Deadline: 21/04/2017

Become the workcamp orchestra’s conductor!

More than 18.000 workcamp volunteers experience the diversity as richness by an active hands-on interaction with 1500 local communities around the globe conducted by workcamp leaders

Workcamps respond to questions, and we will teach you how to ask them and how to get the answers to: how to manage an international group of volunteers to participate actively following the democratic process, how to support world peace, how to develop and help others develop valuable life skills, how to take concrete initiatives of public interest within local communities.

Categoria: Mondo YAP
Inserito da: stefano

In brief, it is about:

  • Getting trained to become an international workcamp leader (training in Serbia 6-11 May 2017) by certified trainers from the Pool of Trainers of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations,
  • Leading a workcamp in Serbia and in Italy with YAP during the summer 2017,
  • Getting a certificate as a trained workcamp leader under the Alliance standards and being promoted within the network for future workcamp leading


Please fill in the online application form by the 21st of April. We will confirm selected participants as they apply, and in coordination with their sending organisations. Find the online application form HERE.

Please find the list of workcamps in Serbia HERE so to make your priority list and include it in the application form.

For any clarification, please write to

Steps in becoming an international workcamp leader:

  • make a priority list of workcamps you would like to and be available to lead in Serbia and in your organisation (for Serbian workcamps check the attachment; for workcamps in Italy with YAP get in contact with YAP)
  • participate at the training in Serbia, led by the certified trainers from the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations 6-11/05/2017 (travel days excluded)
  • if selected, get matched with your co-leader and assigned to a workcamp in Serbia and a workcamp in your country
  • lead the workcamps during the summer 2017
  • write a report
  • get a certificate
  • join the network!


  • The camp leaders will have their travel, food and accommodation covered for the international training of camp leaders following the standard Mobility of Youth Workers under Erasmus+ (food and accommodation 100%, travel based on the distance calculator).
  • For leading workcamps in Serbia, the international camp leaders will receive travel reimbursement based on the distance calculator, food and accommodation covered up to 100% as well as pocket money of 150 euros per workcamp.
  • Travel reimbursement for the International Training in Serbia will be done upon the receipt of all the tickets, no later than 2 months after the training.
  • Travel reimbursement and the pocket money of 150 euros will be transferred to the workcamp leader after they will have produced a report on their workcamp leading, by December 2017.


Each partner should send 1 workcamp leader to the training and to lead 1 workcamp in Serbia for the summer 2017. It is preferable that this person leads also a workcamp in their own country. The profile of this person is the following:

  • No gender, education and other discrimination will be conducted.
  • Older than 21 and with experience of at least 2 workcamps abroad as a volunteer
  • Commit to come to the training in May 2017, to lead a workcamp in Serbia (obligatory) and in their own country (preferably), to write a report
  • active in their SOs, have strong interest in transferring back the learned practices, good level of English, independence in daily life, flexible, willing to immerse in a culturally different background.
  • Only after the training for workcamp leaders, the participant will receive a confirmation to lead a workcamp during the Practice Phase.

Training of 20 youth leaders, 6-11/05/2017 (excluded travel days) in Serbia: The training will be designed and realised by the specialized trainers from the Alliance Pool of trainers using the standardized methodology. After the training, if selected, you will be leading a workcamp in Serbia and, preferably in your country as well.

Objectives of training:

  • provide young trainees with information and resources on how to design IVS projects as structured methodological and pedagogical tools: To make participants aware of the meaning behind NFE, its values and approaches; to point out different learning styles, processes and group dynamics and to exercise the stages of designing, facilitating and debriefing in a safe environment; theoretical inputs on volunteerism
  • To identify responsibilities, limits and role of a workcamp leader working in highly diverse cultural contexts, but with the same target group and aims,
  • To provide pax with a set of specific tools and techniques on how to make it more likely for the ICL to happen in an international volunteer project and how to make a deep and durable effect on local community.
  • to inspire the participants to practice inclusion during IVS projects,
  • to provide structured space to discuss issues about volunteering and related policies.

The participants will have an opportunity to learn about and develop:

  • communication and conflict management skills, facilitation and leadership skills, environmental awareness
  • ability to improve and reflect on their own learning process and their roles as youth leaders
  • attitudes towards volunteering and solidarity
  • intercultural competences
  • improved sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.

Practice phase of professional development of youth leaders: coordination of 20 workcamps in Serbia and partners’ countries in 2017 (practice phase), with mentorship support of partners and trainers. As workcamps are published in March 2017, we can proceed with the matching! Practice phase of youth leaders will be in one workcamp in Serbia and one in their own organisation, in the period between 1/07 and 1/10/2017.

Objectives set for youth leaders during the practice phase of their youth leadership:

  • to create a well-functioning team of 10-15 international young volunteers
  • to complete a set task in the local community, which must always be of public interest
  • to mediate in conflict resolution among the volunteers and among them and local community
  • to practice efficient and effective problem solving
  • to allow intercultural dialogue, fruitful discussions that help the group of volunteers overcome their stereotypes and prejudices about each other’s cultures and backgrounds
  • to allow volunteers with fewer opportunities equal participation
  • to practice environmentally conscious behaviour and assist the volunteers in doing so as well
  • to evaluate the impact with the volunteers and local community on their personal development and on the local development of the said community
  • to evaluate personal development through mentorship support and online recognition tools
  • To transfer examples of good practice of workcamps and youth leadership to one’s country of origin and in so act as a multiplier

The participants will have an opportunity to put in practice and reflect upon their learning achievements gained


Young Researchers of Serbia is a Serbian non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1976, whose vision is to be the driving force for all those whose aim is to make our planet a more peaceful, just and healthy place.

Driven by science and education, their mission is to contribute:

  • to environmental protection and nature conservation,
  • to development of volunteerism and its values,
  • to scientific creativity and active youth participation