In August 2021 we will invite 3 ESC volunteers to the Global Ecovillage Network main office in the Findhorn ecovillage in the North of Scotland to participate in our one year long ESC programme. You will be joining GEN at a very exciting time in our evolution as an organisation and will be working closely with passionate and inspirational individuals committed to strengthening connectivity between sustainable communities worldwide.
This year will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of GEN both global network and organisation, offer the opportunity for you to sharpen key interests and skills in network-building, communications, NGO operations, sustainable development, and of course, will offer a chance to become meaningfully engaged with the renowned intentional community Findhorn, in Northern Scotland.
This is a primarily office-based role, but you will have opportunities to engage in other, more practical activities within the community and there will also be educational and personal development courses available for you to participate in. Actually, the opportunities available are really only limited by your creativity!
Interested? Read on to find out more
What is ESC?
ESC is the European Solidarity Corps, a programme allowing young people to go abroad, learn and contribute to a better world with support from Erasmus+ funding. It provides an opportunity to join meaningful work and experiential learning while your food, accommodation, travelling, pocket money, insurance and mentorship are fully covered.
This ESC project will take place for one year between 1st August 2021 and 31st July 2022. All accommodation, food, and travel expenses are covered.
The programme will be held in the renowned and pioneering ecovillage of Findhorn, Scotland, the location of GEN’s Head Office. You will have the opportunity to move into rented, or communal accommodation depending on availability and your interest. Your time will be split between working in the GEN office and engaging with the Findhorn community depending on your interest and personal projects.
Young people between the ages of 18-30, who have not participated in an EVS/ESC programme before, from the corresponding partner countries:
We are looking for motivated candidates with a proactive, creative and problem solving attitude, good knowledge of English and organisational skills. If you have an interest in the Global Ecovillage Network’s field of work, then please tell us in your application.
We are especially looking forward to receiving applications from people who face economic, social or cultural obstacles, e.g. people with a migrant background, from an ethnic minority, LGBT
The three volunteers will work in different programmes across the organisation as well as supporting some office-based tasks on the ground. For this ESC opportunity we are specifically searching for volunteers that are interested in supporting our Outreach/Advocacy, IT and Communications/Design team. Below you will find more detailed descriptions of the tasks and areas you can be involved in:
Advocacy and Outreach Assistance:
For this position we are searching for a creative and engaged volunteer with a background in communications and PR, and ideally in international relations, international law, and/or human rights or politics. You must have good knowledge of English and organisational dynamics, as some of the work we do is akin to lobby work. As an Advocacy and Outreach Assistant, you will be overall involved in any of the following areas and tasks:
- Supporting our Ambassadors programme and other interesting projects like the Hildur Jackson Award and the Twinning Project
- Coordination and support of our in-person and online events and conferences
- Support of our external communications and advocacy
For this position we are searching for an motivated and solution orientated volunteer who can provide ICT assistance through developing effective and well working ICT systems and administrative processes. Although it is not expected that you would have extensive experience in ICT, a general interest in open source development environments and website development tools such as php, wordpress and wordpress plugins would help. As an IT Assistant, you will be overall involved in the following areas and tasks:
- Manage wordpress plugins and themes to enhance the functionality of GEN’s websites;
- Support with GEN server and system administration
- Setup and maintenance of existing cloud based services
- Analysis of new open source cloud based services
- GEN’s office IT support
Graphic Design and Communications Assistance:
For this position we are searching for a proactive and creative volunteer with good written English and graphic design skills. This position is for you, if you enjoy graphic design, research and storytelling through words and visual means. As an Graphic Design and Social Media Assistance, you will be overall involved in the following areas and tasks:
- Creation of communications material (social media content, photos, articles, press releases)
- Writing blog posts and news
- Designing graphics, flyers, publications and social media posts
- Create and systematise library of designs and images in Creative Cloud and Googledrive
- Keeping our website fresh and attractive
- Support with the content and design of our Annual Report
In our application form, you will be able to share which volunteer position(s) you are interested in and which one will most align with your background and skills!
This ESC programme is an excellent opportunity for 3 committed individuals to become deeply involved with GEN’s work, get to know the ecovillage movement from the inside, learn the skills necessary to support the growth of an international organisation and network, and do something you believe in. Who knows where this experience could lead?
If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please fill in this application form by March 5, 2021 and also apply through the YouthPortal of ESC. After reviewing your application our team will contact you. The selection will be made through an interview process with the candidates.
If you have questions please contact us: [email protected]
Global Ecovillage Network: http://ecovillage.org/
Global Ecovillage Network Europe: www.geneurope.org
Findhorn Ecovillage: https://www.findhorn.org/
ESC official website: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en
Blog article about three volunteers doing their ESC with GEN in 2019: https://www.eusolidaritycorps.org.uk/volunteers-gain-skills-while-living-ecovillage