The EVS project "Youth for Environment" will take place in the office of Youth and Environment Europe on the ecological farm Toulcuv Dvur in Prague, Czech Republic. It will last 12 months and will start in September 2017. We will host 2 volunteers.
YEE wants to give young people an opportunity to use their potential to make useful things for the environment. The origin of the EVS project was in noticing the possibilities of learning various skills in the office of an international NGO, as YEE works on various activities (international projects, campaigns, publications, local workshops). Another reason is the potential that every EVS volunteer can bring to the office where the team is international, young and encourages learning from each other and intercultural learning.
The EVS project 'Youth for Environment' is improved already for more than 10 years and developed with experiences gained from volunteers.
The aim of the project is to develop competences of young people needed in environmental youth work.
Objectives of the project 'Youth for Environment' are:
During the EVS project in YEE two volunteers will be able to implement tasks and develop skills in a wide scale of activities, which are split in three parts.
First part is the work in YEE office – helping to organise campaigns, activities, publications, projects, website about youth issues and environmental awareness. Volunteers can practice skills of: cooperating in an intercultural team with people from several different countries, working in English, organising, coordinating various projects, networking with member organisations, preparing publications, design, updating website, etc.
Second part consists of practical activities in the ecological center Toulcuv Dvur, where YEE office is located – volunteers can integrate into local community, practice the Czech language, help in the farm and make practical workshops focused on environmental education. The EVS volunteers will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the kindergarten which is located in the eco-farm.
Third part is the volunteer's personal project. Volunteers can prepare a project according to their interest to practise sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
During EVS project in YEE the volunteers can gain:
Profile of EVS volunteers:
Youth and Environment Europe hosts two volunteers for a period of 12 months. They usually come at the same time so that they can learn together and support each other in the learning process. The working language in the office is English so we ask for at least good knowledge of English language (both written and spoken), so that volunteers can actively participate in our office work.
We are looking for people that have at least basic computer skills (in the office s/he will learn how to use various programmes to make web design, layout) and are willing to work inside of the office and outside in the ecological centre. YEE welcomes volunteers with interest and/or experience in the fields of the environment, international movement of European youth, intercultural learning and/or EU issues. YEE offers its EVS volunteers both good working conditions and good living conditions, a lot of space for creativity and a chance to see the results of his/her work, as well as a friendly atmosphere, coaching, regular lessons in the Czech language, suitable accommodation, and the personal support of the coordinator and a mentor during the whole stay. We invite people who wish to gain working experience in the office of an environmental international youth organisation, meet many new friends from different European countries and who are keen to feel like they are doing something useful for the environment. We are open to cooperate with any supportive sending organisation.
Mentoring and support
The role of a mentor is to be for the volunteer somebody whom he/she can always rely on, not only when the volunteer needs help, but also as a friend. The mentors will help volunteers to adapt to the new place and country they live in.
YEE has a long experience of hosting EVS volunteers and we strive to keep the good quality of our project, give many learning opportunities, arrange all preparations in details and support for the whole duration of the project and cooperate actively with all partners of the project.