English in the City
Description: The project partner is Tallinn based hobby school Optimum Semper which was established in 2011 with the view to provide additional high quality education to local children using alternative teaching methods designed and developed by the school teachers. Special emphasis is put on studies of languages, art, handicraft, acting and nature. The focus of the school is intercultural learning and integration of youngsters into rapidly changing globalizing world. The age of young people attending this school is 4 to 16. Every year in summer the school runs short English language camp aimed at providing additional studies and real practice to local young people. To help this international volunteers are warmly invited to join the project and contribute to the alternative learning process. Participation in this camp gives excellent opportunity to practice work with kids and English language teaching as well as to stay in the Estonian capital in summer enjoying numerous attractions it offers to the guests.
Type of Work: The general camp program (themes, actions, social activities, fun games, excursions) is worked out by the supervisor of the camp. Volunteers together with a local project coordinator are responsible for the day activities in the camp. The teachers main task is to provide children with live communication, activate their vocabulary and encourage them to speak English. The volunteers task is planning language activities and games (the vocabulary depends on the topic of the day and level of children knowledge), carrying out the planned activities, taking part in excursions (which are free for volunteers) assisting the teacher. The topics will vary from day to day. The last day of the camp is so called Parents day , when children will make a performance in English which was prepared together with their teacher and the volunteers in advance. Volunteers will stay with children from 09.30 until 15.30 and spend another hour or two to prepare the next day activities. The total number of camp participants is about 20 kids aged 9-13. The volunteers will work in a smaller group of 10 children in each. I addition to the volunteers there are 2 teachers. Most of the local children in the camp are Russian-Estonian-speaking youngsters. The camp activities will take place in a learning centre situated in the centre of Tallinn. In total there will be 8 working days; 19.08, 20.08 are free. The preliminary schedule looks like follows:10.00.-11.00 Lesson of English in subgroups 11.00-11.10 Break11.10-12.40 Intellectual and creative games in teams 12.50-13.20 Lunch13.50-15.30 Excursion or activities around the city
Accommodation: Simple - on mattresses in the class rooms of the Optimum Semper school in the centre of Tallinn. Toilets and washing facilities are available at school while showers/ sauna and laundry room is very near to the accommodation place. Please bring a sleeping bag. Lunches will be organized for whole camp in the city center; dinners will be provided and paid for volunteers. However you will have to buy yourself stuff for your breakfasts at your taste in the shop located just 100m from the school. School has a fridge to keep food in.
Requirements: Special requirementsYou have to be really motivated to work with children. Please provide a motivation letter along with application form. Experience in work with youth is an advantage. Your ideas and actual preparation to do the activities for children are essential. A good level of English is required. The min age of volunteers is 19.
Approximate Location: LocationCamp will take place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. More 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. Summer period is especially reach with cultural events of all kinds.
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