Role openings

We’re currently looking to fill the key organising roles. If any of these roles sounds like a good fit, make sure you apply today!

What is the YES?

The Young Europeans’ Seminar (YES) aims to contribute to the development of young global citizens through learning and volunteering together in a spirit of international friendship.

The YES is a unique opportunity to reunite with old friends from all over Europe and make new ones, creating a bridge between the exchange year and the return home. It’s a fun learning experience where students explore what it means to be a citizen of the world through interactive learning activities. The international team of volunteers creates a unique spirit and an unforgettable experience for everyone at the YES.

YES 2021 comes with big changes

After great success with the first online international YFU event — YES 2020: Global Edition — it’s time for the next team to take its turn in making the YES 2021 a reality; this time, hopefully, in person!

The YES 2021 will take place between 21 – 25 June 2021 in Germany, and it comes with many surprises. Due to the reduced program of YFU in Europe this year, we envision a much smaller number of students attending. For this reason, at the YES 2021 we will be allowing volunteers to participate as well. This way, volunteers will be able to apply not only as organisers, but also as participants able to attend inspiring plenary and workshops and learn from the world-wide YFU community. If this experiment goes well, who knows… maybe we’ll make it permanent!

2021 is an important year for YFU. It marks 70 years since the starting of our exchange programs, which have changed the life of 270.000+ students over the years. In addition, we are also celebrating 20 years of Colored Glasses, the iconic intercultural workshops which YFU is bringing to pupils, students, and teachers to advance its mission beyond its classical exchange programme.

To celebrate all of this, we aim for the focus of the YES 2021 to be on global competences and intercultural learning, topics which are very much embedded in the YFU spirit.

Photo of students at the YES

Current openings

To increase efficiency, we release the calls in two waves:

  • October: Content Team Leader, Education Team, YES Hosts, IGL Coordinator
  • December: remaining roles

Below you can see the roles that are currently opened for applicants.

Content Team Leader

Deadline for application

October 18, 2020

Interviews & decision made before

November 15, 2020

Apply now

The role

We are looking for a motivated and experienced YFU volunteer who will be leading the content team into creating the most inspirational educational content possible. This year, your participants will not only be YFU students, who just finished their exchange experience, but also YFU volunteers, eager to learn and connect with the YFU community. Your team will be responsible for setting up the theme of the YES, the educational framework, the plenary schedule, and the IGL sessions. Workload of the Content Team Leader

Minimum requirements

  • experience leading international teams, coordinating operations online and offline
  • ability to coach other volunteers, identify potentials and weak points, suggest improvements, and assess educational outcomes
  • ability and readiness to distribute and delegate tasks
  • extensive experience preparing educational activities
  • you have been at the YES at least twice before, preferably as part of the Content Team (you might be exempted from this if you are able to prove extensive experience in other similar events)
  • commanding knowledge of English.

Your day-to-day

  • help select the other members of the YES 2021 Core Team
  • help organise the Preparation Meetings: set goals for the meetings; prepare the agenda together with the Leadership team; lead sessions of the meetings; make sure that outcomes of the meetings are shared within the broader team; facilitate team-building
  • communication within the team: agree with the team on communication channels and internal functioning; keep in touch with your team members via e-mail, team newsletter, Skype calls, Slack, and possibly face-to-face meetings
  • coordinate the selection of volunteers for the Content Team: revise applications, assess candidates’s competences, clarify expectations, help new volunteers integrate the team
  • ensure quality content and educational outcomes; coach members of the Content Team during the design, preparation and implementation of the YES activities; ensure that the YES topic is integrated appropriately in all YES activities; check on educational goals and methodology
  • coordinate meetings during the YES: attend and lead all volunteers’ meetings (together with the Logistics’ Team Coordinator); facilitate daily Content Team meetings
  • prepare the YES Final report: encourage and oversee the submission of final reports to EEE-YFU from members of the Content Team; prepare your specific part for the YES Final Report;
  • contribute to the final evaluation: analyse the results of students’ and volunteers’ evaluation (together with the Project Coordinator and the Logistics Team Coordinator);

Education Team

Deadline for application

October 18, 2020

Interviews & decision made before

November 15, 2020

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The role

Your responsibility will be to design the educational framework of the event, recruit the workshop facilitators, and work with them so they can deliver high-quality workshops at the event.

Usually, the content at the YES is divided into different tracks, an approach we highly encourage. If we decide on this approach, because of the small scale of the event, the Heads of Tracks who usually don’t deliver activities will have to do so.

For this role, we are recruiting two volunteers: one who will be in charge of the sessions for the exchange students, and one that will be in charge of the volunteer sessions. Even though these two will be separated, we do encourage collaboration and alignment.

Workload of the Education Team

Minimum requirements

  • extensive experience with preparing educational activities
  • an active interest in topics like global competences, global citizenship education, Colored Glasses, volunteer development
  • basic knowledge in designing and implementing e-learning content or are willing to learn and work on this topic
  • ability to coach other volunteers, identify potentials and weak points, suggest improvements, and assess educational outcomes;
  • ability and readiness to distribute and delegate tasks;
  • are comfortable to conduct meetings, organise small activities for volunteers, and create team spirit;
  • have been at the YES at least twice before, preferably in the Content Team (you might be exempted from this if you are able to prove extensive experience in other similar events)
  • commanding knowledge of English.

Your day-to-day

  • recruit and select trainers and other volunteers who will design and implement, under your co-ordination, different educational activities, by taking into consideration
  • take stock of feedback from previous YES educational activities’ structure to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • develop initial concepts of educational activities for students and for volunteers, and incorporate inputs from the team
  • ensure that educational activities for students meet the learning objectives of the YES and that the YES topic is well integrated in all of them
  • prepare an e-learning course to ensure an in-depth learning experience for the volunteers taking part in the YES
  • prepare a very detailed plan of activities, including time-slots, groups’ division, venue arrangements, etc
  • educational objectives of the proposed activity and educational competences of the candidates
  • enter information into the database, both about the volunteers in charge of educational activities and about the educational activities themselves
  • prepare the manual(s) for volunteers in charge of educational activities, based on the previous years’ manual(s) and on new specific information
  • during the YES, lead daily meetings with volunteers in charge of educational activities, if deemed necessary
  • prepare your part of the YES Final report.

YES Hosts

Deadline for application

October 18, 2020

Interviews & decision made before

November 15, 2020

Apply now

The role

Welcome to the STARS of the event! Two volunteers will take their places on the YES stage and deliver inspirational sessions for all participants. If you have experience with speaking in front of big crowds, love putting together inspiring content, and are happy with being the face of a big event, you are the person for this role!

You will work closely with the content team to assure your content is in line with the overall educational approach of the YES. You will be in charge of recruiting inspiring guest speakers and delivering logistical information on stage.

Workload of the Hosts

Minimum requirements

  • have been at the YES before
  • have previous experience with public speaking and performing on stage
  • feel comfortable to be in the spotlight and have a good amount of self-confidence
  • have a commanding knowledge of English, is comfortable speaking out loud, and doesn’t have a heavy accent.

Your day-to-day

  • prepare a detailed planning for each plenary session of the YES, focusing both on content and logistical aspects
  • identify potential guest speakers, depending on the topic of the YES
  • approach guest speakers and confirm their attendance, fix details on their intervention and arrange logistical aspects of their participation in a reasonably timely manner
  • make sure that all important information about the YES reaches the students
  • boost the YES spirit among the participants through engaging and inspiring Plenary sessions
  • ensure that the topic of the YES is well integrated into the Plenary sessions and lead all participants through the red line
  • lead plenary sessions, by speaking in front of approximately 300 people
  • prepare your part of the YES Final Report.

IGL Coordinator

Deadline for application

October 18, 2020

Interviews & decision made before

November 15, 2020

Apply now

The role

Your role will be to oversee the International Group Leaders at the YES. Because of the small number of students and IGLs we forecast for this year, we will only be recruiting one volunteer for this position, rather than the two we usually do. If the number turns out to be higher than expected, there might be a possibility to recruit a second person for this position.

You will be responsible for ensuring that IGLs have a sound understanding of their role and responsibilities at the YES, and that there is good and functioning communication in the team. You will have a lot of freedom to try out new things, as this position has been needing a change for quite some time.

Workload of the IGL Coordinators

Minimum requirements

  • have been at the YES before as an IGL (no exceptions)
  • have experience leading international teams, coordinating operations online and offline, conduct meetings, organise small activities for volunteers and create team spirit;
  • are able to coach other volunteers, identify potentials and weak points, suggest improvements, and assess educational outcomes;
  • have experience with preparing educational activities
  • have a commanding knowledge of English

Your day-to-day

  • Oversee the selection of IGLs done by National Organisations to make sure that IGLs applicants fit the requirements. 
  • Take care of the information flow with the selected IGLs prior to the seminar.
  • Make sure IGLs understand their role and will prepare manuals for them that will be sent out in May. 
  • Support the IGLs in designing their sessions 
  • Lead daily meetings for the IGLs at the YES and answer questions they might have,
  • Co-ordinate the information flow with the rest of the IOT and write a final report after the YES.