AVUSTURYA'DA AGH PROJESİ :
Contact person: Barbara Eglitis
Coordinating organisation: Grenzenlos
Host: Europahaus des Kindes: http://www.experience-austria.org
Location: Vienna, Austria
At the Europahaus des Kindes, a part of ‘Kinder¬freunde Wien’, we offer a creche for children over 1 year old, 3 bilingual groups (English – German), a family group for children between the ages 2 and 6, and 2 after-school groups (Hortgruppen) for children who attend the local primary schools.
Our children are collected daily from 2 primary schools and brought here by bus. On arrival, the children first enjoy their lunch and afterwards they do their homework with help from the teachers and the volunteer.
After the children have finished their homework, there is enough time left over to play with friends or choose from an array of activities which are offered from their teacher. We offer a variety of different activities to the children, depending on both their age and their likes, in order to aid their development through play. The animal farm at the back of our big backyard is particularly popular with the Hort children as they are able to experience first hand what farm animals are like while both, children and animals, spend a lot of time in the garden. Despite our beautiful surroundings, the children are taken on many trips into the city centre. These include visiting museums, ice-skating, swimming, going for walks, ...
The main idea is to have a young person from another country present and to let children get to know this country, culture and language by his/her daily presence. The project of the volunteer will consist of introducing different aspects of his /her culture into the leisure time programme of the children. It would be especially great to receive a person interested in physical activities as our grounds offer excellent opportunities for playground games, tennis, volleyball, football etc. As we consider this an important part of a healthy life for the children and it enables us to integrate volunteers with limited language knowledge: playing games and doing sports together knows no boundaries! For the implementation and the planning of the leisure time activities in the regular schedule, the staff will be there to support. Therefore, the volunteer will not be alone with the whole group of children, but always shares responsibility with the rest of the team. This project would give the volunteer the opportuni¬ty to develop skills working with children, encourage team-work and provide a supportive atmosphere in which the volunteer is able to bring ideas from their own country and experiment with them. We have two classes, with 17 or 25 child, all with the age from 6 to 10 years. We need the volunteer 2 days a week from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and three days a week from 12.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Once a month there is a meeting with all the teachers from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. At 12.00 we pick up of the children from school (with a bus) and at 12.30 there will be a common lunch, where the volunteer can join the meal or will help us to pick the other kids from school at 1 p.m. (also with a bus), the children start doing their homework and take as long as they need. The kids who take the later bus will have lunch at 1.30 (where the volunteer can join the meal), and than they have to do their homework too. The volunteer can assist them with the subjects he/she understands. When the children are finished, the volunteer will spend the rest of the afternoon with them and will also some afternoon programme with them. Around 2.30 p.m. there will be a snack provided for the kids. At 4.30 p.m. some of the children will be picked up from their parents at Europahaus, others are going with the bus to another kindergarten from Kinderfreunde where they get picked up by their
The main requirement for any volunteer/intern is her/his openness and respect towards the children. She/he should speak english fluently and should enjoy spending time and so different activities with the kids.
Procedure Send your Volunteers Motivation letter together with your CV to grenzenlos: firstname.lastname@example.org The selection will be made by the Hosting project itself.