Ängsbacka is a well-known meeting place and course-centre in Sweden for people who want to live a more conscious life and care for our planet. We are about twenty people who live here, with another fifty who live in the nearby village Molkom. We are located halfway between Stockholm and Oslo in a beautiful countryside area, where both summer and winter can delight you. We host courses and festivals all year around and have about 6000 visitors per year. The community has a dynamic international atmosphere as we host between 20 and 150 volunteers depending on the seasons. We are an alcohol and drug free community. You can read more about Ängsbacka here: http://en.angsbacka.se/about-angsbacka/
The EVS programme
Since 2017 Ängsbacka is hosting European Volunteer Programme.
The first 15 volunteers from 7 different countries started their service with us in spring 2017. The EVS programme covers the food, accommodation and travel costs of volunteers. Moreover, there is a small pocket money for the volunteers in this programme.
What will you do in Ängsbacka?
You can be involved in many different areas and choose to work in several of them: event management, product development, graphic design, marketing and IT, carpentry and renovation, vegan and raw food cooking, sustainability management. All that you will be doing will have one goal: to create a life with more harmony and more care.
Ängsbacka can also be a place for you who want to contribute to specific projects. Every year we have different focus areas. For 2017/2018 we will have two important key words – event management and sustainability. We intend to develop our festivals and courses to a new professional level. Our strong wish is to come up with new, more sustainable ways to hold our public events. That would mean to come up with better and more earth-caring solutions for catering, hosting, waste and energy management etc. We are also developing Forest Dream – a new eco-village at Ängsbacka’s forest.
An experience of community
The dynamic volunteer team at Ängsbacka is a place where you can dive into a communal international experience rich in learning, rich in training, rich in personal development. Time at EVS at Ängsbacka will probably be valuable on your CV, and will certainly give you friends for life!
Open for new EVS applications!
We welcome one motivated young European citizen (from Romania, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France or Spain ) aged between 18 and 30, to come live and work with us for 6 months as European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers. The service will start in October 2017 with a group of 7 other EVS volunteers. Your travel and living costs will be entirely covered, and you will receive pocket money.
You will live in simple but cosy rooms with one other volunteer, sometimes more. The community kitchen serves delicious vegetarian food, almost all of it organic, often locally produced and always made with love. Our volunteer programme includes regular movie-nights, yoga and dance sessions, celebrations and sharing circles. If interested please send us your CV and motivation letter no later than 21st of June.
More on the EVS programme: http://europeanvoluntaryservice.org/
Twice a year we open for applications from 18-30 year old European citizens (except Swedes). If you are interested in joining our EVS programme you can let us know at evs@angsbacka and enquire more info.
Questions and how to apply
For any question please contact Liina Järviste at email@example.com. Please do not wait to contact us because our application period is short. Send us a short CV and a short motivation letter (one page is a maximum) ASAP but definitely before June 21st . We will start having Skype interviews with successful candidates ASAP.
‘Leaders of Transition’
We received a group of 15 people from 8 European countries to volunteer with us in 2017 from 6 to 12 months in the project called “Leaders of Transition”.
The summary of the project is the following:
Together with 16 volunteers from 8 different countries from all over Europe we intend to develop community-scale practical examples of sustainability in 2017 and early 2018. We aim to design and develop the tiny house ecovillage Forest Dream, conduct environmental and energy assessment of Ängsbacka community, host large international conference of community change-makers (GEN-Europe annual conference), enhance our sustainable food production and preparation systems and develop marketing tools to disseminate good practices through our Internet platform.
All in all – our aim is to provide young people opportunity to develop different practical skills related to sustainable living. Environmental and social responsibility is becoming more and more important at mainstream entrepreneurship and civil society. Thus, we foresee that our volunteers will develop skills with us that will later enhance heir job opportunities at their respective home countries. Plus the volunteers take the knowledge from this learning experience to their home countries and can act as multipliers of the accumulated skills and practical, political as well as social understanding.