Volunteering Opportunity: Do you want to contribute to European solidarity? 

IARS are looking for young people (18-35) who would like to travel to Europe and take part in the EU-funded YES! Project as European Solidarity Animators. 

European solidarity is more important now than ever before. IARS are currently recruiting volunteers for the YES! (Youth for European Solidarity) Project, which aims to raise citizens’ awareness of active citizenship for solidarity. This role will involve helping IARS to plan and run an event in London, alongside opportunities to travel to Europe to participate in events hosted by other partners in September and in 2022. 

YES! is a 2-year network, designed for creating spaces for discussion on the meaning of solidarity in times of crisis in Europe. You will be trained as an European Solidarity Animator (ESA), where you will join other young people from Europe to ensure sustainability and long-term impact of the project at the community level. There are 15 participating partners from 13 different European nations. Overall, the project will involve about 500 direct and 55,000 indirect participants.

What does being an ESA involve?

– 4 international events over 2021 and 2022. 

– A local event, which will be a space for discussion on solidarity and experimentation of the existing tools of participation in European democratic life, to be organised by the ESAs in their rural and suburban communities (Community Campaigns).

– As an ESA, we will help you to recruit and train other young people to promote European solidarity. 

– The opportunity to gain invaluable experience in event planning and management, knowledge of EU political issues and an international network. 

Participation is free of charge. Travel costs will be paid for by the project. We welcome applications from anyone over 18 with an interest in EU solidarity and international cooperation!  We are ideally looking for a candidate who can commit to long-term involvement in this project, and is willing to attend events during 2021 and 2022. 

How to get involved:

If this is an opportunity you’re interested in, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us at IARS by emailing s.sogaard@iars.org.uk