ESC Volunteering "ReVIVE the VIBE" for Two weeks in Slovenia (Fully Funded)

Open call for volunteers to take part in ESC group volunteering project "ReVIVE the VIBE" in Idrija, Slovenia for two weeks. The project will be hosted by Idrija Youth Center and funded by the European Solidarity corps. Participation in ESC volunteering projects is a great opportunity to meet people from different countries, learn more about other cultures and improve your personal development. 

ESC Volunteering "ReVIVE the VIBE" for Two weeks in Slovenia (Fully Funded)

About 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 Idrija 

Idrija is a town of some 6.000 inhabitants and is located in Western Slovenia, halfway between the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and the Italian border. 

Idrija is a town of rich cultural and natural heritage. It boasts the title of “the oldest Slovenian mining town” as the first miners began to search for mercury here in 1490. Later, 2nd largest mercury mine developed and Idrija became one of the most important mining centers in Central Europe. The broader town area has since 2012 been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with its heritage of mercury.​ There are many opportunities for exploring, as the town is filled with museums and monuments of technical heritage. Especially famous is the Anthony Shaft, the oldest entrance into Idrija‘s underworld and is to this day open for visitors.

About the project

Idrija Youth Center organised successfully 3 group volunteering projects named Make house alive. These three projects helped in renovating the youth centre into a hostel for youth travellers. This year volunteering project is about improving the centre with a group volunteer initiative that will concentrate on the terrace. 

With your help, the organisers hope to turn the terrace into a multipurpose space that can host events like concerts and workshops in addition to serving as a welcoming hangout for Idrija's young residents. With the help of an experienced interior designer, you will have the chance to learn about the wants and needs of today's youth and come up with ideas for customising the space to suit them. You will be able to learn about the basic principles of space design and unleash your creativity by designing the perfect space for Idrija youth from recycled materials.

The project will be divided into 4 stages:

Exploring: In the first part, the group will get to know each other and  the needs of Idrija youth as well as get to know the basic theory of designing a space for youth.

PlaningIn the next stage, we will start to plan the space under the guidance of a mentor knowledgeable in space design.

CreatingIn the third stage, we will start creating the pieces we planned. We will mostly be using material gathered at the local collection centre

OpeningWhen the space is ready to host the visitors, we will create a small event for the local youth to showcase the work we did during the project and the competencies we gained. We will also gather the Idrija youth’s impressions and ideas for future events on the new terrace.

Practical conditions & Benefits

The project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Solidarity Corps program.

- There is no participation fee.

The accommodation will be provided at Hostel Idrija, a youth hostel managed by Idrija Youth Centre. Hostel is located 5 min walk from the historical town centre and features an amazing view with spacious summer terrace.

Rooms will be shared by 2 or 3 volunteers, while the kitchen, living room area and bathrooms will be shared by the whole group. 

You as a group will be responsible for reparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner with the support of the Idrija Youth Center team at the Youth Center during the work week. Each participant will receive 9 EUR to cover all food expenses during the project.

Each participant will receive 70 EUR of pocket money for the whole activity. Money will be transferred to all volunteer at the start of the activity.

- The volunteers will be insured through Henner health insurance scheme. This will be provided for each volunteer by the organiSers through Mobility Tool+ portal. ​ 

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!
- The volunteers will have an option of obtaining a Youthpass certificate by Idrija Youth Center to prove their newly acquired skills and competencies. you can check more about Youthpass from HERE

Eligibility | Who can apply?

- Participants must be a resident in one of ESC volunteering program countries

- Participants must be between 20 and 29 years old. There are no other conditions, so gladly people from all social, geographical, economic, cultural, educational, and other backgrounds are eligible to apply.

Have a good command of English and some experience in physical work, space designing, event organisation or video editing are desirable.  

You are creative, proactive, innovative, open-minded, responsible, and sociable.

If you enjoy working with your hands, have motivation and ideas on how to renovate a space for the local youth from scrapped material and give Idrija a new cool place to hang out, you are exactly what the project is looking for! 

Work and Support

The volunteering activities will be carried out from 6 to 8 hours a day, from Monday to Friday (and first Saturday for 3 hours). In the afternoons and on weekends Idrija Youth Center will support the volunteers in organising trips and activities inline with participant’s wishes.

Most of the project-related activities will be carried out in Idrija Youth Center, which is inside the same house as Hostel Idrija. The  Center will also organise a day trip to Ljubljana on Saturday, 20. 4.


Application deadline: 1st February 2024

Selection result: 20th February 2024

Arrival day: 18th April 2024

Departure day: 03 May 2024

How to apply?

To apply, you need to fill in the online application form before the application deadline, This will be the basis for the selection of participants. 

More Details

for more details about the project, check the info-letter or the opportunity website from HERE

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Opportunity Website

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