Au Pair offer / work opportunity

Freie Schule Heckenbeck – Free School Heckenbeck - Germany

What is our school like?
We have a wonderful little school here in Heckenbeck, where the kids can develop themselves free from the usual restraints. Our Kids learn the things they want to learn by doing what they are actually interested in. Nobody is ever forced to sit and do a worksheet or a test.

The kids learn:

  • at their own pace
  • taking classes they are interested in
  • working by themselves in a prepared environment
  • by helping each other and giving each other feedback
  • by getting personal coaching from their school counsellor

At the moment we have 78 kids from age 6 to 16 divided into three groups (Primaria, Sekundaria, Tertia) and 8 staff-members. About 7 adults work in school each day to be available, support if necessary, give classes and run the everyday-day-organisation. We also usually have one or two young social service workers, aged between 19 and 24, each year supporting our staff.

We base our work on the experiences of Rebecca and Mauricio Wild and Maria Montessori. We are also connected to the democratic school movement (IDEC/EUDEC).

What can you do for us?
We hope to find a native English speaker who is interested to spend (at least) a year with us. You don ́t need to speak German (it is probably even better if you don't!). We want you to hang out with the kids, play games for example, or do stuff you like to do (music? dance? create? build?). We want our kids to be challenged to understand and speak the English language by doing things they are interested in. It is no problem if you've never done this before.

If you want you could offer classes especially to the advanced students, do a theatre play with them or share your hobbies.

What is the surrounding of the school like?
Heckenbeck is a charming small village with 480 inhabitants situated between Hannover and Goettingen next to a small town called Bad Gandersheim in Lower Saxony, (pretty much in the middle of) Germany. There is a train station 3 kilometres from Heckenbeck in Kreiensen and it takes about half an hour to get from there to either Goettingen or Hannover.

The village community in Heckenbeck is generally friendly and open-minded. It is one of the few places in the countryside in Germany where people actually move to (in many cases our school is one of the reasons). Other projects like organic farming, a cultural association with a theatre or a meditation centre for example, have developed over the last 25 years.

What skills/interests/experiences you might want to bring:

  • Your interest in the development of projects.
  • Your joy and interest in working and being with kids.
  • Your openness for our special educational background.
  • Your courage and willingness to cope with new situations and different types of people.

We offer free accommodation, an amount for food expenses and some pocket money.

Freie Schule Heckenbeck
Kreuzstr. 13
D-37581 Bad Gandersheim
Phone: +49 5563 705659
schulleitung at freie-schule-heckenbeck.de