For schools

GoCamp invites schools to participate in language camps with international volunteers. The participation is free of charge.

GoCamp teachers become agents of change at schools across Ukraine

Teachers do not just introduce a contemporary format of summer vacation, but also set the standard of a new teaching method centered around the interests and talents of the children.

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GoCamp 2019

School registration for GoCamp-2019 lasts!

First session:

June 03-14, 2019

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Second session:

June 10-21, 2019

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Third session:

August 12-23, 2019

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What do schools get from
the GoCamp project?

Educational events that provide further professional training for teachers
Methodological materials that will help to create unique camp programs
Innovative camp programs that aim to develop 21st century skills
Opportunities to work with international volunteers from all over the world
Complex 24/7 support with the organization and conduction of language camps

Creative task

Task descriptions for the motivational video (pick one):

Task 1

(for schools which apply for the project for the first time or weren’t selected last year)

The majority of GoCamp volunteers come to Ukraine for the first time. The foreigners have heard about the country mostly from the news because of the Maidan events, and they also know about beautiful and European cities of Kyiv and Lviv.

Task description: Invite the volunteers to your school. Tell them about your school and your village, town or city, and explain why the foreigners have to come to you specifically. The topic of creative video is “Invite a volunteer to your school.”

Task 2

(for schools which have already organized GoCamps)

We want to understand the impact of GoCamp on the work of educators and students, so the topic of creative video for the schools which participated last year is “How GoCamp affected your work and children.”

Requirements for videos:

  • Video length — up to 90 seconds.
  • The video must be IN ENGLISH (German and French schools may make the video in two languages: English and the corresponding language of the camp).

What we expect to see:

  • children’s engagement in doing the creative task;
  • a call from school children for a volunteer to come to your school and not a different one (a poster, a flashmob, a video call, etc.);
  • a mention of GoCamp — the video must motivate the volunteer to pick your school.

How can schools participate in GoCamp 2019?

Before filling in a form on the website, teachers together with students have to create a motivational video.
Register on the website by filling in the form and attach a link to the video uploaded to YouTube/Vimeo

Ready...

Do the creative task and fill in the form

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Steady...

Announcement of the results of the selection of schools which will participate in the project.

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Go!

Let’s Go Camp!

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Additional Opportunity!

For private schools and schools which want to have a 100-percent guarantee that a volunteer will come to their schools. This opportunity allows to compensate the travelling costs to the volunteer. Dozens of Ukrainian schools have used it.

The paid option guarantees the opportunity to:

  • pick the camp dates on your own
    without further changes;
  • have training for a teacher;
  • access all materials and developed programs;
  • camp identica (flag, pins, stickers);
  • and most importantly, 100-percent
    guarantee of the arrival of a volunteer.

The price of the opportunity is

28 000 UAH

For all the schools which are interested in the paid option but do not know where to get funding, there will be an additional bonus: a webinar on the topic of Fundraising Possibilities for Social Projects. We will share advice which will help to raise the money, talk about crowdfunding platforms, searching for donors and interaction with them.

You can use this opportunity and apply for paid participation until April 15, 2019.

Q&A

At a language camp, children participate in the realization of exciting projects and tasks while speaking English (or other foreign language) among themselves and with the foreign volunteer. Using the specially developed program, children learn to work in teams, communicate in a multi-cultural environment and be tolerant.

GoCamp lasts for two weeks, including:

  • working on socially beneficial projects;
  • language and film clubs, drama clubs, numerous games, quests and songs;
  • joint tours and trips (if the school and the volunteers opt to do it);
  • an intercultural event involving all the children who want to participate and the foreign volunteer.

Methods and principles of the GoCamp program:

  • Project-based learning (PBL)
  • Development of 21st century skills and values
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Gamification
  • Language immersion
  • Learner autonomy

In March-April 2019, GoGlobal, in cooperation with RELO (the American Embassy), Goethe-Institut and other partners, organizes a workshop for teachers from GoCamp school language camps who are going to be responsible for making the educational part of the program. The working language of the workshops will be English/German/French.

In addition to the workshops, there will also be webinars in April-May 2019.

Details about the workshops and the schedule of webinars will be available in March.

To make the camps not just fun but also effective, the organizers of the language camps offer international volunteers to do some homework.

In April-May 2019, the schools which have passed the preliminary selection process and the volunteers will exchange contacts. For two months before the beginning of the camp, the teachers and the volunteer will be able to work together on the program, activities and content.

The volunteers will represent different countries and nationalities, so they will become cultural ambassadors in Ukraine. In turn, we will have a unique opportunity to open Ukraine to the world, to break the stereotypes about our country, to share our culture with international guests. So a mandatory condition for the school’s participation in the project is providing the volunteer with accommodation with host families.

Living with a host family provides unique opportunities both for the family which hosts the volunteer and for the volunteer themselves.

Host families must meet the following criteria:

  • meet the volunteer online before they arrive to Ukraine (on social media and/or by Skype);
  • provide a separate room for the volunteer;
  • provide the volunteer with at least two meals a day;
  • provide internet access;
  • provide proper sanitary conditions (both cold and hot running water, cleanliness);
  • it is preferable if the volunteer can communicate with the family and be introduced to the culture, everyday customs and habits;
  • provide comprehensive information to project organizers about all the conditions of accommodation for the international volunteer in advance.

Advantages for the school:

  • no need to spend the money of the school or the parents.

Advantages for the family:

  • opportunity to learn about a new culture;
  • opportunity to find friends abroad;
  • opportunity to become an ambassador for Ukrainian culture;
  • opportunity to learn a foreign language free of charge.

Advantages for the volunteer:

  • saving money on accommodation and food;
  • opportunity to be immersed in Ukrainian culture;
  • opportunity to find new friends;
  • opportunity to try real home cooking.

GoCamp schools:

Develop and provide before the beginning of the program:

  • the idea of the project and stages of its realization during the program;
  • the topics of the clubs and game meetings;
  • the plan of tours or trips: the key goal and the involvement of the volunteer.

Attend the GoCamp workshop.
Spread the program experience among teachers in their city, town or village and their region, report about it to GoGlobal.
Provide the volunteer with accommodation (host families are preferred).
Provide the volunteer with at least two meals per day.
Meet the volunteer at the station (the date and time of the volunteer’s arrival and the train station where he/she is going to arrive will be received from the central office coordinator).

Important! Teachers are responsible for organizing activities, and they play the leading role in the preparation and conduction of the programs. The volunteer helps the teacher, joins the activities, can offer their own activities. The main role of the volunteer is to motivate students to talk in a foreign language. During the project work and other activities in the camp, the volunteer works in the group of children and together with the children. In discussion clubs, the volunteer can take the role of the host and moderator.

Volunteers:

Provide all the documents required to participate in the program, including a medical certificate and a certificate to prove that they have not been convicted of any crime.
Pay $75 for their participation in the project.
Do the Homework (the volunteer’s Homework is to prepare information about their country, success stories and activities for the camp — games, songs, quests, etc.).
Actively participate in the development of the program and the organization of activities in the camp.
Participate in the activities and tasks together with the children.
Take a children’s safety course (online and/or in person).
Attend an orientation workshop.

GoGlobal:

Develops requirements for the GoCamp program.
Organizes training for teachers.
Selects schools to participate in the project.
Selects volunteers to participate in the project.
Provides informational support to volunteers and schools before and during their participation in the project.
Informs volunteers about the schedule and program of the project, develops and provides the Homework.
Provides visa support.
Provides logistic support: meeting the volunteer at the airport, accompanying them to the railway station. Informs the school about the date and time of the volunteer’s arrival.
Organizes the orientation workshop and forms the information package for the volunteer.
Ensures 24/7 connection with the schools and the volunteers.

It is mandatory to fill in the form in two languages: Ukrainian and English. Some information from the form will be published on our website in your school’s profile and available to international volunteers.

  • Video length — up to 90 seconds.
  • The video must be IN ENGLISH (German and French schools may make the video in two languages: English and the language of the camp).

What we expect to see:

  • children’s engagement in doing the creative task;
  • a call from school children for a volunteer to come to your school and not another one (a poster, a flashmob, a video call, etc.);
  • a mention of GoCamp.

Your video will motivate the volunteer to pick your school.

No. The videos must be uploaded only to youtube.com or vimeo.com.

The link to the creative task must be attached when you fill in the form.

Yes, you can create a presentation in Movie Maker; then you need to upload it to youtube.com or vimeo.com and add the link to the video when you fill in the application form.

The schools are selected by two criteria only: motivation, which you show in the creative task, and the quality of the filled form.

The camp methodology, which will be provided during the workshop, targets children from 10 to 15. If your college can engage children of this age to participate in the camp organized at your educational institution, we will be glad to see you among the participants. Decisions in these cases are made individually.

You can indicate your desire to do so in the “Tell us about your school line,” indicating the name of the volunteer. But we cannot guarantee that the volunteer you indicated will come.

Yes, the schools which participated in GoCamp 2016/2017/2018 participate in the competition on the general grounds.

The volunteer works on the basis of one camp. So several schools can unite and create one camp, submitting one application for the participation.

The number of groups and the number of children in a group is determined by the school based on the number of camp participants and teachers involved in the organization of the camp.

The camp methodology, which will be provided during the workshop, targets children from 10 to 15 years old.

The schedule of the camp is chosen independently by the school. However, the volunteer must have Saturday and Sunday off.

Only one representative from each school will be present at the workshop (speaking English is required).

The number of students at the school or its location do not affect the school’s participation in the project. For the second year in a row, 77-80 percent of the schools visited by volunteers are located in small towns and villages across Ukraine.

The volunteers pass several stages of selection, and the key criteria are proficiency in English (or German/French), willingness to work with children and passing the security check.

All the volunteers are proficient in English, but we also look for German and French speaking volunteers.

No, the volunteers do not necessarily have pedagogical education; that is why the responsibility for the program and the organization of the camp is on the school. Nevertheless, the volunteers are ready to be actively involved at all the stages of program development and implementation.

Yes, if the school has many students and can organize accommodation for two volunteers.

Not necessarily, but preferably at least one member of the family should be able to speak with the volunteer about everyday matters.

The host family must provide a separate room for the volunteer. The house must have decent sanitary conditions (both cold and hot running water, cleanliness) and internet. It is preferable if the volunteer can communicate with the family and be introduced to the culture, everyday customs and habits.

Yes, they can, if they can have a separate room, decent sanitary conditions (both cold and hot running water, cleanliness) and internet access.

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