Urgent call for an Italian volunteer for EVS in a residential school in Estonia
Location: Tapa, Estonia
Period: 03/09/2016 – 02/09/2017
Deadline: 31 July 2016
A substitute home and school for children and young adults with special needs is looking for a long-term Italian volunteer. Altogether in the project two EVS volunteers are involved!
Imastu Residential School is a state-owned enterprise that provides social welfare services to adults with special mental needs and substitute home and childcare service to children with special mental needs. It is home for 110 psychically and mentally disabled children and young adults. Children of different age and with different disabilities live together in smaller family-groups. Altogether there are 8 family-groups: three groups for young adults (aged 18+) and five for children (aged 6–18 y.o.). All the residents with different diagnosis live under supervision and with assistance of well-experienced staff. The staff regularly monitors children’s health and development, provides medical, psychological and psychiatric care, teaches them basic skills, runs leisure time activities such as games, handicrafts, sport activities, excursions, etc. depending on age and disabilities of children. Around 60 people are working directly with children. There is one big building for all activities and therapies (special-school, day-centre, snooze-room, bubble-bath room etc.).
The activities for the volunteer in the Imastu are seen as follows: looking after the children and helping project staff in teaching them basic work skills (20%); playing with children (30%); arranging children’s outings, e.g. culture visits, excursions, hikes, picnics, etc. (10%) offering extra activities for kids outside regular curricula (puppet theatre, handicrafts workshops, thematic parties, etc.) (20%) helping to feed children (10%); assisting with all other required activities (10%). The division of the tasks may be changed and adapted for certain volunteer, depending on his/her interests and skills. Volunteers will be encouraged to propose his/her personal projects/initiatives related to the theme of this EVS project which can be supported by the receiving and/or coordinating organisation. Another task of the volunteers could be to establish contacts with similar institutions for mentally handicapped children in his/her home country in order to have mutually beneficial cooperation/ exchange between institutions in future. The working time will be around 35 hours a week. Volunteer will have 2 days off per week either during week or at the week-ends. According to the volunteer’s skills and project needs priority tasks and more detailed working schedule (including holidays and periods of breaks) will be worked out together with the head of the project and staff. Volunteers will be working under supervision and with support of pedagogical staff of each family group.
In order to apply, please fill out EstYES EVS application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also contact Comune di Cremona, our partner organisation and the sending organisation for this project to let them know of your interest for cooperation.
You can find the application form here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4v4ty4mfpt6ene/Application-for-EVS-in-Estonia.doc?dl=0
Please note that it is an urgent call for Italian applicants and through sending organisation Comune di Cremona only. Deadline is approximate – applications will be passed on to the selection process right away after receiving.