ZNI-Institute for New Age Education is a private non-profit, voluntary, non-governmental organisation (NGO) organisation based in Maribor, Slovenia.
The ZNI Institute was founded by Maja Kumperščak in 2005 with the purpose of encouraging the participation of individuals in the society as well as motivating them to connect and cooperate with each other. The managing Director of the institute is Ms Sonja Markič, who has many years of experience with European Projects. The core member of our staff is a current Mobility Coordinator Ms Neja Cerar. ZNI Team consist of experienced project managers, personal coaches, humans resource specialists, coordinators, administration staff, language teachers, volunteers and international interns. All the members of ZNI team took part in mobility projects themselves and later gained experience providing both sending and hosting services resulting in over 700 successfully implemented mobilities.
MAJA KUMPERŠČAK, FOUNDER
At ZNI she is responsible for strategic development and guidance. She has more then 15 year of experiences as trainer and human resources manager in New Zealand and Slovenia (non- formal educational sector) and 7 years of management experiences in her own company. She has developed a new, innovative methods for inner potential activation in informal education programmes of ZNI.
SONJA MARKIČ, DIRECTOR
In addition to running and managing the institute, she works as a project manager and coordinator. Since the beginning of her career at ZNI she was involved in the design, development, preparation and implementation of more than 20 European projects. Ms Sonja Markič has also many years of experience in the field of human resource development. She participated in developing unique advanced methodologies and approaches to training, motivation and activation of individuals and their inner potential. She regularly takes part in educational seminars in the field of NGO sector, entrepreneurship and different European programs. She also participated in a number of conferences and seminars where the work and projects of ZNI have been introduced as examples of good practice. By education she is a specialist (holds a master degree) in education management.
NEJA CERAR, MOBILITY COORDINATOR
She has been working as coordinator for mobility projects, mentor of candidates on mobility and trainer of unemployed persons. She is applying ZNI’s unique methodologies of human resource development and constantly improves them by every day experience in working with trainees. Her main activities are: cultural, personal and work preparation of the candidates, mentoring of the participants on mobility, training and non-formal education of unemployed persons, contacts with local enterprises and correspondence with project partners.
Katja šiško, work placement COORDINATOR
Katja has joined ZNI team in year 2019 and she is working as Placement coordinator. She has specialised for organising the work-placements for the candidates within local enterprises. ZNI has an extensive database of permanent local hosting companies, but is always searching for new potential partners, as the quality of the work-practice is the priority of ZNI’s work. Moreover, Ms. Katja Šiško is mentoring specific groups and training incoming and outgoing participants. She holds a degree from Pedagogy and andragogy and Spanish language and literature.
Rebeka čeh, MOBILITY COORDINATOR
Rebeka has joined ZNI team in year 2019 and she is working as Mobility coordinator. She is in charge for correspondence with project partners and for administrative and organisational support with incoming and outgoing projects. Moreover she offers support in placements coordination. She is mentoring specific groups and applying ZNI’s unique methodologies of preparations. She is currently writing her diploma becoming a tourism and gastronomy event manager.
Kristína Hrehorová, mobility coordinator assistant
Kristina has joined ZNI team in year 2019 and she is working as Mobility coordinator assistant. Her main activities are coordination of logistics, preparation of the documents and other materials for incoming and outgoing participants; management of internal documentation, organisation of activities/trips for the participants… Furthermore she holds cultural, personal and work preparation of the candidates; training and non-formal education of incoming and outgoing participants and she is mentoring incoming participants. She holds a masters degree from Special education.
Ewelina stacherzak, mobility coordinator assistant
Ewelina has joined ZNI team in year 2019 and is working as Mobility coordinator assistant. Her main activities are preparing the documents and other materials for incoming participants and organising accommodation. She also holds cultural, personal and work preparation of the candidates and she is mentoring incoming participants. Furthermore, she is in charge for mentoring interns in ZNI office. By education she is a Mathematician.
TAMARA SOMER, office coordinator
Tamara has joined ZNI team in the beginning of the year 2018 and she worked full-time as Office coordinator and mentor of incoming participants for almost 2 years. Currently she is our external coworker: she is in charge of PR and communication, promotional material, social media and ZNI website. She holds a degree from Media communications.