ESC Volunteering project at Hästekasen for one month in Sweden (Fully Funded)

If you are interested in doing volunteering project in Europe, then this opportunity is perfect for you to join ESC volunteering project for one Month in Sweden. Hastekasen Farm and adventure center provides different ESC volunteering projects for youth  for one month in April, May, or July. This project is funded by the European Solidarity Corps. 

ESC Volunteering project at Hästekasen for one month in Sweden (Fully Funded)

What is the European Solidarity Corps ?

The European Solidarity Corps is an EU funding programme for young people wishing to engage in solidarity activities in a variety of areas. These range from helping the disadvantaged to humanitarian aid, as well as contributing to health and environmental action across the EU and beyond. If you want to volunteer abroad without paying any fee, then you have to search for ESC volunteering program abroad. The European Solidarity Corps finances volunteering and solidarity projects. It is open to individuals aged 18 to 30 (35 for humanitarian aid) and to organisations in EU and partner countries.

About Hästekasen 

Hästekasen is an eco-collective situated on a farm in the countryside (on Sweden's west coast) that is run by a non-profit, non-governmental organisation.

They engage in small-scale farming, forestry, keeping animals, and natural building, which includes providing solutions for water, sewer, and warmth. Instruction, research, exploration, and self-improvement. And through an expanding learning center, they hope to disseminate expertise in the field of self-sustainability. They have been searching for fresh approaches to repopulate the land since 2010. They explore with both conventional and novel building and farming techniques. We engage in both nature-related adventure activities and personal development.

Hästekasen is organising several activities for young people such as youth exchanges, Team ESC Volunteering, and Long term Volunteering projects.

What is the Volunteering about ?

This volunteering is not a 9-5 kind of activity. Some days the “work” for 10 hours, other days you may just sit in an watch films and drink tea and talk. There is lots of room for improvisation. Some days there are a course at the farm and the ESC may have to adapt to that, take part, or support, or take a day of. Sometimes you will have to take initiative yourself.

You must understand that the volunteer work is mainly the building work, and sometimes small scale farming. It is obligatory to take part in these activities. The community living that involves you cleaning and cooking is NOT part of the regulated ESC work. 

There are several projects with Hästekasen in sweden as Team ESC Volunteering and you can join one of them as follows:

- Team ESC April 2024 - clay building and garden work 30 days

- Team ESC May 2024 - clay building and garden work 30 days

- Team ESC July 2024 - Hosting and leadership in theatre festival  30 days

- Team ESC September 2024 -  30 days

Accommodation Conditions and Benefits 

This volunteering project is funded by the European Solidarity Corps:

- There is no participation fee.

- Food, accommodation, local transportation and guarantees mentoring will be provided by the host organisation. 

- The accommodation will be a simple living, participants will share rooms and dry toilets, there is no much showers.

- The project venue is not a city, so there is no shops and transportation.

- Volunteers live, work and play together. Sometimes cook over fire. Mostly vegetarian.

-  Possibility for doing vacation in Sweden during free days.

- Each volunteer has a 6 EUR as a pocket money per day.

Travel expenses from your home country to project venue will be reimbursed after participation in the project according to the distance between your  travelling place to the volunteering venue as follows:
  • for travel distance between 100 and 499 km: 180 EUR / person, +30 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 500 and 1999 km: 275 EUR / person, +45 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 EUR / person, +50 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • Calculate your budget from HERE
  • IMPORTANT: keep all your travel documents! Online boarding passes and tickets for reimbursements. No documents = No reimbursement!
  • IMPORTANT: Please send your travel proposition per e-mail to the organisers and wait for their confirmation before purchasing your tickets!
- YouthPass Certificate will be granted for all participants at the end of the project.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

This project is open for participants from European Solidarity Corps program  countries who don't need visa for Sweden.

- You must be aged between 18 - 30 years

- You should have a Prior experience of practical handy-man work.

- Be able to live simple with less comfort.

- Initiative and work ethics (activities is obligatory)

- Be able to communicate in English.

What to Bring ?

- Your national EU health card

- Flashlight (head lamp if possible)

- Backpack (that is the way to travel)

- Your laptop (if you have and need)

- Inside soft warm shoes.

- Cold weather clothes.

- Sleeping bag if you have.

- Dirty working clothes.

Application deadline

1 March 2024 

How to apply ?

to apply for this Team ESC Volunteering project, you need to fill in the application form before the deadline.

More details

for more details, check the opportunity advertisement on the European Youth Portal from HERE or visit the organisation website from HERE 

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