EVS in Styria
Start date: Jan 1, 2016,
End date: Dec 31, 2017
Children´s Village:Context/background/objectives: The goal of the organization is to make concepts for youth welfare institutions and to administrate them, to administrate child care institutions and to plan and provide educational offers in issues which range from pedagogical, psychological, school-, health- and job market-related matters to socio-political ones.Activities: Care for children and young people within the “Vollen Erziehung” (housing in a non-family environment according to the Styrian Youth Welfare Law) - Children’s Village. Administration of a childcare institution (Kindergarten). Placing offers for education The target groups of the Children´s Village are children and young people in a state of social need, who cannot live in their original family. Those children have made all kind of negative experience such as alcohol abuse by their parents, lack of support in school issues, sexual abuse, i.e. . Children´s Village has hosted volunteers from different countries since 8 years. The exchange between EVS volunteers and the target groups of Children´s Village, the children and young people, is considered very useful for this host project. Moreover it is a unique possibility for the target groups of Children´s Village to get to know other parts of Europe and to increase their European awareness. All 3 volunteers will be hosted from February 2016 to the end of December 2016. Vulkanschule Auersbach:Context/background/objectives/activities/methodology: The Vulkanschule is a primary and secondary school for pupils aged 6–14. It is a small school, with all together 45 pupils, situated in the countryside in South-Eastern Austria. The Vulkanschule is a private school with „Öffentlichkeitsrecht“, which means that we are legally like any other public school, with the only exception that the association financially sustaining the school is private: a registered society, „Verein“. We are a parents` initiative. The Vulkanschule is the only school following a reformist education in the region of Feldbach. We teach according to Maria Montessori (in primary school) and Peter Petersen`s Jenaplan in secundary school. It is in secondary school that a volunteer is needed in the first place.Central ideas of our pedagogy are a holistic, project-oriented, interdisciplinary and mixed-age education, learner-centered, action-oriented and eager to keep up the joy of learning. (See www.jenaplan.at or http://www.schome.ac.uk/wiki/Jenaplan).It is due to the learner-centered way of teaching, that we are looking for an encouraged and pedagogically interested person to support us - respectively our pupils and who is eager to support pupils and teachers in easy assignments like gardening, cooking, arts, handcraft and others. We would like our pupils to really get in touch with Europe! We would like to open their eyes to the fact that nowadays we don`t live in isolated countries any more– and that our real borders are those in our minds. A volunteer at our school can and will be involved in all activities that have to do with school. She or he will also accompany us on our regularly based excursions. As a school we try to spend a lot of time outside of the classroom, fulfilling our pedagogical goals in combination with experiences and adventures in nature as well as in the cultural surroundings of our school. The volunteer will be hosted from January 2016 to the end of June 2016.Sonnenhaus Leibnitz:Context/background/objectives/activities/methodology: The "Verein Elemente Werkstatt" runs a school ("Sonnenhaus") for children aged 6-14 years, based on principles of progressive education, esp. Montessori and nonviolent communication. With our school, we aim at supporting and guiding children on their way to responsible-minded, confident and open-minded persons. Furthermore we try to deepen contacts and intensify common activities with other educational institutions and establish a centre for progessive education in the region and across the close border to Slovenia. Currently, there are 26 children attending our school, which started in 2010. Since autumn 2014, our new school building in the city of Leibnitz is finished. Nevertheless, our school is already a certified "ÖKOLOG"-school (a network of schools with a focus on environmental issues, http://www.oekolog.at/) and active member of various networks for progressive education. Furthermore we put a focus on intercultural and -lingual education like lessons in slovenian language. he volunteer will be hosted January 2016 to the end of June 2016.
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