URGENT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers with experience or volunteers with big motivation and empathy are needed for a project of non formal education with kids-teenagers at a non official shelter (occupied building) in Athens, where more than 200 displaced people are living.
We are a mixed team of professional and non professionals volunteers passionate about education and active pedagogy ( Montessori, Freinet…) who decided to set up this project 4 months ago. Our aim is to support the kids living there to develop their intellectual and interpersonal abilities in a safe and reassuring space and also to facilitate their integration and schooling at the official system of education in Greece.
The classes start at 10 am and finish at 5,30 pm. The program consists on the next subjects: Maths and English, chess/board games, art, and outdoor activities: park, basketball, skate… In the future we would like to do urban gardening and music as well (looking for collaboration)! Providing rules, a schedule and a structure for the kids is a priority for us, but as most of them haven’t been at school for a while (in some cases, never) and the conditions of their living are really difficult, our initiative is a big challenge. We are for the moment facing the difficulties of getting the kids back into an educational structure.
In parallel, we work with the community living at the shelter. We try to support the adults providing information to them or doing accompaniment for health issues or registration of kids at the Greek schools. Understanding the context where we are working and show respect and interest to the community living there is an absolut MUST to work with us.
Starting a project of this characterictics requires lot of energy and determination! For that reason we need volunteers seriously committed with the idea and the team, willing to help the project to be set up. We will give you support and guidance (with non formal education, teaching and how to deal with children) and you will have the chance to be an active part of it. We are really and open to new ideas and suggestions, we want to discover yours! We want to improve our project ! We need people able to commit for 1 month at least. However, if you have experience or a short project to propose to us you will be very welcome!
It’s a really beautiful experience to be in our classroom, with the kids, who were working hardly to create that space. You will be more than welcome and be called: Teacher ! Teacher !
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