Phiren Amenca

Romancipate Youthself – EVS Opportunity in Association of Young Roma (AYR) in Slovakia

Volunteer for 12 months in 2015-2016 (starting October 2015) with AYR
DEADLINE: 20 September, 2015.
Applicant countries: Hungary, Romania, Italy

Association of Young Roma and Phiren Amenca opened a call for applications for young Roma between 18 and 30 years to participate in a European Voluntary Service (EU Erasmus+ program) project in Slovakia. The project activities will mainly take place in two main locations: city of Banská Bystrica and Valaská county.

Banska Bystrica, metropolis in the center Slovakia has ca 80.000 inhabitants. AYR office is located in the city center.  There is a wide array of activities to perform: from work with Roma community living in emergency housing, office tasks and various cooperation with other organizations. The possible working fields offer multiple courses of activities from community work with local [mostly] Roma people, afterclass tutoring, help with organizing workshops and seminars, language courses, sports activities and others. The association is very keen and put accent on self-involvement and proactive choice of every individual volunteers in designing the direction of his/her focus.

The program is fully covered, providing room, board, health insurance, monthly ticket for local transport, language course and monthly pocket money. Volunteers will be provided with 2 national seminars in Slovakia during their service, and 2 international Phiren Amenca seminars.

Accomodation  for volunteers is provided in newly reconstructed, multifunctional community center in Valaska, located in beautiful nature of Slovak forests.


The call for applications is open for young Roma and non-Roma between 18 and 30 years from Hungary, Romania and Italy. Send your motivation letter, CV, and Phiren Amenca application form until the 20th of September to Juraj Vozar at [email protected] and to Marietta Herfort at [email protected]

Sending organizations: Nevo Parudimos (Romania), CSD Diaconia Valdese (Italy), RGDTS nonprofit kft (Hungary)


Download the Phiren Amenca Volunteer Application Form (PDF) here

Dates of the project: 01.10.2015-30.09.2016

Association of Young Roma in Slovakia is a civil association with a nationwide reach and years of experience in social work, social counseling and prevention, humanitarian, charitable and educational activities,  established in 1999 . Since then, the organization is gaining new experience in managing and coordinating projects aimed at mitigating the effects of social problems (poverty, unemployment, social exclusion) and improving the living situation of people directly affected by these issues.

AYR‘s mission states: The principal goal of Association of Young Roma is to unify intellectual potential of Roma young generation and directly help with social and work inclusion in society. The philosophy is based on systematic and long-term influence on Roma population through various projects and programmes. Fantastic opportunity to have exactly such type of influence is to work with international volunteers, as they serve as a great role-model for the youth and an example of opportunity for the grown part of community.