Interested in peace campaigning and organizing street actions? We are looking for a volunteer to participate in a training in Austria 1.-7.6.2019. Deadline for applications 24.3.!
Background of the project
Peace on the Streets is a 7-day training that will take place in Vienna from 1st to 7th of June 2019. The
training will bring together 30 participants from 18 countries in Europe (Austria, Estonia, Bulgaria,
Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, UK, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Belgium,
Turkey, Serbia, France and Slovenia), three of them facilitating the training. The project will focus on
giving youth workers, staff from volunteering organisations and peace activists the tools and knowledge
to organise campaigns and street actions around peace and non-violence.
“Peace on the Streets” is organized by the Austrian branch of the international peace organisation Service Civil International. During the training, the participants will get to know best practices of campaigns and street actions around peace and non-violence, both from within their organisations and networks, from historic figures such as Bertha von Suttner and from more recent developments in areas such as guerilla communication and online campaigning. They will get the tools and knowledge to organize these themselves, to apply them to their own local contexts and to effectively reach and involve youth in these projects.
A big part of the project will be the exchange between different networks working towards a culture of
peace and non-violence.
The participating organisations are connected to networks such as SCI, War Resisters International, IFOR, Alliance, ICYE and CCIVS. Apart from the campaigns and street actions to be implemented after the training, the strongest outcome will be a toolkit targeted towards gathering tools, best practices and knowledge around campaigns and street actions for youth workers and peace activists. A street action around a current relevant topic concerning peace and non-violence is planned as part of the project in Vienna. The toolkit and the project as a whole try to strengthen the notion that peace activism is young, creative, professional, cool, relevant and interesting to look at.
The participants will be trainers, project and volunteering camp coordinators, educators, youth workers
or peace activists. All participants will be expected and stimulated to contribute to the activities and discussions. They are very welcome and invited to come up with their own ideas and present some methods or workshops they are experienced in and they want to share. Please contact us in advance to tell us about it and we will see how it can fit in the training agenda. :)
All participants selected for this project must meet the following criteria
- be 18 years old or older
- have a high interest in campaigning and peace activism
- have previous experience in volunteering with KVT or other peace organisation
- be able to work in English
- be interested in the training topics and have a strong motivation to act as a multiplier
- commit to implement the learned knowledge and skills in practice back home
- commit to actively participate from the beginning to the end of the training
We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds to apply.
Please note that there will be opportunities to visit the Vienna, but that this is not a “getting to know the
city” project. On some days, the training also foresees evening sessions.
Financial conditions of participation
All essential costs of the program in Vienna (including food, travel costs, accommodation and training)
will be covered through a project grant by Erasmus+.
How to apply
Download the application form (docx) and send your applications and/or further questions to KVT’s office:
Deadline for applying is 24.03.2019.
KVT has one place reserved in this training. If accepted, you will later receive a detailed infosheet (incl. info on how to get to the venue, how to book your travels, more info about the agenda of the project).