Samara Jewish kindergarten Makkabi-Lauder
Location: Samara, Russia
Period: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2017
Deadline: 28 March 2017
Come and volunteer for a year at the Jewish Kindergarten Makkabi-Lauder! Volunteers will help out with the day-to-day activities in this kindergarten, which incorporates usual kindergarten teaching with teaching about Jewish customs and traditions to both jewish and non-jewish children.
The kindergarten has more 70 children. The children are educated according to a program approved by the government of Russian Federation. In addition, they learn about the history and traditions of Jewish people and learn Hebrew. The language classes are given in the form of games, songs, poems and theatre. The Makkabi children participate in international children’s festivals and represent Jewish culture. The kindergarten has a large library, which contains more than 4000 books about Jewish culture. Moreover, Makkabi offers Hebrew classes to parents. These classes are also open to non-Jewish families. Anyone who wishes to study Hebrew and to learn about Jewish culture, religion and philosophy may join the course. The main focuses of the children’s activities are art and culture.
The project is located 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 was one of Russia’s foremost industrial centres in the late 20th century, with highly developed aerospace, automobile, engineering, oil-processing and light industries.
Samara occupies 53’600 sq. km and lies 1’000 km to the south-east from Moscow. It has a population of 1’219’000.
Samara has a good geographical position and rich soil. That is why the region has well-developed agricultural and food industries, particularly meat and dairy production.
Samara, in its older section, has preserved the general style of building from the late 19th to early 20th century, making it an architectural “open-air” museum.
Samara has deep-rooted cultural traditions. Its past and present preserve the names of famous writers, artists, musicians and actors.
Samara is a city with an active political life: it was the site uprisings and revolutions and a temporary capital of the USSR during World War II.
Samara is a place of peaceful coexistence for different peoples and religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism + Catholic and Lutheran communities). There are many different peoples living here: Jewish, Armenian, Georgian, Chechnya, Chuvash, Mordva, German, Czech, Polish, and many other communities. Together, they create a good 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 locality 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 access the unique skiing facilities.
The Volga embankment is a good place to walk around, swim and just visit the numerous cafes.
There are a lot of cultural and sporsa facilities in the city. There is an opera house and a lot of drama theatres that provide the possibility for culture development and learning Russian language, as well as showcasing famous Russian theater and ballet traditions.
Sports facilities include several swimming pools and a lot of fitness clubs which have discounts for young people.
The kindergarten is situated in the centre of the city. It is easily accessible via multiple public transport links.
EVS volunteers will participate in the general activities of the Makkabi-Lauder kindergarten:
– Involvement in day to day activities of the kindergarten and general childcare (helping with mealtimes, playing with the children, taking them for walks, tidying up etc.) (75%)
– Involvement in preparing and organising regular events run by the kindergarten: traditional jewish celebrations, regular cultural events for parents, plays and concerts for children etc. (25%)
Volunteers schedule will be:
Monday – Friday
Saturday – Sunday days off
Public holidays days off
To submit an application, please send your CV and letter of motivation to Elena Gladun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same email address.