We are a young couple Vaiva and Rolandas. We started this summercamp three years ago after living in Taiwan for a year and working in different English camps and schools. We combined two of our biggest passions: passion for nature & adventures and passion for teaching. We are both certified ski and snowboard instructors and work in the Alpes during the winter season. Vaiva is a certified Yoga teacher. We love travelling, taking new challenges and meeting new cultures. Our goal of this camp is to help kids grow individually and collectivelly, positively transform young Lithuania's generation and show them that healthy living in the nature can be cool and fun!
WHAT IS THIS PLACE?
It is a small summercamp for kids, located in one of the most majestic Lithuania's national park next to the lake surounded by beautiful forests and swamps.
Camp lasts 7 days (from Sunday to Sunday) with no more than 25 kids (7 to 13 years old).
Our main goal is to rebond nowadays kids with nature by spending all of our time outside, sleeping in tipies (big triangular indian tents), walking forests and swamps almost every day, swimming in the lake, showering in the old traditional Lithuanian sauna and spending evenings next to the fireplace. Moreover, we have a lot of unique creativity activities, which are completely different form the art classes in school. We play lots of different games, have orientation contests and so on. Last, but not least we are also teaching kids English. However, here we also avoid "schoolish" way to do it, so every day we have a quick lesson (approx. 1 hour) of new vocabulary and then we play some games using those words, so kids can find English language fun and useful. This way they are no longer ashamed to speak out in a foreign language and learn it way quicker. Aaaaand this is the main part where we need you guys!
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Our camp is located in one of the most beautiful Lithuania's national park right next to a very clean and beautiful lake. We are having trips with kids almost every day all around the area, so you would have a chance to see the real beauty of Lithuania's nature (lakes, rivers, swamps, forests, villages and etc.).
Every morning we start with yoga, meditation or active exercises, so you would have an opportunity to start your day full of good energy!
Every evening we build a fireplace right next to the shore and have amazing sunsets.
In 7 days we become one family and at the very last day even boys are not able to say goodbye without tears in their eyes. So you will have an opportunity to bond with very creative and outgoing Lithuanian kids, become their friends and even learn from them :)
Moreover, all of our team members are fanatic nature lovers, so if you plan to visit other parts of Lithuania or other Baltic countries we will be more than happy to help you plan your trip!
Our SUMMER camp schedule is:
1st group: June 16th - 23rd
2nd group: July 30th - 7th
3rd group: July 14th - 21st
4th group: July 21st - 28th (For 3rd and 4th it would be best if you could come for both sessions)
5th group: August 4th - 11th
What kind of help do we expect from you:
1. Become friends with kids and speak with them in English.
2. Lead the games in English (If you know some we are always happy to add new things to our program)
3. Help us with general work (build a fireplace, prepare things for activities and games, clean the space from time to time and etc.)
What kind of persons we are looking for:
1. Nature lover, not afraid of bugs and mosquitoes.
2. Experienced in teaching English.
3. Interactive, friendly and very outgoing (especially with kids).
4. A bit childish and creative.
5. Not afraid to speak out, lead the games and control kids.
6. Totally crazy! Because those kids are insane (in a good way mostly).
We believe that as a strange and exotic foreigner you would help kids learn English faster. They would be more motivated to learn and to speak. Also, how cool for a ten year old is to have a foreigner friend?!
Our day looks like this:
7:30 - 8:00 Waking up
8:00 - 8:30 Yoga/meditation/active exercises
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 English lesson and educational games
11:00 – 16:00 Trips in forests/swamps
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
16:00 – 18:00 Creativity classes outside
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner (Small break after)
19:00 – 21:00 Relays, active games
21:00 – 22:00 Playing, singing, dancing next to a fireplace in a tipie.
22:00 - Sleep
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We always modify programme according to the weather.
For the most, we need you during the English lesson classes and educational games which will take no more than 2 hours. Other 3 hours we need you to help us prepare and attend for the games and other activities mentioned before or go to the trips together and speak out with kids in English. It is up to you in which parts besides English lessons you want to participate in. Usually workawayers participate in all the programme during the day simply because it's fun and interesting. It does not matter if you are 7, 20 or 30, it's always nice to run freely, jump into the lake and sing out loud! :)
A small two floor wooden house with mattresses on the floor and a very nice balcony with a view to the lake next to the tipies. Very cozy and clean. If there will be more volunteers you will have to share it with others. If you need more privacy, you can build a tent or simply sleep outside. You can also sleep in a tipie with kids. So it's really your choice and personal preferences.
The nearest bus station is 7 km away from our camp area so we can pick you up from there, or if you contact us earlier we can take you from Vilnius or Kaunas.
There is also a train station called "Dukstas" not too far from our camp area (35km away), so if you wnat to come by yourself, we can take you from there.
The nearest market is around 9km away, so if there will be a need for something we can arrange a car and get you there.
We provide vegetarian food 3 times per day. We have a professional Ayurveda chef, so you don't need to worry about it. Everything will be prepared for you. Vegan option is also possible.
As our camp is located in Aukstaitija national park so all around the place there are lots of different regional parks which have very beautiful educational trails, mounds, lakes, rivers and forests, old mills and churches. We can give you more details and give you right directions according to your wishes once you arrive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week