Waldorf Kindergarten (RUS-5)

Type: Education, Children - Country: Russian Federation

Brief description and main aims

The first Waldorf School was established in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. Rudolf Steiner was not only the author of an idea and school head-teacher, but also the founder of a special pedagogical system, therapeutic pedagogy and medicine, and a whole spiritual school. The main idea of the Waldorf pedagogical system is that childhood is a unique period in a person’s life: it is impossible to consider this age in the same way as adulthood. It is very important to give children the opportunity to develop in a natural way, according to their age and abilities.

Main Activities

Today there are 30 Waldorf Secondary Schools and 60 Waldorf Kindergartens in Russia.

12 years ago, a small group for younger children was established on the basis of Samara Waldorf Secondary School. There are around 100 children aged between 2 ½ - 6 ½ years old in the Samara Waldorf Kindergartens at the moment. All of them are brought up with love and care in a warm atmosphere of joy, music, songs, theatre, stories, and festivals.

The services provided by volunteers contribute greatly to the creation of a loving atmosphere, which is very important for these children’s development.

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer will participate in everyday activities, including:

  • work with children, which may include playing games, toy-making, reading, painting, music, modelling, theatre, etc.
  • provide assistance in preparation for holidays and festivals
  • provide assistance to staff in everyday work,
  • come up with activities for parents (music, needlework, etc.).

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should: 
  • be 18-25 years old
  • have a strong motivation and desire to work with children
  • have strong communication skills
  • be responsible
  • have creative abilities (e.g.: toy-making, knitting, crocheting, modelling, etc.).
  • have basic knowledge of Russian
Previous experience in working with children is 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.

More Information

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday–Friday: 5-hours working day (can be adjusted during the course of the project)          Saturday–Sunday: days off.

  • 8.30–9.00 - assistance in children’s meeting
  • 9.00–11.10 - participation in the morning games, musical performances, rhythmic games with children, assistance in toy-making (all toys in Waldorf Kindergarten are made by children and teachers)
  • 11.10–12.30 – walk with children
  • 12.30–13.10 – preparation for lunch, lunch
  • 13.10–15.10 – assistance to the staff, which may include preparation for fairy-tail reading, theatrical performances, watering the flowers, cleaning, etc.

It’s also possible to work during the second part of a day. Every day is dedicated to a different kind of activity or festival. The volunteer’s tasks and scheduled will be adjusted accordingly.

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