Sakala Centre (Sakala Keskus) was opened in September 2012 as a modern community culture centre at the heart of Viljandi. Sakala Centre is operating under Viljandi’s municipal government and its primary tasks include organising and developing local cultural life, youth work, pastime activities and creative economy. The centre provides opportunities for pastime activities and adds to the variety of cultural events in town while being either organiser or mediator. Sakala Centre is also the manager of Viljandi Open Youth Centre (VANT).
Open Youth Centre of Viljandi (VANT) goal is to provide different youth work services and to organise leisure time for young people aged 7-26. In Open Youth Centre´s spot young people have the possibility to play table tennis, billiard, different board games, console games and to use inside the extreme hall for skateboarding, BMX and scooter.
Also, it has a prevention function to avoid violence, alcoholism, smoking and drug addiction among young people. Open Youth Centre of Viljandi is based on the principle of open youth work, which means to support young people’s initiative and to create and give them conditions for development. We cooperate with different organizations in the local area such as schools, police, hobby schools, library, local municipality, youth councils etc.
The Open Youth Centre of Viljandi is opened 6 days a week. For more information, you may check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ViljandiANT/
Viljandi is the sixth largest town in Estonia. It is 161 km from Tallinn and 81 km from Tartu. It’s an ancient hilly city in South Estonia topped by impressive ruins of a once-powerful Livonian Order castle. Cobbled streets, ancient oak trees and a beautiful lake conjure up a very special atmosphere. A visit to Viljandi means greenery, ancient trees, impressive hilltop ruins of a powerful Hanseatic castle, winding cobbled streets and a beautiful lake.
For many people, Viljandi conjures up images of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. This small city is the “capital of folk music” for most Estonians.
Work tasks and proposed activities
- Organising different activities for young people
- Helping to prepare and organise different culture and youth events
- Leading a workshop, course or event
- Helping with projects
- Presenting her/his own country and culture
- Promoting ESC and other volunteering possibilities
- Communicating in a foreign language with young people, which would help them to understand the importance of learning languages
- Assisting youth workers in everyday activities
The volunteer can be involved in every activity of the youth centre. Of course, the volunteer is more than welcome to take initiative and share her/his own ideas for the activities for young people. In general, the daily work of the volunteer is more or less completely up to the volunteer her/himself, which means that the volunteer is responsible to find her/his own way of implementing her/himself in the youth centre.
Benefits of volunteering
- Experience in event planning
- Experience in teamwork and time management
- Knowledge about open youth work in Estonia
- Experience in communicating with youngsters with different background, communication skills
Requirements for the volunteer
- Willing to work with youngsters
- Open-minded and flexible
- Good in communication