ESC volunteers at cultural center Stanica are involved in almost all the processes related to the everyday operation of the independent cultural venue. They do maintenance of the building and garden, sell tickets, they distribute posters or create their own events. For this particular ESC position, the main activity will be working with our team of 3 technicians preparing all the events. Other activities depend on mutual discussion and on the individual preferences, background, and profile of the volunteer. He/she can develop his own activity which makes sense and fits with our program. During 12 months spent in our organization, the volunteer can gain unique experience for people who would like to continue working in the independent cultural field. We are looking for a person who will actively look for new tasks and activities if he will be idle.
Requirements of the volunteer:
– Motivated to learn new things
– active and initiative personality
– technical abilities
– resistance to stress 🙂
– creative thinking
Expected tasks of the volunteer:
Each volunteer has his specific tasks as well as tasks shared with other volunteers, for this project the main focus will be:
1. Technical preparation of events (concerts, discussions, theater) and screening movies.
other possible tasks:
⎻ social media
⎻ Organizing events
⎻ Selling and checking tickets
⎻ Distribution of posters
⎻ preparing guest room
⎻ maintenance of the building
Working hours and days off:
In our organisation, it is depending on the number of events we have. Sometimes we have a lot of work, sometimes we have a calmer period. The average will be around 32 hours a week. We expect that our volunteers are flexible, therefore we are also more flexible when it comes to days off. Our volunteers have around 6 weeks off in total.
Food and Accommodation:
The volunteer will receive 180 as food allowance each month and 120 pocket money, directly from the hosting organization. Our volunteers are accommodated in a fully equipped rented house with a separate room for each volunteer. (around 15m2), in a 7 min walking distance from the venue. There are two bathrooms and three toilets. The big kitchen is shared with everyone with all the equipment needed to cook your own meals.
This town is suitable for walking/biking, mass transportation not needed. We can borrow a bike from the bike rental (you only pay a deposit of 50 euro).
The working language will be English. Each volunteer can have one hour a week Slovak lesson with a private teacher. It is up to the motivation of the volunteer how long they want to continue with this.
Short description of the organization:
Truc sphérique is NGO operating a cultural venue Stanica based in the building of still the functioning train station and art space Nová synagóga in the former neologue synagogue in the city center. The general public knows us as cultural node Stanica Žilina-Záriečie. In this still functioning train station we have been realizing more than 15 years all kinds of cultural events (concerts, theater and dance performances, film screenings, festivals, workshops for children and adults, discussions, symposiums, exhibitions, readings, community projects and so forth). In addition to regular events, we have developed art lessons designed for children of preschool, school-age and adults or specialized groups (eg. teachers). Through contemporary art, we try to keep our viewers up to date, society-wide topics, initiate public debate on the problems of our contemporary, global as well as local world. As a volunteer, you will be involved in almost all the processes related to the everyday operation of the independent cultural venue. Your specific activities depend on mutual discussion and on the individual preferences, background, and profile of the volunteer. He/she can develop his own activity which makes sense and fits with our program. During 12 months spent in our organization, the volunteer can gain unique experience for people who would like to continue working in the independent cultural field. With each ESC volunteer, it’s a different story. It depends on individual interests. Some volunteers work with technicians, some with communication, others in the exhibition space.
Short description of hosting city:
Žilina is a city in north-western Slovakia, surrounded by mountains. It is around 200 kilometers from the capital Bratislava, close to both the Czech and Polish borders. It is the fourth largest city of Slovakia with a population of approximately 85,000, an important industrial center, the largest city on the Váh river, and the seat of a kraj (Žilina Region) and of an okres (Žilina District). It belongs to the Upper Váh region of tourism. On the website of the tourist office you can already have a look at what Žilina has to offer: http://www.tikzilina.eu/en/
How to apply:
Apply before the 6th of September by sending an original motivation letter and CV to [email protected] (also for more information)