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Are you our next volunteer? FAQs

The European Wilderness Society is currently looking for another volunteer to start in Jan/Feb 2019. We’re excited to welcome another wolf into our pack, and put the call out on our website and social media.

There’s been a lot of interest (hello to you all!) and we get a lot of questions. I’ve started to repeat myself so enter my solution… a short Q&A. These are all the questions I keep getting asked, and that other candidates may be interested to know about before submitting an application.

Is this a funded position?

Yes! The volunteer is funded by Erasmus+. Accommodation is covered, and the volunteer additionally receives up to €400 stipend monthly for food and pocket money. There is also a small budget for travel to and from your home country.

“What do you do in the office?

Every volunteer will focus on their own interests and skills. For example I love reading and writing, and so work as a content developer. I help develop online and offline publications, which includes writing blog posts/articles, proofing reports, and some adobe indesign work. I also help organise the Wilderness Academy Days, and other office tasks as and when they pop up.
Nick Huisman works in project development. This is just to give you an idea of our work. So really consider not only what you can learn as a volunteer, but also what you can bring to the team.

Do you go into the field?

Sometimes yes! For example the whole team was in Ukraine this August, for a project called WILDArts.
I love living in Tamsweg. It’s a small town of around 6000 inhabitants, and has the necessary supermarkets, hospital, dentist, train station etc. The people are friendly and it’s the kind of place where everyone says hello to you in the street. Public transport is good, but as we’re in the countryside, not very frequent! 

Do you need to be able to speak German as well as English?

All our work is in English, and it’s not necessary to be able to speak German. However conversational German is very useful for day to day life, e.g. in supermarkets, catching a bus.

How do I find a sending organisation?

You need a sending organisation from your home country for the purposes of funding. You can search for an organisation here!

I am for one super excited for our new volunteer. I really encourage you to apply, it’s an amazing opportunity to work in another country, learn new skills, develop as a person and make friends, all whilst contributing to nature conservation. Applications are open until 14th September 2018.