Accompanied by their teachers, members of NDF team, and our incredible and caring volunteers, the kids will participate in sports, entertaining and educational activities and creative workshops over the period of 16 to 21 September. In addition, they will explore unique natural beauties of Kopaonik and visit local sites.
The Friendship Games were founded in 2013 and have since welcomed nearly 650 primary school-aged boys and girls and 119 teachers from 31 towns in Serbia.
The Friendship Games are an annual retreat for children from disadvantaged communities who will benefit from the experience in ways that will span the course of their lives. The idea is to offer them plenty of opportunities to connect with the natural environment, master valuable life skills, make new friends, have fun, show their creative side, learn together and from each other, and discover new interests and talents.
All camp activities and workshops have been carefully selected and designed in collaboration with child development experts. The Games also promote right values, like fair play, understanding, acceptance of diversity, healthy nutrition, importance of teamwork and environmental awareness.
Volunteer duties include:
– communication with the whole team about all the activities they will be in charge of during each day of the camp (for example – following timetable and schedule: when each group of children needs to be at the particular activity, etc.);
– communication and cooperation with other volunteers and associates about the realization of the activities;
– participation and support in realization of all activities and workshops with children;
– constant communication with guests, donors and their families (about schedule during the camp);
– each volunteer, alongside host volunteers, will be in charge of one group of children whom they will be coordinating, especially during all planned activities;
– volunteers will take part in preparing all the activities and setting up polygons and spaces where workshops will be held (activities include – sports activities, creative workshops, DIY, pottery workshops, etc.)
Organization members, volunteers, all the associates, as well as the children and their teachers, will be located at the hotel Junior at Brzece (Kopaonik Mountain). Volunteers will be in 1/3 and 1/4 bedrooms with bathrooms, TV and Wi-Fi connection.
Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner with additional snacks.
Brzece is the place under the mountain of Kopaonik, about 260 km south from Belgrade. The Foundation would wait for the volunteers at the airport, and then go to the final destination – Brzece. Upon the arrival of the volunteers at the hotel, the plan is to have a mini-break and meal, and after that a meeting of the entire team. Finally, an interactive lecture is planned for all volunteers in order to get to know each other and exchange experiences. After each meal, a short break for volunteers follows, which can be used in the hotel’s lobby or outside. Every day is planned with activities from morning to night but, of course, after evening activities volunteers are free to use their time and facilities within the hotel.
Friendship Games – is an annual 6-day humanitarian camp, which the Novak Djokovic Foundation organizes for children from rural areas. It is a camp with the goal of creating an incentive environment that supports the development of positive life skills, expressing individuality and acquiring new experiences for children aged 7 to 10 years. Through various educational and sports workshops, programs and joint activities, children have the opportunity to gain new knowledge, learn new skills, healthy habits, engage in sport and gain new acquaintances and friendships. This year, around 130 children and their 16 teachers will take part in the Friendship Games.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on improving the conditions of early childhood education and development.
In addition to infrastructural projects and implementation of various educational programs, the Foundation also organizes a 6-day camp for children from rural areas. We are so proud that for the seventh year in a row, new friendship adventure with more than 120 children will be organized on Kopaonik Mountain in Serbia.
These wonderful Friendship Games, traditionally hosted by our Foundation, this year will gathered first to fourth graders from primary schools in Sremska Mitrovica, Smederevo, Aleksinac, Kragujevac and Vlasotince.
This camp is open to students of social and humane sciences (psychology, pedagogy, andragogy, physical education, social work, special pedagogy…) Skype interview with the applicants is required. Please fill in the motivation letter form – https://istrazivaci.wufoo.com/forms/m1gz3fg51fy7ktd/
Mandatory previous experience in similar camps for children, expressed team spirit/work in the group, knowledge of the English language, and, ideally, basic knowledge of the Serbian language. Serbian language will be predominantly used during all activities and communication with children, but communication with and between volunteers and organization members can be conducted in English. Even in early age, children do speak some English.
The organiser is willing to support participants with travel costs up to 500 EUR.