About the local hosting organizationELIX will organize two workcamps "THIS SUMMER IS OURS" with the support of the company - Hellenic Petroleum - and the Municipality of Kordelio-Evosmos in Thessaloniki. 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 (10-25 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 workshop will be held. The first Sunday of the workcamp will be a short training and 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 a vocational school. 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 locationThessaloniki is the second largest town of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea, it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm. There is a lot to do in this city with an active nightlife, many bars and cafes and museums for those who enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Sites like the White Tower, the Archaeological Museum, the Atatürk House, the Olympic Museum, The Ancient Forum, the Museum of Cinematography in Thessaloniki as well as many other are all popular places to visit within the City. Volunteers will discuss their free time activities with their camp leaders; together they are going to organize excursions and visits. In their free time, participants will have the opportunity to get in touch with the everyday life of the city.
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.