Phiren Amenca

Roma grassroots empowerment through EVS – Voluntary service opportunity with Roma Active Albania in Tirana, Albania

Volunteer for 10 months in 2015 (starting March 2015) with Roma Active Albania

DEADLINE: February 10, 2015.

Number of volunteers: 3

Applicant country: Italy, Germany, Hungary

Phiren Amenca and Roma Active Albania (RAA), 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 Tirana. The 10 months lasting project (March – December 2015), offers diverse learning and service opportunities including national and international seminars, and active involvement in the Roma youth groups and networks in Albania. The volunteers engage weekly around 30-35 hours in the working fields intercultural youth work, empowerment and mobilization of Roma youth by assisting the Roma youth network in their activities (street actions, conferences, public debates, creative actions), supporting trainings, seminars and grassroots activities, conducting researches and case studies, promoting EVS in local communities, writing articles for websites and publicity, contributing to the development of RAA website, campaigning in ROMA REACT.

The volunteers will be able to develop their personal, social and professional skills through non formal and in formal learning by being mentored and super-vised, having the possibility to accompany, observe and support their colleagues and local peers during their work and activities and finally through creating and realizing their own projects. Their roles and responsibilities will be shaped according to their needs and interests and in constant exchange between volunteer, hosting and sending organisation before and during the EVS. The volunteers will be supported by a mentor and a personal supervisor in constant reflection of their learning process and will be encouraged to regular reporting their learning achievements also to each other in oral and written form. The program encourages volunteers to express and to realize their own ideas and initiatives during the service.

To secure the constant development of language skills besides the initial language course every volunteer will be able to practise their Albanian with a local volunteer as personal “tandem partner”. Beyond that, international and local volunteers will work together as a team during the whole EVS and develop a joined activity to learn from each other and for mutual support.


The call for applications is open for young Roma and non Roma people between 18 and 30 years who are residents of Italy, Germany and 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 organisation. 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, nor any particular academic/educational level, but the volunteers must have basic English or Albanian language skills.

The program is fully covered, providing room, board, health insurance, Albanian language course, an opportunity to learn Romani language, and monthly pocket money. Volunteers will be provided with 2 Erasmus+ seminars during their service, and 2 international Phiren Amenca seminars.


Send your motivation letter, CV, and Phiren Amenca application form until the 10th of February to [email protected];  as well as at [email protected]


Download the Phiren Amenca Volunteer Application Form (PDF) here

Dates of the project: 03.2015 – 12.2015

For more information please contact: Marietta Herfort (volunteer coordinator) at [email protected]


Roma Active Albania

Roma Active Albania (RAA) is an experienced organization aiming at the mobilization and empowerment of Roma people. RAA is actively lobbying and advocating Roma issues at local, national and international level. RAA is specialized in addressing Roma issues, conducting analysis and developing new methods and strategies to tackle the exclusion of Roma people in Albania and Europe. RAA supports networks and groups with special emphasis on women and youth. RAA coordinates two regional networks in the region of Fier and Korça. The vision of RAA is to contribute to empowering Roma to come together in a grassroots Roma movement, which will change position of Roma by fighting against exclusionary mechanisms. Moreover, RAA plays a key role in the ERGO (European Roma Grassroots Organization) Network.


Amaro 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.

CSD Diaconia Valdese

CSD Diaconia Valdese, is the social organization of the Waldensian Church in Italy ( Foreign young volunteers are involved in every local structure: in total about 40 volunteers from EU and other countries. CSD Diaconia Valdese is member of Eurodiaconia ( and of the European Diaconal Year Network (

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.