Short Term EVS

"GREEN FINGERS – Oasis For Children" "Sustainability Quest RE:Boot"

Zagreb, Croatia

Become a part of our team! Learn about sustainable gardening, working with children, photography & video production.

Sustainability Quest RE:BOOT
September - November 2018

12 short term volunteers

Green Fingers - Oasis for Children
April-June 2019

12 short term volunteers

Why Apply for our EVS?

Become a part of our happy international team! Enjoy working with people who love their job in a relaxed, supporting and professional atmosphere.

Learn how to work with children with creative, inovative and non-formal tools in a classroom kids like the most: the school garden!

Learn the basics of organic urban gardening and how to inspire children (and yourself!) for sustainable actions and healthier lifestyle that respects our planet.

Live in the city with a heart! Zagreb is one of the top destinations in Europe, a large and dynamic city which managed to stay romantic and safe.

Show and improve your photography and video making skills with the help of our PR & marketing team.

Learn how a good functioning NGO works in our green oasis office in the very centre of Zagreb with the most beautiful terrace garden!

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for young people from 18-30 from partner countries:

 For Green fingers: PORTUGAL, ITALY, BULGARIA, FYR MACEDONIA, GREECE, TURKEY and SPAIN 

For Sustainability Quest: PORTUGAL, ITALY,  FYR MACEDONIA, GREECE, CZECHIA AND UK  

Who are:

• Highly motivated
• can communicate in English
• Have experience or are eager to work with children
• have experience or are eager to learn about gardening, craft and DIY. (GREEN FINGERS ONLY)
• are willing to take part in a vegetarian/vegan challenge during the project *

During selection an advantage will be given to motivated participants facing fewer opportunities

* Promoting vegetarianism is important to us from two aspects – sustainability and nonviolence. The excessive consumption of meat in the modern societies has a big negative ecological footprint. We think it is important to correct this negative trend and show by example how it is possible to consume little or no meat at all, be healthy and eat tasty happy food!

About the project

The “Green Fingers – Oasis for children” is an EVS project that will bring together 12 short term volunteers in Zagreb and engage them in maintaining urban school gardens together with around 2000 children and teachers in 3 Primary schools in Zagreb, Croatia.

This project has as main objectives (1) work on reconnecting children and youth to nature in an urban environment, and (2) to put into practice principles of non-formal education with children and young people about environment protection and sustainability, by practical means that will give them the knowledge and skills to apply it the future on their own and share with others.

The project short term mobility will take place over period April-June (12 volunteers for 59 days.)

The “Sustainability Quest Re:boot” is an EVS project that will bring together 12 short term volunteers in Zagreb. The aim of the project is to mobilise and encourage the young people of Zagreb to actively engage in sustainable development and sustainability.

The main emphasis will be the month long sustainability challenge during which we will motivate young people to adopt more sustainable habits for a month in the hope they will continue them for longer. 

The project short term mobility will take place over period September – November (12 volunteers for 59 days.)

The project activities in which volunteers will take part are divided into these main groups:

Green Fingers

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN:
• Gardening with children
• Foreign language workshops for children (“Garden Dictionary”)
• Craft, recycling and garden decorations workshops
• Environment education with children

PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
• Organising the “Urban Garden Festival”
• Organising a public awareness activity for the International Environment Protection Day (June 5th)
• “Love Your Greens” promotion of vegetarian cooking

Sustainability Quest
• Plan workshops for the month long sustainability challenge.

•Promote workshops on social media and through local organisations and engage with local youth.

•Conduct the workshops and evaluate them to help future planning.

TRAINING ACTIVITIES:
• On-Arrival Training
• Introduction to working with children
• Introduction to sustainable gardening
• Educational excursions

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:
• Personal project. All volunteers will have an opportunity to focus on development of a personal project, that will contribute to their satisfaction and support their learning goals.

previous green fingers projects

what our volunteers say

"I was amazed how children are willing to work and co-operate. It was fun using the garden tools and learning its names in Croatian."
Guilia, Italy
Volunteer
"I felt inspired and motivated while spending time with the children and the volunteers. I am bringing back home a lot of feelings with new experiences and friendships."
Ajsa, Serbia
Volunteer
"I was happy teaching Greek alphabet in the classroom full of kids."
Viktoria, Greece
Volunteer

ABOUT O.A.ZA.

O.A.ZA. – Sustainable Alternative to Community (in Croatian “Održiva Alternativa ZAjednici“) is a nonprofit organization established in January 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. Our aim is to provide programs and create a motivating environment for the development of young people who will become model leaders of sustainable development.

We chose our name: “sustainable” because we promote sustainable development as a way of life and action. “Alternative” because we advocate for lifestyles and mindsets which aren’t so common in today’s consumerist world. “Community” because we want to encourage the growth of young leaders who will guide the society towards sustainable future. Acronym OAZA also means “oasis“ in Croatian, and if you have a chance to visit our office in the center of Zagreb, you will see for your self that the name was a sign there too as our office loaded with plants which makes it a bit jungle like and literally very, very green.

Our holistic approach to personal development helps young people adopt a positive value system and empowers them to take responsibility for themselves, other people and the planet. We focus on youth work, leadership, social entrepreneurship, and enviromental protection.

how to apply

1. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM BELOW
2. FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM
3. SEND THE APPLICATION FORM AND CV AT  EVS@oazainfo.hr
4. WAIT FOR US TO  CONTACT YOU 🙂

Application deadline:

Applications for EVS Green fingers 2019 not open yet. 

 Applications for EVS Sustainability quest Re:Boot 2018 (Extended)

We are looking forward to your applications!