The Children's Town 'Sprottenhausen' (Kiel)
Description: The children’s town 'Sprottenhausen' is a holiday offer for children and youngsters and is organized by the Workers Welfare Organization AWO Bürgerzentrum Räucherei Kiel. In 'Sprottenhausen' the young participants will adopt the roles of adults and sense of civic participation what means, they will decide what happens in their “City”. You will construct a city in a central place with huts and tents, where the young citizens will work. When entering the city, they have to register, go to the job centre and work in a profession. They will also earn money which they can spend in leisure activities, services and products which will be offered by other citizens. The project aims to develop a deeper mutual understanding, an interest in cooperation and conflict resolution.
Type of Work: Assembly and dismantling of stands and other utilities (readiness to do physical work), supporting the children in their “professions and services” (shop, office, bakery, garden, pub, beauty-shop etc.), support during the meals. During the seven days of children´s town your working hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., breaks included. For more information see:
Study Theme: The meaning of the children´s town
Accommodation: In the premises of the welfare organisation. Please bring sleeping bag and camp mattress!
In the morning and evening you eat together in the group; lunch is served during the one-week children's town and on the other days lunch packages are provided.
Language: Knowledge in German is necessary to communicate with the children. The children speak primarily in German, hardly in English. The communication will also be none verbal and you have to use gesture and mimic in the first days. You will be surprised how well it goes.
Requirements: Enjoy the work with children; willingness to nonverbal communication
Notes: Kiel offers numerous sightseeing opportunities. The city is located on the Kiel Fjord and the Kiel Canal and is the northernmost city in Germany, about 90 km from Hamburg. Kiel is internationally known for the sailing event 'Kieler Woche'.
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