The SOS Children’s Village Kotayk consists of 13 family houses, a SOS kindergarten, a Village Director’s house, accommodation for the aunts, a Community House, offices and staff quarters.
The kindergarten is an integrational one, where there are 15 children who live in the SOS village and 8-9 children coming from nearby regions, where there are no kindergartens. This integration with village children gives SOS children a possibility and teaches them to make friends with children out of the SOS village. The kindergarten uses the step-by-step method, which means that the main aim is centralized on child’s interests. There are 57 children at the moment in the centre. The staff of the centre consists of 39 people, including pedagogics, psychologists, social workers, supervisors and technical staff.
Objectives and motivation
The main aim of the project is to work with children, to educate and train them. The volunteer will be involved in all programs and will be encouraged to propose his/her own ideas and suggestions.
The volunteer will live and work with the local community. It’s preferable the volunteer to have concrete interest, for example, in drawing, dancing, handicrafts, music, teaching skills to be able to organize teaching and playing groups.
Different educational games will be organized as well as physical training. The children can hear another language and learn about the volunteer’s culture which will be a great learning opportunity for them. By the end of this project a big exhibition of art works done by the children will be organized.
With the help of the volunteer it will be possible to organize more workshops, in which the children according to their health can draw, sculpture, sing and dance.
The volunteer will participate in various activities with the children and will be encouraged to propose their own, depending on volunteer’s interests. S/he will have the opportunity to participate in all arts workshops and to support the staff in organizing these activities (painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc.), maintain the “Smile’s House” in SOS and organise recreational activities for the children.
Support and training will be provided by the staff of the organization and by the community. The volunteer will be invited to social events and will be supported in learning and practicing basic Armenian language, according to his/her wish.
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