Down Town Kids II
- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Euro
- Transportation: 0.00 Euro
- Activities: 0.00 Euro
- Hosting organisation support: 50 Euro
Description: This project is organized for local children by The Language School In Down-Town and non-profit educational association Alternative Language Programs Satellite within its annual activities on multicultural issues for kids. Some international teenage participants may randomly join. The common project s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures to children and provide them with good practices in intercultural communication using the learning-by-doing method and organizing alternative English language practice. The project gets youngsters familiar with customs and traditions of the countries from all over the world and encourages them to develop their cross-cultural thinking and tolerance as well as global thinking and individual initiative. The theme of summer 2022 is Sciences for Life . The participants will discover what is hidden behind the word SCIENCE and how the school knowledge of basic sciences is integrated in our everyday habits of life helping to support global sustainable development of eco-systems, technologies, education and even spiritual life of the humankind. Meetings with local and/or international professionals in the field will take place. Thematic photo and video contests for camp participants will be organized.
Type of Work: Activating kids in the city camp and providing them with cross-cultural learning experience. Volunteers will do it using various informal methods of teaching as well as working in small group techniques. The activities to be held by a team of volunteers may include the following: playing the games and performing music that are popular in the countries the volunteers represent; training kids to perform pieces of amateur drama; preparing festivals; providing intellectual and sport games as well as discussions and excursions round the places of interest; organizing actions for peace and nature protection; leading and supporting kids in their work on the team projects within the topics related to the main theme of the summer. Volunteers are responsible for the day activities in the camp. The work can be demanding, involving longer hours on some days, requiring high level of commitment and responsibility. You will stay with campers from 10:00 to 17:00 and spend another hour to prepare next day activities and feedback. Working days are from Monday to Friday; Sundays are days off. In addition there will be one more extra day-off every week depending on the schedule. Before the camp activities start there will be 3-day training about camp methodology and preparation.There are 8 camp shifts during this summer project which are of different length (5-10 days) and for different ages (10-16 years old). All of them are day camps that are held in Tallinn. The working language is English. An average number of volunteers working with schoolchildren in one camp is 2-8 (both long-term volunteers for the whole summer and short-term volunteers who may join for 1, 2 or 3 weeks); they work in pairs with one of the camp groups of 10-12 teens and change the groups every 2-3 days. An average number of kids/teens participants in one camp shift is 40 who are split into four camp groups; the local participants are mainly youngsters from a Russian-speaking minority group of Tallinn. NB Special feature of this summer: a volunteer is welcome to choose participating in the whole camp program of one shift or joining the camp any Friday just for one or two weeks within the proposed camp dates.
Accommodation: There are 2 options possible which are subject to availability:1) A furnished shared apartment in the residential area of Tallinn. The apartment has three dormitory bedrooms and all necessary facilities, and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the city center by public transport. Public transport cards will be provided. Volunteers will cook their breakfast meals themselves (standard European breakfast food will be provided); dinner meals will be served at school between 18:00 and 19:00; lunches will be organized for the whole camp (including kids) in the city centre.2) The premises of the Language School In Down-Town located on the 4th and 5th floors of a business building in the city centre. In summer time, a part of the school is reserved for the volunteers accommodation that includes several separate dormitory bedrooms, a fitted kitchen, a dining area, a large shower area and two separate toilet cabins. Catering will be organized by the School on an agreement with volunteers (selection of times, meals provided or independent cooking, etc.)Please note: it is not possible to stay at any of the camp accommodation before or after the camp. If you need a place to stay before or after the camp dates, we can help you to book a hostel in Tallinn.
Requirements: NB COVID regulationsFrom 18.06 Estonia has lifted all Covid restrictions for travellers. And generally, if you are recovered from Covid or fully vaccinated please bring with your certificates proving it. In this case you are safe and nothing else is needed. Otherwise we ask you to take a simple test taken shortly before comingl to Estonia to make sure you do not carry virus with you.More information on travelling regulation in Estonia is here https://www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-crossing-state-border/travelling-estonia/coming-estoniaSpecial requirementsYou have to be really motivated to work with kids. Please provide a letter of your motivation along with the application form. An experience of working with children is an advantage. Your ideas and actual preparation to do the activities for kids are essential, so accepted volunteer will be required to meet the team online to discuss and complete some pre-liminary preparation. We ask you to bring some materials: postcards, posters, symbols of your country, music or popular national games etc., which can be used during your country presentation. We expect active volunteers with a good knowledge of history and culture of their country as well as with an ability and wish to present it to others in a creative way. B2 level of English is required. The age of volunteers is from 20 to 30. Please note that before making final decision about your participation in the camp, the project coordinator will have a video interview with you.Participation feeWe ask participants to contribute 50 Euro towards the costs of general administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot make it please contact your sending organization for solution.
Approximate Location: LocationCamp takes place in the school that is situated in the center of Tallinn, Estonian capital www.visittallinn.ee/eng Leisure timeThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities as the camp takes place in the capital where one can find attractions for all tastes: sightseeing and museums, festivals, concerts, live music, pubs, etc. The camp provides an excellent opportunity to establish contacts with young Estonians and to experience the local life.