Location: Tartu, Estonia
Period: 01/02/2018 – 31/01/2019
Deadline: 17 September 2017
EstYES organization is looking for patient and optimistic volunteer for 12 months period starting in February 2018, who could help out in the NGO Vahtramägi in city of Tartu, Estonia, organizing free time activities for habitants of an orphanage to make their lives a bit happier and brighter.
Currently we have 23 children and young people in total, ages from 7-21. We have a family system where each “family” has about 7 children. At the second floor there is a “family” from youngest children, then we have the “family” where children are mostly 12-16 years old and the “youth family” is located on the first
floor and most of them are 17 years old.
Children are taken from their real families mostly because of their parents’ drinking problems or drug addictions due to the fact that they are unable to care for their offspring.
Kids are under constant supervision – there is always at least one orphanage care worker in every family. Every “family” has their own certain orphanage care workers, whose schedule is rotating with others. This way kids feel more safe and are more stable to cultivate trust with adults.
Also, every kid has their own support care worker or mentor, who takes care of child’s medical needs, goes to school when needed, buys clothes etc.
We would like the volunteer to play ball games with kids, to help the educators to take the kids for a swim and to help the staff to take kids outside the house to different events. Indoors it would be great if the volunteer can take time to play games with kids and help them with school lessons (English).
On some weekends we would like the volunteer to organize dancing events. Once every week a volunteer should organize artistic or creative lessons for kids.
At Christmas time we take part from fairs and kids will sell their self-made Christmas cards, jewelry and other goods. Sometimes we may need help with clean and running errands. At weekends we make food ourselves and it would be nice if the volunteer could cook and teach the children his or her own native food. We need a friend for our kids, somebody who kids can rely on and
who is free to play and help out.
Please see the list of our open placements http://estyes.ee/en/opportunities-2/european-voluntary-service-evs/open-placements/ .
Fill an application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!