EVS w Austrii

if you are interested in EVS, then please fill in the  application form and send it back, together with a motivation letter as soon as possible (you can get the application form here: dorota@strim.org.pl)

The next possibility for EVS are:

Caritas St. Isidor (2012-AT-10), start in beginning of February 2017, duration 12months!....and might be that I will also have 2 places in a kindergarten near the mountains J

Here some info:

St. Isidor looks like a small village. In the middle of this village is a church and around the church are different houses. In these houses you can find flats, kindergarten, after school care centre, a treatment centre (Ambulatorium) and 3 special schools. You can also find the management and the directors in this village.

St. Isidor is a living placement for about 95 young persons. In every group are living 5 children with own educators with disabled pedagogy.In therapy, there are physical, psychological and occupational therapy, a therapy with horses is also made.

Not only the children which are living in St. Isidor are visiting the kindergarten and the after school care centre also other one.

Our principle: “We support integration” stands behind our work and our encounter with people with special needs. The key tasks of the Caritas (for people with disabilities) are encouragement and attendance for people with special needs through the integration process into everyday life. Through furtherance and attendance for children, young-adults and adults, it helps to relief families as well as education and help for occupational integration. The provider of our institution is the catholic church, but our children have different religions.

St. Isidor is a living placement for about 95 young persons. In every group are living 5 children with own educators with disabled pedagogy.

In therapy, there are physical, psychological and occupational therapy, a therapy with horses is also made.

Not only the children which are living in St. Isidor are visiting the kindergarten and the after school care centre also other one.

Living

 for children and young-adults with special needs in St. Isidor/Leonding,

 

Integrative kindergarten and after school care centre

 small mixed age (also for children under 3 years) provide optimal conditions, in which children with different needs will individually accompanied For children and young people of school age with and without interference

Therapy and advice

 Ambulatorium St. Isidor with development-diagnostic and medical-therapeutically help

 Integrative Horse-centre

 Psychological advice, diagnostic and therapy

 MEANDER – Health-support-project for family members of children and young-adults with special needs

Next to St. Isidor you can find two big shopping centres, a cinema, and a bowling centre.

St. Isidor is next to Linz. The bus will bring you directly into the city in about five minutes  and there is also a tram, that stops nears St. Isidor, so the connection with public transport is perfect.

 

Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is 189.343 (2007), and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is 271. 000.

Linz is very proud of its culture, which links the traditional to the contemporary. The Ars Electronica and the Brucknerfest are the main cultural events in this context.

 

The volunteers have the possibility to learn a lot inside this EVS project (Soft skills, language, intercultural communication, how to deal with people wth special needs & also to see other departments if they wish). It is a long learning process and volunteers will always have feedback and evalutaion with the hosting project contact person about it; in the end they will all get the YOUTHPASS as realizing and writing down all these learning experience they made during EVS. More about it at the questions below about YOUTHPASS.

 

We want to widen the horizon of young people through the contact with an European volunteer and we want to support the European Voluntary Service idea by providing a place and we want that children to know that there is not only Austria existing, like this they get more understanding and tolerance for different cultures.

It would be an enrichment for the volunteer`s side gaining a lot of experience, new impressions of a different culture and a good insight into the work with children with special needs. But it would also be an enrichment for the children, youngsters and staff. According to the volunteers own rhythm of progress and confidence, he/she is given the possibility to take over greater responsibilities in the different areas of activities.  The end of the activity is usually the time for close support in building an “after EVS” reflexion, and for making a final evaluation.

The idea is to support the children & youngsters with disabilities through all the different workshops and bringing in new ideas, games, songs, music  workshops and just another european culture in the Austrian organisation; so that the children in St. Isidor get motivated to learn more about Europe, other cultures and open their horizon and maybe get motivated to start their step over the border one day on their own!

 International activities especially the hosting of an European volunteer should offer new challenges of work. International activities should create a positive view of worldwide cooperation. EVS is regarded as an important learning experience for all people involved. EVS is seen as possibility to give international activities a chance to become part of the daily work with young people and to develop a basis for better understanding

For the EVS-project we have 2 departments to choose. One is the department living, the other one contains the integrative kindergarten and the after school-care centre. So it is up to the volunteer to choose when they see it themselves!

  

A possible week schedule in the kindergarten & after school care centre for an EVS volunteer might look like this:

Monday-Friday:

•In the morning

Arrival of children, helping them in (un-)dressing them, preparing them for the groups Group work activities (playing, singing, doing something creative, gymnastics, helping them with snacks

•Midday/Afternoon: Children are starting with different activities (games, excursion to the riding centre, swimming, cooking with children, baking, working on seasonal activities as e.g. Easter, reading or telling them some stories….

•the role and tasks of the volunteer(s)

The volunteer will get insight in different areas in the institute, and will therefore learn more about the following areas:

Please provide a

timetable describing a standard week of Service of each volunteer involved (preferably in a separate document).

Kindergarten and after-school care centre educators in support of the daily work in special education

organization of the daily routine (for food preparation, outputs, learning, ..); maintenance and care of disabled children on several difficulty ; completing the educational requirements ;assist in the maintenance and care of materials, story telling, reading, cooking together with the children, singing, playing, special games from the country of the volunteer, swimming, collecting of material from the nature for some  handicrafts, working on workshops with the children for some seasonal festivities. So the volunteer should bring in his/her idea in all the mentioned areas, so that there will be a lot of cultural exchange in the whole project! The EVS has also the possibility to go on holidays with the children an to take part in events from our institution (like annual works, Christmas celebrations and so on..)

A rotation between the departments is also possible.St. Isidor is a living placement for about 95 young persons. In each flats are living 6 children with own educators with disabled pedagogy. In therapy, there are physical, psychological and occupational therapy, a therapy with horses is also made. Not only the children which are living in St. Isidor are visiting the kindergarten and the after school care centre also other one. Furthermore we would like that the volunteer bring in his own culture. It is important that our children know other cultures. It would be nice to get some international flair in our work.

 

Accommodation: The EVS volunteers will be accommodated in a flat near the hostingprojects, in a safe area with room on their own. Exceptionally, if problems arise, our team will find alternatives..... They will receive full support from our staff and from their mentors.

Food/Meals: Each volunteer will receive a food of the project and allowance to cover his needs for all meals of the day.

Working hours: The volunteers will have a flexible programme, depending on a large array of factors. It will be maximum 7 hours/day distributed throughout the day as needed.

Days off: 2 consecutive days/week (it can be the weekends or other days of the week, depending on the nature of the activities)

Holidays: All official Austrian national and legal holidays will be observed accordingly.

local transport: as it is in walking distance to the project, the volunteer doesn`t need local transport but anyway, volunteers will get the public transport for free in Linz.

 

We are open to all youngsters between 18-30 years who are interested to do community service and learning german and who have no fear of working with persons with disabilities  and children in general!