Tallinn Center for Children at Risk
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Period: 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2017
Deadline: 10 April 2016
Tallinn Center for Children at Risk is a welfare organization, where children who have been left without parental care or have behavioral or substance abuse problems, get professional help. This organisation has two centers: Lilleküla Shelter and Männi Shelter.
Children are hosted in these two shelters for various reasons, most common are vagrancy, home negligence, family violence, parental alcoholism or drug abuse, parental unemployment or loss of residence due to family poverty. Most of the children are brought to the shelter by the police or child protection worker. The staff that works directly with the children consists of the manager of shelter, nine social workers and a nurse who all aim to provide the children a safe environment which helps to foster their personal development. Approximately 75% of shelter children are sent back home after their stay in the Shelter. If necessary, they remain under the supervision of the welfare worker.
After on-arrival orientation meeting aimed at the integration of the volunteer to local realities and explanation of aims and activities of the host project, the EVS volunteer will be carrying out the following tasks:
• looking after the children and youth and helping staff in teaching them different useful skills
• running additional educational activities in the house using its own facilities
• teaching children foreign languages through joined games, songs, sport, any other activities indoor and outdoor, which the EVS volunteer will be running
• presenting his/ her home country and its culture as a part of intercultural learning
• arranging children’s outings, e.g. culture visits, excursions, hikes, picnics, etc.
• playing with children
Typical week day in both shelters looks like follows:
06:45 – children wake up
07:15 – breakfast
07:30 – children go to school
15:00 – children return from the school – time for games, sport, etc.
17:00 – classes, homework, preparation for the next day at school
18:30 – dinner
19:30 – different activities or free time
22:00 – children go to bed
The period spent at the shelter varies from days to a year. To shorten the time spent at the Shelter, we try to improve cooperation with families (briefing parents on the opportunities for receiving legal advice and psychological counseling and the possibilities for receiving family-centred assistance) as well as with guardianship authorities (case discussions in the shelters) with the goal of helping the child return home or to a foster family as quickly as possible.
In order to apply we ask you to fill out the specific EstYES EVS application form that you can download from the link below. Please note that we do not require CV or motivation letter. Thoroughly filled out application form is the most important.
Deadline for submitting application is 10th of April.
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