European Solidarity Corps: express application period for volunteering in Estonia

Are you interested in activities among young people? Would you like to get to know  Estonian culture and language? Are your plans for the autumn open? Here is your opportunity!

Estonian orgnisation NGO Valga County Youth Work Centre Tankla looks for young people for volunteering among children and the youth in the European Solidarity Corps Volunteering periods that it coordinates. The volunteering periods are meant for 18–30-year-olds and they begin in September–October 2020.

  1. Valga Open Youth Centre – 11 months
  2. Tõrva Open Youth Centre – 11 months
  3. Taheva Open Youth Centre – 11 months
  4. Tõlliste Open Youth Centre – 11 months
  5. Karula Open Youth Centre – 11 months
  6. Hargla School Kindergarten and Hargla School Gaia class – 11 months
  7. Antsla Lusti Kindergarten – 6,5 months

Get to know the voluntary workplaces (pdf), all of which are situated in Valgamaa. The open placements are suitable for those young people who are interested in youth work and early childhood education as well as communication tasks.

The co-operation of Maailmanvaihto and Tankla begun last year when to tasks in the Karula Youth Centre traveled through us for the first time an ESC volunteer, Vili Siitonen, whose comments you can read from the end of this notice.

How and when to apply?

Apply as soon as possible! The places will be filled once suitable candidates are found, and 31.8.2020 is the last day when Tankla receives applications. This is how to do it, instruction for for applicants from Finland:

  1. Download and fill in the application form (docx).
  2. Send your application to Tankla to the address rasmus@tankla.net and as a copy to Maailmanvaihto to the address maailmanvaihto@maailmanvaihto.fi.
  3. In case you have questions, please contact us via e-mail or by phone: 050 452 5660.

You can tell in your application that your sending support organisation in Finland is Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland (PIC nunber  946737364 and accrediation code 2016-1-FI101-KA110-026523, contact person Secretary General Anni Koskela). Please, note that Maailmanvaihto can act as your support organisation only if you live in Finland.

Are you thinking of applying but hesitating because of the coronavirus situation?

  • European Solidarity Corps Volunteering periods can be postponed to a later date or cancelled in case needed due to the coronavirus situation (see the news from the Finnish National Agency for Education).
  • In addition, ESC volunteering periods can be started virtually during the rest of the year 2020 if starting the volunteering period physically in the host country is not possible due to exceptional circumstances. The periods will be completed in the host country when the circumstances allow it. (see  the news from the Finnish National Agency for Education).
  • It is worth finding out from the flight company, with which kinds of costs the flights would be possible to postpone or cancel if needed.

European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

ESC volunteering periods are funded by the European Union. The participant may have to  pay only a small part of the travelling costs. The voluntary work period includes:

  • travels to the destination country (the participant may have to pay only a small part of the travelling costs)
  • support and communication of the sending organization
  • in the destination county an on-arrival training and a mid-term camp
  • accommodation and daily meals at the destination country
  • a pocket money
  • daily work travel costs to the voluntary workplace
  • a health and accident insurance as well as liability insurance
  • possible visa costs
  • support for learning the local language

Read more about ESC Volunteering in general

ESC volunteer Vili tells:

”Tankla supports youth work activities in Valga, and on especially important part of this is making volunteering possible. Through Tankla the volunteer has a possibility to experience the daily life of youth work in many centers besides the one in which the volunteer has been mainly situated. This means a possibility to meet a great number of youth and participate with them in a variety of activities. In addition, Tankla gives for the volunteer a possibility to be tightly involved in the whole Valga.

A good support network and mobility support the volunteer and give a chance to experience besides work different events. They give also tools for leaving an own mark. A mark which means that volunteering is not just a moment in the life of the community but an event which can change attitudes and open doors.

My won tasks as Tankla’s volunteer were but of youth work, also of working with the community. As a part of this, I spoke in schools and attended trainings, both professional and cultural ones. Other volunteers acted as my support group.

Youth work is about challenging  oneself and using one’s own assets in the best possible way. Own interests and knowledge can help to create happens and daily activities for young people, and Tankla and the youth centers help to lead this process. In my case, these activities were related to cooking, whereas other volunteers led volunteering and handicrafts. For myself this humane approach is very important, because it is impossible to act as a volunteer if the environment does not support one’s own activities and well-being. Heading as a volunteer is a big decision, but usually it is the right decision.”