in February 2003. Our main activities are conversational language courses, computer courses, international youth exchanges, summer and winter camps, seminars and trainings for youth workers from all over the world, creative workshops in the KERIC Underground club or at local school, sending and hosting volunteers to and from Europe and Latin America.

KERIC sends young people abroad within the project European Voluntary Service and Leonardo. The length of such a stay is between 2 weeks and 12 months. The venue ranges from all European countries to Latin America, Asia and Africa.

KERIC has a long-term cooperation with elementary as well as secondary schools in our region. There are several levels of this cooperation. Its base is regular cooperation, which means that one of our volunteers comes to the school once or twice a week. He/she motivates and acts as a support for the teacher, especially in foreign language lessons.

The aim of this cooperation is that the children regularly meet foreigners so that it becomes a natural part of their life. Step by step, we want them not to see it as something unsual to speak a foreign language or see people that are somehow different from them. The next level of cooperation are extra activities organised by KERIC at the schools. One of these activities is EUROWEEK - a brand new event starting only this April. During this time, all our volunteers come to the school and present their countries, speak to the children, make them realise our stereotypes, which are deep within us. Another special event activity that we organise are international Christmas in KERICu, workshops for the 9th-grade-students of elementary schools, creative workshops and school clubs, etc.

Twice or three times a year, we send groups of young people aged 15 to 26 abroad on a youth exchange. The aim of this exchange is a meeting of young people from different countries, spending some time together (between 6 to 14 days),

KERIC has a long history of foreign language education. We regularly organise language courses for people of different ages. The little ones - kids aged 5 to 7 can attend English lessons DANJ. A bit older children - aged 7 to 15- attend regular English for children. Each group of approximately 10 children is led by two lecturers - a Slovak youngster with excellent English and a foreign lecturer from abroad. The aim of these English lessons is