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EVS am Wannsee 2016
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The German-English bilingual Montessori-Kinderhaus am Wannsee is a kindergarten for children aged 1-6 years. It is located nearby the International Monteesori School Berlin in the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf. The work of the volunteer from Lithuania (f 22) is, to accompany the children in their daily flow, to participate in group actions, as well as offer their own playful, creative or musical activities, coming out of their own skills and interests which also evolve thereby.Meeting the European volunteers opens a vivid insight to the children, how international diversity can be designed in an enriching way to be constructive and mutually supportive. The volunteers bring Traditions, knowledge, customs, habits and culinary influences from their countries, what can also enrich the experience of the children and colleagues and brings new perspectives to them. At the same time they experience an example of how institutional childcare can be in another EU country.In the EVS-seminars and in our additionally offered media-workshop on European issues in Berlin, the volunteers can reflect their experiences and ideas, and gain further knowledge on how to design a strong and peaceful European Union. Especially the insight in a facility which cares for children and promote non- formal-learning can, in a wider frame of perception, arouse interest in the question, how to introduce the younger generation to our European society, so that they can develope the right tools for creating a future that is worth living. In the long term, we expect our volunteer to continue her interest in these issues in her future life- and work-contexts, and the pleasure and ability to actively participate in political debates on the European future.The participation in an EVS at the Montessori Kinderhaus am Wannsee offers a very good framework for personal development, an extended chance to national mobility, an intensive work experience, and opportunities to acquire key skills through informal education.
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