Contact person: Eva Dittingerova
Coordinating organisation: Lužánky
Location: Brno, Czech Republic
We would like to offer you EVS volunteer´s position in forest kindergarten Siska. Siska, o. s. is non profit non governmental association, established in 2012. Our main aims are supporting active and responsible parenthood and education of children, supporting families and working parents, running forest kindergarten, building space for common activities and public events, informing about forest kindergartens and enviromental education.
A forest kindergarten is a type of preschool education for children between the ages of three and six that is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or garden. The adult supervision is meant to assist rather than lead. The kindergarten is held outdoors in all seasons and under most weather conditions, although it is moved indoors in extreme weather, for example if the temperature is below −10 °C, or during storms. Forest kindergarten is composed of a group of 15 to 17 children and at least two staff (+ volunteer). There will always be one person whose role is to help volunteer with the process of integration, answers their questions, explains them how the kindergarten works and who give them support when needed. There are also local volunteers helping with programme and cooking etc.
We keep animals in the garden of Siska.
Volunteer will live in rented single room, they may share the flat with other EVS volunteers. Volunteer will be provided by card for Brno public transport to travel from flat to work and around the city. There is a good public transport in Brno and good connection to other places in Czech Republic and abroad (European capitals Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava are nearby).
Volunteer will be in touch both with hosting (HO) and coordination (CO) organization. CO is responsible for overall evaluation of volunteer´s activity and organizes for volunteers Czech language course and regular meetings with the project coordinator in Luzanky where also the volunteers working in other HO take part.
Volunteer in Siska will be working mainly as assistant of pedagogues (assist during common activities, accompany with them children in the forest, assist in regular courses for kids (music, arts, sports, handicraft etc.) according to their interest, during occasional events or summer camps). Volunteer will be also helping children while putting on, dining etc. and may be asked to help with practical tasks connected with the run of kindegarten – cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning and gardening. Volunteer will be supported to bring their ideas and organize their own activities for children. Volunteer´s activities The working time is 35 hours weekly including the meetings, Czech language course and time for personal project (5 hours). Volunteer will have regular shedule. Activities in Siska: Morning programme in kindergarten consists of morning circle, common activity, snack, walk and games in forest. After the lunch are children having a rest in ger, listen to the story or chat. Afternoons are the courses – everyday there is different course: music, painting, drama, sports, handicraft… – volunteer can choose which of them they prefer. Volunteer can also offer the activities to the children according to their abilities and interests. This changes during holiday seasons when we organize camps for children (and discuss with volunteer their participation specifically). Example of the schedule of the volunteer: Monday: 8:00 – 14:00 assisting to pedagogue in morning programme (Siska) 16:00 – 18:00 meeting with the pedagogues of Siska once a month (Siska) Tuesday: 9:00 – 10:30 meeting with coordinator and volunteers (Luzanky) 10:30 – 11:30 Czech language course (Luzanky) Wednesday: 8:00 – 14:00 assisting to pedagogue in morning programme (Siska) Thursday: 10:30 – 11:30 Czech language course (Luzanky) 12:30 – 16:00 assisting to pedagogue in afternoon course (Siska) Friday: 8:00 – 14:00 assisting to pedagogue in morning programme (Siska) 14:00 – 15:00 helping with cleaning (Siska) 15:00 – 16:00 meeting with coordinator of HO (Siska) 25 hours weekly assistance to pedagogue and meetings in Siska 3 hours of Czech language course (2 hours of classes and 1 hour homework) 1,5 hour meeting with coordinator of CO 5 hours weekly for volunteer´s own project or activities with other volunteers
We are looking for volunteer who is motivated to work with children outdoors, in touch with nature and natural conditions. Sometimes it may be difficult to stay outside when the weather is not good. Please be aware that because of the conditios (activities in garden and forest, presence of animals in kindergarten) the project is not suitable for people with allergies. Volunteer´s personal experience with outdoor activities, scouting, woodcraft etc is welcome. We will appreciate active volunteer willing to propose their own ideas and projects. This interest and motivation to work particularly in our project is the most important for us regardless the nationality, gender, language knowledge or personal skills.
If you are interested/have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be choosing our volunteers according to their CV and motivation letter connected to our project, selected candidates will be interviewed by skype. We appreciate cooperation with volunteer´s sending organization from the very beginning of the selection process and preparation of the volunteer. We are open to all possible partners.