Holiday camp for asylum-seeking children (Haute-Nendaz VS)
Description: The "asylum" sector of the Office for Social Services of the Canton of Valais hosts a summer camp for asylum children and local disadvantaged kids aged 5-7 years old in the 1st week, 8-10 years in the 2nd week and 11-12 in the third week. The purpose of the summer camp is to give relaxation, games and discovery for children of asylum seekers. These have often been faced with difficult situations in their countries of origin and live in an unstable situation since their arrival in Switzerland.
Type of Work: You will manage every day a group of children, together with other local caretakers and an assistant. You'll participate in the animation, the creation of activities for the children and the practical life of the camp. Most of the programme is prepared. The children will stay with us the whole week, they don’t go back home at night; so you will also spend the evenings with them. Be aware that the working hours exceed the standard in SCI workcamps – you will mainly be working from early to late. You will also be asked to sleep 1 night in the hallway in front of the kids bedrooms to support or to handle possible problems at nights. During two weeks all volunteers, the project partner and children live together as a community, so you will not spend much time alone.
Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a group accomodation in a mountain village. You will have mattresses, blankets and bed sheets provided - be prepared to share a room with other volunteers. Toilets and shower will also be shared. There is wifi. Food will be prepared by cooks.
Language: You have to be fluent in French for the communication with the kids, the other local volunteers and the project partner. If you additionally have German skills, that’s ideal. The children come from different countries, but the local language is French. If French isn't your mother tongue, the local project partner will call you to check your language skills - this takes around 2 weeks.
Requirements: You should be flexible and responsible, and motivated to take care of the children during the day, evening and some over-night watch. You'll also need to be creative with ideas for activities and games for the children. As part of your application, please send us a motivation letter in French.
Notes: Please keep in mind that the work with the kids can be very exhausting and intense but at the same time it is also a very rewarding experience. - This workcamp is part of the international campaign "Building Bridges" which aims to raise awareness and stimulate the reflection about the current refugee crisis and forced migration in general. Through non-formal learning methods, participants will be able to share knowledge and experiences about the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in different countries as well as volunteering projects that locally support refugees and asylum seekers. Volunteers will be encouraged to think about how they can make a contribution to peaceful living together of people from all origins in their home town.