Erdenkind Krems Montessorihaus (AUT-15)

Type: Education: Kindergarden - Country: Austria

Brief description and main aims

We are a private organized childcare institution that takes care of children since they are one year old up until they start school. We want to provide a comfortable and safe environment for our kids on the pedagogic concept of Maria Montessori and Emmi Pikler.
Dr. Maria Montessori called her daycare center for children in Rome "casa dei bambini" - The Children's House. She observed that children learn best in a homelike social environment with appropriate materials, which support each individual's unique development. She maintained that children should be respected differently from adults and instead like individuals who are different from one another, that they educate themselves through purposeful activity and absorb and learn spontaneously from their environment, which includes people as well as materials.

Main Activities

The kids arrive between 7 and 8.30 am in the morning time they can stay with their friends or start working with the offered Montessori material or move and play in our gymnastic room.
At 9 am, we eat together a small snack: fruit or vegetables, bread with butter, and if somebody celebrates his birthday, we eat a birthday cake. After eating, all kids bring their plates to the kitchen and wash their hands. At 10 a.m. we start with our morning circle, we sing songs, do fingerplays, check who is present and who is ill or on a holiday.
Then each child can choose, if s/he wants to work in the Montessori room or do a creative work with one of our pedagogues or to practice gymnastics with some Pikler instruments. Two instructors are looking for max. 12 kids and help them whenever needed. Every day we go in our private garden and the kids can play and enjoy fresh air (also in winter!) At 11.30 am we eat our fresh cooked lunch and from 12 to 2 pm the kids can sleep, relax or do more silent activities.

Starting from 2 to 4 pm, the parents can pick up their children.

Volunteer tasks

We look for a nice male or female volunteer, who loves to be with little children and wants to help us to make every day enjoyable. We expect your enthusiasm, your input and your ideas. The main idea is to have a person from another country and to let children learn about this country, culture and language by his/her daily presence. The project of the volunteer will consist of introducing different aspects of his /her culture into the leisure time program of the children and to give an extra helping hand.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should 
  • be a Spanish or English native speaker
  • be motivated to work with children, able to work independently and bring enthusiasm and motivation to the project
  • be creative and spontaneous
  • be open or have an ecological attitude
Having an intrest in music is a plus


Krems an der Donau is the prettiest of the larger towns on the Danube and marks the beginning of the Wachau. It has a small university and some good eating and drinking. Krems offers a very attractive historical aspect too. It rests on the northern bank of the Danube, surrounded by terraced vineyards, and has been a centre of the wine trade for most of its history.

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Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Host Family (may also be in a Rural Area)

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Number of volunteers in the project: 2 

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