EVS vacancy in Germany – 12 months – leisure activities with elderly people

Coordinating organisation: Steinbeis Innovation Centre European ProjectsEVS Adventure

Host: Seniorenzentrum Emmaus: http://www.sizep.eu

Location: Haiterbach-Beihingen, Germany

Deadline: 16/01/2015

Start: 04/05/2015

End: 29/04/2016

The “Sozialwerk Schwarzwald e.V.” as supporting organisation of the Residential Home for the Elderly Emmaus was founded in 1970 by members of the Free Church of the Pentecostal Mouvement.
The Residential Home Emmaus was inaugurated in 1975 offering 53 places and 6 senior-friendly appartments. During the eighties it turned out that in the long term such facilities had to be restructured because more and more people in need of care must be accommodated.

The Residential Home for the Elderly Emmaus is a multi level facility and provides places for assisted living, permanent, short-term and daily care as well as a public lunch table. Furthermore, for people suffering from dementia there is a special living quarter. The overall target is to give all residents the individual support needed.
The care of the elderly in the Emmaus Residential Home for the Elderly is performed on a holistic basis, which consider latest findings in the domain of nursery, medical and social care. The individual needs of the elderly are taken into consideration by full collaboration of relatives, physicians and nursing staff. Thereby basic care, therapy and social work complement one another.
A motivation therapist, two every day life assistants and well qualified specialised staff provide well directed support for decreasing skills and abilities of the residents. Joint activities like cooking, baking, hanidcraft work, gymnastics, brain calisthenics etc. strengthen the residents mentally as well as physically.


Volunteers will work mainly in the geriatric day care of the residents .Volunteers will be actively involved in the development of the day program of occupational therapy. Volunteers could develop their own ideas for new games, activities or stories into a personal project if they so wished – creative ideas are always welcome. The remaining of volunteers time will be spent in helping with other aspects of work at the centre as well as planning activities and courses. The volunteer will also be required to attend team meetings to report and co-ordinate resources. Volunteers are expected to accomplish a fulltime voluntary service of 38-hours per week, overdoing ill be balanced by additional freetime. The volunteer can take part in a language training for European Volunteers arranged by the coordinating organisation. The aim of the language training is the command of oral every day speech with a special focus on the terminology of social care. Through language training the volunteer should be enabled to manage typical situations of daily life they will be confronted with during their voluntary service. Apart from language learning the language training serves as a weekly meeting for European Volunteers from several EVS projects situated in the region. Every month a day of studies will be organised vor the volunteers, where the volunteers can seek advise for their choice of occupations in future, meet counselors from universities and colleges, visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg, go on excursions, or take part in cultural events. The content of this program will be discussed by the group and participation is left up to the volunteers. Volunteers are expected to accomplish a full time voluntary service of 38 hours per week.


Volunteers should have an interest in, and willingness to work with older and partly gerontopsychiatric disordered people. It’s necessary for volunteers to be sociable and outgoing, to have enthusiasm, and to be open to foreign cultures. They should be able to interact well with groups of people, therefor a basic knowledge of german language would be helpful. An enthusiastic, responsible and flexible attitude towards the work is important. Volunteers should be willing to learn new skills and share own experince with others, be able to work as a team and contribute to the process and be open to new ideas and be flexible to work in a variety of settings.


Candidates should send us their CV and fill in the questionnaire they will find in the attachment or can get upon request from the coordinator. Candidatures should be sent directly to the e-mail address of the coordinator: stz1099@stw.de