Volunteer with Service Civil International in Barcelona


Call for an Erasmus Plus Volunteers from the UK!

Erasmus+ Volunteering opportunity in Spain for 12-Months.

  • Description

    Call for two volunteers to take part in an 12-month Erasmus+ Volunteering project at Service Civil International in Barcelona, Spain

    Service Civil International (SCI) Catalunya are looking for a Spanish- and English-speaking volunteer to help them for 12-months to assist with their international volunteering activities.

    About Service Civil International Catalunya

    Service Civil International (SCI) is a global movement which works for culture of peace, global justice and social transformation from grassroots perspective.

    Born in 1982, SCI Catalunya works in different lines:

    • International volunteering (workcamps and long term volunteering, such as EVS) for local development.
    • Participation through local groups of activists for changing our reality.
    • Networking, understood as a way of involvement in movements and associations’ networks, from local to international level.
    • Peace education as a tool to promote global justice and empower people to become an agent of social change.

    To promote peace and social justice, with an international perspective, we are an active and dynamic organization: every year we organize 10 local workcamps, where almost 150 volunteers from other countries are placed and hosted, and we send and support around 300 local volunteers to other projects abroad. We also select and prepare volunteers for long term volunteering projects, International Youth Exchanges and for seminars and trainings. We also coordinate various groups of local volunteers to support awareness raising actions in our area.

    Project details:

    Location: Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 12 months
    Start/Finish: September 2019 – September 2020
    Program: European Solidarity Corps

    The main tasks of the volunteers are the following:

    SCI Catalunya is composed of a team of 7 workers. Every day, you would be working at the office with them.

    Your tasks would be the following :

    • Give support to the Volunteers Placement Officers for Incoming or Outgoing volunteers.
    • Give information to local people who want to participate in workcamps, collecting and sending their application forms and keeping in contact with the hosting associations.
    • Give information about other volunteering opportunities, such us Long Term Volunteering (LTV) or European Voluntary Service (EVS).
    • Take part in the organization of trainings for volunteers that are going abroad.
    • Participate in local working groups and their activities.
    • Follow up and support in local and international activities: trainings, talks, meetings…
    • During the summer, the volunteers will have the opportunity to directly coordinate a local workcamp.

    Training during the project:

    A pre-departure briefing and orientation-upon-arrival will be organised with the volunteer. General on-the-job training will be provided, as well as learning about Erasmus+. SCI Catalunya have a lot of experience in volunteering and local initiatives working on environmental, social and/or cultural projects.

    The volunteer will be asked to learn Catalan during her/his stay, as it will be the main language in the office and the activities organised with and for local volunteers.

    Working hours and days:

    The volunteers are expected to work 6 h /day, 5 days per week, but may be asked to work on weekends for special activities. Free days will be given to compensate.

    Accommodation, food and transport arrangements:

    Travel expenses (flights etc. to join the project) are covered within a set budget. Visa costs, if any, will be covered by money of the project. You have also be covered by insurance (Cigna insurance covered by the EVS programme) and get a budget for food and pocket money (150 € per month). All costs are covered by the Erasmus+ program.

    You will live in paid accommodation organised by the host. Ca l’Elna is a self-managed flat located 20 minutes away by walking from the office. It belongs to the association and its purpose is to serve both as a place of accommodation and a space to work and host international projects. Ca l’Elna will be your home during your year in Barcelona. It has a private part for the 2 EVS that is composed of one room for each volunteer, one bathroom, you will be sharing the kitchen with other volunteers that will come. As you will be living in the flat the whole year, you will be expected to : Ensure everything is ready to host people (make sure everything works well and that it is clean); Host the volunteers/activities that will be coming in the flat (getting in touch with them before their arrival, explaining them and showing them the flat) What you will not be expected to do : Take care of the organisation when the groups/volunteers are in Ca l’Elna; Cook for them; Be with them all the time of their stay.

    Volunteer requirements:

    • Aged between 18 and 30 years old.
    • Currently residing in the United Kingdom.
    • Must have not already taken part in a long-term European Voluntary Service/Erasmus+ volunteering project before.
    • Good level in Spanish and English and good writing skills.
    • Basic knowledge of Catalan is also valued, but not compulsory before the arrival.
    • Other valued skills are: flexibility, sense of responsibility, self-initiative and the ability of working in a team.
    • Previous experience in other SCI branches, workcamps, youth exchanges or international trainings will be also considered.

    For more information on this project, please read the information document here.

    How to apply:

    If you are interested in applying for this Erasmus+ vacancy, please send your CV and motivation letter to europe@ivsgb.org. Alternatively, get in touch with us using the form below, or call 0131 243 2745. The deadline to apply is 23:59 on Wednesday 9th January 2019.