In our country the diagnosis "Down Syndrome" turns out to be a verdict which leads to the loss of parents in most of the cases. Nine of ten families reject their children immediately. And only five of these nine live more than one year. Only 10% of children with the Down syndrome live in families, the rest of them are raised and educated in orphanages.
Some families did not want to put up with this situation and decided to establish a public organization of parents and speech therapists. The mission of the organisation is to protect the rights of the disabled as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
The activities of the organisation are focused on:
the protection of the disabled children’s rights
the participation in elaborating the laws and other juridical acts related to the rights of the disabled
providing psychological support to the children and their families
consulting the families on the questions of the disabled children’s rights
providing information on the rehabilitation and medical treatment of the disabled children
the creation of library of a specific literature
the organization of the seminars and trainings for the parents and specialists
the organization of leisure time for the disabled children
Volunteers will help in the kindergarten where children with Down Syndrome attend alongside other children without the condition. Tasks will include:
one on one support for children with Down Syndrome
supporting the kindergarten’s teachers in the carrying out of educational activities
aiding childrens' development through play
helping children with practical tasks such as changing and eating
leading activities on topics that interest the volunteer and are relevant to the project, e.g. musical workshop, session about home culture etc.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should:
be between 18-30 years old
have a strong motivation and desire to work with the children with the Down syndrome
have tolerance and patience
bre creative and share new ideas
Knowledge of English and Russian and experience working in the spheres of Psychology and Pedagogics is very welcome.
The project is located in Samara.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
Volunteer will either live in a host family, or in rented apartment shared with other international volunteers.
Typical daily schedule
Monday –Friday from 08:30 til 14.00 (an hour lunch break)
Saturday, Sunday - days off
08.30–12.30 – helping with breakfast, playing with children
12.30- 13.30 - lunch break (helping the children eat)
13.30- 14.00 - assistance to the staff in tidying, planning next day's activities