IFOAM EU does not offer internships. In order to offer the possibility to young people to work in our office, IFOAM EU regularly recruits European volunteers for 12 months as part of the European Voluntary Service.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through a full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country for a period of 1 year. Young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. More information about EVS is available on the Erasmus+ website.
Open positions - EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE (evs)
IFOAM EU is looking for five motivated young people (between 18 and 30 years old) coming from Turkey, Germany, Finland, UK and Portugal to spend one year in our office in Brussels as part of a European Voluntary Service (EVS) project starting between May and June 2018.
If you’re interested in organic agriculture and would like to join our multicultural team in Brussels, we’re happy to receive your application! The application deadline is extended to 26 March 2018 - This project is only for volunteers coming from Turkey, Germany, Finland, the UK and Portugal. The application is therefore restricted to candidates legally residing in those countries. Please note that we are especially still looking for applicants from Finland, the UK and Portugal.
Please use the following application form (download the form) and send it filled in to employment [at] ifoam-eu.org before 26 March 2018. The starting date will be between May and June 2018.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to read the “Guide for EVS Applicants at IFOAM EU” before applying to ensure the project matches your interests.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young people residing in Europe with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through a full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country for a period of up to 1 year. Young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. More information about EVS is available on the Erasmus + website:
All essential costs related to the volunteering placement are covered. Accommodation, insurance, financial support for food, pocket money and a local public transportation pass will be provided. Travel costs associated with coming to Brussels from the country of origin and then returning after the project end are covered. Visa costs for the volunteer coming from Turkey are also covered.
More information can be found in the “Guide for EVS Applicants at IFOAM EU”
contact & MORE INFORMATION
employment [@] ifoam-eu.org
Testimonials from EVS volunteers
"I can describe my EVS experience in three words - friends, contacts and lifestyle change. Well four words in total :) - every person I met during my stay in Brussels taught me a bit more about myself. I met people who've become my friends, I met people with whom I established a great contact and I met people who changed my lifestyle forever. It was all about relationship and new knowledge. I wish you the best volunteering and life experience! And remember that only you yourself can change they way you look at things.''
– Zane Zake, Latvia, volunteer at IFOAM EU in 2015/2016
“I enjoy to work with people from all around Europe. I have learnt a lot about European cooperation in the field of organic farming research and solutions on how to bridge the gap between farmers and researchers.”
– Kata Gócs, Hungary, volunteer at IFOAM EU in 2016/2017
“The experience in IFOAM EU gave me a better insight on the functioning of the European institutions and policy making while familiarizing myself with the whole European organic sector on the way”
– Tonci Ukas, volunteer at IFOAM EU in 2016/2017
“Volunteering at IFOAM EU is an excellent opportunity to gain more in-depth understanding of the organic sector and the impact of EU legislation. Working in the communication team has taught me the importance and power of the messages we share to make Europe more organic. Beside the knowledge I gain, the vibrant city of Brussels is full of inspiring, smart and interesting people who enrich and refine my experience even more.”
– Triin Viilvere, volunteer at IFOAM EU in 2016/2017
“The EVS experience with IFOAM EU has provided me with an opportunity to grow and develop key skills that are crucial for working within NGOs. Being in the heart of EU politics in Brussels has also been enriching as I was able to attend a wide array of events organized by the Institutions on topics relevant to the organic agriculture movement such as biodiversity, GMOs, climate change and animal welfare. Finally, the experience led me to meet wonderful, interesting people and make meaningful friendships”
– volunteer at IFOAM EU