European Solidarity Corps

European solidarity corps

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 11 months as part of the European Solidarity Corps (previously 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 volunteering activity in a foreign country for 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.

Open positions 

IFOAM EU is looking for five new volunteers to join the team in Brussels for 11 months from September 2020 to July 2021!

• 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 a European country other than Belgium?
• Do you have NO MORE than 3 months previous volunteering experience with the ESC or EVS?

Apply from the 5th of March filling in the Online Application Form by Sunday 15th April 2020

Financial support is provided to all volunteers to cover their costs of living.

Each volunteer will receive an allowance of €515 per month, they will be granted accomodation in shared apartments and a public transport pass. They will also be reimbursed for their travel expenses from/to their home countries and will have a full insurance.

All volunteers will be trained and get the chance to learn more about the organic movement while working as part of our Policy, Research & Innovation, Communications, Projects & Fundraising, Events & Membership teams. To gain more practical experience, they will have the opportunity to stay in organic farms in Belgium for one or two weeks.

To learn more about the positions available and volunteering conditions, please read the Guide for ESC applicants at IFOAM EU.

If you know someone who would be interested in this opportunity, feel free to share our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

 

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contact & MORE INFORMATION

For further information, please contact: employment [at] 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, from Germany. Former volunteer in the Research&Innovation Unit - 2018/2019

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"Volunteering at IFOAM EU is a truly rewarding experience, both on a professional and personal level. Get to know this vibrant city of Brussels, meet inspiring people, drink beers (a lot!), learn more about organic agriculture and EU legislation and develop a wide range of skills! Knowledge and friendships are awaiting!"
– Bérénice Cau, from France. Current volunteer in the Projects & Fundraising Unit - 2019/2020

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"I did not know much about IFOAM EU when I saw the ESC vacancy, but I shared its values of protecting biodiversity, caring for nature and fairness in the food production processes. During my volunteering I learned a lot about the organic sector and, being based in Brussels, I gained a better understanding of European Union’s institutions and importance of advocacy work."

– Katarina Šeme, from Slovenia. Current volunteer in the Communication Unit - 2019/2020

“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, former volunteer at IFOAM EU - 2016/2017