Sweden Luleå ESC European Solidarity Corps The Mustard Seed Project is a volunteer initiative to cultivate community, solidarity and peace in our city. Volunteers in our project will join together in the life and community of our church (EFS church in Lulea) striving together to create a community of hospitality for all people. Our work is based on the life and teachings of Jesus and we want to communicate God´s love to everyone we meet. The Mustard Seed Project includes three main themes of work: 1. Hospitality for people living on the margins of society that come to our church, 2. Gardening – raising organic and locally grown food to serve at our meals, 3. Youth outreach – building relationships with youth and children in our community and helping to lead our youth and children´s ministries. The work will be both social (welcoming and interacting with people of all different backgrounds and ages) as well as practical (preparing meals, organizing donations, harvesting and preserving food, dishwashing and cleaning).
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS
Volunteers will live in a common house together with an established Christian community made up of about 8 other members of our organisation. The community shares a common daily life including a shared dinner every evening, house-chores, garden work and prayer. Each week there is a house meeting to plan the cooking schedule and other logistics. Each volunteer will have their own bedroom but will share toilet, living room and kitchen. Food and pocket money will be provided according to the program rules. Volunteers will work 30-38 hours a week and have 2 vacation days per month.
TRAINING DURING THE ACTIVITY
Volunteers will be given formal and informal training in things like how to reach out to vulnerable groups in our society, conflict resolution, and environmental care and gardening. Volunteers will be trained in how to effectively lead activities in our youth ministries such as group discussions, prayer, and team-building exercises. Volunteers will also be given space for both personal reflection and prayer as well as group reflection, and mentorship. We want our volunteers to see their time with us as a unique opportunity to grow as persons and as children of God, emotionally and spiritually.
We are looking for young people that share our passion for a world transformed by love and compassion. We are hoping to find volunteers that share our faith in Jesus and want to share Jesus´ love with others, and who care about both social justice and environmental justice. You should be able to take initiative, see the needs that are present and take action to meet them, without always needing to be told what needs to be done. We are looking for creative volunteers that are open to learning new things but also aren´t afraid to share ideas of how to improve our work.
A total of 41 week(s) during the period 31/08/2023 to 12/06/2024
Stationsgatan 48, och Gäddvikssundet 57, 97233 Luleå Sweden
LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Estonia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Environment and natural protection
Working against discrimination (including gender discrimination)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Application deadline: 23/03/2023