OUR TEAM IS THE GREATEST!

Andra Baciu

„I like to inspire those around me to find different ways to bring the simplicity and beauty of nature in our lives. I’m passionate about food and its way from nature to our body and I would like to make this wonderful process known to little and older children.”

Max Zimmer

„I am Max and my son Milo is a Waldkind. I came to Romania from Germany 13 years ago following my wife. I am a programmer and I hope to share my knowledge of the field with the children.”

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Smaranda Ududec

„My name is Smaranda and I have been a kindergarten and school teacher for 15 years, working both in the traditional and alternative systems. I teach with great passion and responsibility helping the child to act, wish and think for themselves to find their own path in life.”

Andrei Tănase

„I am an engineer and in winter I am a ski instructor. I practice different sports and this makes me smile a lot. I want to pass on this joy to children. I am a creative person and I would like to invent, repair and build things with the children.”

Corina Popa / Koko

„In the past 25 years I have been playing with children trying to develop their speech and other skills through games. Besides playing with children, I love nature and challenges. These are the main reasons for joining this school.”

Adrian Răulea

„I am an ecologist. I have a great passion for Mother Earth and I like to build, model, invent, edit and put together a great variety of things. I transmit little children information about the beings around us, their food relationships and their importance in the ecosystem.”

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Mena Suciu

„I have been teaching high-school students for 40 years, but the last 2 years with the Waldkinder have brought me nothing but joy and amazement. Now I am ready to continue to teach the school-age children using the same tools: games, songs, movement and stories.”

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Ciprian Sipos

„After more than 20 years in creative industries and studying in Barcelona how circular economy will work in the future I join the school project to build a better world by creating classes based on circularity, creative mapping, meta competences, developing personality skills without boarders, but with dos & don’ts.”

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Claudiu Falamas

„I’m here to offer kids the gift of music, acting and emotion. Together, we will discover instruments, our voices, body movements and electronic devices which in turn will transform lyrics into pieces of art. And will bring forth personal expression, emotions and creativity.”

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NO CLASSES,
NO HOMEWORK

OUR PRINCIPLES

We trust children and their natural ability to learn

We practice democracy

In the school assembly, the pupils and employees decide democratically about all matters relating to everyday school life. All have equal voting rights.

We respect children as any other individual, nature and diversity

We take responsibility

The pupils share responsibility for their learning path and the school community. They actively participate in the school organisation.

We foster an inclusive community, open to the world

We live as a family

The pupils organise their everyday school life in a mixed-age community. The employees accompany and support them.

We foster autonomy and sense of self

We build on children’s own initiative

The students learn individually according to their interests and talents. Waldkinder offers a stimulating environment for this.

We are so stuck on the idea that children must be forced to learn that we can’t even imagine that a child might be better off learning without being forced.

Peter Gray, Phd

OUR VISION

Firm foundations in a values culture of equality and shared responsibility. Respect breeds respect. Trust breeds trust. Compassion breeds compassion. Tolerance breeds tolerance. Listening breeds listening.

Collective decision-making where all members of the community, regardless of age or status, have an equal say over significant decisions such as school rules, curricula, projects, the choice of their mentors and teachers and even budgetary matters.

Self-directed discovery: Learners choose what they learn, when, how and with whom they learn it. Learning can happen inside or outside of the classroom, through play as well as conventional study. The key is that the learning is following the students intrinsic motivation and pursuing their interests.

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW

If children are not taught in a classical sense how and what do students learn in a democratic school? Democratic schools promote the natural ability of children to develop and educate them-selves, at their own pace and in their own individual way. Many learning processes take place “between the lines” in the area of so-called informal learning. Our students’ learning is shaped by curiosity. There is no predetermined path in which direction or how profound their curiosity will lead them. The school offers a stimulating environment in which the students encounter diverse areas of interest. In the mixed-age community, the students learn a lot from and with one another.

Why is it so important that both parents are behind the school philosophy? This school is not as “simple” as it appears. The decision to send your child to a democratic school should be in line with your own values. We offer parents close support in the form of discussions and information material. We support parents of our students in the process of finding out whether the Waldkinder school matches their own values. Most families go through periods of doubt and difficulty in school. If a parent does not feel comfortable with the school philosophy, this can lead to great uncertainty for a child.

How is the school organized? The school assembly meets weekly and decides democratically on all areas of everyday school life. It consists of all students and adults working at the school, who each have the same right to vote (one vote each). Responsible persons or working groups are set up for all tasks and areas of responsibility of the Waldkinder school. The school assembly defines their area of responsibility. Then working groups develop the rules and detailed processes and present them to the school assembly for approval. Examples of this are the legal WG, kitchen WG, aesthetics WG or the WG for electronic media, woodworking room, sports, outdoor activities.

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are always looking for people who share our passion and understand our vision of education in nature. If you are interested in joining our team, we are waiting for you with a CV at contact@waldkinder.ro

It is essential to feel at ease in the middle of nature and to be able to adapt to unforeseen situations, to be open to new challenges and always eager to discover new things. Experience and training in any pedagogy model are appreciated & the German language at a medium level is a plus

A dedicated minibus is waiting for you, taking you to the school every day and a wonderful team with whom to share delicious lunches and snacks. Plus the most beautiful days spent with free and curious children.