EFD, Roma community centers, Slowakei, ab September 2015

YMCA na Slovensku is a non-proft/non-governmental Christian organisation focused on working with youth (aged mainly between 6-26 years). We are an ecumenical Christian youth movement open to cooperation with volunteers of all religious or non-religious backgrounds with common values. Our aim is to support overall personal development of young people by organizing development activities that contribute to their physical, mental and spiritual growth regardless their race, gender, religious views, social background, physical or mental abilities.

YMCA na Slovensku as coordinating body and national ofce based in Liptovsky Mikulas represents the movement on national level, we are also member of Europe Association of YMCA. We are responsible for programme and education development, youth policies within the YMCA movement in Slovakia. Our network of local YMCA associations reaches to more than 15 towns in Slovakia. Each is unique, depending on needs of local young people and community.

We are also accredited as sending, receiving and coordinating organisation for European Voluntary Service, funded by Erasmus + EU programme. Each year we ofer opportunity for young people to join and become a volunteer in 2 diferent placements, focused mainly on Roma communities and other local activities with children and youth.

No previous experience is required apart form minimum volunteer’s profle. Volunteers should be active in approaching the community, seek active involvement, be independent to organize their leisure time, be openminded about new culture and subcultures.

Volunteer’s profile

  • 18 – 30 years old
  • commitment for the whole 12 months,  start can be discussed
  • basic knowledge of English or Slovak for everyday communication
  • keen to work with children and youth
  • various skills welcome (but not required): ability to play any musical instrument, sports, singing, dancing, drama….
  • ability to adapt and work in challenging social environment necessary
  • character integrity / being a role model for kids
  • enjoy being a volunteer at this time of his/her life 🙂

Conditions & Funding

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is supported from Erasmus+ grant.

Travel

  • one return journey to and from the service, maximum sum is depending on distance to Slovakia
  • travel to EVS activities reimbursed as needed

Accommodation & Board

  • private or shared room (max. 2 persons/room) in rented flat near town centre with Internet access, shared kitchen and bathroom with other international volunteers
  • fully equipped kitchen, staf kitchen or lunch at local restaurants at better price during lunch time MENU
  • Monthly meal allowance depending on the region

Personal allowance / pocket money

95 € monthly personal allowance

Working hours and Holidays

  • Monday – Friday (30 – 35 hours/week)
  • occasional extra working hours (e.g. Summer camps) compensated by extra time of
  • 2 consequent days off per week plus all Slovak state holiday
  • 2 days of holiday per month to be taken at any time during the service upon prior agreement with local coordinator. More time of is available based on family or personal reasons (e.g. preparation for university, exams, etc.)

Health Insurance & Vaccination

  • MSH International EVS insurance plan arranged by Sending organisation
  • vaccination against Hepatitis A and B is recommended and refunded up to 170 €

Trainings and personal development

  • On-arrival and mid-term training for EVS volunteers organised by Slovak National Agency for all EVS volunteers currently in Slovakia
  • Slovak language lessons provided as needed, minimum once a week, ether as a course or on informal basis
  • Mentorship, supervision and task related support to introduce volunteers to activities and local area and oversee the personal growth and volunteer integration into activities and local community

Slovakia is now considered as well developing country, many changes happened during the past 24 years since Communism fall. People in Slovakia are in general welcoming and friendly, although we sometimes seem reserved and shy but with some patience and smile we love to share and talk 🙂 The language used is Slovak, English is not common, it is spoken/understood usually only in bigger cities like Bratislava or Kosice. It is useful to know already few phrases in Slovak, e.g. to buy tickets on arrival, to buy basic things in shops.

Application

If you feel you would like to take part and become a volunteer please apply with CV and short, concrete motivation letter to project coordinator Zuzana Konecna at zuzana@ymca.sk

  • where did you fnd out about this opportunity
  • why are you interested in this particular position, how does it ft into your current and future life
  • which placement – location (described further) are you interested in and why
  • what knowledge, skills or hobby can you ofer to the activities of community centre and local community
  • any relevant working or volunteering experience you have
  • name and contact of your sending organisation, if you have one
  • any questions you might have about this volunteering

Only selected candidates will be invited for online interview. Thank you for understanding.