Schule im Pfeifferhof – Knallerbse“ is a non-profit alternative school initiated by parents for their children. The school was established by the association “Mit Kindern leben” in 1993. A team of eight teachers is responsible for the education of 85 children. The school works according to reform-pedagogical principles (Montessori, Piaget), that means that the work is oriented at the needs and wishes of children. The learning methods are based on “practical” work and on projects. One of the principle of our school is “learning by doing”. We try hard to prepare a surrounding for our children which enables them to make their own experiences, where they can do both, acquire cultural techniques and develop social competences. They also learn to handle rules and borders in a democratic way. Usually our children stay for nine years until they have finished their compulsary education. It is part of our philosophy to practice an intercultural exchange. This is why we take part in several activities with schools and organizations in foreign countries. The school is financed by the parents themselves mainly; that is to say that they pay for the tuition of their children monthly and they also organize diverse fund-raising events. In addition to that we are supported by occasional modest public funds.
The volunteer is supposed to cooperate with the teachers. He/she has the possibility to work with all pupil groups. The pupils are between 6 and 15 years old. The volunteer should enrich our daily work with his/her inputs concerning his/her home country. There is a wide range of possibilities for activities for the volunteer in our school: arts, sports, music, dance, theatre, radio, games, but also just giving information about his/her country and people. One of the most important principle of our school is “learning by doing” and so there are many different ways how the volunteer can integrate himself/herself in our school and, together with the teachers, do activities for and with the pupils (e. g.: singing songs in his/her mother tongue, dancing typical dances of his/her home-country, cooking typical meals, introducing popular games that people in his/her country like playing, supporting the radio-shows of the pupils and bringing information/music of his/her country, making arts with the children in the “creative room”, making projects about different topics about the home country of the volunteer, ..) Adjoining to our school there is a big outdoor-area including a sports – field, a playground and a forest. So there is plenty of room for the volunteer to support the teachers in diverse outdoor-activities (sports and games). Presently they are very keen on building their own little camps, so why not support them in this activity? The volunteer should cooperate with the teachers and should bring in his/her own ideas for his/her work in the school. He/she should also make his/her own projects, which will be guided and supported by the teachers, as he/she likes it. Such projects of the volunteer can be for example in the fields of music/dance, arts, sports, culture of the home country, radio or theatre. Which projects the volunteer develops depend on his/her interests and talents. In addition to all we would like the volunteer to participate in excursions and little trips and to take part in our winter- and summer-camps. We have a weekly meeting of the volunteer with the teachers of the groups the volunteer will be working with. This is to enable all parties to coordinate their individual activities with and for the pupils. There is a staff meeting once a week to which the volunteer is invited.
Due to the target group the volunteer will work with we prefer volunteers over 20 years. Basic requirement is the will to work with children in an alternative scholar context. Persons interested in arts, sports and music are warmly welcome!
Please send your application/CV and SPECIFIC letter of motivation until 4th of January 2015. Don’t forget to put the project title and project number in your application! Only applications with SPECIFIC letters of motivation will be considered.