BFD - BUNDESFREIWILLIGENDIENST

Schule – und dann? Das Schulende kommt in Sichtweite – der perfekte Zeitpunkt, sich um die Zeit „danach“ Gedanken zu machen.

Viele möchten erst einmal Pause vom Lernen, die Möglichkeit sich zu orientieren und Neues auszuprobieren. Freiwilligendienste sind eine Möglichkeit, Luft zu holen und mal etwas ganz anderes zu machen. Zwölf Monate aus einer anderen Perspektive neue Einsichten zu gewinnen – eine intensive Erfahrung! Für einige ist es der Einstieg in den künftigen Beruf, für andere ist es eine Erfahrung, die sie im Leben nicht missen möchten, auch wenn die Reise in andere Richtungen weiter geht. Infos unter www.freunde-waldorf.de

In unserer Region gibt es eine Vielzahl von anthroposophisch bzw. waldörflich orientierten Einrichtungen, die Plätze für BFD und FSJ bieten. Der Weg dorthin ist nicht schwierig: Am besten direkt nachfragen. Die Einsatzplätze werden von einem Träger organisatorisch begleitet, z.B. an unserer Schule durch die „Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners“.

Wir haben zwei BFD-Stellen: In den jüngeren Klassen freuen sich die Klassen- und Fachlehrer*innen über Unterstützung im Unterricht, bei Klassenaktivitäten und Festen. Im Anschluss an den Unterricht benötigen der Schulhort, die Warteklasse und die Schulkantine Hilfe. Über den Träger nehmen die Bundesfreiwilligen an mehreren Weiterbildungen teil.

Wir freuen uns über Bewerbungen für das Schuljahr 2022/23.

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WAS SIE MITBRINGEN SOLLTEN

  • Teamfähigkeit
  • Eigenverantwortung und Urteilskraft
  • Freundliches und bestimmtes Auftreten den Kindern gegenüber
  • Bereitschaft, neben der pädagogischen Arbeit mit Kindern, auch organisatorische Aufgaben zu übernehmen
  • Pünktlichkeit, Zuverlässigkeit und Verbindlichkeit
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WAS WIR BIETEN

  • Erleben und Mitgestalten der Waldorfpädagogik mit Teilnahme an Schulveranstaltungen wie Sommerfest, Monatsfeiern, Adventsbasar
  • Breit gefächerte Lernfelder
  • Möglichkeiten zum Hospitieren in anderen Unterrichtsfächern oder Jahrgangsstufen
  • Angenehme Arbeitsatmosphäre
  • Taschengeld, Übernahme der Kosten für das Schulmittagessen
  • Innerschulische Treffen mit Bundesfreiwilligen und Assistenzen der Schule
  • Ausführliche Arbeitsbeurteilung am Ende des Jahres
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ESC Volunteering for young people from an EU country

We are looking for one motivated volunteer from an EU country to join the team of the school – particularly in the after-school activities!

About the School & Your Tasks
Founded in 1949 the Freie Waldorfschule Bremen Touler Straße is the eldest Waldorf School (Rudolf-Steiner-School) in Bremen. The whole curriculum of Waldorf Schools is based on the development needs of the pupil, taking their emotional, intellectual and personal abilities and needs into account. The curriculum is integrated, inter-disciplinary and artistic. Thus imagination and creativity, which are most important for the individual as well as for society, are awakened and developed. The students learn two foreign languages from year one onwards. They all learn how to knit and sew, and how to work with wood. In Year 8 and 12, they stage a theatre play and work on a year-long theoretical and practical project of their own choosing. Subjects like Gardening and Eurythmics are an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum. All kinds of crafts stimulate a differentiated development of the will and a practical orientation of the student towards life.

Waldorf Pedagogy is a distinctive way of education. There is a global network of schools that work according to this pedagogy, and you can read more about it here.

If you know German (or use a translation tool), you can also read more about the school’s pedagogy on our website.

In your ESC year, you will work in the after-school care centre, which is attended by the children in grades 1 to 4 after class (age 6 to 10). The after-school care centre has its own building with a large outdoor area. The focus here is on playing together, you might do as well homework supervision or have lunch with the kids, depending on your position in the team. Our after-school care team consists of 3 pedagogical specialists and 3 volunteers. It is also possible to contribute your skills and interests in a second work area, e.g. in support with social media activities or events.

Jutta Schmidt
+49 421 49 14 30 (school office)
jutta.schmidt@
freie-waldorfschule-bremen.de

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Your Tasks as a Volunteer

Helping the team in the after-school classes which includes homework support, playing with the children, helping the team organise the space and supervision of the kids (age 6-10)
Development of your own ideas for activities with the kids in the after-school classes
Supporting the planning and implementation of school events
Helping the team of the school to set up an Instagram and other social media pages, also helping with the website if needed
Supporting other parts of the daily school life – you will have the chance to be on the handicrafts lessons (i.e. working with wood, metal, sewing, knitting etc.), the gardening lessons in the big school garden, the kitchen+cooking lessons, and the usual school lessons. This depends on your interests, the activities of the school at the time and your willingness to try out new things

We have a lot of experience hosting international volunteers on other programmes. You will also volunteer alongside two German volunteers in the after-school classes, who will be of similar age and volunteer on a German programme.

Each week, you will meet your mentor and discuss your learning outcomes, goals, ideas and possible problems. She will be your primary contact person, while two other school team members will also support you. Additionally, you will work alongside the educators in the after-school classes, and of course the teachers whenever you will join their classes and activities. While motivation and independence is key, you will not be left alone with the children or replace a job.

You will have 33 hours of voluntary work every week, and at least 24 days of holidays (according to the school holiday calendar) in addition to free weekends.

As Coordinating Organisation, NaturKultur Bremen e.V. is responsible for everything outside your immediate volunteering place. They organise your accommodation and other logistical things, and provide a friendly environment for learning together with the other 12 volunteers they host and coordinate in Bremen.

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You can apply, if you...

  • are a resident of an EU Country (not Germany) and do not need a visa/residence permit
  • are between 18-30 years old (on the day you start your ESC)
  • can communicate in English (A2-B1) AND German (A2)
  • you are committed to improve your German skills during your time at the school
  • are interested in working with kids and doing hands-on work
  • love to be creative, to try out new things and have a lot of curiosity to explore Waldorf pedagogy
  • have patience and care about helping other people grow
  • are an open-minded person, motivated to work in a team and with people from different religious, cultural and social backgrounds