¿Quieres aprender sobre educación rodeado de profesionales? ¿Y quieres hacerlo en un ambiente internacional? Aquí tienes una oportunidad de oro para seguir tu sueño. Solicita este SVE en Letonia ¡y crece mientras te diviertes!
September 2016 – July 2017
The hosting organization is nongovermental organization who realize the Waldorf pedagogy in a kindergarten and in a school for children aged 3-18 years. They have had children, students, teachers and volunteer-teenagers from other countries and they can see that their school can offer a genuine between-culture education for teenagers who are interested in children and education. During their cooperation with volunteers they want to learn about their traditions, they want to implement in our daily life their cultural customs, to teach children their national games and songs.
So far the school has taken part in the European Community Lifelong Learning Program COMENIUS partnerships, APA mobility, Nordplus, EEZ grants scheme for mobility projects. School has already participated in EVS projects for 3 years. On this time they hosted 6 volunteers from different Programme Countries and Neighbouring Partner Countries. Now, it can be your opportunity!
So one of the differences between Waldorf school and other schools is the main lesson which starts every day and this means that studying is organized in cycles. Every morning for about a month during the main lesson children are acquiring one subject. The length of the lesson is 120 minutes. Other lessons are 40 minutes. During the learning process we use methodology which reinforces the students` interest and encourages them to use not only one textbook but to search materials in encyclopedias, literature, fiction, journals, the internet. We also encourage them to make their own textbook. The rhythm of kindergartens day, week, month and year is carefully planned and coordinated with educational and physiological aspects.
There are no gender, age, race, religion or political affiliation limits for the volunteers. They would like to admit volunteers who:
-Are interested in working with children aged 3-18 years
-Have a desire to work in a team
-Are interested in the Latvian language and culture
-Have knowledge or are interested in the Waldorf pedagogy
Volunteers in hist kindergarten/school will have an unique chance to find out what Waldorf pedagogy is. They will be able to find out its nature and teaching methodology. The knowledge of this pedagogy and its principles will help the teenagers to work with themselves and in teams. They will also get to know Latvian culture.
They would like to host 2-3 volunteers per one school season which lasts for 10 months because this period is long enough for getting to know people and their life philosophy. They would be glad if this particular work season would be combined with the youth-volunteer national traditions. They would like to gather information about autumn activities, Christmas celebrations and winter activities, about spring and Easter celebrations and summer activities, etc. which come from his country.
The most important work for volunteers in the kindergarten will be-creating contacts and lasting relationships with children. It means, spending time with the children during games and activities, as well as during free time. Voluntary obligations will be both pedagogical and practical:
-The volunteer will help the kindergarten staff to prepare for different celebrations, for example, s/he will search songs and games of certain themes, s/he will make different decorations, etc. S/he will be involved in the preparation of daily games. We would appreciate if s/he would also offer his/her ideas.
-The volunteer will go outside together with the kids, will look for variety of interesting materials that could be used for decorating or making various objects etc. It is important that the volunteer would have some creative ideas about creating different things-s/he should think what and how nature materials could be used to make something interesting and new.
-S/he will be involved in the kitchen work, preparing meals, washing up and cleaning, because according to the Waldorf pedagogy all the duties that are done in the kindergarten should have an educational aspect because the children learn from everything they see.
-S/he should be supporting during various children’s activities-painting, singing with the children, telling fairy-tales. The volunteer should also help to put the children to sleep.
-In order to tidy up the surrounding the volunteer should engage together with the parents and staff in talc that are organized by the kindergarten
How to apply
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “SVE en Adazi Letonia Escuela Método Waldorf. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com