ESC opportunities in Tallinn
AT THE MOMENT WE ARE LOOKING FOR 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR PERIOD 04.09.2019 – 03.08.2020!
- Põhja-Tallinn Youth Centre – from Europe or Turkey (participating countries)
- Lasnamäe Youth Centre – from Russia
When you are 18–30 years old and motivated to work with youngsters aged 7–26, please fill in the application form here and send it by e-mail to Diana Paade at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “ESC application”.
Lasnamäe Youth Centre
Lasnamae Youth Centre (Lasnamae noortekeskus) is one of the 10 youth centres in Tallinn, Estonia. Lasnamäe is the most populous administrative district of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The district's population is about 119,000, the majority of which is Russian-speaking.
Our youth centre is a second home for young people aged 7–26. Our moto is “Youth for the Future”. We provide opportunities to spend free time in our youth centre as well as we have different activities, events, courses projects designed for young people of different ages.
- free events, workshops and projects for youth (7–26 years old);
- courses and summer camps;
- sport and cultural activities.
Our main interest in hosting a volunteer is the fact that we would like to provide opportunities for local youngsters, focusing on non-formal education methods, help them to develop their foreign language and communication skills and increase their intercultural awareness.
On a daily basis, our main visitors are kids aged 7–13 (mostly Russian-speaking), youngsters 14+ take part in specific events and projects.
In a way, our youth centre is quite new. In 2017 Danila Kuznetsov became a director of this youth centre, he is a public figure and doing different sport activities and projects which are free for youth on local and international level. Punane 69D - is a new renovated part of the building of Tondiraba huvikool, youth centre moved to that place in October 2017.
There is Vadim Nekrjats who is providing visibility of our youth centres activities and managing courses for kids that visit our youth centre (aged 8–13). We also have youth workers Valentina Appolonova and Maria Kazlovskaya (since spring 2018), our youth centre`s youth project squad, actively involved in providing different possibilities for youngsters 14+ and performing camps for kids. Valentina and Maria are constantly increasing their knowledge on local and international trainings for youth workers.
Maksim Koval is taking care of open area with games in our youth centre on a daily basis. Lastly, we have Viktor Panasenko - our art-media specialist (gadgets and lego as main tools).
Therefore, our collective is a small family consisting of young, motivated, friendly people.
We have a lot of creative ideas and we are using different innovative approaches (such as quests, workshops, youth projects that develop 21 century skills and digital competences).
We have the best visibility of our activities among other youth centres and organisations though traditional (TV, radio, newspapers) and social media (news portals, Facebook, Instagram, Vkontakte). Our Facebook has almost 2k subscribers.
International volunteer will be involved in
- carrying out English language cafes for youth weekly (speaking practice through different non-formal methods of education);
- organizing Multi-Culti cultural events monthly (active cultural evenings - quizzes, games, dances, workshops);
- organizing activities and games for kids who visit our youth centre every day (age 7–13);
- helping with organizing different events and activities;
- helping with writing, managing and implementing local projects;
- initiating other activities (if there are any good ideas).
Our youth centre guarantees
- Safe and friendly environment
- Flexible working schedule
- Possibilities for self-development, gaining new skills and knowledge, opportunity to participate in different activities
- Language practice (in case of interest)
We would like to host a volunteer who speaks English, who is friendly, open-minded, responsible, flexible, initiative and has good communication skills. It would be great if the volunteer is not afraid of speaking in public (or is willing to give it a try) and is willing to learn about youth work and non-formal education. Any experience and interest in art/ theatre/ making videos/ graphic design is also very welcome.
The volunteer should be tolerant towards the fact that in our youth centre most visitors and youth workers have Russian cultural background (youth workers have English level B2). Therefore, we will try to have international atmosphere during our events, but will help our guests with language support (translation from English to Russian/Estonian) if needed.
Põhja-Tallinn Youth Center
Põhja-Tallinn Youth Center is youthful and modern youth center, where we provide a wide range of opportunities for recreation and / or developing activities. We have a spacious building with many rooms where youngsters can participate in lots of different activities.
Põhja-Tallinn Youth Center is open for young people in the age of of 7–26 years. We support initiative and the ideas that young people provide and follow the principles of non-informal learning.
Our center and activities here are based on open participation. Põhja-Tallinn Youth Center offers different activities for youngsters: technology-based activities, sport trainings in our gym, wall climbing trainings as well as music club in our band room. Also, our youth workers are doing different kinds of clubs, for example creativity club, robotics, board games, computer games etc. There are also different events held throughout the year, that are organized by our youth workers or with young people, who are active and have great ideas and motivation to do something voluntarily, for other young people or for the community.
A volunteer should be active, open- minded and tolerant person, who has the courage to make contact with young people and plan and lead different activities. A good candidate for voluntary service at our youth center should have some kind of hobby, which he/she can introduce to the young people. It would be an added value if the volunteer has a hobby or interest in for example music and musical instruments, multimedia, graphical designs, technology or extreme sports. Volunteer should be able to lead language courses and help to organize and run cultural programs for the young. We wish that the volunteer would speak good English. Russian language is a bonus.
- While filling the form, please be as detailed and thorough as possible!
- Selected volunteers will be asked for a Skype interview.
- Make sure you have sending organization's details in the form.
Only ESC forms, which follow the application criteria, will be accepted. Please read the application process thoroughly.
There are altogether 10 youth centres in Tallinn which belong to the umbrella organisation Tallinn Sports and Youth Department. Eight youth centres at the same time host an European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteer for period 04.09.2019 – 03.08.2020 (11 months).
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia with the beautiful medieval old town, located on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Tallinn has population of about 427 000 inhabitants. It is one of the most developed areas in Estonia with a lot of enterprises, businesses, organisations and governmental institutions.
Tallinn Sports and Youth Department