- Population: 1.3 million
- Capital: Tallinn
- Major languages: Estonian, Russian
- Major religions: Christianity
- Monetary unit: Kroon
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- Visa: not required. British nationals do not need a visa to enter Estonia for stays of up to three months. Please visit www.fco.gov.uk for more information.
- Arrival info: date of arrival is the start date scheduled for the project. Usually EstYES collects volunteers either at the bus terminal in Tallinn or in the office the day camp begins. Here they meet camp leader and travel together to the camp site.
- Other: a selection of projects is open to volunteers aged 16 and 17
- Insurance: In Estonian camps insurance is not provided, so volunteers have to bring their own insurance against illness, accident and third party risk. Participants from EU countries should bring EU health insurance form (former E111).
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IMPORTANT: Information on Teenage Projects in Estonia:
- Accommodation is usually separate for boys and girls with 5-8 people per room. Shower facilities do not have to be provided every day, but 2-3 times a week, however in reality it can be available on request every day. The standard of accommodation and facilities are controlled by the Health and Sanitary Service and has to be agreed before each project starts.
- Food is provided three to four times a day. There are special rules concerning food for teenagers (amount of calories, nutrition, diversity, etc). Kitchen facilities and quality of food is regular checked by the Health and Sanitary Service.
- A pick up service on arrival can be arranged upon request either by host families, where teenage participants stay, or by EstYES staff. In the latter case the organisation may have to charge a modest contribution to cover costs of going to airport/ bus station/terminal in the harbour.
- Each teenager has to present a medical certificate to be accepted to the camp. If any specific illness is mentioned, additional information will be requested from the parents. If a participant has to take any medicine and brings it to the camp, it is kept by doctor or educator and given to the individual according to their needs. In case of serious illness, which cannot be treated at the project, the participant will be sent home. A doctor must be available 24 hours per day on the project and international participants must have their own health insurance.
- Safety: the camp director and leaders have the responsibility for safety of teenage participants. There are certain restrictions concerning swimming, going alone from the project, doing sports. Project staff possess training and exams on first aid and fire situations. There is fire fighting equipment in the camp and fire safety is checked by fire fighting authorities.
- Leaving the project without an adult is usually a matter of internal regulation of each project and it takes into account the general situation, camp location, surroundings etc. According to national legislation it is not allowed for teenagers to stay out after 22.00 without accompanying adults. If parents visit during the project and want their child to leave for a certain period of time, they write a voucher to the project administration to take responsibility from administration to themselves.
- The number of leaders is counted as one per 10-12 participants. The educator is always an adult with pedagogical education. All leaders have to pass special training by the Ministry of Education, take an exam and get a certificate, which is valid for 5 years. There is also additional training on behalf of the project.
- Swimming is allowed only under supervision of adults: one adult in the water, another on shore and in groups of 7-10 people. Normally swimming should last 7-12 min depending on the age of participants and water temperature. For leisure time activities general discipline rules apply. The main idea is that games, exercises, etc. should not disturb or endanger other participants. Practically there should be always an adult with the group for the supervision.
- Working hours does not exceed 3-6 hours a day. Physically demanding work is not allowed. Project organisers provide safety during work, explaining the rules and monitoring it.
- Smoking is prohibited in the camp as it is not allowed for those under 18 by Estonian law. Similarly, consumption of any alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited. All these are not only the question of legal responsibility of the educator, but a matter of national legislation and administrative regulation. In case of violation of these rules, criminal or administrative responsibility may be applied to the participants.
- ESTYES – Estonia Youth Exchange Service is a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organisation. It was established in 1991 with the aim of promoting youth and cultural exchanges for a better understanding in a just world. ESTYES also organise projects for teenagers. If applicants would like to receive the regulations concerning teenager camps in Estonia, please contact the office.