The Centre is located in Yerevan. There are 100 children visiting the centre, who study at different schools of the city. These children are those with varied challenges at home.
The organisation has a many-years experience of hosting international volunteers for short (international summer workcamps) and long term (EVS volunteers). The staff of ZATIK is well experienced in working with the volunteers and providing them with a rich learning experience. The activities implemented by the organisation are in line with objectives of this project and will contribute to a fruitful flow of the project.
There have been more than a dozen EVS long-term volunteers, who have highly contributed to the work of the centre. The major achievements of volunteers include an open space for the “graduates” of the centre to live in: a village Zatikavan. The project there was opened in 2013 as a project in project of long-term volunteers. The volunteers also had varied activities, such as performances, concerts, various workshops on important topics, mediated by the volunteers for the children.
Objectives and motivation
The main aim of the project is the work with children in the centre, to provide educational activities and to prepare them for an independent life.
Involving international volunteers is a great opportunity for this project as the children learn about the culture and traditions of foreign countries. The presence of an international volunteer enriches the program offered to the children.
The discussions with the children on different subjects are more interesting in getting to know other beliefs and points of view.
These children more than others need care, help and education, to become good members of society in future. The volunteer together with the educators will be involved in the organization of different cultural programs, where children will learn to paint, sculpture, sing and dance; they will also learn some basic abilities in theatre, art and pantomime.
The possibility to organize a big performance with the children is also foreseen. The decorations and text will be prepared by the volunteer with the help of the children. Also, depending on the abilities, knowledge and fantasy of the volunteer, he/she will be able to offer different games and courses to the children.
The children are divided into 3 age groups. In each group different tasks will be carried out by the volunteers as follows:
The volunteer will work mainly with children aged 5 to 15 years. He/she will assist in offering workshops and leisure time activities to the children, where they can draw, sculpture, learn different national and foreign songs, games, disco dancing, etc.
- In addition, the volunteer is encouraged to propose activities according to his/her own interests and skills. The volunteer will support the children and they will support him/her which will give them the sense of being needed.
- The volunteer will participate in and organize meetings and educational games, using his/her own experience and ways of working in his/her country.
- He/she will introduce his/her traditions, customs and culture which will make children to easier understand foreign society and life style. He/she will be invited to organize a big performance and exhibition with songs and dances of his/her country of origin.
- The volunteer will spend his/her time with these children which will give him/her possibility to understand and to learn about Armenia, traditions, history and our language
The volunteer will work 5 days per week. He/She will learn Armenian language in the Special Language Centre. During the week-ends the volunteer will have an opportunity to visit different historical places; there will be excursions to different ancient places of Armenia and invitation to Armenian families, to get to know the culture and traditions of Armenia.