Volunteering for Global Ecovillage Network Europe: European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Capacity for Ecovillage Network Development (CEND2)
This ten-month long-term ESC project was designed for one enthusiastic young people age 17-30 who are interested in ecovillages and sustainable living, and who want to gain experience and participate in network activities such as communications, organizing the European Ecovillage Conference, assisting the managing director and IT tasks as well as in community-building, self-development and work in intercultural teams. During the ten months 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 which 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, traveling, pocket money, insurance and mentorship are fully covered. 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 can not start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.
The ESC project will take place from 1 February 2019 to 1 February 2020 All participants will take part for a period of 10 months, the starting date can range between 1 February till the 1 May.
The Ecovillage that will host the volunteers is Arterra Bizimodu: www.arterrabizimodu.org The living conditions will be simple with the focus on low ecological footprint. You may expect shared housing and common facilities, natural rural environment and diverse social activities together with the group.
Young peoples the age 17-30, 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.
The participants will work as part of the international team formed of GEN Europe volunteers and staff. The participants will be supervised by the project coordinator allocating tasks to team members and tracking progress at weekly meetings, where any obstacles and risks are also discussed and solutions debated and agreed. Project coordinators will also mentor volunteers and help them define and work towards their personal development objectives. The project coordinator will facilitate daily ́stand-up ́ meetings to deal with issues that might arise and find fast-track solutions to deal with them, and at the same time gauge and manage the energy levels of team members.
It is an individual volunteering activity that is to provide ICT assistance through developing effective and well working ICT systems and administrative processes and developing communications projects in line with the volunteer's skills and interests. Although it is not expected that the applicant would have extensive experience in ICT, a general interest in open source development environments and website development tools such as php, wordpress and wordpress plugins would help.
● Develop wordpress plugins to enhance the functionality of GEN EU's website
● Support with GEN Europe server and system administration
● Setup and maintenance of existing open source cloud based services
● Analysis and development of new open source cloud based services
● GEN Europe's IT office support
● Provide end-user support for software and hardware related to ICT tools for the visually impaired
If you are interested in this ESC project, please send your CV and motivational letter to: email@example.com
The selection will be done after interviews with the candidates.
Global Ecovillage Network of Europe: www.gen-europe.org
Global Ecovillage Network: www.gen.ecovillage.org
Arterra Bizimodu: www.arterrabizimodu.org