Coordinating organisation: Steinbeis Innovation Centre European Projects
Host: Kinderhaus am Buchberg: http://www.sizep.eu
Location: Hüfingen, Germany
The Kinderhaus am Buchberg (Children’s Home on the Buchberg) is a facility for guidance and pedagogical work which offers children and young people individual and differentiated approaches of education aid. The operater is a family owned nonprofitmaking company which cooperates with youth and social welfare offices. A varied offering allows families and single parents educational qualification and therewith give children and young people perspectives for reintegration in society. At present in the organisation are working 20 qualified employees and 3 trainees.
Learning opportunities: During their activities volunteers will learn about social and emotional necessities of disadvantaged young people.with challenging behaviour. Volunteers will gain competences in social care for disadvantaged children and young people. Having sole responsibility for design and realisation of leisure facilities will enhance self-assurance and self-confidence of volunteers. Integration in a foreign culture and the self-determined life of the local community will afford volunteers a personal orientation and increase the development of future perspectives. Participation in internal professional development activities will provide volunteers with specialised knowledge of the health care and nursery system. Volunteers 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. Tasks: Volunteers will work alongside qualified staff members as a supernumerary assistant and will be actively involved in the development of the day program of occupational therapy. The assignment of the volunteers will be fixed by prior consultation with staff members. In the beginning the volunteer will only assist the groupleaders, later she/he will take on responsibility – as far as admitted by legal liabilities. Volunteers get the opportunity to contribute – under guidance of staff members – to the support and leisure time program of the school and residential home. Volunteers can introduce their own ideas and abilities like computer literacy, graphic design, mechanical skills, music playing etc. Emphatically volunteers are invited to bring in their own ideas. Staff members will appreciate all initiatives to develop additional proposals for leisure time activities and will support planning and realization. Like all staff members volunteers are expected to carry out some work of routine like: – in assisted living groups: going shopping, housekeeping and support of homeworks – preparing of group rooms for work, clearance and cursory cleaning at the end of work
The volunteer should have an interest in social work and should be open to interact with disadvantaged people who are threatended with social exclusion. Previous knowledge of work with disadvantaged children and young people could be helpful. It’s necessary for the volunteers to be sociable and outgoing, to have enthusiasm, and to be tolerant to foreign cultures. Volunteers should be able to act on their own initiative, but also cooperate in a team. Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of German and the willingness to learn german language. A driving license class B would be helpful.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org