Our organisation aims at integrating the children and youngsters living at its facilities into their society and their culture in the best possible way. This we believe can best be achieved by using local staff. Our policy is therefore to employ local staff for all functions and on all levels.
Working for SOS Children's Villages
SOS Children's Villages International does not run its own volunteer programme
. Internship placements are only possible in your own country.
Each SOS Children's Village association has the duty to provide theoretical and practical training for prospective SOS mothers in order to prepare them for their job. The theoretical training programme should take at least three months with subsequent refresher and reflection courses (every other year at the minimum). In European countries, the theoretical training usually takes a year. Then, future SOS mothers undergo several months of practical training on the ground at the SOS Children's Village.
Being an SOS mother is a special profession with special duties, which presents particular challenges. It is also a profession which, just like all others, requires a clear definition of what the job entails and what skills are needed for it. Women need to do vocational training in order to become SOS mothers
Since the beginning of SOS Children's Villages, we have had good experience hiring women as SOS mothers. These women have been ready to make the children and youngsters part of their own lives and be the person they can relate to most closely over a considerable period of time. Most applicants for this position are still women.
There is no doubt that married couples can be a perfect alternative to single mothers, especially as far as the long-term education of, and care for, children and youngsters is concerned. The many private foster families are a case in point. Over the past few years, some married couples have taken responsibility for SOS Children's Village families in a number of European countries. Lately, even male applicants have taken on the responsibility of acting as an SOS parent.
Should an SOS mother consider getting married, we would always try to find an appropriate solution so that she can continue working as an SOS mother. Sometimes this could mean that now the couple would carry on looking after the children and youngsters together within the SOS Children's Village.