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Autism Centre Handover Visit

On 19 February Kasia Gates and I, on behalf of the IWAK Committee, visited the Centre of Autism and Complex Development Disabilities for the official handover of the 10,000 PLN collected at last year’s Christmas Charity Golden Party. This closes IWAK’s second year of financial assistance to the Centre. We […]

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The Joy of Volunteering in Kraków

Read any guide on how to best integrate into a new community and one of the top tips will always be – VOLUNTEER! It makes perfect sense – you can meet new people, get an opportunity to bridge the gap from “expat” to “local”, develop and maintain skills (often when […]

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5 months in Kraków

In August of 2019 my family and I moved to Kraków with the expectation we would live there for three or four years. We moved into our house, unpacked our boxes, started school and jobs, and began our love affair with Poland. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to last as long as […]

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IWAK Golden Charity Christmas Party 2019

If you skipped New Year’s celebrations and instead joined the IWAK Golden Charity Christmas Party on 7 December 2019, you won the lottery! The interiors of Avangarda welcomed all the guests with the unparalleled atmosphere of interwar Kraków. IWAK members celebrated the most important night of the year in a […]

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IWAK Golden Charity Christmas Party

This year IWAK’s annual Christmas charity event is the Golden Party, held to support the Centre for Autism and Complex Development Disabilities (http://www.centrum-autyzmu.pl). Since 2013, the Centre has been providing a wide range of professional, educational, medical and consulting services to students with autism spectrum disorders and their parents. This […]

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A special thank you from the Centre for Autism!

In 2017, the IWAK money raised at the annual Charity Gala held at Pod Różą Hotel afforded the Centre for Autism in Kraków the opportunity to upgrade their sensory integration activities room and computer lab. The Centre showed its immense gratitude by gifting IWAK with a photobook showcasing all of […]

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The effects of IWAK’s 2018 Charity Gala are now physically tangible!

We are super excited and proud to announce the official handover of brand new, super comfy foldout beds for the use of parents staying with their sick kids at the newly renovated children’s surgery ward of the University Children’s Hospital in Prokocim. Our donation of PLN 35,000, raised during our […]

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Krok po kroku: Reflections in the Mundane Moments of my Days

I hear the birds murmuring and cooing. Morning doves? Rock pigeons — outside on the roof of our building. I glance out the window at the tree in our courtyard, naked branches silhouetted against the pale blue morning sky. No movement discernible. And then yes, one… two tiny birds alight […]

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Polish Christmas Traditions

December in Polish Christian practice is the time of ADVENT. The Latin meaning of adventus is “coming” and it refers to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In my childhood, the rough time of the Communist 70s/80s, it was indeed a time of intense, expectant waiting for the time of […]

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Polish Culture: All Saints’ Day

I think that everybody who lives as an expat somewhere in the world has a day in the year that they would really like to be back home. For some it might be Halloween, Carnival, Koningsdag or Holi. For me it was always All Saints’ Day. The first of November […]

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