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Häädemeeste Keskkool

description of organisation

Häädemeeste Secondary School EVS services are coordinated by NGO noOR, for information about the service and application process please contact noOR's EVS coordinators at: evs@erinoor.ee.

Häädemeeste Secondary School (http://www.haademeeste.edu.ee/) is located in a quiet countryside at Häädemeeste, Pärnu county in the South-West of Estonia by the Baltic Sea. Häädemeeste township (http://haademeeste.kovtp.ee/uldinfo) is 180 km from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and 140 km from Riga, the capital of Latvia. The closest town Pärnu (http://www.parnu.ee/index.php/en/ ) is 40 kilometres from Häädemeeste. It is a seaside resort (http://visitparnu.com/en/). Local bus transportaion between Häädemeeste and Pärnu is well organised, e.g. a bus to Pärnu leaves every hour. It is about 30 kilometres from Häädemeeste to Estonian-Latvian border. The school lies close to the sea but the real beach is in a nearby village Kabli. There are lots of forests and sand dunes in the area and the school works closely together with the local Forest Management Centre in Kabli (Nature Centre).
There are two schools in the Häädemeeste municipality - Metsapoole Primary School and Häädemeeste Secondary School. Also, there are two nursery schools in the municipality at Häädemeeste and at Kabli village. At Häädemeeste township there are two churces (the Lutherian and the Orthodox). There are two libraries at Häädemeeste. Also, there is an emergengy centre, a police station, a post office, a pub and four shops. In the evening it is possible to work out in the gym or join a club in the community house. Teenagers and upper secondary school students usually play volleyball in the gym in the evenings.
At school there are 174 students from age 7 to 19. The days start at 8:00 and finish at about 14:30.
The school has a new big gym and many sports such as volleyball, floorball, badminton, and football are popular.
The school has a classroom with 20 computers and ICT is more and more integrated to the studies.
The school has different extra-curricular activities such as chess, robotics, art, music, handicrafts, volleyball.
At secondary level (years 10 - 12) students get lot of individual attention and they can choose between business, history of culture, national defence, biology, art and architecture and Spanish as additional subjects. English as a first foreign language, Russian and German as a second foreign language is taught at school.
There is an active Students' Council at school.
The school cooperates with local institutions - students take part regularly in different study programmes offered by the Kabli Nature Centre.
After school there are few clubs for the local people to join in organised by the community house hostess like pottery, folk dance, show dance, acting, and a gym where to work out or play volleyball and basketball. The Nature Centre at Kabli waits for help and visits and the surrounding is beautiful to walk around and explore the meadow, the swamp, the forest.
The transportation to Pärnu and back again is quite well organised. The first bus goes to the closest town Pärnu at 6:30 am and the latest time to arrive to Häädemeeste by bus is 7:30 pm.
Information in English can be found on our former project pages: http://youropest.blogspot.com.ee/ and http://www.projekts.hu/

Volunteer’s main tasks are related with helping at school and in the nursery school at Häädemeeste. Firstly, Häädemeeste is a small borough. English, German, Russian and little bit of Spanish is learnt at the school. We hope to encourage our students to improve their language skills and use foreign languages. Moreover, to learn from a different culture and share their knowledge of Estonian culture, to find similarities and differences. We expect him/her to help the teacher with some games and role-plays during the foreign language lessons once or twice a week. In addition, we expect the volunteer to take part in organising the school events with the teacher of extra-curricular-activities and participate in Students Government meetings. Also, there are after-school-classes at school where students are doing hometasks and spending their time before they get home by bus. After-lessons-class (from 11.55 am to 14.35 pm) is a class for students aged 7 to 11 to stay after their lessons are over. The volunteer’s task will be to help the teacher to play with students who have done their homework. Furthermore, comparing to millenials in Estonia in the countryside children have less opportunities to attend different extra-curricular activities. Therefore it will be an asset of the volunteer has a hobby or an idea for workshop that she/he can do with the local children - sports, crafts, video making, music, etc..
The area gives a very good opportunity especially nature-related activities, such as hiking and bird watching.
At weekends and on school holidays he/she can be involved in different activities in different local institutions. There is Nature Centre in Kabli which organises different events and expects the volunteer to participate in these events and sometimes to help out with cleaning or preserving activities in the nature. Also, there are some local enterprises which are ready to show and introduce their business to the volunteer. Enterprises which deal with forest management, hunting, woodworking, dining, tourism etc. We have spoken to the heads of some of the enterprises and they have been interested in accompaning the volunteer.
What is more, as Häädemeeste has a small but active community the volunteer can also participate in organizing various events in school and in the community, especially as one of his/her tutor is the teacher of the extra-curricular-activities at school and school works closely to the cultural director of the Häädemeeste municipality. Also, in his/her free time he/she can join in a club (pottery, folk dance, choir, etc) or join the gym which is free.
The volunteer will have an opportunity to:
learn Estonian language and culture;
make new friends;
participate in organising different events at school and in the nursery school;
learn about organising events;
share his/her cultural knowlege of his/her country;
get an idea of planning activities for the after-school-class students;
present his/her own ideas and put them into action organising a club as an extra-curricular activity;
learn independent living in a small community;
join any of the local clubs (yoga, pottery, folk or show dance etc);
learn about different local enterprises;
learn about
learn about nature .
Volunteer will work 5 days per week and 6 hours a day. Occasionally some of the activities take place also at weekends. In these cases it will be arranged, that volunteer can get her given free time later. All the changes in normal schedules will be agreed with the volunteer. Holidays will be agreed with hosting and coordinating organisation.
Volunteer will receive food money in the beginning of every month and will be responsible for arranging meals by herself. Together with food money, volunteer also receives the pocket money. Volunteer will have personal Estonian bank account and food and pocket money will be transferred to the account.
The volunteer will receive Estonian language class minimum of 32 academic hours. In addition to weekends she/he will also have 2 days per month for holidays which she/he can take out in mutual agreement with receiving organization.
Weekly plan:
Monday: looking over the weekly plan/making plans; participating in the Students’ Council meeting
Afternoon: culture studies; playing with children in the after-lessons-classes
Tuesday
Morning: Playing with kids in the nursery school. Outdoor activities. Helping teachers with kids (dressing, lunch, getting children ready for a nap)
Afternoon: Time to develop his/her own Project. Helping in creating and teaching some handicrafts.
Wednesday
Morning: Estonian lesson. Joining English classes
Afternoon: Prep upcoming events. Making a hobby class.
Thursday
Morning: Joining foreign language classes
Afternoon: Time to develop his/her own Project. After-lesson-classes
Evening: planning and preparing events with students
Friday:
Morning: Estonian lesson. Analyzing a week
Afternoon: Joining foreign language classes. Making a hobby class