Location: Samara, Russia
Period: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2018
Deadline: 24 July 2017
Lastochki/ICYE Russia is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated volunteer to help out at a Waldorf Kindergarten!
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 (CV +motivation letter) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact person: Elena Karimova
Additionally, please feel free to email us with any questions about the project.
Selections are made jointly by the supervisors of the kindergarten and Lastochki, 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!).