- Contact person: Mirka Schulz
- Coordinating organisation: VIA e V
- Host: Gemeinnuetzige Kinderfoerderungs GmbH: http://www.kinderheim-harb.de/
- Location: Nidda / Harb, Germany
- Deadline: 01/05/2013
- Start: 01/08/2013
- End: 31/07/2014
The charitable Kinderfoerderungs GmbH (Childrens Charitable trust) cares for about 40 mentally handicapped children. Some of them have additional physical disabilities. Our aim is to give the children as much independance as possible in order to prepare them for life as adults. In doing this we pay particular attention to the individual development possibilities which are not only dependant on the degree of disability. The children live in family-like communes of eight people. Our care team consists of 50 colleagues: teachers, physiotherapists, psychologists, cooks etc.
The volunteers are bound tightly into the team and take part in the team discussions. In addition there are regular meetings with the tutor. Educational opportunities partially during the course of the daily activities in which the volunteers take part and in part from the internal courses for our employees. However in the main it is the experience which working with our children offers. Each volunteer can take the important things which are applicable to him and apply it planning his future. Volunteers who have special skills or interests ( ie music or creativity) can deploy these under the direction of our specialists for smaller projects with the children. This means that these activities are continually evident in the youngsters day. We particulary wish to see activities which promote the independence of our youngsters as well as intercultural aspects. as our youngsters are generally at school in the mornings the main weight of care time falls in the afternoon and evening. The exceptions are holiday periods. Every now and again it may be necessary to assist one of our specialists in the morning by escorting a youngster to the doctor or local authority.
Special prior knowledge or inclinations are not necessary. It would be advantageous to be in possession of a driving licence as we occasionally allow the use of the official car for private journeys.
Further information about the projects is also available on the European Voluntary Service Database: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/evs/aod/hei_form_en.cfm?EID=6002107502 If you are interested in this project, please send an e-mail with your CV (with photo), volunteer data and a concrete letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information. We are looking forward to hear from you.