Happy German Camp
Description: Last summer RIS Dvorec Rakičan organised German Camp for the first time for Slovene children coming from different regions of Slovenia. During the camp, children learn foreign languages through games, sports, music as well as art and cultural activities. The camp also offers all children equal opportunities and makes no social differences. Children socialise with each other, get familiar with their companions and spend the summer in the arms of nature. Activities are organised and well planned with the help of children, according to weather conditions and other organisational conditions. We are involving volunteers from all over the world, thus adding value to our project and providing intercultural learning for children and for the volunteers as well.
Type of Work: Volunteers will have a chance to create and lead some of the creative workshops for children. On the first day of the camp they will get the chance to present their country, their culture to the children. They will also participate in all sports and art activities (horseback riding, visiting the swimming pool, archery, preparing theatre plays etc). The volunteers will make a kitchen service plan according to which they will help in the kitchen. They will prepare traditional dishes typical for their home country. In addition, volunteers will help with the cleaning (cleaning dishes and cleaning up in the kitchen and dining room).
Study Theme: Volunteers will expand their work experience with children. They will improve their leadership skills and skills of cooperation and working in group. Through the exchange of experiences with fellow volunteers, they will be able to further and enrich their knowledge. Volunteers will learn more about Slovenian culture and typical local food. Within the framework of workshops they will develop and strengthen their creative thinking and social skills. Our goal is to strengthen children’s English and German language skills as well as volunteer’s language skills.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in double/triple or multiple beds (with free wireless connection, TV and individual bathrooms) in a nice mansion with its own café, which is surrounded by a natural park and horse stables. The classrooms also offer computers and internet connection which can be used by volunteers in their free time. Food will be provided.
Requirements: Volunteers should have some work experience with children and with organizing a wide variety of activities (workshops, games). German language skills are desired (from A1 level to C1 level), whereas volunteers with English language skills will also be considered (B1). All volunteers are required to submit a background-check document proving no criminal history.
Approximate Location: The venue is located 3 km away from the city Murska Sobota.
Notes: The camps are intended for all children ages from 6 to 14. Per week there is around 40 children involved in our activities. We offer 2 types of summer programmes; one (the weekly programme) includes 24h activities (children are sleeping in the castle; around 15 children per week). The other programme (the daily programme) offers activities from 8 am until 16 pm. The distance to the nearest city (Murska Sobota) is 3km.