Children-camp, the Wemel-way
Description: WEMELvzw (ngo) organizes a summer camp in tents for children with ADHD and autism. We started doing this because of the lack of camps for this specific group. Most of these kids have difficulty fitting in a general group/general camp. That’s why a specific approach is necessary. Wemel has developed this very specific approach through a lot of experience and contact with experts. The children are between 8 and 15 years old, divided in three groups. International volunteers will support a group of local volunteers to give the children a wonderful experience!
Type of Work: When the children arrive all volunteers will be assigned to one of the three groups. In their group the volunteers participate in the activities, together with the local volunteers. The goal is to entertain and be available for the children, but also to create a warm and well-structured atmosphere. Volunteers can also prepare or organise their own activities. Volunteers will also take part in building up and breaking down the camp site and helping in the kitchen. In the evening volunteers can enjoy a camp fire! Work with the children can be quite challenging. Work hours are bound to the time the kids are awake, so free time is limited. This will be compensated with more free time before and after the camp.
Study Theme: Orientation in AD(H)D and Autism and the 'Wemel'-approach. To learn the specific method of treating the target group of Wemel which is based on respect for the characteristics of each individual. Without punishments, stigmatizing, but lots of encouragement. Solving conflict by talking etc... this will be a unique experience to learn from the centre.
Accommodation: Basic accommodation in tents. Tents will be provided, but if volunteers want, they can bring their own. The campsite is located in the forest. Toilets and showers are available. The kitchen is in a tent. Volunteers are required to bring a warm sleeping bag and a mattress.
Language: the co-animators all speak English. for communication with the children an interesting mixture of English, dutch and non-verbal communication will be used.
Requirements: Lots of respect, smiles and motivation. Flexibility and hard working with kids with disabilities. We hope the international volunteers become a part of the Wemel-team and as such support the Wemel-approach, which will be explained in the beginning.
Approximate Location: De Hoge Rielen
Notes: Applicants will be asked to have a skype-meeting with a contact-person of Wemel/VIA to check the motivation to volunteer in this project.