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Alternative School in Austria / Vulkanschule


Auersbach bei Feldbach, Austria

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Project description

The Vulkanschule is a primary and secondary school for pupils aged 6–14. It is a small school, with all together 47 pupils, situated in the countryside in South-Eastern Austria. The Vulkanschule is the only school following a reformist education in this region. We teach mainly according to Maria Montessori and Peter Petersen`s Jenaplan. One of our most important principles are: the non-violent communication, the respect for the development of the child, the respect for each human being and for the creation. Central ideas of our pedagogy are a holistic, project-oriented, interdisciplinary and mixed-age education, learner-centered, action-oriented and eager to keep up the joy of learning. One volunteer is supporting the school staff mainly during the classes and afternoon activities. S/he helps preparing learning materials, assists during lunch time and breaks.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Accomodation: The volunteer will either live in the capital Graz ( or will be accomodated with one of the school`s families. Food: The Volunteer receives a financial support from EU funds for € 250 every month for self supply and € 150 pocket money. Transport: If the Volunteer lives in Graz: By train from Graz to Feldbach, by schoolbus from the city Feldbach directly to the school. If the Volunteer lives in a host family: The Volunteer will be going by car with somebody of the host family to the school.

Training during the project

On-Arrival Training and Mid-Term meeting are organised by a national agency. German language course as well as online language support are offered for non native speakers. German native speakers can apply for another training possibilities. Moreover, to safeguard a good volunteering project, the school itself foresees feedback talks by the task related mentor and with the private mentor as well as supervision if wished.

Volunteer profile

Profile: open-minded, initiative, positive, confident person, interested in alternative education, willing to work with children from 6 y.o. and to support teachers, motivated to learn and speak German. Requirements for application: please apply with your CV in English or German on this webpage and send a specific motivation letter to with a subject "Alternative school Vulkanschule". Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Activity Dates

A total of 42 week(s) during the period 07/09/2020 to 09/07/2021

Activity Location

Rossmarkt 6, 8793 Auersbach bei Feldbach Austria

Looking for volunteers from

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo * UN resolution

Activity Topics

Education and training

Creativity and culture

Physical education and sport

Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 03/05/2020