1 long-term volunteer to Maarja Village for people with learning disabilities.
The aim is to create solidarity among young people towards people with fewer opportunities. It is about
creating a dialogue between individuals in different stages of their life, to reinforce understanding, cooperation and once again, solidarity.
All this comes with participants improving their skills and competences to assure better possibilities in the labor market and enhancing personal skills to become a more tolerant and exemplary citizen of Europe and the world. The activities of the project include supporting people with learning disabilities to take care of themselves and grow independence, making activities to stimulate their days and fill it with learning by doing moments. As well as, using the skills, interests and hobbies of the volunteers to teach, create and entertain.
When and Where?
in Maarja Küla, Kiidjärve in Estonia from Autumn 2021
who can participate?
One of the principles of Maarja Village, is to have no discrimination towards gender or background of volunteers. As mentioned before, one of our main ideas why
we welcome all candidates, regardless of their background,
is to develop our organization by meeting different challenges and providing young people possibilities to be valued members of our foundation. Our experience shows that it does not matter if the volunteer has had any previous contact with the area of special needs. We prefer volunteers, who are interested in our way of life.
Aged between 18-30
Has not previously participated in a long-term EVS/ESC volunteering project
Volunteers accompany inhabitants of Maarja village. Creating activities and workshops with them, assisting them with their daily activities etc.
On Thursdays, volunteers have reflection day, tutor and mentor meetings and time to create their own initiative projects.
That day will also be used for learning experiences that might not have to be connected with Maarja village work activities: getting to know the local community and participating activities there, getting to know Estonia and Estonian people. Once a week there is an opportunity to work in our Tartu houses and support the activities there.
FOUNDATION MAARJA VILLAGE is a community village that works as a competence centre for people with learning disabilities. Our aim is to support people with learning disabilities to become equal members of Estonian society. It lies in South-Estonia in the middle of our beautiful nature. It has hosted more than 100 long-term volunteers from 16 different countries since summer 2004. Hosting volunteers has had incredible effects on our organization’s development and to our people.
The accommodation costs are covered. Volunteers will live in a shared house in Maarja Village, equipped with all the necessary utilities for comfortable living.
Each month volunteer’s receive a total of 270€ pocket and food money.
The transportation from Hungary to Estonia and back will be covered up to 275€
The volunteer will have Cigna Health insurance.
The volunteer will have access to the Online Language Support to learn Estonian.
Volunteer’s training cycle:
The volunteer will have on-arrival and mid-term training provided by the Estonian National Agency. There will be weekly meetings with the tutor to assess the project.
The volunteer will have a mentor to help with any issue and support the learning process.
Meetings with all the volunteers and coordinators will take place in different parts of Estonia to evaluate the progress of the volunteering projects, to set goals, socialize and discover new locations in Estonia.
In addition to the work at the hosting organization, the volunteers will take part in different events and fairs to promote European Solidarity Corps and the Erasmus+ programme.
The volunteer has a chance to create his/her own initiative project that will be funded by the coordinating organisation.
The selection process is based not mainly on your experiences but your motivation and your personality.