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ДЕДЛАЙН – 01 березня 23:59
Місто: Каунас, Литва
Дати проекту: жовтень 2017 – червень 2018
Тривалість: 9 місяців
Вік: 18-30 років.
Витрати на транспорт, харчування, проживання, страхування та кишенькові гроші покриваються грантом від Європейської Комісії
Kaunas l’Arche community – short description
Association Kaunas l’Arche community is a community which mission is to reveal the gifts of people with or without disabilities through close and communal relationships. It is a small faith-based community of friendship and mutuality between people with intellectual disability and those who assist them. Community life, spirituality and professionalism are the desired basis of our organization. Kaunas l’Arche community is based on Christian values and strives to live its daily life in Christian spirituality. It is young organization and community (established in 2010) permanently searching for the best way of being open, welcoming, professional and coresponding to the actual needs. Šviesos dirbtuvėlės is a part of The International l’Arche Federation (www.larche.org).
Five days per week the community operates as a day center at community home (there is a part of a house where two-three volunteers live and work). During the day people with disability assisted by employees and volunteers do simple art works and daily duties together (kitchen, garden, cleaning works, also various handcrafts – soap, candles, ceramic works). Whatever activity is being done, the most important thing is to do it with (not instead of!) a disabled person and to be open to create a personal bonds and friendship with him/her. Also there are common activities, feasts, trips, camps, other events during the weekends or other time. We are going though discernment process towards the type of community where people with disability and assistants would permanently live together sharing their everyday lives.
Our present community consists of 23 people with intellectual disability, 6 employees, 5-8 volunteers, board members and a circle of friends, parents, supporters etc.
Not all the persons come every day, according to several factors they are spread over the week so that everyday there are 16-20 persons in total.
Most of persons with disability are able to take care of themselves and do simple tasks, but still often they need to be attended, motivated, encouraged or guided. Our experience shows that a friendship with a volunteer motivates to learn new things, encourages them to become more socially active.
A volunteer would be asked to assist a person with disability in his/her activities. The typical day and tasks for a volunteer would look like follows:
9:00 Gathering (a volunteer can be asked to accompany persons while they are gathering, occupy them, eg. make a tea together, initiate some small physical exercises, to have a friendly talk…)
10:00 Community prayer (a volunteer is asked to join a prayer that consist of some songs with moves, Gospel, reflection, personal prayer. Depending on volunteer’s wish he/she can be involved in organizing or leading a prayer. Note: our community has Christian roots, but it welcomes and respects the beliefs and traditions of coming people and encourages them to deepen their spiritual life, whether or not rooted in a traditional religious affiliation).
10.30 Physical exercises (a volunteer may be asked to help in this activity or sometimes organize it)
Work in groups. Depending on work group, a volunteer might be asked to help in preparing lunch, making handcrafts, working in the garden and other actual works (going to a shop, preparing a feast…)
13.00 Lunch (some persons might need assistance while eating).
14.00 Back to work.
15.30 Cleaning (a volunteer should organize, motivate, coordinate, help in cleaning).
15.45 Relaxation and reflection of a day.
There may occur some special events, feasts, trips or projects where various help of a volunteer might be needed.
Everyone with or without disabilities is invited to deepen their spiritual life, no matter what kind of religious tradition they belong to (or do not belong to any). Kaunas l’Arche community is a Christian organization and it is based on Christian values. We start the day with the Morning Prayer, we sing before and after dinner, as well as at the end of the day. Once a month we celebrate the Holy Mass together. We invite you to join, participate, be open and respectful to this form of prayer, even if you do not identify yourself with this religion. We will try to be open and respectful to your faith and opinion as well.
A volunteer will have an opportunity to live a friendship with persons with learning disabilities, to learn more about their lives and the ways of communicating with them. Also he/she will experience community life that enriches in social, values, spiritual meaning. It might be a great experience for persons who are planning to build their career in social work sector. If interested, a volunteer will have an opportunity to learn about Lithuanian social welfare system.
A volunteer also has a possibility to improve their social skills, to learn different ways of dealing with conflicts and different emotions.
Please send both to firstname.lastname@example.org and
1. Why do I want to be a volunteer of the Kaunas l’Arche community?
2. What do I expect from this volunteering?
3. What are my fears?
4. How could I be helpful?
In your e-mail do not forget to mention that you are applying on behalf of Kharkiv non-governmental association for active youth “Stella” with EI accreditation number – 2015-1-PL-01-KA110-017829.