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LAST MINUTE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY
We’re looking for a couple/family to live on our school’s campsites 2021 April-May and help prepare them for the summer season.
1st campsite is fully finished and has been in use for 10 years now, 2nd one has been opened this year and still needs lots of little things to be done.
These are both quiet and remote spots 10-20 min walk from a huge lake. Hot water, showers, fully equipped kitchens.
Our expectations: in exchange for spacious private accommodation we’d expect the workawayers to clean the place after winter season, prepare it for upcoming camps (e.g. fix broken taps, clean blocked sewage, build an extra space for showers-the list of tasks can be compiled individually, but we’d expect the workawayers to be good at most building/maintenance jobs).
Requirements: you should consider having/renting a car as otherwise it’ll be difficult to move around. The nearest little food shop is 45 min walk away. You should be good at and interested in various upgrades around the house.
SUMMER CAMP OPENINGS! ACCOMMODATION and ALL MEALS provided, LGBT friendly!
(PAY: 80 EUR/WEEK, meals and accommodation provided).
We are a language school with four branches in Vilnius and one in Kaunas, with around 80 employees in total. We actively participate in workaway, especially in summers.
At the moment we are looking for native English speakers (preferably aged 21 and older), also non-natives with no less than B2 in English who would be able and willing to work with kids/teens IN DAY CAMPS (VILNIUS/KAUNAS) OR nature camps in Anykščiai area (that is a remote rural area, the closest small town Anykščiai is about 16 kilometers away, so lots of nature, zero clubs for parties).
If you are natively English, American, Canadian or Australian (or a non-native with great English), love teaching and a good laugh, are relaxed and independent, can communicate with very different people and do little moaning, then do contact us. After the camp we'll gladly provide you with a certificate and references for your future projects if needed (backdate also not a problem).
POSITIONS AVAILABLE for 2021:
Camp Teacher in Summer DAY Camp (VILNIUS/KAUNAS) - perfect for you if you love small kids and could spend days and days in their company
Camp Teacher in Summer NATURE Camp (ANYKSCIAI AREA) - will suit you well if you love nature and teenagers are more interesting than annoying to you :)
N.B. We'd be delighted to welcome people with medical/first aid training who would be able to take care of minor health problems of the campers.
The responsibilities will include independently (using our resources or the internet) preparing activities and organising classes/seminars/workshops in English to kids and teens in a fun and entertaining way. The responsibilities will NOT include moaning and nagging and being lazy. We're expecting you to be quick witted and flexible, so that we can trust you with a group of 10 kids/teenagers to manage during activity time. Sense of humour, ability to relate and talk to teens as well as show initiative in organising all types of activities would be very useful.
Please bear in mind that the campers may range from zero English to quite fluent.
We also would like to emphasise that the main purpose of our camps is fun and entertainment, education is not our primary goal (it's summer!), so do not be afraid to apply if you have zero teaching experience.
In Anykščiai nature camps you'll be on the same campsite with all teachers and teenagers (around 40-50 of them) all the time so be prepared for lots of social interaction. It would be great if you could prepare at least 5 group games as an activity you can use when you run out of ideas, just to be on the safe side (can be outdoor or indoor activities, most important that they do not require too much stuff and preparation time).
If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. We'll arrange a Skype or messenger interview for all candidates before we decide and discuss your arrival details.
1st SHIFT June 14 - 18 // MONSTER RETREAT - vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies and all kinds of creatures!
2nd SHIFT June 21 - 25 // SURVIVAL MODE - nature, camping, all kinds of remote locations and the great outdoors
3rd SHIFT June 28 - July 2 // WHAT A JOURNEY! - vehicles, means of travel and the most popular travel destinations
4th SHIFT July 5 - 9 // ATHLETIC PURSUIT - various types of sports, tournaments and games
5th SHIFT July 12 - 16 // OKAY, the UK! - culture, history, geography of the UK, its famous people
6th SHIFT July 19 - 23 // STORYTELLING - fairytales, movies, books and other types of stories
7th SHIFT July 26 - 30 // LOOK UP! - astrology, astronomy, weather, space, sky and all that's there
8th SHIFT August 2 - 6 // TREASURE ISLAND - beaches, pirates, sea creatures, legends and myths
9th SHIFT August 9 - 13 // WILD WEST - cowboys, indians and other Northern American stories
10th SHIFT August 16- 20 // MASTERCHEF - various cuisines, groceries and farm animals
11th SHIFT August 23 - 27 // SECRET SPY SCHOOL - coded messages, secret missions and spies
SHIFT 1 - 06.21-06.26 Brain Power - we will look into the human brain and its abilities, ways to memorise information and improve your memory! We will also determine what your preferred memorising method is and how to get better at the other methods that you struggle with. We'll analyse how different people can process the same things in a completely different manner - which is acceptable and totally OK. We'll compare how different animals' brains function; we'll also see how brain function can influence one's emotions. We'll discuss ways to relax and clear your mind in order not to burn out during more intense periods of your life.
SHIFT 2 - 06.28-07.03 Too Cool for School - we will look at how school subjects and learning have changed at different stages of history in different parts of the world; we will find out why it is easy for some in school and difficult for others and what tricks can be taken to make learning easier; why do various school systems differ? Do you need homework? Which is better, online learning or face-to-face class? What is missing to make the education system meet your expectations? Why do some choose home-schooling sometimes? What if you never went to school? Why is it so important that children from poor countries can also go to school? We hope to discuss so many issues together!
SHIFT 3 - 07.05-07.10 I Love You, Hater - this shift is devoted to looking for the reasons and consequences of bullying. We will try to find ways to help the bullied, discuss ways to avoid being bullied and - most importantly - where fun ends and bullying starts. We will try to learn to accept others as they are, drop the categories and etiquettes, also understand that 'just like everyone else' or 'as I know it' is not necessarily 'the best'. We'll build a Safe Place together for everyone in the camp - party animals and loners, artistic souls and mathematicians, mainstream and counterculture, the ones still in the closet and already out of it.
SHIFT 4 - 07.12-07.17 Believe it or Not - A shift about conspiracy theories, scams, fake facts and ways to con the society and yourself. We'll learn to be attentive, to tell fake information from facts, to check reliability of our sources and not to spread gossip if you are not sure how grounded it is. We'll discuss Deepfake, fake news and the influence of new technologies to the spread of information. We'll find out what audience is the easiest target and why conspiracy theories are so popular. We'll see how 'broken telephone' works in practice.
SHIFT 5 -07.19-07.24 The X Factor - think you have talent, whatever it is? Would you like to show it to others, but dare you? Would it be fun to get friendly criticism and improve, or maybe see how others are doing in the talent ring? Don’t have any clearly identifiable talent, but are you charismatic and like to talk a lot and loudly? Or maybe you are just afraid of new people, even though you feel like you might interest them, but have no idea HOW? We are ready to find YOUR X-factor - what makes you the most unique and magic! We will have a full week, a safe environment and lots of support. Join us!
SHIFT 6 - 07.26-07.31 Movie Time - this is shift is for you if you love movies and want to share the knowledge and impressions you have about them. We will discuss your favourite movies, look into the lives of your beloved actors and will try to act out some famous movie scenes ourselves! We'll look into movie production from the very first idea, casting, until the final product and advertising. Why are some movies so popular and famous arounf the world while others have only been seen by very few? What's the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood? What's the most popular language in movies? How are movies dubbed? What on earth is Sindarin and Klingon?
SHIFT 7 - 08.02-08.07 Your Camp, Your Rules! - this shift is very distinctive and exceptional, helping campers understand the importance of leadership, the principles of teamwork, and the subtleties of negotiation. The participants of the camp will organize the whole week! Camp leaders will help implement the ideas and make sure they don’t go too far, and campers will be able to create exactly the kind of camp they want! ATTENTION: The usual camp schedule is not valid this week. The camp can be rebuilt within the framework of the current RULES. If you have ideas that will require prior preparation, please contact us and we will try to help you.
SHIFT 8 - 08.09-08.14 Book Nerd, That's ME! - love to read? Really like to read? Very very fond of reading? Great - bring all your favorite books, we will have a week to discuss them, discuss the topics covered in these books, rewrite the beginnings and ends of your fav stories, get to know the lives of writers and maybe, if you want, write for yourself. It will be a quiet, creative week in the camp, where there is no need to rush anywhere; there will be time for thoughts and YOU.
SHIFT 9 - 08.16-08.21 Culture Exchange - different countries and cultures will be in the centre of attention in this shift. Unusual foreign traditions, food culture abroad, different concepts of politeness, exotic music and such will be in your schedule for the whole week. Foreign teachers participating in this shift will present their own countries and will give you some fun facts about their cultures - you will be encouraged to ask anything that interests you! But also, do not forget to prepare something interesting about your own country! Perhaps you know some traditional dance or song, or an unusual dialect of your language? Or maybe you're a great cook and could make us a traditional dish? Get ready!
SHIFT 10 - 08.23-08.28 Final Countdown - last chance for a camp this summer and last week to revise what you forgot during the holidays! This is the most serious summer shift, where we will thoroughly test your knowledge of English and try to improve the areas where the biggest trouble is - speaking, vocabulary, writing or grammar, all in one week! We will systematize what you are already learning and try to immediately apply as much new knowledge as possible. If English is not your favorite lesson at school, this shift is just for you - we are ready to change your mind in a week!
DIY and building projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Teaching might be exhausting, but it is at the same time super rewarding. We'll help you experience Lithuanian culture, especially via socialising with our students, and we may advise you on interesting spots to visit before or after the project. If you need references or certificates, we will provide those after your stay.
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Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
Preparing for language classes and teaching them to students of various levels, either in groups or individually. One individual class lasts for 60 min, a group one for 90 min. You will be able to consult any teacher or manager at any time during your stay on anything class related.
A shared room
Most important thing, please don't contact us if you have no sense of humour. We are not a typical boring office-like school; we allow wearing casual clothes at work, we have three dogs in our reception and it's OK to have tea and cookies during class time. Like, seriously, be objective and contact us only if you are at least a bit above 'average fun' person. Aaand also have in mind - LGBT community members are very welcome in our schools!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Max 20 hours a week
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