Down Town Kids City I
Description: This project is organized for local children by the non-profit educational association Alternative Language Programs Satellite within its annual activities on multicultural issues for kids. The 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 the kids of 10 to 13 years old familiar with customs and traditions of the countries from all over the world and encourages them to develop their cross-cultural thinking and tolerance. The common theme for all camps this year is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Within the theme, camp participants guided by international volunteers are going to discuss issues important for personal and social development.
Type of Work: Activating kids in the city camp and providing them with cross-cultural learning experience. Volunteers will do it through informal methods of teaching and working in small group techniques. Among the activities to be held by team of volunteers are playing the games and music popular the countries the volunteers represent; training kids to perform pieces of amateur drama; preparing festivals, intellectual and sport games as well as discussions and excursions round the places of interest; actions for peace and nature protection; leading and supporting kids in their work on the team projects within themes related to the general topic. Volunteers together with a local project coordinator 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. You will stay with kids 10.00 i 17.00 and spend another hour to prepare next day activities. In the course of camp there is one day off and at least one day of travel outside Tallinn together with kids. Before the city camp activities start there will be training in camp methodology and preparation. Most of kids are Russian-speaking children from minority group of Tallinn. The total number of kids is 30 to 40. Volunteers will work in pairs facilitating and leading a smaller group of 10 - 12 kids during the day. The camp activities will take place in a learning centre situated in the centre of the city.
Accommodation: On mattresses in the class rooms of In Down Town school, in the centre of Tallinn. Toilets and showers are available. Please bring a sleeping bag. Volunteers will cook and have their breakfasts at the place of accommodation; lunches will be organized for whole camp in the city centre.
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 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. A good level of English is required. The min age of volunteers is 19. You are expected to arrive to the school by 14:00 on the arrival date.
Approximate Location: LocationCamp will take place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. You can get a lot of information on www.tallinn.ee LEISURE TIMEThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities as camp will take place in the Estonian capital Tallinn where one can find attractions for any taste: sightseeing, museums, festivals, concerts, pubs, etc.
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