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Work experience is essential for getting a job. The Volunteer Program is aimed at young adults who want to clarify career goals and gain intercultural knowledge.

This 12-months program provides you with an easily accessible opportunity for effecting positive societal change through volunteering, while improving your skills and competences for personal, educational, and professional development. Non-formal and formal learning opportunities during the program will enable you to acquire essential competences for personal growth in order to become an Active Global Citizen, thereby improving your employment prospects and facilitating your transition into the labor market.

The various projects in this program are looking for young, highly motivated team members to play an active part in their organization and to contribute to the daily work routine of the organization.

Project Description: Montessori Kindergarten in Köln

Within the Volunteer Program, AFS Germany offers the possibility to work in a bilingual Montessori Kindergarten in Germany. There are four volunteer spots available located in Köln. As a volunteer you will be surrounded by children aged 6 months to 6 years. You will work within a great team of specifically trained kindergarten teachers. The underlying educational understanding of the project is based on the Montessori method. The Montessori method is often described as a philosophy that focuses on the child and its individuality. Most of the children and most of the educational team are bilingual.

  • Kindergarten and daycare in the city of Köln (4 spots).
  • You will get to know the Montessori education. The Montessori method is often described as a philosophy that focuses on the child and its individuality.
  • Taking care of children aged 6 months to 6 years.
  • Most of the children, like the educational team, are bilingual.
  • The Kindergartens are regularly certified for their educational quality.
  • Working language is German and English
  • 12-months program participation

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Internships
    • Language
    • Volunteering
  • Location
    • Köln
  • Program for an individual or for a group
  • Program highlights
    • You will receive a monthly pocket money of 500€ for board, lodging and personal expenses
    • Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the project
    • Complementary health, liability, and accident insurance
    • 12 months in Germany
    • 20 vacation days
    • 20 training days and additional online training
    • Access to a German online language training tool
    • Certificate of intercultural training
    • Certificate of employment and qualified reference from project
    • Networking activities with international program participants and German AFSers
    • Administrative and personal support for participants before and during the program
    • Volunteers do not need any specific training to participate in the program

What's included in your experience

  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Continuous Support
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Community Service Placement
  • Internship Placement
  • Language Instruction

What you are responsible for

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Airfare
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Cultural Tours