Phiren Amenca

EVS opportunity for Young Roma in the Documentation Centre of German Sinti and Roma, Germany

Deadline June 30, 2013



Documentation CentreAmaro Drom e.V. and the Documentation Centre of German Sinti and Roma currently opened a call for applications for young people to participate in a European Voluntary Service (EU Youth in Action program) project in Heidelberg. The 12 months lasting project offers diverse learning and service opportunities including national and international seminars. The volunteers engage weekly around 30-35 hours in the Documentation Centre.

Typical tasks could be assisting and contributing to workshops and guided tours of youth groups and school classes in the Documentation Centre using different pedagogical methods, contributing to organize (Roma) cultural events organized in the Documentation and Cultural Center, and supporting projects that strengthen the cooperation with partners from especially Eastern Europe. The program encourages volunteers to express and to realize their own ideas and initiatives during the service!

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 Youth in Action seminars in Germany during their service, and 2 international Phiren Amenca seminars.

The call for applications is open for young people between 18 and 30 years who are residents of Romania or Bulgaria. Basic knowledge of English or German is expected. For further questions do not hesitate to contact us


Send your motivation letter, your CV and the Phiren Amenca application form by June 30th, 2013 to  Astrid Oelpenich and Merdjan Jakupov [email protected]

Application form

Download the Phiren Amenca Volunteer Application Form (PDF) here

Dates of the project

09.2013 – 08.2014


12 months

Project in EVS Database

Description of the hosting organization

Documentation CentreDocumentation Centre of German Sinti and Roma

The Centre, the only one of its kind in Europe, was established in Heidelberg Old Town in the early 1990s. It is now home to the world’s first permanent exhibition on the genocide perpetrated upon the Sinti and Roma by the Nazis. Alongside its function as a museum for contemporary history and a site for commemorating the past, the Centre also provides a setting for encounters and dialogue. A significant part of its public relations work is devoted to human rights. In view of the persecution of the Roma and Sinti under National Socialism, the Centre feels a special obligation to provide a forum for critical debate on pressing socio-political issues. Another vital part of the Centre’s work is to present the cultural contributions of the Sinti and Roma minority in the fields of literature, the fine arts and music, thus helping to break down stereotypes.

To this end, the Centre arranges conferences and seminars in conjunction with experts from Germany and other countries. Every spring and autumn, it runs an extensive program of public events that includes lectures, exhibitions, films, concerts and excursions.

Description of the sending organization

Amaro DromAmaro Drom e.V.

„Amaro Drom” is an intercultural self-organization of young Roma and non-Roma . Our main focus is the socio-cultural youth work, the strengthening of self-initiative, mobilization, networking and self-esteem of young Roma and their political and social participation. As young Europeans we actively want to contribute to society for more acceptance and respect, mutual understanding and inclusion. We are members of ternYpe International Roma Youth Network and of Phiren Amenca, 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.