Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg

Volunteering in Greece – Balkan Hotspot

Beräich(er): Aarbecht am sozialen oder edukative Beräich
Programm: Service volontaire européen

Organisation d’accueil:

United Societies of Balkans

United Societies of Balkans


Adress / Land:
Alamanas 9,
Agios Pavlos 55438,
Thessaloniki, Greece

Dauer: 6 - 12 Méint
Ufank: Oktober 2024
Schluss: Juli 2025
Typ vun der Missioun: Individuell

Beschreiwung vun der Missioun:

United Societies of Balkans (U.S.B.) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Thessaloniki, Greece, working in the field of youth mobility, participation and promoting youth awareness of social issues. It was founded in 2008 by the initiative of a group of active young people who wanted to address the social issues which affect the youngsters in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

The main activities of the project are related to Web Media. On the website of the project (www.balkanhotspot.org) you can find the articles, the radio podcasts, the link to the videos and to the E-Magazine "Balkan Beats" made with the essential contribution of our volunteers. Through these tools, the volunteers, in cooperation with the youth of the local society and the other volunteers of our organisation, will contribute to create and maintain a space of free expression and communication  among young people, always within the context of the subjects, the principles and the goals of the Erasmus Plus Programme.

The volunteers usually work in shift of 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday. The organisation can ask them to work more hours or during the weekends if needed, for maximum of 35 hours per week.


Aufgaben vum Volontaire:

The activities in which the volunteer will be involved are:
• Organisation and development of documentaries.
• Organisation and development of the online magazine “Balkan Beats”.
• Management of the website and its social networks.
• Organisation and participation in special events and meetings organised by the project, especially during dates dedicated to EU or Human Rights.
• Workshops organised by USB. The three workshop on Media (mandatory) plus the Creativity and Cultural Activities Coordination Workshops (optional).
• Deliver workshops for the other volunteers as well as for locals based on their skills and knowledge.
• Participation in some public events or festivals, such as the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki.

The volunteers usually work in shift of 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday. The organisation can ask them to work more hour’s or during the weekends if needed, for a maximum of 35 hours per week.
Every Monday, there is a meeting with the Coordinator to check the working plan of the previous week and schedule the working plan for the next week. Individual or group meetings will be organised with the Mentor to talk about their personal project and development.
The volunteers have the right to get two free days per month, for which they must ask 2 weeks in advance to the Volunteer Coordinator except for very urgent reasons. They will have free days during Greek national holidays too.

Gesichte Profil:

We truly believe that for volunteers the European Solidarity Corps is an opportunity to learn, to improve themselves and to discover and develop their personality and competences.
For this reason, we encourage our volunteers to develop a personal project besides the daily work for Balkan Hotspot project.
With the support of their Mentor, the volunteers will develop a concrete personal plan with the objective of creating a personal project based on their own interests and goals.

The selection of the participants is mostly based on their motivation and personal interest in the topics of the project.
Our ideal volunteer candidate is an open-minded person willing to learn, to improve her/himself and to help other people. It is important to be ready to work in a team and to share the daily life with people from different backgrounds.
It is not necessary to have a previous technical knowledge of media. Although it is not required to have a high level of English, the volunteers need to have at least basic knowledge of the language for their everyday communication with international and local people but also for their safety.

Äre Kontakt:

Elena Koroglanoglou
+352 621 394 907