Volunteering for change – EVS opportunity with ERGO in Brussels, Belgium

Volunteer for 12 months in 2015-2016 (starting September 2015) with ERGO
DEADLINE: June 30, 2015
Number of volunteers: 1   

Phiren Amenca and ERGO currently opened a call for applications for young people between 18 and 30 years to participate in a European Voluntary Service (Erasmus+ program) project in Brussels. The 12 months lasting project (September 2015 – August 2016), offers diverse learning and service opportunities including national and international seminars, and active involvement in the Roma youth groups and networks in Brussels.

Possible and typical activities and tasks of the volunteers:

The volunteers will work about 30 to 38 hours per week, including the language course (French or Dutch). The working hours and days will be from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 18:00. However, working hours will be adapted to the volunteers’ needs and the activities they will be involved in.

- Challenging stereotypes and racism: support the organization of events, debates and cultural events to challenge stereotypes and racism, build partnership with other Roma and non Roma organizations in Belgium and in other European countries.

- Public relations, homepage and visibility: design and realization of publicity, work that promotes a positive Roma image and the activities of ERGO Network, creative approaches to strengthen visibility of ERGO Network work and its mission, creative documentation of volunteers and Roma youth activism

-Researching and reporting on specific topics: for instance in Holocaust Education and the Roma Genocide, success factor of projects involving Roma as well as any topics the volunteers are interested in and can be used in the work of ERGO.

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE

The call for applications is open for young Roma and non Roma people between 18 and 30 years who are residents of Hungary. We support young people who have the will to work in a Roma environment/community, and to get experience that can be later on transferred back to the work of their sending organisations. We are especially welcoming people who are motivated to engage for our mission to challenge stereotypes, antigypsyism and racism, and who show an open attitude for a unique learning and life experience, as well as a volunteer spirit of creativity, initiative, responsibility and independence. We do not ask for prerequisite qualifications, or not any particular academic, educational level, but the volunteers must have basic English language skills.

The program is fully covered, providing room, board, health insurance, French or Dutch language course and monthly pocket money. Volunteers will be provided with 2 Erasmus+ seminars during their service, and 2 international Phiren Amenca seminars.

 

APPLICATION

Send your motivation letter, CV, and Phiren Amenca application form until the 30th of July to info@ergonetwork.org;  as well as at info@phirenamenca.eu

APPLICATION FORM

Download the Phiren Amenca Volunteer Application Form (PDF) here

Dates of the project: 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2016

For more information please contact: Marietta Herfort (volunteer coordinator) at info@phirenamenca.eu

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION:

European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network brings together Roma and pro-Roma organisations from 17 countries in Europe. These organisations share our guiding principle: Roma themselves have to take an active role to achieve equal citizenship and to fight discrimination. We are a dynamic European organisation that functions as liaison between Roma organisations and European decision makers, policy makers and institutions. ERGO aims to liaise between Roma on the ground and the ‘Brussels’reality. Together with our members and allied partners, we advocate for better policies and programmes for Roma to create favourable conditions to better benefit from opportunities offered to them. (www.ergonetwork.org)

DESCRIPTION OF THE SENDING ORGANISATION:

RGDTS Nonprofit Kft. / Phiren Amenca

Phiren Amenca is a network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement, in order to challenge stereotypes and racism. Phiren Amenca aims to specifically facilitate the access of young people with fewer opportunities and especially young Roma who had more limited access to benefit from the European Voluntary Service. The organisation brings young Roma and non-Roma volunteers in Roma projects and communities, together through seminars and meetings to create intercultural dialogue and a common engagement for respect and an inclusive society. Phiren Amenca strives to promote the value of volunteering and active citizenship, and advocate for the recognition of voluntary service and non-formal education also within policies and strategies targeting Roma communities and social inclusion. www.phirenamenca.eu

 

Nevo Parudimos

Nevo Parudimos Association it’s a non-profit apolitical organisation which was founded by a group of teachers, Roma activists and Roma students from Caras-Severin county, in the south-west part of Romania in 2008. The aim of the Nevo Parudimos association is to decrease the economic, social, educational and cultural differences in the society. The objectives of the Nevo Parudimos association are: to develop activities which promote the democracy; to promote the tolerance, the diversity and the equal chances in the society; to create community preventing programs to fight against prejudices towards Roma people; to increase the organizational capacity of Roma people; to help Roma communities develop their own competences and abilities to resolve problems; to develop professional activities, social, cultural, economic and civic commitment. Nevo Parudimoss’ activities are split in more fields like: education, culture, social work, community development, human rights and youth work. http://nevoparudimos.ro/