About the local hosting organizationVolunteers will work directly with the beneficiaries of the juvenile correctional facility and students from local elementary schools who are included in extended expert procedure - individual work focused on early prevention of behavioural problems. The goal of the institution is to open towards local community and wider to raise interest in its work and to include other relevant stakeholders which can contribute in creating positive mutual contacts as well as developing new ways of support for children and youth with behavioural and emotional problems giving them a unique experience of connecting with others and learning new knowledge and skills.
About the volunteer workVolunteers are expected to prepare, implement and participate in activities which include working with elementary school students and adolescents (age range 7-18). Activities will be based on group work principles. 1. Interactive workshops - interactive games for getting to know each other, learning about other cultures e.g.learning songs which are typical for specific country volunteers are coming from or making simple traditional dish etc.), activities which develop communication and social skills e.g.making subject-specific posters etc.) 2. Creative workshops - making of decorative items from different materials, art workshops, etc. 3. Different sports activities and outdoor games Volunteers will work for max.6 hours a day, and will have 1 free day during the camp.
Local accommodationVolunteers will be accommodated in rooms with two beds that are located in pavilions within the facility. Each pavilion contains 3 toilets and 2 showers and a small kitchen. The volunteers themselves are responsible for cleaning the pavilion and will be provided with cleaning products. Food for volunteers will be prepared in the facility (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
About the project locationBedekovčina is a small town, located in the north west Croatia, with approximately 3,400 inhabitants. It is located around 50 km from Zagreb, approximately 1 hour away by train.
RequirementsMotivation letter is required and it should include: experience in working with school kids and young people (especially in social welfare institutions), a plan for the potential workshop that you as a volunteer would like to organize (important! it is a social welfare institution - be modest with your demands).
Extra info about the projectMandatory - police check and medical certificate are required after confirming you are accepted to the camp. Since the target population of this youth camp are children and young people with behavioural and emotional problems, volunteers are expected to be highly responsible and respect specifications of the population also being ready to work closely with the educators.