Karula Kodu (Centre for disabled people)
Location: Karula, Viljandi, Estonia
Period: 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2017
Deadline: 29 March 2016
Karula Kodu is a home for 109 adults with special needs – mental and physical disabilities. Ca 80 of our clients have profound and multiple disabilities, ca 30 need less support and are better able to communicate with the outside world. We provide 24 hour full support for our clients in all of their daily activities. Many of the clients use medical supportive devices, such as wheelchairs etc. The total number of staff is 69. Our staff has received special training and are well experienced, many have worked with our clients for more than 10 years. Our clients live in 7 modern family type houses, 10-14 persons per each family. Additionally, one of Karula Kodu units is situated in Viljandi Town – 2 family type houses that accommodate 10 +10 persons. There is also an extra building for daily activities, such as sports, music, handicraft, sensory relaxation etc. We have our own kitchen that caters for all the family houses. For transportation there are 2 electric cars and a minibus (that also takes on wheelchairs).
The volunteer(s) will have an opportunity to learn about the life – the joys and difficulties – of people with special needs and multiple disabilities. They will learn, if not experienced before, how to work and communicate with people with learning disabilities, people with special physical needs etc. If interested, they will learn about Estonian social welfare system. In case a volunteer intends to build a career in social services, this experience will be invaluable for the future.
Either with a group of clients or individually – the volunteer(s) could organize educational and fun leisure time activities for and with the clients – sports, dance, music, games, handicrafts, hiking, taking walks, going to concerts and trips, cooking together etc. Just giving extra attention and communicating with clients is also very welcome.
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The deadline to submit applications is 29th of March 2016.
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