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.
VITA CAFNIK, work placement COORDINATOR
Has many voluntary experiences with children and youth, where she led workshops, social games and offered learning help. She is experienced in working with international projects, since she was doing her work practice abroad (in Prague) in an international non profit organisation AFS, which is operating in the field of worldwide youth mobility. At ZNI she has expertise in matching candidates and work placements, contacting relevant partners and entering new partnerships, she leads cultural, personal and work preparation of the candidates and does mentoring of the participants on mobility.
Tamara somer, Office coordinator
She had her first international experience when she was in highschool, where she participated in an exchange project with students from Marburg, Germany. Later on she went on Erasmus+ mobility to study Social Communication in Lisbon, Portugal (College of Communication). This experience led her to work in an organisation like ZNI, where she mentors our hosting groups and coordinates the work of interns who are doing their work practice at ZNI. She is in charge of social media, external communication and event management and she arranges logistics and accommodation of the hosting participants and partners.