Vilnius special school “Atgaja” for disabled children
We need: 4 volunteers
From 1 of October 2017 till 1 of June 2018 (8 months).
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Special school “Atgaja” school is the upbringing institution for the elementary and basic education for disabled children and youngsters from 7 to 21 years,
with the following diseases: cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, mental retardation or multiple disability. The school takes the responsibility for children and youngsters activities, care and supervision during the lessons and after them, while they are at school. At the school children receive the qualified help of the: pedagogue, pedagogue for blind children, speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker. After-lessons activities we have: art therapy, handicraft group, cooking group, karate group, bocca group, netball group and etc. The duty of the school and parents is to create the happiness for every child. That’s why we will do our best to make the children happy every day, on their every step.
The main role of the volunteer in the special school Atgaja is to be assistant for the children, that means any help that is needed during lessons, as well as assist the children in any other leisure or outdoor activities. During the first months of volunteering the volunteer will observe the working of different classes, will have the possibility to meet and to be with the children of different age.
The main tasks for the volunteer:
to assist children during the lessons;
to organize how to make various handicrafts with disabled children;
under the staff supervision to organize music, sports, games, art, theatre, going outside into nature and other activities with disabled children;
to participate and to help in different events and festivals of the school;
to assist children in swimming pool activities (if the school will have the possibility to use swimming pool)
Possible activities for the volunteers:
to help to teach children foreign language;
to cook with children;
to teach communication skills through different verbal and non-verbal games, outdoor activities, workshops;
to organize presentations about her country, culture, food, games etc.;
to go together to theatre, cinema, museums;
to participate in the excursions to other Lithuanian towns and nice places;
to represent volunteer’s activities and work with the community (through press, internet, celebrations and so on);
to suggest her own ideas what she can do with the children.
The volunteer will be able to take an active part in everyday life of the host organization, to help to organize some events, as well as organize any activity or program he is interested in. The volunteer will be able to develop any ideas he has, new proposals and points of view as well as any other initiatives will be highly appreciated.
Impressions of former EVS volunteers
Vanessa and Lisa from Germany and Austria who were volunteering in Atgaja from the beginning of September 2010 till the end of June 2011 (10 months):
„When we came to Atgaja we were welcomed very nice and from the beginning until now I can say that I feel very good there especially about our responsables, who always help us with everything.
Of course it would be better to speak and understand lithuanian but actually it is ok to communicate with the children without. Also you will learn vocabulary while beeing in the lessons. To make your work more diversified you should take the initiative and just try to do some things with the children after lesson.
As it is said in the project dispriction I can say you will become a friend of the children and take them into your heart quickly.“
„In my project ‘Atgaja’ my main task is being in the class during the lessons, assisting the teacher and helping the children with writing, counting, drawing, etc. Above lessons like maths, music or general knowledge, the children have physical training, ceramics, handicraft lessons and cooking. Every wednesday we go, together with a teacher, with the children to the swimming pool, where i help with changing clothes, doing exercises and playing with the children. I’m helping while and with eating, and to pay attention that the children don’t play with their, or eat the others food 😀 After the lessons I play games with the children, make puzzles, jump around with them, we dance, or when the weather is fine we go with them for a walk. Sometimes there are nice and interesting activities and events at school, for example a christmas show, a healthy food day or a theatre play, which not only entertains the children 🙂 I also made some small activities with the children, such as bakig cookies while the christmas time, making an advent calendar togehter or doing some handicraft. Togehter with another volunteer, i presented one of our christmas traditions.“
How to Apply
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.
All documents written in english you can send to: email@example.com with subject “EVS Vilnius Atgaja Ausrine. YOUR NAME AND SURNAME” .