Role openings

After great success with the online international YFU events – YES 2020 & YES 2021, it is time for an epic comeback, with the YES 2022 taking place in person. We are looking for the next team to bring this event to new heights. 

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 YFU volunteer life. 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

The event will take place 27 June – 01 July 2022. See you there!

Due to the still reduced program of YFU in Europe this year, we envision a much smaller number of students, being able to attend. For this reason, for the YES 2022 edition, we are thinking about adding a VOLUNTEER strand to the programme. So volunteers will be able to apply not only as organisers but also to attend inspiring plenary and workshops and learn from the world-wide YFU community. While this is not yet sure, it is a possibility we are exploring. Who knows, maybe this will be such a blast, we’ll make this permanent!

We aim for the focus of the YES 2022 to be on global competencies and intercultural learning, topics which are very much embedded in the YFU spirit. 

Do you want to be part of the amazing theme making this event happen? We are recruiting the CORE TEAM!

 

 

Why join the YES 2022?

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+
  • be fluent in English (except for the IGL position)
  • have high level of motivation, responsibility, and dedication for the YES 2022

Current openings

Remember: these are all roles that entail a long term commitment from your side. We will be working together from your selection late October until the delivery of the event in June 2022.

Volunteer Team Leader

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 12 September 2021

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: 24 September 2021

We are looking for a motivated and experienced YFU volunteer to head the team of volunteers at the YES 2022. You will be responsible for creating a pleasant and productive atmosphere in the team, ensuring that all volunteers are comfortable in their roles, giving advice where needed, and leading the team into achieving the goals that you will set together. 

In addition you will also be responsible about the content of the event, leading the content team into creating the most inspirational educational content possible. You will be supported by the Edu Team Leaders and IGL Coordinators and the YES Hosts in this endeavor.

Your team will be responsible for setting up the theme of the YES, the educational framework, the plenary programme and the IGL sessions. You do not have to worry about the logistics. The Logistics Team Leader and the YES Project Coordinator will be by your side, composing the Leadership Team. This trio will be overseeing the entire project.

Who can become a VTL?

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

  • have experience leading international teams, coordinating operations online and offline
  • are able to coach other volunteers, identify potentials and weak points, suggest improvements, and assess educational outcomes;
  • are able and ready to distribute and delegate tasks;
  • have extensive experience with preparing educational activities
  • have been at the YES 2 before, preferably in the Content team ( you might be exempted from this rule if you are able to prove extensive experience in other similar events)
  • have a very advanced level of English;

What will be your tasks?

  • help select the other members of the YES 2022 Core Team;
  • help organising 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;
  • communicate 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 (if you live in the same country);
  • co-ordinate 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;

Senior and Junior Educational Activities Leader

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 12 September 2021

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: 24 September 2021

At the suggestion of volunteers who have previously taken these roles, in 2022 we are implementing a new approach to these positions. As we recognise the level of competences are different from volunteer to volunteer, and we acknowledge the need to have a stronger knowledge transfer process at the YES, this year the EDU team will be led by a senior and junior EDU team leader. 

While both volunteers taking this role need to have significant training and mentoring experience, one of the volunteers will be able to assume a senior role, bearing the ultimate responsibility for the success of the Education Framework. The junior role will be able to learn and support, enhancing their skills and preparing to possibly take the Senior role in the next year. The exact distribution of responsibilities and tasks will be discussed between the two volunteers. 

The Senior EDU Leader will participate in the interview of the Junior Leader, to ensure a good collaboration is possible throughout the year. 

Together, your responsibility will be to design the educational framework of the event, recruit the Head of Tracks and workshop facilitators and work with them so they can deliver high quality workshops at the event itself.

Who can become an EDU team leader?

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

  • have extensive experience with preparing educational activities
  • have an active interest in topics like global competences, global citizenship education, Colored Glasses, volunteer development
  • have basic knowledge in designing and implementing e-learning content or are willing to learn and work on this topic
  • are able to coach other volunteers, identify potentials and weak points, suggest improvements, and assess educational outcomes;
  • are able and ready to distribute and delegate tasks;
  • feel comfortable to conduct meetings, organise small activities for volunteers and create team spirit;
  • have been at the YES 2 before, preferably in the Content team ( you might be exempted from this rule if you are able to prove extensive experience in other similar events)
  • have a very advanced level of English;

What will be your tasks?

  • 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: 12 September 2021

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: 24 September 2021

Welcome to the STARS of the event! 2 volunteers will take their places on the YES stage and deliver inspirational sessions for all participants, matching the theme of the YES. 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.

Who can become a YES Host?

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

  • You have been at the YES before.
  • Have previous experience on public speaking and performing on stage;
  • Feel comfortable to be on in the spotlight and have a good amount of self-confidence;
  • Have a very advanced level of English;

What will be your tasks?

  • 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 Coordinators

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 12 September 2021

RESULTS PUBLISHED BEFORE: 24 September 2021

Your role will be to oversee the International Group Leaders at the YES. You will be responsible for ensuring that IGLs have a sound understanding of their role and responsibility 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.

Who can become an IGL Coordinator?

Minimum requirements:

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

What will be your tasks?

  • 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.

YES Doctor

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 12 September 2021 or will be extended until a suitable candidate is found

The YES is a yearly get-together for over 500 exchange students at the end of their experience, all put together by a team of over 100YFU volunteers. It is the best opportunity to help students create a bridge between the exchange year and the return home, and we need a doctor to be on site for the whole event and ready to help the participants when needed. Do you want to help with the logistics of the YES by taking care of the participants’ health and well-being? Then read on, because this role might be the role for you.

Before the YES, you will have to stay in touch with Logistics’ Team Coordinator and plan the first aid course for the volunteers. At the YES, you will hold the first aid course for all volunteers, teaching them what to do in an emergency, which might occur during the YES. The course is mandatory for all volunteers, so you need to hold it several times since volunteers arrive at different times. At the YES you will have your own office, which you will need to set up with materials and medicines to treat the most common injuries. You will treat sick or injured students and volunteers and refer them to the closest hospital, if needed.

Who can become a YES Doctor?

Minimum requirements:

  • hold a Doctor qualification and a valid Doctor’s license from an EU
  • be fluent in English and German
  • be ready to work with teenagers and young people
  • be ready to deal with emergencies
  • be ready to work at both your regular “office hours” and other times as needed
  • be ready and willing to join an enthusiastic group of volunteers in a large youth event

 

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