Role openings

Now you have another chance to apply and become one of the 100+ volunteers at the YES 2021.

The event will take place online –  11-13 June 2021. See you there!

 

Why join the YES 2021?

Here are just a few of the reasons why we love to volunteer at the YES:

  • the possibility to share your volunteer experience and get to know a lot of new people
  • experience of working with YFU on an international level
  • opportunity to be a part of the biggest YFU event in the world
  • increasing skills in different areas depending on the role (event planning, handling tricky logistics, developing educational content, leadership skills, etc.)

You do not have to be a superhero to become part of the YES team, but there are a few requirements:

  • be 18+ (except for the Tik Tok position)
  • be fluent in English (except for the IGL position)
  • have high level of motivation, responsibility, and dedication for the YES 2021

Current openings

Please keep in mind that the time of the selection results for these applications differs from position to position due to the different confirmations we need for each role! Make sure you check that for the position you are applying specifically, so your expectations match the reality 🙂

Track Leader (TL)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: as soon as possible after applying

Track Leaders design and deliver the educational content at the YES. They are in direct contact with students and volunteers who come to the event as participants. Through educational activities, TLs stimulate the interest and curiosity of the participants, help develop their critical thinking, and create opportunities for personal development and self-expression.

What’s the role of a TL?

To ensure a smooth process of developing educational sessions, Track Leaders commit to participating in a Track Leader Orientation, which lasts for about 8-10 weeks, and launches at the end of March. The orientation programme includes two main components: an e-learning course, and virtual consultations with the rest of the team.Throughout this period, you will work alongside your Head of Track, who will guide you and support you in developing your session..

We want to emphasize innovation and interactivity of the educational content at the YES. The goal is to move away from Tracks loaded with theory or facilitator’s input, and to offer a new exciting way to look at the YES theme. The motto for this year’s YES is: quality over quantity.

Track Leaders select their preferred Tracks after the application deadline and before March 22nd. The Track suggestions can be seen in the call for HOTs, but please keep in mind that they do not represent the final selection.

Who can become a TL?

In addition to the general volunteer requirements at the YES, you should:

  • have experience in facilitating educational activities for students
  • be familiar with the basics of session design
  • be comfortable facilitating sessions in English
  • have time to work with the team for 2-3 months the YES
  • be dedicated to participate in the Track Leader Orientation
  • being a member of the European Trainer Network is an advantage.

International Group Leader (IGL)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: as soon as possible after applying

Your primary function as an IGL at the YES is to prepare and deliver sessions for a group of students.

During this years’ online seminar, you will be the bridge for students between their host and home countries. You will help them to prepare their return home and provide them with first nudges for processing their exchange experience.

Your sessions will be held in a personal and small-scale environment, and you will make sure students benefit as much as possible from their time at the YES. You will build a trusting relationship with the students, and therefore you will also be your group contact person if needed.

What are your responsibilities:

  • prepare your 3 sessions before the event starts
  • hold 1 session per day with your student group (usually national but could be international as well)
  • create an environment where students feel safe to share their experiences and emotions

What do you gain:

  • ability to practice leading sessions through digital means
  • opportunity to share your passion, knowledge, and skills with others
  • possibility to interact with a vast YFU community from all over the world

To apply, you should:

  • be fluent in at least two languages and have basic English level
  • have experience in leading groups (YFU seminars are preferable, but external group leading skills are also welcome)
  • have some time to prepare before the YES, also think about how to handle difficult experiences a student may have had during their exchange year
  • be motivated to create a warm and welcoming environment through a digital medium

 

YES Entertainers

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: as soon as possible after applying

Do you have a special hobby you would love to share with others? Maybe you’re great at busting incredible dance moves? Or maybe you had an unforgettable digital baking session during lockdown and can’t wait to teach it to others? It’s your time to shine! As a YES Entertainer your mission will be to make sure that the students and the volunteers get lots of fun at the seminar this year. Volunteer as a YES entertainer for this online YES 2021 and start creating fun memories with our team!

Important: you can also have this role in addition to another one. So for example if you want to be a TL, but also would like to deliver a Free time session, let us know in your application!

Responsibilities

  • bring your ideas for possible fun activities during the online YES
  • prepare at least one digital fun session prior to the event
  • deliver your activity/activities once or more times during the event

What you gain

  • first-hand experience of the virtual YES
  • ability to practice delivery of activities through digital means
  • opportunity to share your passion, knowledge, and skills with others
  • possibility to interact with a vast YFU community from all over the world

Requirements

  • be comfortable facilitating sessions in English
  • availability during the event
  • eagerness to work in a virtual environment
  • motivation to have a good time with students while engaging in an activity together

Tech team

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: as soon as possible after applying

Organising a virtual event brings a handful of challenges that are not present at an in-person event. Will everyone be able to log on? Will they be directed to join the right sessions? Will the event platform function as expected? As a part of the Tech Team at the YES 2021 you will join a handful of backstage superheros, who will ensure the event functions without a glitch.

During this years’ online seminar the logistics’ team is transformed to the Tech Team. You will be ever-present in the backstage, know the event platform inside out and will solve potential challenges before they even arise. You will also learn to work with Intercom, our participant support tool, and will get a chance to communicate & interact with everyone, experiencing one or another technical issue.

What are your responsibilities:

  • learn the functionalities of our virtual event platform and know it inside-out
  • familiarise yourself with Intercom prior to the event
  • be ready to learn by doing – unexpected questions will arise, they will require fast thinking and speedy decision making

What do you gain:

  • satisfaction from being able to support your fellow team members and the participants
  • critical thinking and ability to act fast
  • possibility to interact with a vast YFU community from all over the world
  • learn about online event platforms and what they can do

To apply, you should:

  • be fluent in English
  • not be an IT specialist, but be hungry to learn (and interpret search engine results)
  • be ready to invest the time to get to know the virtual event platform and Intercom prior to the YES 2021
  • have the time to participate in YES 2021 rehearsals during the week before the YES
  • be a team player
  • be willing to not be in the spotlight, but rather support your fellow team members from the backstage
  • be ready to have a lot of fun and learn some great skills while doing so!

Free time activities coordinator (FTA)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: as soon as possible after applying

In between all the exciting sessions at the YES, there will be a lot of Free Time to interact with the YFU Community! Do you want to make sure that everyone’s free time is fun, full of exciting games, and a place where participants will want to hang out? Then read on, because this role might be the one you are looking for!

Together with the other Free Time Activities’ Coordinator, you will be in charge of planning all the free time activities at this YES 2021. You will recruit the YES Entertainers and together, you will have the opportunity to get as creative as you want to be about the type of activities you will propose – sports, art, meditation, you name it!

Prior to the YES, you will need to prepare a folder gathering all the Free Time Activities planned, the volunteers involved, the materials needed, and the time slots for each activity. The Free Time Activities will happen outside the 4 hours planned for educational sessions.  We will analyse together what will be the best times slots for your activities, taking into consideration that we will most likely have participants from different time zones.

Your mission, if you accept it, will be to entertain and involve students and volunteers alike, and enable YFUers from all over the world to get to know eachother better, even if through a computer.

Responsibilities

  • coordinate the YES Entertainers and make sure they deliver the best Free time sessions!
  • be the liaison between the YES core team and the FTA team
  • arrange the schedule of the FTA activities together with the Core Team
  • support the YES Entertainers in general

What you gain

  • first-hand experience of the virtual YES
  • develop your coordination and planning skills
  • opportunity to share your passion, knowledge, and skills with others
  • possibility to interact with a vast YFU community from all over the world

Requirements

  • be able to participate in the 2nd prep meeting
  • have time to work with the team for 2-3 months before the YES
  • be able to efficiently coordinate teams in a remote setting
  • have time to work with the team before the YES, starting from March 2021
  • good level of English skills
  • availability during the event
  • eagerness to work in a virtual environment
  • motivation to have a good time with students while engaging in an activity together

 

Think you’ve got what it takes?