Erasmus+European Solidarity Corps

Ireland EVS European Solidarity Corps

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

We are carrying out this project to provide an alternative and holistic form of early years education to our local community. The project – Thomastown Community Kindergarten – is a Steiner Waldorf based Kindergarten and its objectives are to provide a warm, nurturing environment to children aged 2.5+ – like a home away from home. The main objective of Steiner Waldorf education is to educate the whole child, head, heart and hands. The Steiner Waldorf early years curriculum is broad and balances the needs of children. By hosting EVS volunteers, our objectives will be to ensure our volunteers have a positive experience at the project, their learning is maximised and facilitated by the project and at the end of their placement they will have increased their awareness of the role as a European citizen and their employability. It achieves its objectives by encouraging/facilitating learning through play, emphasis on nature-based play, the maintenance of rhythms & unhurried learning.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

Accommodation is self catering in a house sharing with another volunteer and the house owner who is away 5 days of the week. It is a very comfortable house with a garden. Volunteer will have their own bedroom. They will get an allowance for food. The Kindergarten is within walking distance of the accommodation 20-25 minutes.

TRAINING DURING THE PROJECT

Training will be hands on – initially shadowing a member of staff. Following this, it is hoped the volunteer will avail of other training opportunities that arise. On arrival and mid way training provided by our National Agency will be available too.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

• Interested in working with young children and evidence of some previous experience of this e.g. babysitting • Interested in the Steiner method of education and interested in learning more about it or evidence of having read about it. • Interested in Childcare/teaching as a career • Have skills or interests that could be easily transferrable into learning experiences while in the Kindergarten e.g. volunteers with an interest in arts and craft, music, gardening, cooking, fundraising, blogging, could easily use their skills to complete a project while in the Kindergarten

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ACTIVITY DATES

 A total of 43 week(s) during the period 24/08/2020 to 30/06/2021


ACTIVITY LOCATION

 Thomastown, Co Kilkenny Ireland


LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FROM

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Estonia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Kosovo * UN resolution, British Antarctic Territory, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba, Canary Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin (french part), Montserrat, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Pitcairn, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Virgin Islands (British), Wallis and Futuna


ACTIVITY TOPICS

 Education and training

 Creativity and culture


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

 Application deadline: 31/07/2020

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