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EVS - Activity Assistant at UWC Red Cross Nordic
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At the UWC Red Cross Nordic a volunteer from the United Kingdom will spend approximately 12 months living and working in an international environment. The objective being to provide a European youth the opportunity for work experience in a diverse cultural environment. The volunteer will work mainly with the Outdoor department, summer camps and camp school, but will also be involved in various projects and activities throughout the College and in the local community. Main tasks will be assisting employed staff in running activities for the camp school and assisting and running activities for students at the UWC RCN. The volunteer will also participate actively in College events (e.g. college meetings, cafes, shows, excursions, UWC Day, Project-Based Learning Weeks, Global Concerns Days etc.).Volunteers at UWC RCN are asked to contribute in a meaningful way to the residential life - an essential component of a United World College - of the school during their stay at the College. We ask that our volunteers take on residential responsibilities in the form of contributing as ‘Staff On Call’ to assist the ‘Staff On Duty’ (the member of education staff on weekend duty) at weekends on a rota with other volunteers. A residential commitment will be discussed and planned with the volunteer immediately after the term has started by the Deputy Rektor and the Head of the Outdoor Department. The volunteer gains valuable professional experience of the duties and responsibilities of a staff member working in a residential education setting.We offer the volunteer at UWC Red Cross Nordic a unique experience of getting to know a small community from the inside, both from the perspective of the College, from the social activities in the local community and together with other EVS volunteers both at the College and based in Dale. The volunteer will gain much experience that will be of use for the volunteer in a future employment situation. This will encourage the development of skills and competence in organizing activities, social skills, cultural skills, presentation skills, language skills, sport skills. The project will encourage the volunteer to get involved in many activities and will enable the volunteer to become more independent. These diverse experiences will also enhance the level of detail of skills the volunteer has demonstrated, in the final report and letter of reference provided by the College.The successful candidate should be more than 20 years of age and have an interest in people from diverse backgrounds and an interest in outdoor activities and/or sports. He/she should be confident with living independently, but needs no prior experience with the activities, as all training will be given. Situated by the fjord, it will be of great advantage to the volunteer if he/she is a confident swimmer, as this opens up an array of opportunities.The volunteer will have a supervisor at the College and will receive training for the tasks he/she will perform through courses and through on-the-job training, working alongside experienced and well qualified staff. The volunteer will be encouraged to start and run small projects on his/her own, as a way to contribute to our community and to gain independence and experience.
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