We are a Spanish and an English teacher at the Montessori school near Landshut and Munich in Lower Bavaria.
We are looking for volunteers that want to work with children and support our teachers while gaining insight into Maria Montessori’s method of teaching. Our school is near Landshut and Munich, the compulsory school hours are from 08.00am till 1.00pm. Scholars are also given the choice of staying on until 4.00pm. For those that do stay until 4.00pm they receive lunch in our organic canteen and then partake in their chosen activities before heading home.
The activities range from Languages, Musical instruments, sports and arts to dance class. Our school was founded twenty years ago and has continually grown from strength to strength.
There are currently 250 scholars, aged between 6 and 17 from all walks of life, a few of our students have disabilities. We have 30 teachers at our school and 6 placement students that come for a year at a time.
We want to have volunteers for a number of reasons, it doesn’t just benefit our scholars but also you as the volunteer. If you are not familiar with Montessori then look into it before you apply to us, it would be a shame to come (so) far and not be able to identify with the Montessori methods. We are not looking for experts but you should be opened minded, love children, be outgoing and willing to have lots of fun. Generally our children return their positives experiences with amazing gestures, they are so open to learning it’s a wonderful sight to see how well they grasp new opportunities.
Through native speakers of English or Spanish the children will benefit immensely and have the chance to experience the language first hand. Many of the children have learnt some English and are really enthusiastic when native speakers come to teach them or tell them about their culture and traditions from their homelands. With hands on experience the scholars retain more and get stuck in when it comes to St. Patricks Day celebrations or trying real “Jamon”.
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that gives you the freedom to provide your insights then you are looking at the right page here.
You will be expected to help the teachers, produce learning material (as requested by the teacher), supervise the children during their work, be involved in the sports class and arts. Perhaps you will also be able to go away with our students, once a year the students go to a youth hostel for a week at a time.
It is preferable that you can stay for a minimum of four weeks and then open ended for as long and you can. We expect you to work 25 hours at school over a four day period. A little household help at the host family is also appreciated, general housework, perhaps some babysitting or shopping.
English, German, Spanish
We offer free accommodation with a host family (single room, shared bathroom, meals where requested). Depending on the length of your stay it can’t be guaranteed that you spend your whole time with one host family. If you don’t happen to be on the same wave length as your host family then that’s not a problem, we can arrange that you move. One of our mottos is talk to one another not about one another.
You will be served a two course lunch from our organic canteen and all other meals at your host's. Transport is generally at your expense, except for the bus or train to reach the school. We also offer transfer to/from the nearest airport, if possible.
70km from Munich
80km from Regensburg
180km from Nuremberg
100km to Salzburg
140km to Czech Republic
300km to Prague
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers