1 st February 2017 until 31 st July 2017 (6 months)
We would like to receive CV and motivation letters from you as SO until 10 th of January. In motivation letter must be mentioned why this person wants to work with kids with special needs. After 10th of January, together with HO, we will arrange the Skype conference and choose the volunteer.
About “EVS in Special School – let’s learn together”
Goals of the project:
– to change the approach to special education following the principles of tolerance and equal opportunities;
– to increase the openness of communities;
– improve qualifications of pedagogues by providing conditions for the improvement of foreign language skills, learning about other countries and cultures.
The Vilnius Special School seeks to enable schoolchildren with fewer opportunities to learn and improve their foreign language skills, feel important and able to learn, for example, understanding, tolerance, communication and social skills, different cultures and geography, from one another.
The project will also serve as a means to deal with social exclusion problems, since children with fewer opportunities are still unwanted in public spaces. By carrying out their primary duties with a target group (i.e., working with special needs children) and participating in other activities (e.g., activities initiated by volunteers), volunteer will contribute to the solving of issue of the lack of non-formal education workers (accompanying children on various trips, initiating events, celebrations), propose ways of improving the quality of the school’s activities, etc.
Who we are looking for:
For these purposes, we are looking for a volunteer (m./f.) from the Spain for the period from 1 st February 2017 until 31 st July 2017 (6 months) to support a team:
In the Special School, volunteer will be working directly with children with complex disabilities (intellectual disabilities, autism, Down syndrome, etc.) aged 7 to 21. It should also be noted that there are several young people with disabilities (Down syndrome, developmental disorders) employed by the school (as security guards, cloakroom attendants, etc.).
Therefore, it is highly important that volunteers who participate in the activities of our school are:
sensitive and motivated by personal reasons wishing to acquire new experience and skills, help others, share their own knowledge;
as they will be working with highly sensitive people, volunteer have to be tolerant, positive and wishing to make friends with the children.
We find the following traits important in our volunteers: motivation, initiative, responsibility, care, quick response to various situations and the ability to handle problems, punctuality, creative thinking, public speaking and teamwork skills.
Preferable age of volunteer: from 20 to 30.
What volunteer will gain from volunteering:
While performing routine (daily) tasks, volunteer will learn to plan his work and activities. Disciplined work will also teach them dutifulness, consistency, the ability to assess and generalise their needs, and to divert their energy in the right direction.
While working with the target group, i.e., the schoolchildren, volunteer will become more sensitive to social issues, tolerant, he will improve their communication skills, acquire skills of working with the disabled, and learn to apply non-traditional therapeutic methods (e.g., music, art, theatre, ARBA, etc.).
While participating in other activities, i.e., Erasmus + KA2 project (Lithuania, Portugal, Poland and Estonia), art projects funded by the Lithuanian Council of Culture and events initiated by the volunteer, the volunteer will learn to show initiative, gain confidence, become more aware and responsible.
All planned activities will improve volunteer's foreign language competence, civic and social skills, ability to use formal and non-formal education methods. Regular meetings with mentor and feedbacks of gained knowledge will reveal the grow of a volunteer.
The volunteer will also have Lithuanian Language courses!
– When organising routine (daily) tasks (e.g.
1) The meeting with the whole team of the organization (social educator, psychologist, special educator, deputy, director;
2) Getting ready for a work week – creating discussed tasks, programmer, preparing own time schedule;
3) Teamwork (special educator, assistant, volunteer): preparation for the lessons, the events, the school trips.
4) Feedback – discussing outcomes and a plan of the event with a team).
– Volunteer’s interaction with the target group (i.e., special needs students) (e.g.
1) Assistance in the pool and therapeutic classes at sanatorium "Pušyno kelias".;
2) Activities with social skills class (young people with special education needs 18-21 years old);
3) Technology activities with SEN children’s: shopping, cooking, house cleaning and etc.
4) Support for the individual’s needs (child with autism, Down syndrome, mental disabilities,…)) will bring new ideas, direct communication and dynamics to the classes, which will stimulate mental activity of the disabled, promote positive emotions, motivate, and contribute to the improvement of cognition, social and communication competencies.
– When participating in the activities organised by the volunteer as well as Erasmus + KA2 project and other projects (
1) Time to shine: giving a lecture/workshop/event (ex.: ERASMUS + KA2);
2) Social media – management of Facebook account, providing information for a newsletter), the volunteer will bring the school’s community closer together and encourage dialogue between institutions (Board of the School, Antakalnis local governance bodies, Antakalnis community, etc.;
3) i giving a lecture/workshop/event; activities with Antakalnis community). Active community will become an integral part of the cultural life of the school. This activities will change the society’s view of the disabled children, since the volunteer will accompany them during various trips, organise non-formal education lessons in public spaces. This activities will help SO to cooperate with various new organisations and instituorion implementing various volunteer projects or other projects which involve children, especially disabled. The volunteer will have the opportunity to learn more about the Lithuanian education system, compare it to the system in their own country, reflect and share their insight with the pedagogues.
About Special School
The Special School of Vilnius is a general education school of Vilnius City Municipality, and it provides a compulsory basic special education to children with various developmental, intellectual and complex disorders. The school provides educational and psychological assistance to families, and helps the parents understand the psychosocial needs of their child and see future prospects in an appropriate light. School has 73 students from the ages of 7 to 21. Out of the 73 students, 30 do not speak.
As many as 27 autistic children study at the school, which is the highest number among the special schools of Vilnius.
The school successfully implements health-related (e.g. Fruit for Schools, Milk for Children, Mobile School), social (e.g. Christmas Fair of the Sapiega, exhibition of drawings in the Antakalnis Library) and vocational guidance (e.g. Educational Livestock Farming Program of the Ministry of Agriculture) projects. Over the course of a year, the school implemented 15 creative and educational projects (e.g. Apple Day, Pie Day, The Week of Nordic Countries‘ Libraries).
The Special School of Vilnius successfully collaborates and shares it's experience with several special schools in Vilnius (Aidas, Atgaja) and the Vilnius Technology Training and Rehabilitation Centre.
Every year, School organise qualification development courses for the special needs teachers, psychologists and speech therapists of Vilnius working with special needs children.
In order to improve the conditions necessary for educating children, School has been creating a multisensory relaxation room over the 2015-2016 period and have already completed a common library and art laboratory space. Since 2016, the students have been participating in hippo-therapy sessions at Lietuvos Žirgynas UAB (Vilnius District). The school organises music therapy sessions and has a theatre group.
How to apply
Building Bridges users and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
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.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Lithuania Dobkevičiaus. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com