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ESC Voluntary Service, March – August 2020 on Chios Island, Greece

Organising cultural, social and media related events for young people, sailing and hosting a radio show on a Greek Island – this is what this 6 month ESC volunteering project has in store for you!

Location: Chios Island, Greece

Dates: 01.03.2020 – 31.08.2020

Your hosting organisation

The project is hosted by the organisation Experimental-TES-HIENET, an organisation that involves youngsters with fewer opportunities in their daily work and aims to provide meaningful activities to enhance their skills and competencies. The main areas of their work involve the organisation of cultural and social events, a radio programme, sailing courses on their yacht, and courses about technology and media use.

Your tasks as a Volunteer

As an ESC volunteer with Experimental-TES-HIENET, you are expected to contribute your time and energy towards the aims and objectives of the project, attend regular meetings and workshops.

The focus of the «Global Change Makers» is on working with young people on the creation of Cultural and Educational “New Technologies” products, like Webpages and Videos to create informative materials about various topics for the people of Chios Island and beyond.

According to your competencies and needs and those of the hosting organisation, your tasks may involve:

  1. 70% of the time:

    1. Taking part as assistant in the educational procedure, also realizing environmental, cultural and sport activities at the Day Nursery, Kindergarten or Primary schools of the Island
    2. Educational, Cultural, Sport and Touristic Projects within the organisation
    3. Offering help to the elderly and people with fewer opportunities on the island
    4. Organising seminars for educators, parents, youngsters and children on media and technology
    5. Learning by helping and teaching children and young people how to sail on the sailing yacht of the hosting organisation
  2. 20% of the time:
    1. Implementation of your own ideas and realization of activities
    2. Text translation tasks and promotion of the results of our activities on the web site and in many other web sites
  3. 10% of the time:
    1. Participating in the EVS Internet Radio – as the responsible person for the technical part, the sound and general management, development and realization of recordings, sound mixing, interviews, news to the Hosting organization’s on-line EVS internet radio station
    2. Taking care of the common spaces of the organisation – house, garden, yacht

To get a clearer idea of what volunteering with Experimental-TES-HIENET looks like, check out these links made by previous EVS/ESC volunteers:

Through working on these different topics and engaging in these activities, you would have the chance to…

  • develop social, intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • get to know different kinds of computer software and technology for radio programmes
  • promote the safe and informed use of media and technology for young people
  • organise educational, cultural and other projects to make a change in the local community
  • promote volunteering and active engagement in society among Greek youngsters and German youngsters upon your return home

Support and Mentoring

Throughout your voluntary service, you will be guided by your mentor and coordinator. Your coordinator will discuss your tasks and ideas with you, provide you with assistance in developing those and discuss your learning development on a weekly basis. Your mentor will help you integrate in the local community, help you figure out life on a Greek island and discuss your learning process and development with you.

To enable you to fully participate in the life on Chios, you will be enrolled in a Greek language course through the OLS portal, where you can improve your language skills throughout your ESC.

Costs and Insurance

Your participation in the programme is free.

Your hosting organisation will pay for and organise your accommodation in a shared flat with other volunteers. You will have to share a room with one other person of the same sex and share the kitchen, bathroom and common areas with other volunteers. The accommodation is very basic.

You will receive a pocket money of 5€ per day. Each week, you provide a shopping list of food to the hosting organisation and they will buy it for you.

You will receive health insurance for the duration of the project. Depending on your age, you may qualify for German Kindergeld, as the ESC is a recognised volunteering programme and we can issue a certificate that confirms your status as a volunteer.

Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 360€.

If you have any other questions – just contact Irma: [email protected]

Selection process

You can apply, if the following criteria applies to you:

  1. You are between 18 and 30 years old on the first day of the voluntary service
  2. You are a resident of Germany
  3. You have at least basic competencies in English (understanding, speaking, writing)
  4. You are motivated to engage in the tasks listed above and committed to contribute with your experience, skills and sense of initiative
  5. You are curious to try new things, including life on a rather quiet island in simple living conditions in a foreign country
  6. You are a responsible person, able to work independently and within an international team

To apply, please fill the form below! We will do the first round of selection on December 01.12.2019. Based on the information provided in the application form, we invite candidates for a short Skype interview to get to know them a bit better in December.

After the Skype, we forward the contacts of 2-3 final candidates to Greece, where the current volunteers of the hosting organisation will meet you for a second Skype. You will also be invited to answer two questionnaires for them prior to the Skype. The final decision can be expected in January.

(Images: Experimental-TES-HIENET)