Voluntary Service in Moldova
Citizens of Europe e.V. and the International Committee of Citizen Diplomacy (ICCD) are looking for a
volunteer from Germany for participating in a project in Moldova.
The European Union has already granted support within the programme „European Voluntary
The stay in Moldova should begin in March 2010 and last for 12 months.
This EVS work placement implies to work with a large variety of NGOs and grassroots organisations in
Moldova and Transnistria to help develop and sustain synergy and cooperation between them, for a
better development of local civil society.
ICCD completed the first phase of the “Activating civil society from the inside” project in early 2009
in cooperation with USAID. This project aimed at improving the access to information in Moldova by
informing the population, NGOs and others interested about the existing NGOs in the region, their
capacities and activities.
The project was divided into 3 stages: (1) a background research (need assessment) that identified
the people’s needs from the civil society side; (2) production and distribution among people of a
brochure that contains the information about the active NGOs and their services/capacities, and the
results of the research; (3) organized a round table meeting with NGOs where have been reported the
results of the research and have been discussed about what could be done to improve the access to
information, and presentation of the web site as a new resource centre that include all collected
information about civil society in the region.
The objective of the Phase 2 of the project is to build on the results achieved in phase 1. We want to
develop new participative projects and create synergy between different civil society organisations.
At the same time, as the results of the social research demonstrated a need for volunteers in
Transnistria, a second objective of this project is to promote volunteerism among the youth in
If you are interested, please send us your CV and a motivation letter as soon as possible to
Please don’t hesitate to approach us in case you have questions!
Role and tasks of the volunteer:
• To create a comprehensive computer-based/online database documenting the activities of civil
society NGOs in Moldova; technical help will be provided by ICCD, the volunteers will be in
charge of the content;
• To organise the implementation of events in the cultural field such as festivals, celebrations,
exhibitions of arts, photographers, music, theatre, dances, movies etc.
• To seek to promote cultural partnership or creation with local artists and promotion of Moldavian
artists: singers, painters, visual artists, etc
• To Encourage the participation of youngsters to projects aiming at sustaining, maintaining or
restoring local patrimony
• To promote voluntarism among the local community
• To create of a permanent newsletter that will circulate between NGOs in Moldova and
• To promote partnership between grassroots organizations and to promote potential project
• To work with mass media of Moldova to cast more light on the civil society of Moldova
• To update the resource website on civil society organizations in Moldova
On top of that, ICCD needs support from the volunteers on other ongoing initiatives, like the set-up of
the National European Volunteer Centre of Moldova.
• the volunteer will broaden his/her knowledge, work experience and understanding of civil
society in Moldova
• will develop communication and interpersonal skills by working with a wide range of partners
• will develop computer skills by working with database and web site applications
• will gain project management skills by being associated to every stage of the programme
• will develop his/her writing and editing skills by being in charge of the publication of the
“Activating Moldovan civil society from the inside” will be implemented in Moldova in the following
sites: Chisinau, Tiraspol, Kagul, Ungeni, Soroca, Balti.
The living location will meet decent living standards (private room, free access to kitchen and
bathroom, current cold water with the possibility of providing hot water at least one hour/day,
functioning heating system, clean and secure location). ICCD in cooperation with each hosting
community will make all efforts to find the best accommodation location for the volunteers. All
accommodation and utility costs (water, gas, electricity) will be covered by ICCD.
Buying and preparing the food is to be the sole responsibility of the volunteers. For preparing the
food the volunteers will have free access to an equipped kitchen.
In the case of volunteers staying in host families a solution will be to serve meals with the family.
The hosting organization will provide each volunteer with a monthly food allowance from which they
shall cover the alimentation costs. The allowance is enough for insuring a very good living standard
(being much higher than the amount and average citizen from the region spends for food). However
the allowance will not be enough for ensuring every day eating in a restaurant or bistro or leading a
The local transportation costs of the volunteers necessary for the activities implementation will be
covered 100% by the association from the project budget.
The international transport of the volunteer from his/her home to the site of the project shall be
covered 100% ‐ two ways (Economy flight tickets and/or 2nd class train tickets).
Other personal transport of the volunteers (local, national or international) will be not in the
responsibility of the association.
Due to the importance of communication with the people from the hosting communities (most of them
cannot speak any foreign languages) will be of crucial importance for the volunteers to learn the
Russian or Romanian language at a good speaking level.
The volunteers will have the responsibility to attend all language courses according to the schedule
as well as to make every effort in studying and learning the language.
Experienced language tutor shall provide the Russian/Romanian language lessons. The content and
structure of the language courses will be projected together with the volunteers, taking into
consideration their learning abilities and needs. The language courses will be provided free of
charge for the first two weeks on a daily basis and for 2 hours/week in their own community for the
entire duration of the EVS project; in the hosting communities private tuition language classes are
delivered by a local school teacher to each team of volunteers.
Each volunteer is entitled to receive an 80 Euro monthly allowance – pocket money, which they can
spend as they want.
None but as the project focuses on civil society development, we expect the volunteers to have some
interests in working with different NGO partners and Mass Media. Motivation and involvement are
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