European Voluntary Service (EVS) Hosting
The Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg e.V. is a German non profit sending and hosting organisation that is located in the very center of Stuttgart and offers 2 places for EVS volunteers. We keep our focus on intercultural projects, youth camps and trainings for young people.
The Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg e.V. is a German non-profit EVS Sending and Hosting Organisation that is located in the very centre of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, in Southern Germany. We offer two 12-month positions for EVS volunteers per year, on a 6-month rotating basis. As an EVS volunteer at Jugendwerk der AWO, you will get the opportunity to help with the organisation of youth camps (Freizeiten) and workshops for children and young people from Stuttgart and the surrounding area. You will be able to take part in training weekends and a First Aid Course with the aim of obtaining the JuLeiCa certificate (Jugend Leiter Card - http://www.juleica.de). Completion of the JuLeiCa training will enable you to be a leader on the summer and winter camps, many of which are based in amazing destinations abroad (The Alps, Spain, Sweden, Corsica, Croatia...). For more info about our youth camps, check out the “Freizeiten” page (in German only).
A second key responsibility of an EVS volunteer at Jugendwerk der AWO is organising our intercultural project "Active Culture”. Stuttgart is a very multi-cultural city, with 40% of the population being of foreign background, and Jugendwerk is very keen to cater for this diverse international audience. “Active Culture” aims to give foreigners and locals alike the opportunity to meet each other and share experiences from different countries and cultures. This could be in the form of a country-themed evening with traditional food and info about a certain country (e.g. Tunisian evening), a trip to a place or building in Stuttgart that is important for a certain culture (e.g. Mosque, Cem House), an introduction to a traditional dance from a certain country (e.g. Salsa evening), and many other things. It’s a very versatile project and there is always room for new ideas! As an EVS volunteer you will be responsible for organising these evenings every two weeks, advertising them, and generally making sure that everything runs smoothly. Furthermore you will have to help a lot in the organization: you will be in the office, help with all the things that need to be done there, you will be responsible for all the Jugendwerk equipment. You will also take part in a cooking project and help with the international email correspondece. Sometimes you will be required to transport equipment or people in one of our vehicles (car or minibus). Jugendwerk der AWO also organises international youth exchanges together with partner organisations all around the world. We have a long-standing partnership with “Axilli” in Guadalajara, Mexico, with whom we organise an exchange twice a year: a Mexican group comes to Germany in the summer and a German delegation visits Mexico over New Year. We’re cooperating with an organisation in South Africa as well: the Sofire-Town Crew from Johannesburg came to Germany in summer 2012 as the first stage of an exciting new exchange programme. Aside from those, we take part in several other exchanges with partners in Europe, varying from year to year. As an EVS volunteer at Jugendwerk you will help with the organisation of these exchanges and also have the opportunity to take part in them yourself. For more info about our youth exchanges, check out the “Jugendbegegnungen” page (in German only). A final key element of your time as an EVS volunteer at Jugendwerk der AWO is of course to learn German! At Jugendwerk, you will receive great support for your German language acquisition. During your first 3-4 months you will be given the possibility to attend an intensive language course during the mornings, 4 days a week, and work at Jugendwerk in the afternoons. This is a great way to learn German and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick it up, even if you’ve never learnt a word of German before!
In general there are no requirements regarding the selection of a volunteer, apart from your age which should be between 18 and 25 years and you should have a driving license and be able to drive big cars as well ( cars for groups with 9 seats). So we are open to every application, whatever your background may be. Apart from the age requirement, there are some things which in our opinion could make your daily life and work as a volunteer much easier. To achieve a fast integration in the Jugendwerk and the local community, basic English language skills are very helpful. Basics in German are not essential, because you will take part in an intensive language course as soon as you arrive - but some German skills are of course helpful anyway. With some basic language skills it is much easier to get in contact with other young people and make friends.
Besides the project work you will be working a lot in the office, so you should like office work, like sending emails, helping with letters, stuffing envelopes, preparing seminars etc. Since you will work together with children and young people you should be interested in that kind of work and maybe also have some work experience in this field. You should also be willing to work in a team. Additionally we think the volunteer should have an interest in intercultural work and motivation to work on intercultural projects. You should be willing to contribute your own experiences in the daily work of the Jugendwerk and you should be open for new experiences and show some flexibility. Basic computer knowledge would also be quite helpful.
Accommodation & salary
As an EVS-volunteer at Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg, we will provide you with accommodation in Stuttgart. You will get a single room in an AWO-residence which is located 2 minutes walk away from the Jugendwerk office, right in the centre of Stuttgart! It’s a great location for access to the city and shops, going out at night, and proximity to the main railway station. You will have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with 5 or 6 people on your floor and a personal washbasin in your room. Heating, electricity and other bills are of course covered as part of EVS. You will also receive a monthly allowance to cover your food, transport and other costs. It is not a lot of money, but if you don’t go overboard and buy lots of expensive clothes and shoes etc, then it’s more than sufficient to live comfortably, have a few beers on a night out, and go on the occasional weekend trip around Germany. Some things, e.g. transport, are expensive in Germany but other things, like food, are relatively cheap so if you’re careful about what you buy you’ll be absolutely fine with the money you get.