Σε συνεργασία με την Crooked House Theatre Company, οργάνωση που ασχολείται με το θέατρο, η ΕΛΙΞ σας προτείνει ένα πολύ ενδιαφέρον πρόγραμμα ESC μεγάλης διάρκειας με στόχο την ανταλλαγή καινοτόμων μεθόδων εργασίας στο εφαρμοσμένο θέατρο, ειδικά στον τομέα του θεάτρου για τη νεολαία. Το Crooked House θα υποστηρίξει τους εθελοντές για να αναπτύξουν τις δεξιότητές τους και τις ικανότητές τους στον τομέα της διαχείρισης θεατρικών έργων και στην θεατρική τέχνη.

Το πρόγραμμα θα λάβει χώρα στην Ιρλανδία στην πόλη Newbridge, για την περίοδο Ιανουαρίου έως Αύγουστο 2020.

Προθεσμία Υποβολής Αιτήσεων: ΑΜΕΣΑ!

Hosting organization
Crooked House Theatre Company is a youth theatre organization. Our work is mainly with young adults (aged 11 to 25) who are interested in theatre and in acting. We run a variety of drama workshops (devising theatre, actor training, performance techniques etc.) and stage several plays each year. The ‘Workshops’ section of our website will tell you about what we do. Crooked House was established in 1993. We create performance activities with young people, such as plays, films, workshops, and projects, in Newbridge, County Kildare, and tour these in Ireland and abroad. We conduct research actions into theatre, young people, and arts education; and we develop educational and training programmes in theatre and the arts. We work in our own spaces in Crooked House, and also in local schools and youth clubs.

Project description
Our volunteers can follow a number of paths through the ESC programme. They can train to be drama facilitators, directors, or develop their acting skills.

Alternatively, they can become project administrators, managing websites and social media, organizing records, promoting plays and dealing with the media, scheduling workshops etc. They could also write reports, and compose Erasmus+ applications for new projects. Volunteers on this path need to have a very good level of written and spoken English.
In each pathway, volunteers will learn the methods and techniques of drama-work, and they will also gain experience in the administrative and support work that needs to accompany direct-workshop contact (session planning, scheduling, registering participants, understanding policy, etc).

The work of ESC participants will be to help to run drama workshops, so experience of making theatre will be important. There will also be administration work, such as keeping records of young people, scheduling shows, updating our social media and website, etc.

A number of groups of young people come to our centre in Newbridge every week for regular workshops where they devise plays and rehearse work for performance. They come to 6 separate workshops, each one tailored to their age and interests. We also work with other groups in an outreach context; this means that we visit youth clubs, schools and youth projects where we deliver either once-off drama workshops, or more usually, 10-week drama projects.

In all cases drama work focuses on helping young people develop resilience, acquire performance skills, and re-learn the skills needed for active citizenship. We have published material online about how we think drama does this (and it can be accessed here:

Project purpose
The purpose of our ESC is to share with our volunteers our working methods in applied theatre, specifically in the field of youth theatre. Crooked House will support them to develop their (a) acting skills, (b) drama facilitation skills, and (c) theatre-project management abilities. They will do this through involvement in the annual programme of work that Crooked House runs in its Kildare Youth Theatre project.

Our ESC projects aim to give volunteers in-depth experience of using drama to explore issues with young people. They also aim to provide a training and learning space for volunteers to practice drama facilitation, acting, running a youth theatre project, and managing a theatre company. The projects aim to help volunteers develop and implement their own personal creative projects.

The volunteers will shadow experienced drama facilitators in their work; plan and implement their own drama and/or film projects with our youth theatre; take part in productions along-side their peers; and receive one-to-one mentoring support. The project links to the Erasmus+ objective by enhancing youth employability, and by strengthening arts and culture between our EU organizations.EU european solidarity corps 4x3 GR

For a detailed description of the project activities, timetable and stages, please click here.

Volunteer Criteria
Our ESC volunteers usually come from youth theatres in their own country, or they have actor-training, they are studying Applied Theatre, or Drama or Theatre Studies.

While they are with us, they will be helping to run drama workshops with teenagers. They will also get the chance to direct and to devise plays, and they may get the chance to be in performances themselves. Some of them gained experience in designing and maintaining websites, and managing social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, etc.), too. We have one place for an administrator who can also do archiving and reporting.

We ask for people who have some experience of drama. Ideally volunteers will have theatre performance experience.

Volunteers should:

  • be aged 20 to 30. Some exceptions to this may be made, but we favor those aged at least 20. Volunteers should have initiative, i.e., they are able to start their own work.
  • be prepared for cold, dark and wet winters.
  • be able to work in flexible, changing, and organically structured environments. Volunteers should be able to work alone and in groups.
  • be able to cook for themselves

Because accommodation is very expensive in Ireland (and especially in Newbridge) we locate our volunteers with families that we know. It is not financially possible to rent a whole house for volunteers, as the cost is well beyond the budget that we receive, and we also have to rent it for a full year. Therefore, we find accommodation for our ESC volunteers and we have done so in family homes.

You have the use of the kitchen to cook your own meals. It is important to take note that the family does not cook for you. We will give you a monthly budget of €450 to pay for food and other necessities.

In most cases you will be with a family and each volunteer will be in a different house. We pay the owner directly €300 for the rent (this includes all costs for heating and water etc.). Most houses are within 1 kilometer from the town, but some are 2 kilometers from the town centre and we give each volunteer a bicycle to come and go.

Language Support
Each ESC participant is required to take an online brief assessment of their facility with English. You do this before you come here, or shortly after you arrive. The tool you use is called OLS (Online Language Support). After taking the first language assessment, participants will have the opportunity to take online language courses for free. We also have adult volunteers who will give you private English lessons in the mornings.

For our ESC volunteers we have set up a Volunteer Support Person. She is a trained youth and community worker who has also experience in the arts. She will meet everyone shortly after you arrive for a welcoming session. Then she will schedule fortnightly or weekly sessions with each of you. These sessions will be to support you in settling in, keeping yourself motivated, helping you reflect on what you are learning, and will be a space where you can confidentially discuss any issues that may bother you.


  1. Register on the European Solidarity Corps portal before applying. You can do this by clicking here and following the registration procedure: 
  2. Prepare your CV in English
  3. Fill in our online application form: Please note that this form is valid both for this ESC project and for the 2021 one, this is why you will also read about different dates at the beginning of the form, so do not worry about that.
  4. Use these date to fill in the requested information regarding your sending organization
    1. Name supporting and sending organisation: ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece
    2. Address: Veranzerou 15, 10677 Athens, Greece
    3. Name and first name of the ESC contact person: Francesca Moschitta
    4. Email of the contact person: Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.
    5. Telephone of the contact person: 0030 2103825506
    6. PIC number of your supporting organisation: 943089485
  5. Please inform your sending organization once you submit the application form, by sending an email to Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.. In the title please write: APPLICATION CROOKED HOUSE COMPANY 2020 – Your Name SURNAME.

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