Life as a European volunteer in Stuttgart, Germany
Camps, or “Freizeiten” in German language, are one of the most important activities in Jugendwerk der AWO. Here we organize about 50 camps during the whole year in Europa. I had the opportunitiy to be part of the “Kinderostern Freizeiten” last week in Altensteig, in the Black Forrest. We were 8 teamers, 2 cookers and 32 kids. This was my first time working with German kids aged between 6 and 12 years old.
The theme of the camp was “Detective”. The children had lot of games about this topic. Since the first day, they have to find flashlights hided in their rooms, doing hand- and foodprints, succeed the smelling, listening and touching exams to have the “Detective ID” in the end of the week!
Outside activities were present in our program. Kids had the chance to play outside on the playground, like football and mini-Golf when the weather was good! There was also time for some football
The active kids participated also in many workshops like making loupes or lanterns, creating bracelet or to set up a Marble railway!
Even though our topic was “Detective” we had time for other kind of activites as well, like table kicker, going to the swimming pool or just watching a film.
The difficult part of the week was at night. Sometimes it takes a long time to make children go to the bed, read to them a night story until they fell asleep…
All in all I can say, this week was a good experience for me to work with kids, improve my German language and discover more my abilities! I had a nice time, and thanks for everybody who was present and made this week a success 🙂