Kotayk, Armenia


01.02.2017 – 01.02.2018 (12 months)




The SOS Children’s Village which was built earthquake-proof using pre-fabricated elements and was already completed in 1990. In 1992, a SOS-kindergarten was added, which takes in children from the neighbourhood as well. In February 2001 a SOS Youth Facility was opened, where the youths live during the time of their vocational training or education and prepare themselves for an independent life under the guidance of their youth leaders.

The SOS Children’s Village Kotayk is situated in the city of Kotayk, about 15 km north of the capital of Yerevan. The plot of land measures about 6 ha and was donated by the local authorities. It is perfectly integrated into the public supply system.

The SOS Children’s Village Kotayk consists of 12 family houses, a SOS kindergarten, a Village Director’s house, accommodation for the aunts, a Community House, offices and staff quarters.

Tasks and activities

Main tasks of the volunteer will be: The volunteer will participate in most activities with the children and have a variety of different tasks: The volunteer will have the opportunity to participate in all arts workshops and to support the staff in organizing these activities (painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc.) He/she will establish social contact with individual children and their SOS mothers by chats and games. He/she will present his/her country and culture to the children Maintenance of “Smile house” in the Village, organization of recreational activities for the children playing with the children social activities, group games etc. excursions and outdoor activities the volunteer will have the task to help organizing a big exhibition of the art works of the children on different topics organizing sport activities in the territory of the village Trips to village “Family Centers”- to have discussions with parents who are going to abandon their children, making social projects for them. Support and training will be provided by the staff of the organization and by the community. The volunteer will be invited to social events and will be supported in learning and practicing basic Armenian language, according to his/her wish. The volunteer will work 5 days per week (approx. 30 hours) and will have weekends off.

Volunteer profile

The volunteer will be selected based on their motivation. No previous experience is necessary. There are no gender, age or any background requirements for the selection/recruitment of volunteers. The volunteer should be “childAble” – interested or have some experience in working with children; he/she should be kind, communicative and reliable. The essential competences are sense of responsibility, creativity, ability to listen and support. It is preferable that the volunteer doesn’t have any chronicle diseases, especially those that may become an obstacle in work with children.

How to apply

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 Building Bridges members 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.  Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.

Application form (signed)

Please send your documents to evsmadrid@gmail.com before the 20.08.2016 with subject “EVS_Kotayk.YOUR NAME.YOUR SURNAME”

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