Volunteering for Global Ecovillage Network Europe
European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
Funded volunteering: Use your enthusiasm for ecovillages and skills and live in Arterra Bizimodu ecovillage, Spain, at the heart of the European Ecovillage Network!
Registration link at the bottom. Please read this page carefully before applying
Start date: During March 2023
Duration: 8 to 10 months
Application deadline: February 13th
ESC: This long-term ESC project is designed for enthusiastic young people aged 18-30 who are interested in ecovillages and sustainable living, and who want to gain experience and participate in network activities through IT, project management, administrative/membership, events and communications/graphic design support as well as in community-building, self-development, and work in intercultural teams. During your months of stay, you will get to know the life of a Spanish ecovillage and the European network of ecovillages.
What is ESC? The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative that creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. It provides an opportunity to join meaningful work and experiential learning while your food, accommodation, travelling, pocket money, insurance, and mentorship are provided. A person can only do one short-term (less than 59 days) and one long-term ESC. You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects are available to people up to the age of 30 years old, you cannot start a project after your 31st birthday.
When? The starting date for this ESC is between the 15th of February and the 1st of March 2023.
Where? The Ecovillage that will host the volunteers is Arterra Bizimodu. The living conditions will be simple with the focus on a low ecological footprint. You may expect shared housing and common facilities, a natural rural environment, and diverse social activities.
Who? Young people in the age range of 18-30, who have not participated in an EVS or ESC project before. We are looking for motivated candidates with a pro-active, creative, and problem-solving attitude, with a wish to learn about GEN Europe and ecovillage living.
What? Like the staff members of our small team, volunteers are expected to pitch in with a variety of tasks as they arise, whether it’s logistics for an event, or administration and other tasks. The participants will work as part of the international team formed of GEN Europe volunteers and staff. Supervisors will help the volunteers define and work towards their personal development objectives. You can apply for different positions, or make a proposal on another topic you would like to suggest as a position.
Administration & Membership: We especially value applicants with good written English and organization. If you enjoy bringing order to chaos and having an overview of all GEN Europe projects and members, this is the role for you! (CiviCRM or any CRM skills appreciated!)
Graphic Design / Social Media: If you’re skilled and enthusiastic about creating attractive graphic content about ecovillages and community living, this role is for you! In this role solid graphic design skills (Canva, Adobe Suite or open source alternatives) is a plus, and other skills such as audio and video editing and animation are warmly welcomed – feel free to make us a proposal based on your skill set. Depending on your skills, tasks may include:
Event Management: Assist in the event management of the organisation, specifically focused on the yearly preparation and realisation of a European-wide ecovillage gathering. Depending on your skills, tasks may include:
Project Management: We are looking for candidates with project management profiles that look forward to working with project specific teams or in the development of new GEN Europe projects. Depending on your skills, tasks may include:
The selection will be done after interviews with the candidates.