Have you ever dreamed of living in community? Wanted to learn about sustainable ways of growing, building, and being? Have you imagined exploring a different kind of life, but not known where to start?
If you’re aged between 17-30, a European Voluntary Service opportunity with GEN-Europe is the chance for you to do just that!
At GEN we’re committed to opening the world of ecovillages and sustainable culture to as many people as possible – and we want to put young people at the heart of it. That’s why we’re accredited as a European Voluntary Service (EVS) receiving organisation.
EVS provides an opportunity for young people aged 17-30 from across Europe to contribute to a better world through meaningful volunteer work, experiential learning and intercultural exchange. GEN-Europe welcomes European youth interested in ecovillages and sustainable living to experience and contribute to community life in ecovillages across our network. You could find yourself managing an organic garden, learning the latest eco-building techniques, organising international events, and much more – all you need is enthusiasm, a hands-on attitude, and a genuine curiosity to live and learn about a more sustainable way of being.
As an EVS participant, all your costs are covered by Erasmus+ funding, including travel, food, and accomodation – so there’s no better way to get immersed in the culture of sustainability and community!
Current EVS Opportunities with GEN-Europe
CEND - Capacity for Ecovillage Network Development
This twelve-month long-term EVS project, starting in 2017, is designed for two enthusiastic young people age 17-30 who are interested in ecovillages and sustainable living, and who want to gain experience in office and networking activities as well as in community-building, self-development and work in intercultural teams. During the twelve months you will get to know the life of a Spanish ecovillage and gain experience in working at an international office! For full details and how to apply, click here.
Korogonas Ark, Greece
Korogonas Ark invites one young person, 20-30 years old, who chooses to empower themselves and acquire knowledge and experience towards a peaceful, sustainable, game changing, whole living. The call invites individuals who prefer living within natural environments, being remote from cities, working with the land, using screens and phones as little as possible, only for necessary communication & outreach needs ,and they who feel comfortable with relatively little social interaction. For more information contact mariaaggeli2(at)gmail.com.
You can also browse opportunities on the European Youth Portal.
Our current EVS projects
GEN-Europe is currently involved the following EVS projects:
Youth Cultivating a Culture of Knowledge (YCCK2):
The YCCK2 project brings volunteers from the UK and Italy to two Spanish ecovillages for six months to immerse themselves in a learning journey through the realm of sustainable agriculture: from organic and permacultural traditions, to biodynamic and regenerative techniques. During their stay they’ll also experience community-building, self-development and intercultural exchange as they live and work in two thriving communities.
The volunteers are based in the communities of Arterra Bizimodu (Navarra), Valdepiélagos (Madrid), and Los Portales (Seville).
Would your community like to welcome young European volunteers?
The benefits of welcoming EVS volunteers to your community can be immense: fresh energy, new skills, cultural exchange, and a financial contribution to your community's costs. If your ecovillage or community would like to receive EVS volunteers, the following links may be helpful.
Get accredited: In order to receive EVS volunteers, your organisation must first become accredited as a receiving organisation. For information about becoming accredited in your country, you can read the accreditation guidelines and contact your National Agency: find their details here.
Submit a proposal: once you are accredited, you may submit a project proposal, which sets out what you can offer volunteers, the volunteer profile you are seeking, your project budget, and more. Your national agency can help you, and further details can be found in the programme guide.
GEN-Europe runs courses to build the capacity of communities to participate in EVS activities, from accreditation to evaluation. Details of new courses will be posted on this page, so stay tuned!