Your role in one sentence
There will be three Counsellors at the YES, who have the important role of helping students cope with their feelings in the emotional transition from the exchange experience back home. At the YES, they provide support and advice for students, who need that.
We expect from you
Be there for the students (and volunteers) at all times: be ready to listen, talk to or advise. Keep an eye on students and identify issues that need to be addressed.
You can expect from us
We promise a seminar where you can learn a lot, meet lots of new people and get the chance to bound together with the team of volunteers in a great environment.
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 Young Europeans’ Seminar is a yearly massive intercultural get-together for over 500 European exchange students at the end of their school year, all put together by a team of over 100 YFU volunteers. 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 diverse interactive learning activities. The international team of volunteers creates a unique spirit and an amazingly motivational experience for everyone at the YES.
“Think free. Act free. Be free!” is the topic of the YES 2017. This year we will focus on different aspects of freedom, such as but not limited to freedom of the press, speech, diversity, expression and assembly.
The YES 2017 aims to give participants the chance to explore and (re)discover the possibilities they are given by the freedoms they possess. It encourages the students to make use of their unique experiences and insights to enable positive change around the globe.
The YES 2017 will take place in Werbellinsee (Germany) from 26 to 30 June 2017. It is organised by EEE-YFU together with YFU Estonia and YFU Sweden, with the in-country support of YFU Germany.
What do you gain?
Participating at the YES as a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience. The seminar lasts for 4 days and there is so much you can gain:
- Possibility to share your volunteer experience and get to know a lot of new people
- Increasing skills in facilitating group work and learning processes of peer groups
- Experience of working with YFU on an international level
- Passing on the YFU spirit
- Opportunity to be a part of the biggest YFU event in Europe and have a great time
The YES marks the end of the exchange year and the return home. Students live the YES as a great and fun experience, but at the same time they cope with contrasting feelings related to the fact that their lives are changing again. Leaving their host-family, friends, and classmates to return home is not an easy step.
The YES itself can trigger special and sometimes difficult dynamics.
Counsellors are there to listen to the students (and volunteers) and help them deal with the issues they are facing and with their feelings. They keep an eye on the participants, talk to them and follow-up with them.
Counsellors are expected to work in close co-operation with the Project Coordinator, YES Logistics’ Team Coordinator and other team members while ensuring well-being of all students (and volunteers) at the YES.
The team of Counsellors consists of 3 people, ideally 2 women and 1 man.
If you wish to be a Counsellor at the YES 2017, you should:
- be at least 23 year old;
- be fluent in English (German also preferred);
- have background in or experience with counselling;
- be considerate and empathic;
- be able to work both in a team and individually;
- be able to attend the whole duration of the YES;
- be creative, inspired and proactive; and
- have regular internet access and time to familiarise with the YES team and is communication before the YES.
If you are not a perfect match, but still think you could be right for this task, please don’t hesitate to apply.
Questions? Ask Ieva at firstname.lastname@example.org
Logistics’ Team Coordinator, YES 2017