All summer camps are held under one common idea, though every camp has its own theme within which all the activities for teens are organized. Each day of the camp program has a special topic to be discussed and a related activity to work out the outcome. There is also a creative and interactive presentation of a country-participant every day to introduce general and interesting facts about the country as well as cultural customs and national traditions to schoolchildren. The standard number of days in a shift is 10, and there is a special agenda on the 1st, 5th, 6th and 10th camp days (camp introductory and final events, the mid-camp event, the day outside Tallinn). Every camp is thoroughly documented.The samples of the topics to be discussed with youngsters are as follows: Healthy body, healthy spirit , Good habits , My small home in the big world , War and peace , etc. The related activities suitable to support topic discussions and country presentations are as follows: various intellectual and sport games for youngsters, creative team projects like posters and sculptures or board-games, pieces of amateur drama or other types of performances, actions for peace and nature protection, playing the games and music popular in the countries the volunteers represent, teaching their songs or folk dances, etc. There are six-seven camps during this summer project which are of different length (5-10 days) and types (city or country), and for different ages. There is a two-week break for the volunteer in July. The working language in most of the camps is English. An average number of volunteers working with schoolchildren in one camp is 8; they work in pairs with one of the camp groups of 10-12 teens and change the groups every 2-3 days. An average number of camp participants is 40 who are split into four camp groups; most of local kids are Russian-speaking of Russian minority community. The volunteers arrive before the actual camp dates and are first trained to do their job in the camp; they have one day off during the camp shift.Based on what is described, the work and duties of the volunteer include the following: prepare and facilitate topic discussions and camp activities for smaller teams of youngsters as well as larger all-camp events, support and lead youngsters in their work on team projects; help the youngsters and other volunteers in their performances and country presentations; assist the program leader implementing camp activities and trainings for other volunteers; work on the documenting camp events and support the local staff in their work with an international team of volunteers i organizing folders with working materials, making on-line reports and advert, making analysis, compiling the camp albums and leaflets, taking care of other volunteers, providing feedback, etc. The work can be pretty hard, involving long working hours on some days, requiring high commitment and responsibility for the camp program.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
Camp will take place in Tallinn, at the premises of the Language School In Down-Town . The school is based on the 4th and 5th floors in a business building in the centre of Tallinn. In summer time the school doubles as accommodation for the volunteers as a part of International Language Camp. For volunteers security we have to keep the school safe all the time. As you will be authorized to hold the school s keys, you have to be at the school to provide access into the building whenever needed.
Lage und Freizeit
5-6 camps take place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. More information on www.visittallinn.ee/eng One camp takes place in the country side, near to Viljandi.Leisure timeThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities as the camp takes place in the capital where one can find attractions for all tastes: sightseeing and museums, festivals, concerts, live music, pubs, etc. The camp provides an excellent opportunity to establish contacts with young Estonians and to experience the local life.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
The project is organized for local schoolchildren in the age of 6 to 16 years old by the Language School In Down-Town and non-profit association Alternative Language Programs Satellite . The general project s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures, national customs and traditions to camp participants, develop their cross-cultural thinking and tolerance. At the same time the project opens wide perspectives for the participants (both youngsters and volunteers) to gain and improve their soft skills which will make their educational and future working career more successful i such as communication and teamwork skills, language and intercultural competences. The project s aims are achieved within the framework of international summer language camps where task-based activities, discussion sessions and creative workshops are organized by a team of the local staff and international volunteers providing meaningful summer holidays for local and international youngsters. This year camps topic is Indigenous Languages.
Special requirementsYou have to be really motivated to work with kids. Please provide a letter of your motivation along with the application form. Experience in work with children is an advantage. Your ideas and actual preparation to do the activities for kids are essential. We ask you to bring some materials: postcards, posters, symbols of your country, music or popular national games etc which can be used during your country presentation. We expect active volunteers with a good knowledge of history and culture of their country as well as with an ability and wish to present it to others in a creative way. B2 level of English is required. The age of volunteers is from 20 to 30. Please note that before making final decision about your participation in the camp, the project coordinator will have Skype interview with you.Participation feeWe ask participants to contribute 50 Euro towards the costs of general administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp to the bank account. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.