YES 2017: Call for International Group Leaders (IGLs)

Your role in one sentence

An IGL mainly functions as a contact person for the students, ensures their well-being at the seminar, helps them adjust to the thought of going home, and gives them a starting point for realizing what they have learned during their exchange year.

We expect from you

Take good care of the students during their travel and the YES, make sure the students have a good
time at the YES and be responsive and supportive when students or other team members need you.

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 bond together with the team of volunteers in a great environment.

YES 2017

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 in 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

Your role

IGLs are in charge of accompanying a group of students on their travel to and from the seminar location and to act as primary contact persons during and before the YES.

IGLs are the ones who hold the bridge pillars between volunteers and students, as well as between their host country and home country. They do their utmost to ensure well-being of the students and to make sure that students make the most of their time at the seminar.

Their task at the YES, beside leading sessions and reflection groups with the students, is to work together with other volunteers to provide help when needed, so that the seminar can run as smoothly as possible. For example, IGLs assist with the newly created Volunteer Learning Programme, with the implementation of educational activities, with free time activities, special logistical tasks or with supporting the rest of the team during meals and plenaries. IGLs are asked to indicate their preferences before the YES.

Your profile

If you wish to be an IGL at the YES 2017, there are some prerequisites you should meet, as well as some attitudes and competences that you should bring!


(Please note that with a good reason exceptions are possible – contact us if in doubt)

  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Be able to work in English (possibly also German; fluency in one of them is an advantage)
  • (Much) Experience in Group Leading (YFU seminars are preferrable, but also external group leading skills are welcome)
  • Enough time to prepare the sessions and contents, the IGL-Manual and with the other IGLs before the YES while still at home (even months before)
  • Have frequent access to internet (as most communication before the YES is done online)


Attitudes and Competences:

  • Understand the purpose, values and importance of exchange programs that YFU is offering
  • Be ready to travel with the students to and from the YES
  • Flexibility and endurance to act on new, changing and possibly stressful situations
  • Willingness to take different responsibilities on site (shifts in night-watches, at key-desks, in cafeterias, for free-time activities, and more)
  • Ability to differentiate between working for students, work with students and leisure time
  • Ability and willingness to take responsibility for the well-being of the students
  • Ability to ensure in a kind and friendly manner that the students follow rules and guidelines
  • Ability and willingness to have a great time and communicate fun despite responsibilites and possible stress


Please note that IGLs need to be approved by their National Organisations. Final decisions will be made together with them.
If you are not a perfect match, but still think you could be right for this task, please don’t hesitate to apply.

The call for IGLs can be downloaded here: YES 2017 Call for International Group Leaders
You can apply here.
Deadline 3 March, 2017.

Questions? Ask Henri at  
Content Team Leader, YES 2017