Nazareth Kindergarten and Community Center
The Nazareth Child Care educates over 60 children between the ages of 3-6 each year. The kindergarten, which is managed by local staff and supported by volunteers, serves as a source of education and enriches the children’s development. It also provides the children with adequate nourishment and scholarships to continue their education in primary school, thus giving them a foundation for a better future. In the afternoon the community based activities start, including adults learning, youth movement for teenagers, environmental and recycling community programs. Also an agricultural project gives opportunity to the community to increase beneficial knowledge about gardening and compost production.
Nazareth is a joint initiative between Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development and Nagenda International for Art and Design (NIAAD) in Uganda as part of their commitment and willingness to attend to the needs of the wider community of the village of Namulanda in Uganda. Brit Olam’s volunteers noticed a need among dozens of the community’s children for an educational framework. Together with the students of Muse Uganda (an Arts Education Program for disadvantaged Youth developed by Brit Olam) and local NIAAD staff, they founded the child care and brought it to life at the end of 2011.
Interest of Mission
The citizens of Namulanda are reliant to help and support from abroad to achieve their goals according to an adequate education for children and an empowering development. French volunteers can participate in creating and developing a productive and efficient support system for the Ugandan society. The benefits for the population are obvious by receiving additional helpers from additional helpers from abroad and by gaining new and practical knowledge from the volunteer’s individual skills, professional education and personal motivation.
- Assisting teachers in the classrooms
- Supporting the children during classroom assignments
- Creating adequate activities during breaks (music, games, sports, etc.)
- Providing a clean learning environment by supporting the teacher in cleaning
Schedule & Transportation
- Working hours usually Monday – Friday 7:30-14:00
- Walkable distance from accommodations
- The volunteers should bring flexibility for the practical work with a different culture, traditional society, environment and climate
- They should be able to take responsibility and to work both independently but also in a team
- A volunteer needs to have the mental and social abilities to deal with challenging and unexpected situations
- The volunteers need to have the motivation, open mindset and social skills required to get to know a new country and the ability to accept differences
- Communication and human-relation skills are inevitable
- Willingness to participate in extracurricular activities within the community
- The volunteers need to respect and understand traditional values, e.g. in terms of dress code and social behavior and the infrastructure in this developing country
- Volunteer profile: Mature, modest, responsible, motivated, tolerant, flexible, teamwork capable, adaptive, open minded, autonomous, and patient
- Resume (with picture) and motivation letter in English
- Living Accommodations
Inside the compound there are two buildings reserved for the volunteers. Each volunteer will share a room with four or six people. Necessary furniture is provided as well as a small kitchen inside the building. Furthermore, a huge common kitchen and dining room is part of the accommodations. Because of this rural area, internet cannot be taken for granted through the whole time in terms of electricity complications
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Seminars/additional courses
For a period of three months the volunteers receive educational and preparing courses. These courses are distributed through the week that they receive on two-four days (dependent on the placement and schedule) a few hours of training. The courses will cover the topics of: International development, practical work and skill training at their placements and entrepreneurial studies.
- Pedagogical guidance & support
A pedagogical guide keeps contact and takes care of all the needs of the volunteers throughout the volunteering period in and out of the placement.
- Flight ticket (round trip)
- Visa cost
- The volunteers must provide the escorting organization 450 Euros for accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), transportation and security.
- Phone flat-rate package
- Individual traveling