Down Town Kids Country
Description: This project is organized for kids by the language school In Down Town and non-profit educational association Alternative Language Programs Satellite within its annual activities on multicultural issues. The project s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures to the youth and provide them with good practices in intercultural communication using the learning-by-doing method which includes project work, games, handicrafts, meetings, discussions, direct contact to young people from abroad as well as alternative English language practice. The project gets 10 to 13 years old kids from Estonia, providing them the first experience of the intercultural learning. This year camps topic is Indigenous Languages. Within the theme, camp participants guided by international volunteers are going to discuss issues important for personal and social development. NB This shift will be run in the village of Vaibla near Viljandi in the South of Estonia.
Type of Work: Activating teenage participants providing them with cross-cultural learning experience. The volunteers will do it through informal methods of teaching and working in small group techniques. Among the activities to be held by the team of volunteers are playing games and music popular in the countries the volunteers represent; drama and sports; preparing festivals and disco parties, intellectual and social games, common discussions, handicrafts; leading and supporting teens in their work on the team projects within the discussed themes of the camp etc.; preparing and leading teams presentations on the countries the camp volunteers are from. Each day of the camp will have a country presentation, a subject to learn or discuss and a related activity, and finally party in the evening. Volunteers are responsible for the day activities in the camp. The work can be pretty hard, involving long working hours, requiring high level of commitment and responsibility for the camp program and the young participants. Most of local kids are Russian-speaking youngsters from the minority groups of Estonia. The total number of participants is around 35.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the shared rooms for 2-4 persons of the same camp house as kids. Toilets and showers are of common use. You do NOT need a sleeping bag, but please bring your own towels. All meals are provided in the camp canteen. But if you have a special diet, please bring your own food with you, as during camp it will not be possible to visit shop. Village is situated pretty far from the city. More info about the camp site www.veldemani.ee If you need a place to stay before or after the camp, we can help you to book a youth hostel in Tallinn. Please note: it will not be possible to stay at the camp accommodation after the end of the camp.
Requirements: You have to be really motivated to work with kids. Please provide a letter of your motivation along with the application form. Experience in work with children is an advantage. Your ideas and actual preparation to do the activities for kids are essential. 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. It will be great if you can bring any traditional food for intercultural evenings. 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 maximum. Please note that before making final decision about your participation in the camp, the project coordinator will have Skype interview with you.Participation feeWe ask participants to contribute 30 Euro towards the costs of general administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp to the bank account. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.
Approximate Location: Although volunteers are expected to arrive to Tallinn first, this camp will be run in the village of Vaibla near Viljandi in the South of Estonia. More info about the camp site www.veldemani.eeLeisure timeThere are a lot of possibilities for active leisure time in this countryside camp: swimming, sunbathing, hiking, sport, etc. Excursion to Viljandi, a culture town well known for its valued Culture Academy, Ugala Drama Theatre and international Folk Music Festival, will be organized. More on www.viljandi.ee