Volunteering

Applicant of the project is ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece, www.elix.org.gr

Topic: Social inclusion, EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy, Intercultural education and (lifelong) learning, Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

When: Starting as soon as possible

Duration: for a duration of 9-12 months

Place: Athens, Greece

Available places: 1 volunteer per proposed position

Profile of EVS volunteer required:
Young people from 18 to 30 who are ready to move to Greece and are available for a period of 9-12 months with residence in one of the EVS/ESC programme countries.

The project involves a lot of administration work; therefore, volunteers should be ready and willing to work in the ELIX office together with other volunteers and staff of the organisation.

Each volunteer should possess the following:

  • Strong interest in international mobility projects,
  • Previous volunteering experience (preferably in workcamps or other volunteering activities) and/or international Youth Exchanges,
  • Good understanding of non-formal education and informal learning,
  • Good computer skills (Internet, Microsoft Office, Google Doc),
  • Adequate level of English,
  • Embraces the values of sustainability, gender equality and social inclusion.

Once this pre-selection is done, candidates will be invited to a Skype interview, in which we will discuss with them their motivation and their possible personal contribution to this project.

Partners:
Interested candidates from all programme countries are welcome to apply. Please note that the project does not foresee visa costs.ELIX bubble big

About the Project:
The activity will be hosted in Athens, in the office of ELIX and the different venues coordinated by ELIX such as its Learning Centers.

The project will involve volunteers focusing and supporting 2 different areas:

The Incoming Placement Officer is responsible for the placement of volunteers in international workcamps in Greece.

Daily tasks will include:

  • Placing international volunteers in ELIX workcamps,
  • Communication with international partners,
  • Updating the workcamp catalogue with the projects running during the summer to be presented to the partners and volunteers,
  • Supporting and participation in the camp leaders training course,
  • Mentoring camp leaders before and after the camp,
  • Lead and/or participate in workcamps during the summer,
  • Supporting the organisation of local actions, their coordination and implementation,
  • Be encouraged and trained to develop and implement own ideas,
  • Support the daily activities of the office and participate in various actions of ELIX outside the office.

The Communication and Visibility Officer is responsible for the placement of volunteers in international workcamps in Greece.

Daily tasks will include:

  • Collecting and preparing promotional materials for workcamps abroad,
  • Preparing lists for promotion of workcamps,
  • Create of audiovisual and web content to highlight the activity of the organisation (Press Releases, videos, photos, leaflets etc.),
  • Collecting the reports from the volunteers after the workcamp and publishing them on website,
  • Lead and/or participate in workcamps during the summer,
  • Supporting the organisation of local actions, their coordination and implementation,
  • Be encouraged and trained to develop and implement own ideas.

Each volunteer will be assigned with a tutor, a staff member of the organization, and will have the opportunity to be involved in all the necessary steps of the organization of several activities. This service enables the volunteer to have a significant experience within an organization active in sectors of youth and lifelong learning, acquire new skills, get in touch with volunteers of all ages from Greece and around the world and last but not least live in a multicultural environment.

Volunteers will have the chance to develop his/her organizational skills by being involved in the preparation and implementation of different kind of activities, improve his/her sense of responsibility and initiative towards the tasks undertaken, work in a team in a highly multicultural environment, meet different people and cultures.

Besides that, he/she will have the opportunity to develop a social network and participate in seminars, trainings and other cultural actions of ELIX or partner organizations.

Finally, all the services and advantages that the volunteer has the right to enjoy, will be provided, according to the ERASMUS+ programme Guide.

Responsibilities and practical arrangements:
Rights and responsibilities:

Volunteers:

  • Will work an average of 30 h/week, always under the responsibility of ELIX youth workers who will be supporting and advising them,
  • Are entitled of 2 days-off per week, which will be mainly the weekends. They may be asked to work during some weekend due to some specifically planned activity,
  • Will have the autonomy to develop their own personal projects but won’t be responsible for an activity on its own,
  • Can host a guest in the house only after the communication and the approval from the EVS coordinator and for a period of maximum 7 days,

Practical Arrangements:

  • Volunteers will be hosted in a rented apartment in Athens that will be shared among them. They may share their room with another volunteer,
  • The volunteer will receive monthly food allowance – 120 Euro,
  • Pocket Money - 5 euros per day (appr. 150 euros per month),
  • Travel costs to and from Athens are covered up to the amounts mentioned below (section Financial conditions),
  • Greek language courses will be provided by the Online Linguistic Support,
  • EVS insurance is covered by CIGNA,
  • On-arrival training and mid-term evaluation will be provided and organised by the Greek National Agency.

Risks and crisis prevention:
In order to prevent any kind of crisis, ELIX believes that the info given during the preparation of the volunteers plays a very important role.

1. The detailed description of the activities, the possibilities for socializing, the accommodation and food and working conditions are very helpful for the volunteers in order to be orientated before their arrival.

2. The volunteer receives a detailed info pack before arrival and a welcome pack upon arrival where she/he can find useful call numbers and emergency numbers as well as info for his/her better integration to the local society.

3. The volunteer will participate in a weekly meeting in order to have the chance to talk about difficulties s/he is facing and find ways to overcome any possible issues occurred,

4. Once the volunteer arrives s/he attends a 1 day orientation session in the ELIX office, where among other things s/he becomes aware of all the necessary instructions and measures greece INEDIVIM logofor risk prevention for his safety in the house (house conditions, fire protection, use of electronic or gas devices etc), transport rules and habits, travelling, health prevention and local everyday life.

5. The volunteer will be provided with mobile numbers of his mentor and the EVS coordinator. He/she will be able to use these numbers 24 hours /7 days.

How to apply:
Please fill in the below application form and send your CV by email to Tilemachos Boni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “EVS_vol.2019_YOUR NAME”.

The pre-selected candidates will be interviewed (via skype).

Contacts:
For further information please contact Tilemachos Boni, responsible for EVS/ESC projects, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for responses: As soon as possible

Financial Conditions:
Travel costs to and from Athens are covered according to the Erasmus+ lump sums, based on the travel distance.

Travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission.

For travel distances between:
100 - 499 km: 180 EUR per participant
500 - 1999 km: 275 EUR per participant
2000 - 2999 km: 360 EUR per participant
3000 - 3999 km: 530 EUR per participant
4000 - 7999 km: 820 EUR per participant
8000 km or more: 1100 EUR per participant

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