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EVS in Brussels – European Network on Independent Living

project description

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a 6 - 12 months EVS volunteer within the Erasmus + EVS program.

At the start of the EVS programme, ENIL will give you the chance to learn more about all aspects of its work. After this introductory period, staff will together with you identify how you can best contribute to ENIL’s work. For example, if you have excellent writing skills, you may be given responsibility to develop articles for the Newsletter or website, new publications or policy statements.
Depending on your skills and interests, your day to day tasks may include:
•Supporting the staff with organising campaigns
•Planning and organising study visits, workshops, hearings in the European Parliament etc.
•Desk based research and drafting of texts to contribute to written materials.
•Contributing to ENIL's advocacy work (by following-up EU initiatives like the Pillar of Social Rights.
•Contributing to the work of the ENIL Youth Network


accommodation, food and transport arrangements

•The volunteer selected should not have any direct cost to participate in EVS. Travel, accommodation and some pocket money are covered by the Erasmus + program, as well as extra costs for special needs/personal assistance for disabled people.
•The pocket money should not be used for food and travel costs. These will be covered separately.
•Once the volunteer is selected, ENIL will contact them to find out their access needs and will then apply for funding for the project based on their needs.
•It is important to be clear about your access needs and potential extra cost (e.g. price of visa


training during the project

As an EVS volunteer, you will work in the ENIL Brussels office and gain experience in advocating for changes in European laws and policies, as part of a small international team. While volunteering for ENIL, you will also learn more about disability rights and Independent Living.


volunteer profile

We expect you to have a positive can do attitude and basic computer skills. As the working language at ENIL is English, a good knowledge of the English language is essential. You have to be between 18 and 30 years old and cannot be in paid employment to be accepted in the Erasmus+ program.

If you want to make a difference and contribute to creating an inclusive society, you could be the person ENIL is looking for! We strongly encourage disabled people to apply.


how to apply

Application: Send your CV and a short motivational letter before 14/08/2017 to Frank Sioen at Based on the experience from the last year, we expect a high number of applications, Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. (We strongly encourage disabled people to apply).


additional information

A regular working week is 38 hours from Monday to Friday from 9 - 17h. If ENIL organises an event or has to attend a meeting, there can be occasional need for work to be carried out during the late afternoon or during the weekend. The hours worked during the weekends or evenings can be recuperated as free hours during the weeks following the event.

Your day to day tasks may include
Supporting the staff with organising campaign
Planning and organising events, study visits and workshops
Desk based research
Contributing to ENIL's work with the EU and UN bodies.


Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has a physical environment suitable for young people with physical, sensory or other disabilities (such as wheelchair access and similar.
  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.
  • Other experience, infrastructure and resources:

    Personalized assistance will be provided to address the assistance needs of all participants


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