About the local hosting organizationFor the fifth consecutive year, ELIX will organize two workcamps "THIS SUMMER IS OURS" with the support of the company - Hellenic Petroleum - and the Municipality of Elefsina. The workcamp aims to support children and young people with mental and physical disabilities, by providing them the opportunity to spend a quality summer time through creative activities since it is difficult for this target group to find any activities they could take part in during summer.
About the volunteer workVolunteers participating in these two workcamps will host children, teenagers and young people with mental and physical disabilities (10-29 years old) from Monday to Friday from 8:00H to 14:00H and hold a fun and divert daily schedule. They will organize athletic activities, workshops, artistic events, theatrical plays, cross cultural education and much more. There is a school garden were environmental workshops will be held. The first Sunday of the workcamp there will be a short training and an introduction necessary for the following weeks. Some afternoons will be used to prepare activities for the following days. The daily activity program for the children, teenagers and young people will be fixed by a pedagogue and introduced to the group of volunteers on the first Sunday of the workcamps. The pedagogue and the team will be with the volunteers throughout the programme.
Local accommodationVolunteers will be accommodated in the school for children and young people with disabilities in Elefsina. The school is being transferred to a spacious new building with big yard and free spaces inside the building complex. The location of the school is at the outskirts of Elefsina. The accommodation is basic but adequate; volunteers will sleep on the floor in the classrooms of the school. Sleeping bags and carry mats are necessary. There are toilets, showers (no hot water) and cooking facilities at the school. Everyday two different volunteers from the group, in shifts, will be responsible for maintaining the group accommodation place clean, as well as for the preparation of all the meals for the group of volunteers.
About the project locationElefsina is a town and municipality in West Attica, Greece, with the population of 25.863. It is situated about 20 km from Athens down town. Elefsina is best known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the most famous religious events of the ancient Greek religion, and the birthplace of Aeschylus, one of the three great tragedians of antiquity. Today Elefsina is a major industrial center. There is a bus connection between Elefsina and Athens and Piraeus. Volunteers have many places around to visit in their free time, such as the Archeological Museum and the site of Eleusis, Athens, Piraeus and the island of Salamina. They may attend events organized during the period of their stay (concerts, festivals, performances, etc.). Volunteers will discuss their free time activities with their camp leaders; together they are going to organize excursions and visits. The school is in the outskirts of the city and reachable by bus from the centre, approx. 10 minutes.
RequirementsELIX is looking for volunteers that enjoy working with children, teenagers and young people with mental and physical disability and will support the daily activity program. The volunteers are invited to bring games, songs, ideas, instruments and crafts for the activities! Due to nature of the workcamp a motivation letter from the volunteer is needed, in order for us to learn more about the volunteer, her/his ideas and motivation for this workcamp. All the accepted volunteers have to provide ELIX with the original Certificate of Good Conduct.