VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Teenage Refugee Project Leader

created:
N.A. (before July 2018)
last edit:
31. October 2018
urgency:
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Tags: education | Greece: West | work with kids | language | environmental | long-term

Who We Are

Second Tree (www.secondtree.orgwww.facebook.com/SecondTree/) is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Ioannina, Epirus. Second Tree was founded in January 2017 by a group of volunteers that had worked together in the Katsikas refugee camp. Since our inception we have worked with and supported refugee communities across the Epirus region and we continue to grow in our four key areas.

  • Integration – through workshops and activities that develop connections with the local community and economy; fostering an avenue for cohesion and unity.
  • Education – through non-formal English and Greek languageclasses for teenagers and adults delivered by qualified teachers
  • Community-Building – through a Scouts program designed to develop teamwork and life-skills in young people in the region
  • Support – through our non-formal children’s activities for 3-10 year olds

To address the absence of extra-curricular, values-based activities and empower the youth, we made the Scouts program a flagship project of Second Tree. We saw the benefits it reaped in Katsikas camp, providing a space for motivated young people to take on leadership roles and become role models for their peers.

The project takes inspiration from the global Scouting movement and aims to develop important life skills in young people, such as organization, collaboration, problem solving, negotiation and decision-making. This is done through group activities that are experiential, collaborative, educational and empowering. The activities follow the global Scout mantra and are divided into three key themes:

  1. Environment: Discovering and understanding nature through trips to local farms, hikes with mountain guides, environmental cleanups.
  2. Integration: Establishing contact with the host community and culture
  3. Education: Discussing important topics such as SGBV, environmental friendliness and healthy lifestyles in an experiential way in English; developing their English language skills in two dedicated classes (A0 and A1 levels);

The Position

We are looking for volunteers who can lead the development, implementation and expansion of our youth program that is currently operational in the Agia Eleni refugee camp in Ioannina. We work with 42 young people from 4 different nationalities.

The ideal candidate will possess experience working with children and young people in an educational and environmental outdoor setting, and will have experience in and/or knowledge of the Scouting movement. Individuals with expertise working with children in non-formal educational / like-minded programs are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and/or experience working in a similar context (refugee crisis) and with vulnerable youth is a strong plus.

 The role will include:

  • Organizing weekly activities with the Scouts and team leaders;
  • Identifying, developing and managing team leaders;
  • Collaborating with the wider Second Tree team;
  • Supporting team leaders to plan and implement weekly activities and excursions;
  • Supporting in Second Tree’s general logistic needs;

Requirements:

  • Ability to commit for 2 months mínimum;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual setting;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage own workload;
  • Ability to work in a high-intensity environment;
  • Adaptable, flexible attitude and approach to activities and people management;
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate in an open, honest, direct manner;

Skills Desired:

  • Experience working as a Scout leader and/or part of the Scout Leadership Team
  • Experience with teen agers in educational and leisure activities
  • Ability to drive (posession of valid driving licence)
  • Certifications such as:
    • Free Time Monitor.
    • Free Time Coordinator.
    • Sociocultural Animator.
  • Demonstrable experience in the animation field and summer camps.
  • Knowledge of the Scout Movement and/or similar pedagogical tools and programs
  • Language skills: Arabic, Persian, Dari and/or Kurmanji

What We Offer

  1. Accomodation with all the basic amenities (WiFi, heating, laundry, kitchen) covered in a shared team house.
  2. Transportation for work-related activities.
  3. Reference letter pending successful completion of engagement

We have two volunteer houses that can host up to nine people where long term volunteers are accommodated. Some volunteers choose to rent their own accommodation. In certain periods of the year demand is extremely high, and the volunteer houses might be full. If you have the means to pay for your own accommodation, please let us know. We would still be happy to host you if space is available. However,  in a situation where the volunteer houses are full, this would allow us to offer a volunteering opportunity to someone that cannot afford to pay rent.

How to apply:

Candidates should send their CV and cover letter to Giovanni Fontana at volunteers@secondtree.org.
Please put “Scout Leader Candidate 09/18” as the subject line, and specify in your email the dates you would be available to volunteer.




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