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EST MTV 05 ESTONIA TALLINN KIDS/TEACH 25/06/2021 16/08/2021

EST MTV 05               DOWN TOWN                   TALLINN                  25.06 - 16.08       KIDS/TEACH                        3 vols

                                                                                                              

Project

The project is organized for local school children in the age of 10 to 16 years old by the Language School “In Down-Town” and non-profit association “Alternative Language Programs Satellite”. Some international teenage participants may randomly join. The common project’s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures, 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 – 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. The theme of summer 2021 is "Creative Economy". The participants will discover what impact their hobbies and interestsmay have on people and on the economy as a whole. Meetings with local and/or international professionals in the field will take place. Thematic photo and video contests for camp participants will be organized.

 

Work

All summer camps are held under one common theme, though every camp has its own focus within which everyday activities for youngsters 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 5 plus 1 optional Saturday, and there is a special agenda on the 1st, 3th, 5th 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: “Life hacks”, “Labs and crafts”, “Dream streamers”, “Pop culture remix”, 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, excursions and workshops, playing the games and music popular in the countries the volunteers represent, teaching their songs or folk dances, etc. 

There are 10 camps during this summer project which are of different length (5-10 days) in Tallinn and for different ages (10-16 years old). The working language is English. An average number of volunteers working with schoolchildren in one camp is 2-8 (both long-term volunteers for the whole summer and short-term volunteers for 2-3 weeks); 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; the local participants are mainly youngsters from a Russian-speaking minority group of Tallinn. 

 

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 – 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 quite hard, involving long working hours on some days, requiring high commitment and responsibility for the camp program. Sundays are off. In addition, there will be several Saturdays off according to the schedule.

 

Arrival

The 10-day self-isolation and COVID-19 testing requirements are not applied ONLY to those persons who have had the COVID-19 disease and no more than six months have passed since they were declared recovered by a doctor (a certificate needed), or have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease (a certificate needed) and no more than six months have passed since the completion of the vaccination. The volunteers who are qualified against these restriction requirements may arrive 3 days before the actual camp dates to be first trained to do their job in the camp. 

In all other cases, volunteers are subject to 10-day self-isolation. Alternatively, volunteers may arrive minimum 7 days before the actual camp dates and undertake the following steps: 1) make sure you have a medical/travel insurance that covers Covid-19 test; 2) get tested at the Tallinn airport; 3) if tested negative, stay self-isolated for 6 days and participate in the camp on-line training to get prepared; 4) get tested again; 5) if tested negative, come to school and join the camp (if tested positive, self-isolate for 10 days and get in contact with the camp organisers for further instructions). Accommodation options for the period of self-isolation will be discussed with the prospective volunteers during the interview. 

 

 

 

Accommodation

The camp will take place in Tallinn, in 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 the city. In summer time, a part of the school is reserved for the volunteers’ accommodation that includes several separate dormitory bedrooms, a fitted kitchen, a dining area, a large shower area and two separate toilet cabins. For the reasons of security, volunteers will be issued only one set of keys. The entrance to the school must be kept closed at all times. To facilitate a smooth and safe environment at school during the off-hours, volunteers will take turns managing the access to the school and the accommodation areas (including the responsibility for the safety of people, personal belongings and school property). Catering will be organised by the School on an agreement with the volunteers (selection of times, meals - provided or independent cooking, etc). Public transport cards will be provided as well.

 

Location

All camps take place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. More information on www.visittallinn.ee/eng

 

Special requirements

You have to be really motivated to work with kids. Please provide a letter of your motivation along with the application form. An experience of working 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.

 

Leisure time

There 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. 

Participation fee

We ask participants to contribute 100 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 it please contact your sending organization for solution.