– all projects start in September/ October and last at least for 11 months
– all volunteers have a welcome seminar, a seminar about Europe and a farewell seminar in the end of the service on top of the seminars from the National agency
The “Westfälisches Kinderdorf” is a place for children and young people who are not able to live in their family of origin any longer. In 3 houses a host mother and a host father live together with a group of children (around 6 children) and care for them. One of the host parents is pedagogically educated. In ten other house social-workers and trainers also care about a group of youngsters. The youngsters are all within the age from 13 to 18. In one of the house young single mothers get support for themselves and their little kids.
There is also a special school which is called “coole Schule”. A small group of children is visiting it. In another house there is a kindergarden for children with special needs. And in the town of Barntrup there is also a house for young adults, who don’t live any longer with their families, but do need special support in daily live, because of different disabilities.
The volunteer participates in the pedagogical and housekeeping daily’s activities.
The volunteer supports the children to do their homework
The volunteer organizes leisure time activities for groups of children, where the volunteer does not have any boundaries in his/her creativity
The volunteer accompanies the children in their everyday-life, for example going shopping, in sportive activities, cultural events in school etc.
The volunteer helps doing housekeeping
ACCOMMODTION AND FOOD
The volunteers will be accommodated in a separate flat in the middle of the small town Barntrup. The volunteers share a fully furnished flat with other volunteers.
They all share a kitchen and a bathroom, but have a single-bedroom for themselves.
The Youth Community Heidehaus (Jugendsiedlung Heidehaus) is a place, where around 70 disadvantaged young people get educated and trained. Heidehaus is a small community close to the little town Augustdorf. In eight groups social-workers and trainers care about the youngsters (who are 13 to 21 years old).
The intensity of the support depends on the individual needs of the young people. Some of them need nearly a one to one caring situation and others less. The younger ones still go to a small school, which located within the community. The Youth Community Heidehaus also offers different job trainings (painter, bricklayer, gardener, cook, carpenter, housekeeper, office clerk) to the youngsters living at Heidehaus, who are around 16 years old. The main idea of the project Jugendsiedlung Heidehaus is to support young people to develop the ability to live independently, self-organized and to become an active part of the society they live in.
EVS volunteers get the chance to support the youngsters and get the possibility to deliver insight into their culture and their individual backgrounds. The volunteers are involved in daily life activities of the youth living at Heidehaus. They support the children and youth in daily life activities, such as preparing and having meals, keeping the house clean, washing clothes, doing homework, following up leisure activities etc.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
The volunteers share a little house at the Heidehaus community. It is completely furnished, kitchen and bathroom are used by both volunteers and each volunteer has a separate single-bedroom.
ODILIA e.V. is a charitable society, whose task is to encourage and provide a second home for children, youth and young adults who suffer from a mental or psychological disablement. The principles of their work are based on the anthroposophic remedial teachings of Rudolf Steiner. They accompany and encourage these young people during their school and further education. The main idea is to assist them to organize their lives as independent as possible.
Therefore leisure activities, anthroposophic treatments and therapeutic stages are support the development of the youngsters. Important elements in their work are a rhythmic day, a rhythmic week and annual routines. In this routine the celebration of religious events has an important impact.
Since more than 10 years the European volunteers are an important role within the team of the Laibach Hof. The Laibach-Hof is an old farmhouse with its origins in the 16th century located close to the town of Halle in Westphalia. The property is situated in attractive natural surroundings and offers lots of space. The Laibach-Hof is in Halle-Bokel. This part of town is a small farming community and about 4 km far away from Halle-Center. Bus connections are infrequent. There is a good rail connection from Halle to Bielefeld (university, industry, leisure facilities).
The volunteers are working in one of the little communities. They accompany the children and young people throughout the day. They are helping according to the requirements of the child or the youngster. Some of them need a constant assistant during the day. The others will only need help in specific situations. This help can include various tasks, for example helping to get up in the morning, personal hygiene, cooking of meals or helping during the meal with eating. An important field of work will also be organizing creatively the leisure time activities. There are different activities to experience together: Hiking in the nature, shopping in town, celebration of festivities, the visit of cultural events and much more.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
The volunteers are accommodated on the Laibach Hof in a separate and furnished room within a shared flat, with other volunteers. They share kitchen and bathroom.
The volunteer should above all be open to working with young, disabled people. Driving licence is helpful (but no necessary).
Interculturel meeting point:
Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass 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.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Ild Germany. NAME PROJECT. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com