About the local hosting organizationThis project is organized for teenagers by non-profit educational association Alternative Language Programs Satellite within its annual activities on multicultural issues for teens. The project s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures to the youth and provide them with practices in intercultural communication using the learning-by-doing method which includes meetings, visits, direct contact to young people from abroad as well as alternative language practice. The project gets 14 to 17 years old teens familiar with national traditions of the countries from all over the world, encourages them to develop their global thinking and individual initiative as well as tolerance and resistance to xenophobia and ethnic hatred. This shift targets particularly those youngsters, who do not speak English but other languages. So the camp has 3 working languages: French, German and Spanish. The common theme for all camps this year is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Within the theme, camp participants guided by international volunteers are going to discuss issues important for personal and social development.
About the volunteer workActivating teenage participants in the city camp and providing them with cross-cultural learning experience. Volunteers will do it through informal methods of teaching and working in small group techniques. Among the activities to be held by team of volunteers are playing games and music popular in the countries volunteers represent, drama, sports, preparing festivals, common discussions, excursions, actions for peace and nature protection, leading and supporting teens in their work on the team projects.; preparing and leading the teen teams presentations on the countries the camp participants and volunteers are from. Each day of the camp will have a country presentation, a subject to learn or discuss and a related activity. Volunteers together with a local project coordinator are responsible for the day activities in the camp. The work can be pretty hard, involving long working hours, requiring high level of commitment and responsibility for the camp program and the young participants. You will stay with teens 10.00 i 17.00 and spend another hour to prepare next day activities. In the course of camp there is at least one day of travel outside Tallinn together with teens. Before activities start there is training in Down Town camp methodology and preparation. Most of local teens in the camp are Russian-speaking youngsters from minority group of Tallinn. Besides local teens 6 teenage participants from abroad are expected to join this camp. The total number of participants is 12-15. The camp activities will take place in a learning centre situated in the centre of the Tallinn www.tallinn.ee .
Local accommodationOn mattresses in the class rooms of the In Down Town school, in centre of Tallinn. Toilets and showers are available. Please bring your sleeping bag. You will cook and have breakfasts and dinners at the place of accommodation; lunches will be organized for whole camp in the city centre.
About the project locationLocationCamp takes place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. You can get a lot of information on www.tallinn.eeLeisure timeThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities as camp will take place in the Estonian capital Tallinn where one can find attractions for any taste: sightseeing, museums, festivals, concerts, pubs, etc.
RequirementsYou have to be really motivated to work with teens. Please provide a motivation letter along with application form. Experience in work with youth is an advantage. Your ideas and actual preparation to do the activities for teens are essential. We ask you to bring some materials like postcards, posters, symbols of your country, music or popular national games etc typical for your country or region which can be used during your country presentation. We expect active volunteers with a good knowledge of history and culture of their country with ability and wish to present it to others in a creative way. Good level of French or German or Spanish is required.