The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a 6 - 12 months EVS volunteer within the Erasmus + EVS program. Deadline for applying is 15 August.
What is EVS
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is un a sub-action of the Programme Erasmus+ of the European Commission. This one gives young people the opportunity to volunteer in another European country in an organization, institution, school, etc. for a period of maximum one year and this without financial investment from the volunteer.
Find out more about EVS
The EVS volunteer will work in the ENIL Brussels office and gain experience in advocating for changes in European laws and policies, as part of a small international team. While volunteering for ENIL, he/she will also learn more about disability rights and Independent Living.
A regular working week is 38 hours from Monday to Friday from 9 - 17h. If ENIL organises an event or has to attend a meeting, there can be occasional need for work to be carried out during the late afternoon or during the weekend. The hours worked during the weekends or evenings can be recuperated as free hours during the weeks following the event.
General tasks will include participating in ENIL (staff) meetings and the day to day running of the office.
At the start of the EVS programme, ENIL will give the volunteer chance to learn more about all aspects of ENIL’s work. After this introductory period, ENIL will identify together with the volunteer how she/he can best contribute to ENIL’s work.
Depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests, day to day tasks may include:
- Supporting the staff with organising campaigns (in particular, the Freedom Drive 2017, mentioned below)
- Planning and organising events, such as study visits, workshops, hearings in the European Parliament etc.
- Desk based research and drafting of texts to contributeto written materials, such as fact sheets, toolkits, manuals
- Contributing to ENIL's work at the United Nations (by following sessions of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, providing input etc.)
- Contributing to the work of the ENIL Youth Network
- Writing articles for the monthly Newsletter
- Posting on the ENIL website, Facebook pages and Twitter
The volunteer will always be working together with a responsible member of the ENIL staff and will not have sole responsibility for his/her work.
In 2017, ENIL will organise its main advocacy event 'The Freedom Drive' in Brussels. The Freedom Drive is a bi-annual meeting of disabled people from the Independent Living movement from all over Europe. Alongside a protest march, there will be meetings with European policy and decision makers and a conference with workshops and lectures. You can find out more about the Freedom Drive: here.
The Freedom Drive is a very important event for ENIL - as a consequence, supporting the ENIL staff in the preparation of this event will be an important part of the volunteer’s work.
We expect applicants to have a positive can do attitude and basic computer skills. As the working language at ENIL is English, a good knowledge of the English language is essential. Applicants have to be between 18 and 30 years old and cannot be in paid employment to be accepted in the Erasmus+ program.
If you want to make a difference and contribute to creating an inclusive society, you could be the person ENIL is looking for!
Place of the EVS: Brussels, Belgium
Start of the EVS period: 01/01/2017, duration min. 6 months to max. 12 by mutual agreement
Expenses: travel, accommodation and some pocket money are covered by the Erasmus + program as well as extra costs for special needs/personal assistance for disabled people.
Application: Send your CV and a short motivational letter before 15/08/2016 to Frank Sioen at firstname.lastname@example.org (We strongly encourage disabled people to apply).
More information: www.enil.eu
Contact EDF: Lila Sylviti | Communication officer | email@example.com