Sakala Centre and Open Youth Centre of Viljandi
Location: Viljandi, Estonia
Period: 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2017
Deadline: 29 March 2016
Sakala Centre (Sakala Keskus) was opened in Septembre 2012 as a modern community culture centre at the heart of Viljandi. Sakala Centre is operating under Viljandi’s municipal government and its primary tasks include organising and developing local cultural life, youth work, pastime activities and creative economy.
The centre provides opportunities for pastime activities and adds to the variety of cultural events in town while being either organiser or mediator. The centre is always open to new ideas and will help to fulfill them when possible.
Sakala Centre is also the manager of Viljandi song festival grounds, the castle hills, Kondas
Centre, Viljandi Old Water Tower, Viljandi municipal library and Viljandi Open Youth Centre (VANT). More information found http://www.sakalakeskus.ee.
Open Youth Centre of Viljandi (VANT) goal is to provide different youth work services and to organise leisure time for young people aged 7-26. In Open Youth Centre´s spot young people have possibility to play carom, table tennis, billiard, different boardcames, console games and to use inside extreme hall for skateboarding, BMX and scooter. Also it has a prevention function to avoid violence, alcoholism, smoking and drug addiction among young people. Open Youth Centre of Viljandi is based on the principle of open youth work, which means to support young people´s initiative and to create and give them conditions for development. Also we are guided by the common ten Good Customs, which were adopted by the Estonian Open Youth Centres Union. We cooperate with different organizations in local area such as schools, police, hobby schools, library, local municipality, youth councils, Rajaleidja centre etc.
In the Open Youth Centre of Viljandi there works 5 people – 3 administrators/youth workers, a project manager and a youthwork coordinator.
The Open Youth Centre of Viljandi is opened 6 days a week – on Monday 16.00-21.00 and on Tuesday to Saturday 14.00-21.00. For some more information you may check our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/ViljandiANT/
The volunteer can be involved in every activity in youth center. Of course the volunteer is more than welcome to take initiative and share her/his own ideas for the activities for young people.
The activities for the volunteer in the Open Youth Center of Viljandi are seen as follows:
*Organising different activities for the young people
*Helping to prepare and organise different culture and youth events
*Could lead a workshop, course or event
*Helping with projects
*Presenting her/his own country and culture
*Communicating in foreign language with young people, which would help them to understand the importance of learning languages
*Assisting youthworker in everyday activities.
This won´t be only a learning process for young people and for us as a hosting organisation, but also for the volunteers. First of all the volunteer will learn how to fit in to a totally new community and how to manage the everyday life. The volunteer will learn how to communicate with young people from different age groups and backgrounds. Also will see and would be involved to writing/planning and accomplish different projects. There is possibility to lead/teach any kind of workshop for young people. Also if the volunteer is interested he/she will see how one youth centre is working and how the processes on it would be. One important thing that the volunteer will learn is how to analyse and reflect the work and themselves.
The working day will be around 7 hours, working week will not exceed 35 hours. The volunteer will have 2 days a week off, which is not necessarily on weekend.
In order to apply, please fill in the EstYES application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for selection process.
You can find the application form from the following link:
The deadline to submit applications is 29th of March 2016.
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