We are looking for volunteers aged between 18 and 30 years, legally residing in one of the Program or Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU. We seek a balance of varied ages, genders and nationalities amongst our EVS volunteers. We are not looking for experienced volunteers but those that would learn a lot during the service. Apart from personal motivation of volunteers our requirement is volunteers’ strong will of learning Polish language after selection procedure successfully ends.
We need selected volunteers to know a few crucial phrases and already have substantial vocabulary of Polish at the moment they start their EVS. Why is this important? Because they will work with disabled children and youth, which often does not speak English or any other language.
We will pay special attention to those candidates, who are keen on any creative forms of special education (manual, artistic, musical, etc.), which are appreciated by kids, teachers and the Foundation as well.
Short descriptions of our vacancies can be read in the file Receiving Placements 2015 on our website. More details on receiving organizations themselves can be found in the EVS database: http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database (use EI Reference Number or PIC number to find each RO).
The Special Kindergarten is an educational establishment for physically disabled children. It is situated in Warsaw, Mokotów district. There are approximately 35, three to ten year-old children divided into 4 groups. The staff consists of 15 specialists such as special pedagogues, psychologist, therapist, speech therapists, rehabilitants, assistants in every group, support staff, volunteers and students. The Kindergarten is open from September to June.
Our pupils have mostly physical disabilities, which are often accompanied by various developmental disorders, e.g. cerebral palsy, different genetic syndromes, other physical and mental disabilities, non-speaking children also with visual and hearing problems. The children are eager to welcome newcomers but the verbal contact is difficult as most of pupils are not able to speak. In Kindergarten there are different methods used to communicate with the children, from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to high technology equipment to communicate with pupils. We are equipped not only in low AAC technology like PCS (Picture Communication Symbols) or gestures but also in high technology like tech touch, advanced programmes for non-speaking children, Go-Talks, other talking devices like Big-Step by-Step or switches and computer facilties like special track ball to operate a mouse. We also own Sensory Integration equipment.
We also provide a unique educational developmental cognitive curriculum for the early years, specially designed to provide optimal learning experiences that is based on Vygotskian theory.
Moreover, we organize puppet theatres, professional theatres, cinemas and concerts for our children. We cooperate with other regular kindergartens and try to organize common activities with the goal to integrate children with society. As we an educational institution we also cooperate with students from Academy of Special Education and Warsaw University.
We ask each candidate to send us filled out OUR APPLICATION FORM. Candidates can add other documents/personal presentations/ videos/photos/motivation letters to the application form, if they want but please know that applications without our form will not be taken into consideration.
Application DEADLINE for all candidates is 6 January 2015.
We will contact only candidates we find suitable, asking for further skype or telephone interview and contact their sending organizations (if they have them) by 15 January 2015.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month)
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in english you can send to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “EVS Polonia Special Kindergarten No 393″.