Description: Imastu Residential School is an institution for mentally handicapped children and youngsters. It caters for over 100 kids and young adults aged 5 to 35 with serious mental and genetic diseases. Most of them are orphans. Youngsters are divided in to 5 family groups where they live under supervision of staff. Children attend a special school arranged for them in Imastu. Since 1994 Imastu has been hosting international workcamps in summer and since 1999 - long-term volunteers to assist staff with daily work, bringing new ideas and approaches to the daily routine. Volunteers are wanted to support staff and assist work with kids, especially in summer when it is possible to offer a lot more diverse outdoor activities for kids. See more about Imastu Residential School on http://www.hoolekandeteenused.ee/imastu/pages/galerii.php Workcamp in Imastu is the eldest in EstYES i we have been hosting volunteers there for 23 years
Type of Work: Looking after the children and youngsters, helping staff in teaching basic skills, playing with them, arranging their outings, assisting in all other required activities. Each volunteer will work in the own family group. Volunteers will work under supervision and with assistance of local staff about 35 hours a week, 2 days a week are free.
Accommodation: On beds and mattresses in the shared room (which is usually used as music class) in the building of the Institution on mattresses. Bed-sheets, blankets, pillows, towels will be provided, so you do not need to bring your sleeping bag. Shower and toilets is in the corridor, shared with the staff. You will eat together with the staff in local canteen or in your family groups. There is fridge and limited possibility to make own food. There is also staff meeting room, which can be used to spend evenings together.
Requirements: You have to be really motivated and committed to the work with physically and mentally disabled children. Some previous experience or special knowledge is an advantage. Although English is a camp language, any knowledge of Estonian or Russian will make communication with locals easier.
Approximate Location: LocationImastu is a very tiny village. It lies 90km east from Tallinn and 25 km west from Rakvere, the administrative center of the area. The nearest city is Tapa (3km), large railway junction with about 10 000 inhabitants. Useful links: www.tapa.ee and www.visitestonia.com for general information about the country.LEISURE TIMEImastu is laying in a picturesque landscape: fields, forests, lakes and unspoiled nature. It is the ideal area for hiking and cycling tours. Excursions to places of interest in the capital Tallinn, Rakvere (est.1226), Lahemaa National Park as well as trips to the seaside (30km from Imastu) are easy to arrange.
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