The Young Workers Volunteer Program is aimed at young adults who want to clarify career goals and gain intercultural knowledge. People that want to grow personally and gain work experience.
This 12-months program provides you with an easily accessible opportunity for effecting positive societal change through volunteering, while improving your skills and competences for personal, educational, and professional development. Non-formal and formal learning opportunities during the program will enable you to acquire essential competences for personal growth in order to become an Active Global Citizen, thereby improving your employment prospects and facilitating your transition into the labor market.
There are various projects in scools and boarding schools in this program which are looking for young, highly motivated team members to play an active part in their organization and to contribute to the daily work routine of the organization. Boarding Schools are institutions where students between 6 and 18 years old learn and live. In schools the volunteer will assist school staff.
Projects Description: Schools
- Working language is usually German
- 12-months program participation
- Support the teachers and help during sport-, arts or language lessons
- Support in kids freetime activities and with homework
- Mentoring kids and accompanying them to classes
- Volunteers may have to do gardening, kitchen work or driving duties
- Volunteers may help in janitor work
- In boarding schools also supervising and advising the pupils during evenings and on week-ends
- The volunteers often live with the pupils in the boarding school
Bryan (2017 volunteered in a boys boarding school) writes: “In principle, I am a mentor for the children but in this school I also have different tasks. Normally I have to be in the mentor’s office or walk through the corridors of the boarding school and make sure that everything is okay. This means that I have to make sure that the children don’t argue with each other, that the music in the rooms and corridors isn’t played too loudly, or that the boys don’t break anything in the house. Some days I also have to wake the children at six thirty and after breakfast, shower and go to class, I have to check the order and cleanliness in their rooms and fill in a list with this information. On Fridays I am what we call the Mentor of Service or MVD. The MVD has to stay in the teacher rooms from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and if children want to register sick we have to give the boys a note and enter the information in the computer. Sometimes I have to help with the Stuzis but I only do these Stuzis when someone is sick. A Stuzi is the time in which the children should do their tasks.”