Together with a volunteer from Germany – Pascal Sturm – the special needs kindergarten “Ciauskutis” group “Saulutes” held a “Get to know Vilnius” project and visited the Vilnius TV tower as part of the excursion. The aim of this project – to broaden the children’s knowledge of our city-region, view Vilnius from a bird’s eye perspective, teach children to behave safely on the street, improve their social skills.
10 children and 6 adults – amongst whom was Pascal – took part in this excursion. All were impressed not only by going up to the tower but also by how far you can see from it. The children gladly gave a tour of their kindergarten to Pascal, some of them recognized objects that they had already visited with their parents. It was also a great opportunity for Pascal to hear stories about the events that took place on January 13th, see pictures, monuments, that were built for those who died fighting for the independence of Lithuania.
Thanks to Pascal, a boy who needs special care and individual attention, could attend the excursion. He needed time, but the boy became comfortable with Pascal, trusted him, viewed him as his game partner, therefore, during the trip, no difficulties regarding emotions or actions emerged.
We are sincerely thankful to the European Solidarity Corps for the opportunity to work, and know Pascal – friendly, charismatic, enthusiastic friend of ours!🙂– The “Ciauskutis” team
European Solidarity Corps is a program established by the European Union. The program seeks to provide young people with the opportunities to contribute to solving of local and global problems. It is an opportunity to: learn a foreign language, gain experience of living independently, make new connections, find friends, improve the skills of communicating with people of foreign cultures. Volunteering can last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and people can volunteer in projects covering various fields: social, cultural, sports, environmental protection, human rights, etc.
Volunteering at European Solidarity Corps is unpaid, however, the program covers all expenses related to the chosen project: travel, accommodation, local transport, language courses, tutoring and insurance. Also, volunteers are given pocket money and money for food. Besides, those, who volunteer at the European Solidarity Corps project for longer than 3 months, when entering a higher education for Bachelor studies in Lithuania, can get an extra 0,25 of competitive score.