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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: AFS-Kinderdagverblijf Pinnocchio
Bewerbungsende: jährlich
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Mitte Februar 2010 - 6 months
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

Diese Stelle ist nicht mehr verfügbar!

Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise im Sommer eines Jahres ist immer der 1. September des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist 30. September.
Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise Anfang eines Jahres ist immer der 1. März des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 30. März.

The volunteer has to like children, be kind to children. He/she has tobe interested in working with children. It would be nice if thevolunteer would be social and somewhat extravert, so that he/she likesexpressive plays with the children. Enthusiasm is very important!
AFS, the coordinating host organisation, strongly believes in theintercultural learning aspect of an EVS-experience. Therefore, thevolunteer will be living with a volunteer host family, as we believethis is the best introduction to Flemish culture and a greatopportunity to integrate in the local community. Candidates should bewilling to share in the host family's daily life (spend some free timewith them, occasionally join the family on activities outside thehouse, eat together, give a helping hand in the household... ) andshould be motivated to live with and learn about Flemish people ofdifferent ages and opinions. They should also be willing to adapt tothe local eating habits. On the other hand, we guarantee a family thatis interested to learn about your culture and background and thatrespects your values and beliefs. Living in a host family is anexcellent opportunity for both you and the family to broaden yourcultural horizons!
Candidates who are not sure this suits their profile are advised to getin touch with someone who has experience with living in a host family.If you already know you prefer to live independently, please refrainfrom applying for this project.


The Organisation:

Pinnochio is a child care center. They gather children from 0 till 3years. The volunteer will take care of the children together with thestaff. The volunteer will always work together with staffmembers in agroup. The mission of Pinnochio is as following: Pinnochio is surrectedfor children whose parents work outside the house. In this situationthe parents cannot look after their children during the day. Allchildren between 0 and 3 years old are welcome, every day from mondaytill friday from 7 o'clock in the morning till 6.30 in the evening.Their attempt is to organise daycare that is oriented at the child andthe family. The needs of the children are their main concern. Allchildren are welcome whatever their origin, race, life philosophy,cultural background. Also children who are disabled are welcome. They have all pedagogical qualities necessary for each individualchild. It is important that the children are feeling good and are happy.The child care center is situated in a provincial town, named Peer. Itis situated in the Dutch speaking north-eastern part of Belgium, in theprovince Limburg. Peer is known for its beautiful green environement.The child care center is the only child care center in Peer. It islocated in a green area, near the park of the city. It is also near ahome for elderly, with whom Pinnochio does a project together. Peer hasa train station and other public transport availabilities. The volunteer will need a certificate of good behaviour, a testimonial.The volunteer needs also the necessary vaccinations. It is necessarythat the volunteer brings a certificate of the doctor that he/shereceived this vaccinations. The vaccinations are: - hepatitis A and B- tetanus- polio
- rubella
- mumps
The volunteer will need to undergo a medical examination for employmentin Belgium. These are the same main conditions as the staff. This isobliged by the Belgium government because the volunteer will work withchildren.

The Project:

We believe that meeting other opinions and other cultures is veryenriching on personal and proffessional level. So our motivation forthis experience is to discover other cultures. This is interesting aswell for the staff as for the children of the center. It is an extraimpuls to be open and tolerant towards other cultures. This isconsistent with our mission. Culture can be discovered in verydifferent ways. Some expressions of culture can be seen immediately,namely the clothes, the gestures,… The volunteer can also discover theculture of Belgium and the way of living here.

For us, as child care center, it is also very enriching to learn howchild care is organised in other countries and cultures. Together withthe volunteer we would like to look at the similarities anddifferences. We will question the volunteer about the organisation ofchild care in his/her country and we will explain the situation inBelgium. This is very enriching for both parties. Every culture hasdifferent focal points and alternative visions. To encounter with thesevisions can help our center to improve our service.

The volunteer will work together with the staff. The staff exists of 6persons. Because this is a small group, the volunteer will be part ofthe group and he/she will be accepted very easy by the group.
The volunteer will have permanent guidance. He/she will always betogether with one or more staff members responsible for a group ofchildren.
The volunteer will have the following tasks:
- doing activities with the children: games, reading, playing outside.Here the volunteer could also develop an own project (see below).
- nursing the children (feeding the children).
- some household chores.
We would also like to ask the volunteer to develop a personal projectwith the children in which the intercultural aspect of the experienceis extra visible. Once a week the volunteer could organise a thematicactivity according to his/her talents. (The volunteer will be free tofill in this activity as he/she wishes!) Examples of such activities:
Music "How the children sing, danse and play music where I come from" (e.g. play a special instrument)
Literature "Which stories/fairy tales do we tell in …" (e.g. nursery rhymes)
Food "Cooking with special ingredients from …" (e.g. make country-specific dessert)
Seasons "Do we have the same temperatures, landscapes in … " (e.g. fotographs, walk in the park, etc.)
It would also be a nice idea for the volunteer to organise anintroductionmoment for parents and staff about his/her country andabout the organisation of childcare in his/her culture.

A regular day would look like following schedule:
*Arrival around 8.30 am and breakfast* The volunteer will organiseactivities and games with the children together with two persons of thestaff: singing, drawing, painting, taking a walk, dansing, etc.
*Everybody helps at noon when we serve lunch.
*After lunch the children take a nap. The volunteer can take a break for about one hour.*
When the children wake up, the volunteer will be asked to help serving dessert.
* The volunteer will organise activities and games with the childrentogether with two persons of the staff: singing, drawing, painting,taking a walk, dansing, etc.
*The parents come round for their children

caretaking: 25%, educative and recreative tasks: 50 %, domestic tasks: 25%
Average of 30 hours a week·
Weekdays hours: from 9 am to 5 pm.
Evening hours: /·Saturday hours: /·Sunday hours: /·
We offer the possibility of one day off a week in close consultation with the coordinator.

Reference number: 2005-BEFL-24