VACANCIES

IFOAM Organics Europe is currently looking for 2 ESC Volunteers and 1 Erasmus+ Trainee to join the team in Brussels for 11 months. The placements would ideally start from September 2022 and last until the end of July 2023.

 

Read more in the dedicated section below. 

 

All vacancies listed are for to be filled in at our Brussels office. If exceptions apply, this will be explicitly stated in the vacancy description.

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VOLUNTEER VIA THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS (ESC) & WORK WITH US AS ERASMUS+ TRAINEE

IFOAM Organics Europe is looking for 2 ESC Volunteers and 1 Erasmus Trainee to join the team in Brussels for 11 months. The placements would ideally start from September 2022 and last until the end of July 2023.

 

  • Do you want to learn more about organic food and farming?
  • Do you want to have an insight of the European Union decision-making process and of the work of a no-profit organisation?
  • Do you want to volunteer for a Brussels-based NGO advocating for a greener Europe?

Learn more about the positions available and volunteering/traineeship conditions in the dedicated calls below and in the Guide for candidates at IFOAM Organics Europe.

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Call for ESC volunteers

The 2 ESC volunteers will be working with two units:

  • Research and Innovation unit & Projects and Partnership unit
  • Communication unit & Membership and Events unit

To be eligible, you only need to be between 18 and 30 years old, be legally residing in a European country other than Belgium, and never have been an ESC volunteer before.

Please note that financial support is provided to all volunteers to cover their costs of living.

  • Each volunteer will receive an allowance of €515 per month,
  • You will be granted accommodation in shared apartments,
  • You will be granted a public transport pass,
  • You will also be reimbursed for their travel expenses from/to your home country and will have a full insurance.

All successful candidates will receive trainings at the beginning and during the course of the placement and get the chance to learn more about the organic movement while working as part of our teams.

To gain more practical experience, the trainee will have the opportunity to stay in organic farms in Belgium for one or two weeks.

If you want to be our next volunteers, please fill in the Online Application Form by Sunday 3 July 2022 – 11.59 pm.

Call for Erasmus+ trainee

The Erasmus trainee will have a position in the Policy unit.

To be eligible you must be a recent graduate or still enrolled in a higher education institution in the EU and having obtained an Erasmus+ Traineeship scholarship. To obtain the grant, you should not have done another Erasmus (more than one month) within the same cycle of studies.

  • Financial support will be determined in an agreement between you and your higher education institution. This might vary to each educational institution. According to the financial support received we will grant additional financial support to reach EUR 550 per month. Moreover, we will contribute to the rent expenses up to EUR 400 and we will provide the annual public transport pass.
  • You will also be reimbursed for your travel expenses from/to your home country and will have a full insurance.

The successful candidate will receive trainings at the beginning and during the course of the placement and get the chance to learn more about the organic movement while working as part of our team.

To gain more practical experience, the trainee will have the opportunity to stay in organic farms in Belgium for one or two weeks.

If you want to be our next trainee, please fill in the Online Application Form by Sunday 3 July 2022 – 11.59 pm.

 

About the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) & Erasmus+ traineeship

IFOAM Organics Europe does not offer internships. As we do like to offer young people the opportunity to gain experience at the heart of the European organic movement, we recruit volunteers for up to 11 months. We usually issue a call for volunteers each spring.

Volunteering as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) provides young people with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through a full-time volunteering activity in a foreign country for up to one year. Young volunteers can develop new skills and improve their personal, educational and professional development. More information about ESC is available on the European Solidarity Corps website.

Erasmus+ funds the ESC (previously European Voluntary Service, or EVS).

Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme countries at Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.

By doing a traineeship abroad in Programme or Partner countries with Erasmus+, you can improve not only your communication, language and inter-cultural skills, but also soft skills highly valued by future employers, as well as become more entrepreneurial.

 

Contact & more information

Did you not find what you were looking for on this page? Contact projects@organicseurope.bio

Testimonials from volunteers

“You’d like to do something practical, with a visible impact, and to get to know the heart of Europe, policy making and lobbying work, the organic movement, like-minded people, new languages and cultures, including the broad diversity of Belgian beer, and – not least – yourself better? Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe offers you all that – and much more. It’s a rich experience that allows you to participate in making food and farming in Europe more sustainable, and to gain practical experiences and skills in the European organic sector – from advocacy for organic research, innovation and practice to new communication tools and a hands-on farm stay. For me, it was the first time that I was living abroad for so long – a big step that my colleagues and EVS network made a lot easier. I can only encourage you to do it, and to make the most of it. It’s a unique opportunity to grow, gain new perspectives and friends and get to know yourself and your capabilities and interests better. Not only did I feel very welcome in the multicultural and multilingual EU capital where almost everyone comes from somewhere else, but I could also profit from the numerous events the vibrant city has to offer year-round. Ultimately, my EVS made me more political, active and empathetic – in other words, fit for the challenges of the future.”

Maria Gernert (DE)
Former volunteer in the Research&Innovation Unit
2018/2019

“Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe is a truly rewarding experience, both on a professional and personal level. Get to know this vibrant city of Brussels, meet inspiring people, drink beers (a lot!), learn more about organic agriculture and EU legislation and develop a wide range of skills! Knowledge and friendships are awaiting!”

Bérénice Cau (FR)
Former volunteer in the Projects & Fundraising Unit
2019/2020

“I did not know much about IFOAM Organics Europe when I saw the ESC vacancy, but I shared its values of protecting biodiversity, caring for nature and fairness in the food production processes. During my volunteering I learned a lot about the organic sector and, being based in Brussels, I gained a better understanding of European Union’s institutions and importance of advocacy work.”

Katarina Šeme (SI)
Former volunteer in the Communication Unit - 2019/2020
2019/2020

“Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe is an excellent opportunity to gain more in-depth understanding of the organic sector and the impact of EU legislation. Working in the communication team has taught me the importance and power of the messages we share to make Europe more organic. Beside the knowledge I gain, the vibrant city of Brussels is full of inspiring, smart and interesting people who enrich and refine my experience even more.”

Triin Viilvere
Former volunteer at IFOAM Organics Europe
2016/2017
 
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