IFOAM EU does not offer internships. In order to offer the possibility to young people to get experience in our office, IFOAM EU regularly recruits volunteers for up to 12 months as part of the European Solidarity Corps (previously volunteers were part of the European Voluntary Service, or EVS, funded by Erasmus +).
Volunteering as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) provides young people 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 one year. Young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. More information about ESC is available on the European Solidarity Corps website.
Volunteers facilitating a workshop at the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event © Tereza Maarova
Open positions - European Solidarity Corps
IFOAM EU is looking for five new volunteers to join the team in Brussels for one whole year starting in June 2019!
• Do you want to learn more about organic food and farming?
• Are you between the ages of 18 and 30?
• Are you legally residing in an EU country other than Belgium?
To learn more about the positions available and volunteering conditions, please read the Guide for ESC applicants at IFOAM EU.
To apply, please fill out the Application form and send it to employment [@] ifoam-eu.org by Monday 4th March 2019 latest.
All volunteers will have be trained and get the chance to learn more about the organic movement while working as part of our policy, research, communications, projects and fundraising, and events and membership teams. To gain more practical experience, stays on organic Belgian farms are also part of the project.
Financial support is provided to all volunteers to ensure their stay comes at no cost to them. Each volunteer will receive an allowance of €515 per month to cover their food and miscelaneous expenses. In addition, volunteers will also be reimbursed for their travel expenses, will have insurance, a public transportation pass, and individual rooms in a shared house.
Goat herding at an organic farm where a volunteer stayed for two weeks © Carolina Ferreira
contact & MORE INFORMATION
employment [@] ifoam-eu.org
Testimonials from ifoam eu volunteers
"You’d like to do something practical, with a visible impact, and to get to know the heart of Europe, policy making and lobbying work, the organic movement, like-minded people, new languages and cultures, including the broad diversity of Belgian beer, and – not least – yourself better? Volunteering at IFOAM EU offers you all that – and much more. It’s a rich experience that allows you to participate in making food and farming in Europe more sustainable, and to gain practical experiences and skills in the European organic sector – from advocacy for organic research, innovation and practice to new communication tools and a hands-on farm stay. For me, it was the first time that I was living abroad for so long – a big step that my colleagues and EVS network made a lot easier. I can only encourage you to do it, and to make the most of it. It’s a unique opportunity to grow, gain new perspectives and friends and get to know yourself and your capabilities and interests better. Not only did I feel very welcome in the multicultural and multilingual EU capital where almost everyone comes from somewhere else, but I could also profit from the numerous events the vibrant city has to offer year-round. Ultimately, my EVS made me more political, active and empathetic – in other words, fit for the challenges of the future."
- Maria Gernert, current volunteer at IFOAM EU - 2018/2019
Fruit picking at an organic farm where a volunteer stayed for two weeks © Carolina Ferreira
“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”
– former volunteer at IFOAM EU - 2017-2018
“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, former volunteer at IFOAM EU - 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 - 2016/2017
Feeding time at an organic farm where a volunteer stayed for two weeks © Carolina Ferreira
“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 - 2016/2017
"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 - 2015/2016