Vacancy for EVS Volunteer in Austria – St. Arbogast

Austria2Contact person: Clemens Rüdisser
Coordinating organisation: aha Tipps Infos für junge Leute
Host: Jugend- und Bildungshaus St. Arbogast http://www.arbogast.at/
Location: Götzis, Austria
Deadline: 22/02/2016
Start: 05/09/2016
End: 04/08/2017

The Youth and Educational Center St Arbogast is owned by the Catholic Curch, Diocese Feldkirch/Vorarlberg. It’s a place of encounter and of education for young people and adults. The house is available for courses, conferences, excursions and rural weeks for school classes, educational and recreational holidays and adventure and nature experiences. Location and atmosphere are well suited for longer stays. We cultivate an atmosphere of simplicity, hospitality inspired by open-minded Christian spirituality. By encouraging people in self-chosen personal development, we support and equip them to take part in family, social, ecological, church community and political life.

The Youth and Educational Center St Arbogast provides different seminar rooms in several sizes. The rooms can be arranged individually and technical equipment is fully available. Our restaurant offers local cooking and we accommodate our guests in about 45 bed rooms with more than 100 beds.
A playing field, a meadow for games, a fitness trail and facilities for treading water are also available.

Target groups
In the Educational Center St Arbogast everyone is welcome. Our main target groups are youngsters and adults. Nevertheless we do offer courses for children and the elderly too. The number of guests is about 29.000 annually, from that we talk about 7.000 youngsters per year.

Young Initiative Arbogast
Originally founded as a Youth Center, over the years established as an Educational Center, in September 2014 we came back to the roots – the Young Initiative Arbogast was born. This project is targeting young adults between 16 and 26 years. The program is based on a cooperative approach and works intensively together with other organizations throughout the youth and social landscape of Vorarlberg.

Our aim is it to enable new forms of young living culture and new formats of participation in the social change. We want to provide young people with the room for spiritual experiences and personal development. We try to encourage them to find out their strengths and talents and find their personal way to add value to the world they live in.

The program of the Young Initiative Arbogast can be divided in the following four sections:
projects, courses and seminars, single events and activism, in-house youth work.
Tasks
The volunteer will work five days a week, 34 hours a week including German course. S/he will have two days holidays per month. The volunteer will work in all areas of the organization Youth and Education Center St Arbogast. The focus of her/his work is building relationships to the youth, visiting our house. S/He should be one important contact person for young visitors. Also important is the teamwork (regular team meetings, reflection meetings, exchange between the different professions). The volunteer is also welcome to bring her/his contribution to the so called in-house ‘Education Team’. We are open to any suggestions and ideas for projects or courses. If the volunteer wants s/he can realize her/his own project. Therefore, s/he will have any support needed from the team. As we operate a guesthouse, restaurant and bar too, the volunteer will also help our staff in these working areas. Another assignment could be the support of our facility manager. This may include taking care of our in-house art work or technical assistance during public events. Description of volunteer’s tasks; • Project work/Young Initiative Arbogast • Restaurant and bar service • Youth Corner • Room and technical event assistance • Assistance of facility manager • Interesting events during the year Besides the course and workshop organization and hosting, there are many events which offer great opportunities for the volunteer to be part of and for her/his contribution. For example, we do organize beneficial events such as art exhibitions or concerts. The Youth and Education Center Arbogast is very well-known for its future-leading attitude and therefore it is known for the so called ‘Days of Utopia Festival’ that takes place in April every other year. Therefore, please see http://tagederutopie.org/ (GERMAN only). Furthermore Arbogast hosts different types of school projects, where pupils ask for our support and our input.
Criteria
The EVS volunteer should be open and communicative. S/He should be motivated and willing to learn the German language. A first knowledge of German language would be advantageous. S/He should be interested in meeting and working with people in general. S/He should be interested in youth projects, organizing, networking and socializing with people visiting our house.
Procedure
We only consider the application who as been send directly to this E-Mail address – clemens.ruedisser@aha.or.at Please write a mail with your CV (incl. picture of you, date of birth,…) and motivation letter. After the application deadline we will have selection rounds with the staff! During those selection rounds it’s possible that we will contact you for further information through mail, phone calls or Skype! Don’t forget to add the name of the project when you apply for it!

 

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