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Spring 2021 European Solidarity Corps Update

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

***Please note we are once again using our main ESC page to share opportunities and direct you to the links for applications! Find it here: https://www.internationalservice.org.uk/european-solidarity-corps ***

Spring 2021 update on European Solidarity Corps projects

With the UK having published its roadmap out of the current coronavirus restrictions, and the general public health situation markedly improving, International Service is now taking steps to resume previously suspended European Solidarity corps projects. We and our partners are thrilled that these exciting projects can now take a step forward.

This update focuses on the projects we are currently recruiting for, and includes information on the travel situation.

We regularly monitor the red list of countries with mandatory hotel quarantines, and currently none of our projects countries are on the red list.

If you have already been offered a place on a project, we will do our best to honour that place. We are reaching out to you but please feel free to get in touch to tell us if you are still interested in your original place or if you would prefer to switch to a project which is taking place sooner.

There is no closing date for applications, however applications will be considered in the order they are submitted and places are limited.

We are now recruiting for the following projects in North Macedonia and Serbia. Volunteering on these projects is permitted under current rules.

Inclusion for everyone: Volunteers are to work with the Centar za Mladinski Aktivizam CMA KRIK, in Skopje, North Macedonia. They will help deliver disability inclusion activities in schools, at youth centres, and at festivals. They will also be facilitating short term volunteering placements for young people with learning disabilities. We are looking for 5 volunteers for 6 month placements to start as soon as possible.

Participation, Empowerment and Education for Roma, Gypsy and Traveller people: The aim of this project is to empower and promote social inclusion of Roma, Gypsy or Traveller communities in North Macedonia and the United Kingdom, while enabling young volunteers to develop vital skills for the future. Our partners in North Macedonia are RROMA, SUMNAL, and the York Travellers Trust in the UK. We are looking for 6 volunteers for 6 month placements in North Macedonia to start as soon as possible.

Free to be me: This project aims to promote the empowerment of LGBTI+ young people, their visibility and inclusion, and their rights in society. The project will achieve this by facilitating the exchange of LGBTI+ youth volunteers and young people with fewer opportunities to work with local organisations on a range of community development and campaigning initiatives. Activities will take place in North Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, and the United Kingdom with our partners Subversive Front (Skopje, North Macedonia), Group Come Out (Novi Sad, Serbia), United Societies of the Balkans (USB; Thessaloniki, Greece), CVS (York, UK) and CEDE Aruba (Aruba). We are looking for 2 volunteers for 12 month placements in North Macedonia, and 2 volunteers for 12 month placements in Serbia. All participants should be "people with fewer opportunities", and it will help if applicants are closely aligned with the LGBTI+ rights movement

For the following projects in Jordan, we now have enough candidates but you are welcome to apply in case a spot opens up - due to someone dropping out for instance - or if you wish to be considered for a future placement. There are still plenty of places on our North Macedonia and Serbia projects!

Build a Better Narrative: The volunteering activities will take place in Amman, the capital and largest city in Jordan, and will be hosted by I-Dare, a local youth NGO. Volunteers will engage with young Jordanians through social media and community behaviour change, to work with young people to develop positive intellectual and economic attitudes which will help them throughout their lives. Volunteers will develop Arabic language skills as part of his placement. We are looking for 3 volunteers for 5 ½ month placements, with some flexibility over start dates.

Empowering Women and Youth in Jordan: The aim of the project is to improve the engagement of young people and women in the labour market and decision making in their communities. The project will achieve this by supporting Bait Al Hikmah Foundation for Youth in the delivery of a socio-economic empowerment project, which will target 180 women from host Jordanian and Syrian refugee communities in three of the country’s most marginalised governorates. Volunteers will develop Arabic language skills as part of his placement. We are looking for 3 volunteers for 6 month placements, with some flexibility over start dates.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for the following projects in Palestine. It is not currently possible to go to and from Palestine. We are monitoring the situation and liaising with partners, and will resume these projects whenever we can.

Please feel free to get in touch expressing interest in any of these projects, and as soon as we begin recruitment we will let you know.

Equal Rights Palestine, is a project in which International Service is placing groups of European Solidarity Corps volunteers with the Young Women’s Christian Association Palestine (YWCA) to support their activities. The first group of 2 volunteers worked alongside staff and 2 volunteers from Norway. The three further groups of 4 volunteers are planned to work with YWCA staff for the 3-month duration of their stay. They will spend their time between YWCA branches in Ramallah and Bethlehem, providing office-based and programme delivery support, as well as investing time in their own learning and personal and professional development.

Youth in Action: This project will provide the opportunity for 12 volunteers, 6 of whom are from “hard to reach’ backgrounds, to spend 3 months in Bethlehem and the West Bank working alongside youth groups and the Students’ Forum Institute (SFI). The project has three broad objectives; to mobilise young people to engage with the local municipality and national and international institutions; to support young people to develop their skills, boosting their employability; and to increase the capacity of the SFI to achieve their overall aims, including reaching a wider audience.

We are also involved in two Climate Camp projects, planned to take place this summer in the UK and Denmark. The objective of both projects is to support young people to connect with their peers across the world, including participation in a Climate Camp, and unite to address the current global climate crisis.

If you are interested in participating in a Climate Camp please email me on contact@internationalservice.org.uk with Climate Camp in your email header.

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