Volunteering with people with disabilities at “Lebenshilfe”, Germany


BASIC INFO: Period: 01/01/2021 to 31/01/2022, Duration: 52 weeks, Deadline to apply: 18/12/2020, Activity Location: Auf der Brück 2, 57632 Flammersfeld Germany, Organisation: LEBENSHILFE im Landkreis Altenkirchen GmbH – Tagesförderstätte Flammersfeld, Activity topics: Social challenges, Health and wellbeing


Since 1962 the organisation „LEBENSHILFE“ provides different institutions and services in the area of Altenkirchen. The institutions are day-care centres for children and day-care centres, residences, workshops and different need-oriented services, for example leisure time activities, for people of all ages with disabilities. Each year the association LEBENSHILFE funds holiday camps for 200 persons with disabilities. The day-care centre Flammersfeld was opened in 2004 and offers a suitable daily structure for 30 adults with heavy multiple mental, physical and/or psychic disabilities. There are 4 groups, each with a group leader and additional spezialised staff members. Each group owns an individually designed recreation room (a combination of kitchen, dining room and living room), where most of the common living takes place. The guests get individual support, assistance and care for their daily routine. Therapeutic offers such as music and physio therapy completete the support.


The volunteers live in accomodations provided by the organisation.This can be a host family or a shared flat where also people with disabilities are living. There is a shared kitchen, bathroom and a shared living and dining room. The volunteers can cook there alone or together with the other residents / guest family in the evenings and on weekends. Food is partly provided by the hosting organisation, during working time the volunteers eat there. They get extra money for the other meals and 150 € pocket money per month. The area is very rural and therefore the public transport is rare.


The volunteers will receive at least one German language course and additionally the online language course via the OLS system. The volunteers get the possibility to take part in the meetings of the team and will also have meetings only with the tutor on a regular basis. They will take part in two obligatory trainings, organized by the German National Agency, and additionally in one workshop, organized by the coordinating organization VIA e.V.


The motivation of the volunteer to do a voluntary service is the most important criteria in selecting the volunteers. Other criteria might be: • an international driving licence as well as driving experience • German language skills would be appreciated • desirable: initial experience in the field of education / working with people with disabilities • respect for people with disabilities

HOW TO APPLY: We will study carefully all applications and selected candidates will be invited for a Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the upcoming weeks.

For the selection of the volunteers we will need:

Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with Skype username included.

Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Enjoy Sicily”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest in the project and the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.


– ALL DOCUMENTS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH YOU CAN ATTACH BELOW WITH SUBJECT: “Volunteering with people with disabilities at “Lebenshilfe”, Germany” TO INFO@ENJOYSICILY.ORG

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