EVS vacancy in Estonia – Tallinn

Tallinna Laagna Lasteaed-PõhikoolTallinna Laagna lasteaed-põhikool

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Period: 01/09/2016 – 01/06/2017

Deadline: 29 March 2016

Tallinna Laagna Lasteaed-Põhikool combines kindergarten and elementary school. Our aim is to provide education for disabled children and teach them social skills so that they will be able to manage on their own in their future lives. We give opportunity for children’s development providing secure, joyful, comfortable atmosphere and using individual approach to every child.

Our regular activities include lessons in accordance with compulsory educational programmes,followed by different activities provided by teachers, therapists and others. Children usually stay at school until 6 p.m. After obligatory classes they have rest, lunch break and optional leisure activities, including indoor and outdoor games; after that they usually do their homework with the help of teachers on duty and then go home. Our target group consists of 36 school children with special needs, aged from 7 to 17 years old. Being a municipal institution Tallinna Laagna Lasteaed-Põhikool relies on financial support of the municipality of Tallinn.

EVS volunteer will be supporting the school or kindergarten personnel in looking after the children and running daily tasks such as looking after the children and helping project staff during the lessons and free time, playing with children, arranging children’s outings, e.g. culture visits, excursions, hikes, picnics, etc. The volunteers are supposed to render assistance to children between and during the lessons, as well as during different events, such as performances, excursions and etc, and help the staff to organise leisure time activities. We would like to invite volunteers to assist the lessons of such subjects as art and craft, English and physical education. We mainly need their assistance during the breaks and after lessons to organise different indoor and outdoor games with children. These could involve different table games, ball games, etc. During the lessons sometimes our children need
individual assistance in performing such simple tasks as opening books, taking a pen into their hand, switching on a computer etc. There can also be such moments when some children experience emotional breakdowns during the lesson and they need to be taken out from the classroom and calmed down individually. Volunteer will be encouraged to propose his/her personal micro-projects/ initiatives related to the theme of this EVS project, which will be supported by the host and coordinating organisation in all ways.

Typical day in the school looks like follows:
8:15 Lessons begins
12.00 -13:00 Lunch
13:30 Lessons continuing
15:15 Afternoon snack
15:45 Time for leisure activities and homework
18:00 Children go home

Accomodation will be arranged by coordinating organisation MTÜ EstYES. Volunteers will be placed in flats that correspond to normal Estonian living standards. All volunteers have either single or double room and common rooms: equipped kitchen, WC, hower/bathroom and living room. Normally in Tallinn, volunteers share a flat with other international volunteers. They will use local city transport to go to work. Volunteers will be provided with monthly pocket and food money and they will buy and prepare their own meals. The volunteers will receive orientation information before their arrival about volunteering in Estonia, practical information about the country and cultural advice. After arrival to their projects volunteers will be introduced their work and tasks by their tutor who will be providing task related support throughout the project. Volunteers will have weekly evaluation sessions with their tutors, on later stage during the EVS the evaluation sessions can take place once in 2, 3 or 4 weeks depending on volunteers’ needs. Coordinating organisation EstYES is asking volunteers to fill in a monthly questionnaire to monitor the course of their voluntary service and get involved in any case necessary. To accomplish their ideas, volunteers will get support they need from the receiving and also from coordinating organisation. Personal support is also arranged by coordinating organisation EstYES through regular meetings with EVS responsible and the mentor. Each volunteer will be provided a mentor – support person who is not in any direct way connected to volunteer’s projects. Mentor is a person to who volunteer can turn to in case of any personal questions or problems. Personal support will be partly provided by the tutors as well. The coordinating organisation EstYES in cooperation with the receiving organisation is responsible for administrative support.

In order to apply, we ask you to fill in the specific EstYES application form and send it to evs@estyes.ee for selection process.

You can find the application form from the following link:

The deadline to submit applications is 29th of March 2016.