EST 11 PARNU YOUTH CAMP PARNU
01.07 – 19.07
This project is organized by Parnu Youth Centre which was formed in 2008. It follows NGO Parnu Freeschool’s youth work principles, ethics and standards. The aim of this project is to offer fun and educative summer camps with different subjects for the youngsters aged 7- 21. In every camp there are activities which help youngsters to develop as a citizen, improve their social skills and key competencies in fun and entertaining way. It is also important to offer fun and educative free time activities for the youngsters who come from families with difficult economic background. In every camp we use learning-by-doing method which includes teamwork activities, games, handicraft, meetings, discussions, seminars, excursions and direct contact to young people from abroad as well as alternative English and/or Russian languages pactice. In every camp there are about 50 youngsters divided in two groups. In one group there will be youngsters who speak Estonian and in the other group there will be mostly youngsters who speak Russian as their mother tongue. We look for volunteers for the cultural and adventure camp (5 days), creativity camp (5 days) and healthy camp (5 days). Between the camps there will be days off. Volunteers joining these camps have an excellent opportunity to practice work with youngsters of different backgrounds as well as teaching English and/or Russian languages.
Work and programme
Volunteers together with youth workers are responsible for the day activities in the camps. The general camp program (themes, actions, social activities, games, excursions etc.) is worked out by the youth workers before camps start. Still volunteers can work out some activities for youngsters during the camp days together with youth workers. The content of these activities depends of the camp’s topics. In addition to volunteers there are 1-2 youth workers in both groups in every camp. The volunteers’ tasks are:
assisting youth workers in communicating and supervising youngsters;
helping youth workers to prepare the day activities;
carrying out planned activities;
taking part in excursions, games, meetings, discussions, seminars and handicraft workshops;
providing youngsters with communication, activating their vocabulary, encouraging them to speak English and/or Russian.
The work can be pretty intense, requiring high level of commitment, lots of communication and responsibility for the camp program and young participants. The camp days last from 12:00 until 19:00. Volunteers will stay with youngsters in this time period and then they spend some time to prepare the next day activities together with youth workers.
The camps activities will mostly take place in the Youth Centre of Parnu, but there are days and camps where we are going to visit different places such as Parnu Central Library, Parnu Museum, Parnu Adventure Park, sports games outside the youth centre in the park or at the beach and so on. In total there are 5 working days in 3 camps from Monday to Friday. It is possible that in the adventure and in the healthy camps there is one night sleeping in tents in the forest (tent and sleeping bags will be provided).
Actual day schedule depends on a day and on a particular camp theme:
Volunteers will sleep in the Parnu Youth Centre meeting room on the camp beds. There is no need to bring own mattresses, pillows, blankets, etc. as we have them in the centre. Please bring own towels. Toilets and showers are of common use. Collective lunches will be organized in Parnu Youth Centre. Breakfasts and dinners can easily made in the youth centre kitchen where there are stove, freezer, microwave and cooking wares. Very near to the youth centre there are grocery store and pubs where the volunteers can also have their meals. Money will be given to volunteers to buy food for cooking.
Most of the camp activities will take place in Parnu Youth Centre www.vabaajakeskus.ee/ ; www.facebook.com/vabaajakeskus/ ;www.instagram.com/parnu_noorte_vabaajakeskus/. The youth centre is just 15-minute walk from the city centre (stores, cinema, leisure time activities, pubs, clubs, parks, riverside etc), 5-minute walk from Parnu river and 30-minute walk from the beautiful Parnu Beach. More about Parnu: http://www.parnu.ee/index.php/en/. More about Estonia: https://www.visitestonia.com/en
Airport, bus station, harbor in Tallinn; bus to Parnu. NB! You are expected to arrive to Parnu by 10:00 am latest on the arrival date.
We ask you to bring some materials: postcards, posters, symbols of your country, music or popular national games etc typical for your country which can be used during your country presentation. It will be great if you can bring any traditional food for intercultural evenings. We expect volunteers with a good knowledge of history and culture of their country as well as with an ability and wish to present it to others in a creative way. Please share your hobbies, special skills and interest with youngsters. Generally, you have to be highly motivated to work with youngsters. Please provide a letter of motivation along with the application form. Experience in work with youngsters is an advantage. We need you to be trustworthy, active and capable to participate in the activities of the camp. Your criminal record must be clean. A good level of English and/or Russian is required. The age lmit of volunteers is 20-30. NB! Smoking and drinking alcohol are absolutely prohibited in the camp and in the youth centre!
There is plenty to do in Parnu: concerts, festivals, open-air shows etc. Summer period is especially rich for cultural events of all kinds. Parnu is known as the summer capital of Estonia. There are several sport halls, swimming pools, saunas and spas, fitness clubs, beautiful Parnu Beach – sunbathing, swimming and many other opportunities for outdoor sports and leisure time activities.
We ask participants to contribute 30 Euro each towards the costs of general administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.