In Maribor we want to host volunteers which are enthusiastic, sociable, creative and open for different opportunities and collaboration by organisation and production cultural events for youth.
We are looking for two volunteers (from February 2016 to December 2016) for our host project , latest by 28th of August 2015.
Description of organisation:
Hosting organisation, mreže is a non-governmental, non-profit institution, founded in 1997 as an organisation for encouraging, supporting programme and project cooperation among individuals and groups conducting cultural, educational, research, informative and humanitarian activities as well as for granting assistance in solving their short-term residential needs for creative spaces. Our organisations is small, we work with a team of paid staff (3 fte) and with co-workers and local volunteers.
Programme-wise our organisation works in three main areas: independent culture, youth/volunteer work and civil engagement.
Our cultural programme includes organisation, co-organisation, promotion and realization of non-profit cultural events, mainly from the fields of visual arts, films, photography, theater of the oppressed, which find it harder to gain recognition within the established environment and are actually shaping the distinct programme image of the Cultural Centre , paying special attention to the idea and message behind them.
Within the institution, the Youth Informative-Counselling Centre is active in providing the public with the youth programmes. Its basic activity is providing free information, counselling and non-formal education programmes for the young, aged between 15 and 29 (children, students, employed and unemployed young people) and for all, who live and work with them and to the interested public (teachers, parents, counsellors, youth-workers …), with the focus on volunteer and community work. We have been organizing volunteer programmes for young volunteers for sixteen years now. The programmes, which our volunteers are working on, are providing free instructions for pupils, weekly educational and creative workshops with children with fewer opportunities, different informational initiatives, creative writing sessions for elementary school pupils, in the form of active citizenship youth projects/initiatives and different prevention workshops for school-children.
In our organisation we’ve been developing and performing the EVS programme since 2004. Till now we have hosted 31 volunteers from various countries. With their implementation into various activities, they have greatly contributed to recognition of voluntary work, youth work and activities of our organisation. We also function as a sending organization and till now, we have send 23 EVS volunteers abroad.
Pmreže is independent cultural center in northwest Slovenia, Maribor. Maribor is the second largest city of Slovenia and the capital of Stajerska, the Slovenian Styria and is embraced by Pohorje forests. Maribor is as well an university and sociable city. Volunteers can live within striking distance of Cultural Centre in rental flat (singel room). Flats are furnished and provide with all basic devices for cooking and living good and healthily in Maribor.
The project description:
The main aim of the project Do the (r) evolution! is to develop high quality activities for young people in the fields of art, creation and civil engagement with the help of informal and non formal learning. The project will last for 10 months and give them the possibility to participate in the formation of cultural, youth, youth-information, volunteer and social activities of mreže.
What are EVS volunteers doing in our organisation?
In our organisation we try to include EVS volunteers in all organisation’s activities, that seem interesting to them or that they want to learn, and we actively encourage them in creating and performing their own projects. Volunteers actively participate in creating cultural, art, youth, informative, social and civic activities, and through their work also promote EVS among young people in our environment. Through their activities and living they gain the feeling of belonging to organisation as well as belonging to community and local environment, they grow personally, spread and develop their fields of interest, and also continually learn during the process.
Among many things volunteers learn the strategies and techniques of self-organising and planning cultural, youth and other events, and gain the required abilities to work in a group of people with different cultural and social backgrounds. During that process they learn about the projects and workings of non-government, non-profit organisation and perform publicly renowned projects in the fields of culture, art, music and activism. Each EVS volunteer is precious to a hosting organisation, because they bring difference, novelty, fresh perspective, experience and knowledge to work, relationships and projects.
Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
We are looking for two volunteers to be involved in our youth and cultural activities. Here are just few of them:
– ctivities with and for children and young people with less opportunities;
– Footsteps of the city, urban walks and discussions about the city and the engaged use of public space;
– Guest Room Maribor, artists in residence platform;
– Aunt Rosa’s Library, library with a critically engaged literature,
– Gallery K18, gallery open to young artists,
– potopisi, travelogues with a critical note.
The volunteers will be also able to execute their own project ideas.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month)
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in english you can send to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “EVS Maribor”.