Location: Viljandi, Estonia
Period: 01/10/2017 – 30/09/2018
Deadline: 27 February 2017
Perekodu SA is looking for a motivated volunteer who wants to gain experience working with disabled children and sharing her*his cultural background with the team as well as with the children.
Perekodu SA is an institution with different departments and services f
or children and young people in Viljandi County. It has different departments for orphanage and for children with special needs.
Foundation Perekodu has hosted international volunteers since 2005. We have a long time experience in accepting long-term volunteers and we really appreciate these experiences.
Regular activities in Foundation Perekodu are aimed to provide everyday care and counselling, helping to raise children’s and young people awareness of themselves. It is run in cooperation with the specialists such as therapists, psychiatrists, social workers and youth-police.
The target group for disabled children and youth is in age from 2 to 20.
There are around 40 children with severe mental/physical disability. This institution combines a nursery, school, rehabilitation center and an alternative home for those who need it.
There are 6 family homes for orphans and children without parental care, where in each are living 8-9 children. We’d love to give them a possibility to experience similar lifestyle as their contemporaries in biological families.
Each family lives in a separate house and have their own educators. Most of the children go to school, kindergarten during the daytime.
There are around 75 staff members all together in the institution.
The main tasks of the volunteer are looking after children, helping social
workers in their daily needs and organising different activities for the kids. Volunteer’s tasks depend very much on his/her interests and skills. Most of the kids need a mentor in the class or in free time. (S)he can be hands or legs for the
children in a wheelchair, helping to dress, with feeding or some other basic needs what it is needed. With some children it is possible to
go further than just basic help. It is possible to organise different events, games,
do handicraft, sport, go to the city,cinema or to do some music.
Volunteer can also participate in study visits but also help to organise different outings and excursions.
Volunteer is expected to be a friend and role model for these children and help them to understand delight of the life. It is important to teach these children to evaluate surrounding and to find their way in it.
Depending on the volunteers and children’s interests/abilities, following tasks can be adapted in each institution:
• arranging children’s leisure time (sports, games, etc);
• planning and running creative workshops (dance, music, theatre, handicraft, etc);
• looking after children and helping teachers in managing their daily needs;
• presenting his/her own country and culture as a part of the intercultural learning;
• assisting to arrange outings and excursions and taking part in those;
• playing with children;
Hosting international volunteer will give new experience and more awareness of different cultures not only for the children but to all workers in Foundation
It is important to give a chance to the children to spend their childhood actively full of diverse activities. It broadens youth’s outlook and gives more ideas of what they would like to do in the future.
In order to apply for our open EVS placements in Estonia, please fill in the EstYES application form that you can download from here: http://www.estyes.ee/en/opportunities-2/european-voluntary-service-evs/open-placements/ and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for selection process until 27th of February 2017.