Description: The group of youth workers from Tallinn s youth centre Youth Club Active runs children s camp in Vihasoo for almost 25 years. The aim of Vihasoo camp is to give children possibility of active and meaningful summer vacations. The base of Vihasoo lies 70 km from Tallinn. The camp is located on the territory of Lahemaa National Park. The wonderful nature, proximity to the sea (about 100m), good facilities i all this makes Vihasoo ideal place for leisure. Such location brings children closer to unspoiled nature and gives them an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with Estonian national heritage richly presented in the area. Each summer period of the camp has its own theme. The topic for this shift is )Our there i Dance i, and the purpose of this period is to discover, how different countries express their culture through dance, different important events, make parties, which rituals and ceremonies they have. We plan to mix national dances, ceremonies and to create one big international event at the end of the period. We want to give children opportunity to discover differences in our cultures, that they can learn it and reflect after. To achieve this aim Vihasoo camp invites international volunteers to join it as animators. Most of children are Russian-speaking from minority community of Estonia. The area of the camp is 1,8 hectares and it can host about 80 children on one shift. The age is 12-16. More information on www.vihasoo.ee
Type of Work: Each day of the camp will have a program completed by local coordinators and the volunteers will be helping to realize it. We expect that volunteers would lead workshops connected with their culture through dance that to manage small performance for the last day of the project. The main activities will be intercultural learning through finding differences and similarities between Estonia and countries, where volunteers come from (history, traditions, language, singing, dancing, etc). It will be done through games, drama, sport, discussions. We expect active volunteers with the good knowledge of history and culture of their country and ability to present it. After placement volunteers will be contacted by organizers to get involved in the preparation of the program before arrival to Estonia. Volunteer will work in partnership with professional local educators and youth workers - 25 staff members.
Accommodation: In the separate house with other staff members in 4-6-bedded rooms. Volunteers will eat together with children and staff in the canteen. Showers, dry toillets and Wi-Fi are available.
Requirements: Special requirementsYou have to love kids and be really motivated to work with them. The work demands 24-hours commitment and it can be pretty hard sometimes. Weekend is not free Experience in work with children is an advantage. We expect active volunteers with the good knowledge of history and culture of their country and ability to present it. All exciting ideas of activities for kids, games etc are welcome. English and Russian are the camp languages.
Approximate Location: LocationVihasoo is tiny village in the picturesque Lahemaa National Park. Surrounded by forest, near to the sea, it is the ideal place for summer vacations. The nearest town (7km) is Vosu, spa town with about 1000 inhabitants which multiplies in summer. Distance from Tallinn is 70 km. Leisure timePlenty of possibilities: hiking, swimming, sunbathing, sports, games. Excursions to the places of interest in the Lahemaa National Park are foreseen.
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