Location: St. Georgen, Germany 

Project name: Volunteer in a Self-Determined learning school in the Black Forest

Hosting organization: Verein Selbstbestimmtes Lernen e.V.

Sending organization: “Common Sense” Youth Organization

Purpose of the project:  About 30 children – age 6 to 18 – attend the school. Freie Schule Brigach, founded in 2006, enriches the educational offer in the region of Schwarzwald-Baar, the educational concept meets the requirements of curriculums at state schools. The main focus of our educational efforts is the individual child with his or her strengths and skills: the pupils learn in a group of mixed ages, and children experience democracy, which offers freedom and limits, individuality and community. The teacher’s role is to give input and advice, to support children in their own way of learning. Children are taught to work independently and self-responsibly: teachers are not an authority who know everything, but someone who supports and accompanies children in their process of learning. Volunteer activities: assistance during classes, supporting pupils at excursions, initiating personal projects. 

Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer between 18-30 years old (Only Azerbaijani citizenship)

Project period – 09/09/2023 to 31/07/2024 (11 months)

Deadline: 25th June 2023

How to apply? Please fill out this form to apply: https://forms.gle/rFK864emPkQnHVsr8 

More information about the project you can find here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1retlt-06Ngmj_h_KF1Ir1HaSpEc6w6VJ/view

All costs are covered by European Solidarity Corps

No participation fee! 

Language: English, German

Accommodation, food, and transport arrangements:

Volunteers will get accommodated in a shared apartment with other young people in Villingen-Schwenningen (85.000 inhabitants), the kitchen and bathroom are shared. Volunteers get a monthly amount of money for food. To ensure regional mobility the volunteers get a monthly ticket for public transportation in the area of Schwarzwald-Baar, on workdays from 2 p.m., on weekends, and during public school holidays, the ticket is also valid in the neighboring regions.

Application conditions and requirements for volunteering: 

Volunteers should have an interest in educational work, especially in the concept of alternative teaching. We expect an open-minded person with an interest in our democratic & alternative school, as well as openness towards living in a rural area. In our school, we support children to learn independently and self-responsibly. The same we expect from the staff and from volunteers. Volunteers should be able to work in a team and should be interested to bring up their own ideas & projects. To learn the language of the hosting country there is a weekly language training at the local adult education center.