Samara Waldorf Kindergarten
Location: Samara, Russia
Period: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2018
Deadline: 18 January 2017
The kindergarten is looking for kind, caring and enthusiastic volunteers to help look after the children and share their own culture with them! We are urgently seeking applications!
The first Waldorf School was established in 1919 in Stuttgart/ Germany. Rudolf Steiner was not only the author of an idea and school head-teacher, but also the founder of a special pedagogical system, therapeutic pedagogic and medicine, and a whole spiritual school. The main idea of the Waldorf pedagogical system is that childhood is a unique period in a person’s life: it’s impossible to consider this age in the same way as adulthood. It’s very important to give children the opportunity to develop in a natural way, according to their age and abilities.
Nowadays there are 30 Waldorf Secondary Schools and 60 Waldorf Kindergartens in Russia.
12 years ago a small group for younger children was established on the basis of Samara Waldorf Secondary School. There are around 100 children aged 2 ½ – 6 ½ years old in the Samara Waldorf Kindergartens at the moment. All of them are brought up with love and care in a warm atmosphere of joy, music, songs, theatre, stories, and festivals.
The services provided by volunteers contribute greatly to the creation of a loving atmosphere, which is so important for these children’s development.
Volunteers will mainly assist the staff with everyday work, which includes washing the dishes, cleaning up the rooms, making the children’s beds, assisting the children during meals, dressing the children etc.
Depending on volunteers’ willingness, skills and abilities sometimes work may include playing games, toy-making, reading, painting, music, modelling, theatre etc. This provides a wide range of opportunities to showcase volunteers’ talents, creativity and communication skills in order to invent new games and workshops suitable for children and so on.
Monday – Friday 5-hour working day
Saturday – Sunday days off
National holidays days off
8.30 – 9.00 – helping at a meeting for the children
9.00 – 11.10 – participating in morning games, musical performances, rhythmic games with the children, assisting with toy-making (all toys in Waldorf kindergartens are made by children and teachers)
11.10 – 12.30 – outdoors activities with the children
12.30 – 13.10 – preparation for lunch, lunch
13.10 – 15.10 – helping the staff, which may include reading fairytales, theatrical performances, watering the flowers, cleaning the room, etc.
The volunteer should be aware that timings can be strict. This is inevitable when working with small children.
If you are interested in participating in this EVS, please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact person: Elena Gladun
Selections are made jointly by the supervisors of the kindergarten and Lastockhi, the contact point organisation. All candidates are invited for a Skype interview.
Volunteers should be observant, responsible, motivated to work with children and have strong communication skills.
Creative abilities are also valued highly (e.g.: toy- making, knitting, crocheting, modelling, etc.).
Previous experience of working with children is welcome and basic knowledge of Russian is preferred (though not required!).
The project will take place in the city of Samara. Here’s some information about it:
Samara is one of the largest Russian cities; its history is closely interwoven with the entire history of the Russian State.
Samara occupies a territory of 53’600 sq. km and lies 1’000 km south-east of Moscow. Population – 1’219’000 people.
Samara has a good geographical position and rich soil. That is why the region has a well-developed agriculture and food industry, meat and dairy production in particular.
Samara has deep-rooted cultural traditions. Its past and present preserve the names of famous writers, artists, musicians and actors.
Samara is a place of peaceful coexistence for different peoples and religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism + Catholic and Lutheran communities). There are different ethnic groups represented: Jewish, Armenian, Georgian, Chechnya, Chuvash, Mordva, German, Czech, Polish, and many other communities. Together they are creating a positive atmosphere for regional development, sharing their cultures and traditions and enriching the spirit of the city together with good economic trade partnership.
Samara is situated in a very picturesque location on the river Volga, near the Zhiguli mountains surrounded by boundless steppes, numerous lakes and fertile pastures. People are proud of the National Reserve situated on the opposite bank of the river Volga. In summer time people usually go trekking in the mountains, in winter they have a good opportunity to use the unique skiing facilities.
The Volga embankment is a good place to walk around, to bathe and just visit the numerous cafes.