Short-term EVS opportunity on a small scale farm in Sweden



Name: Life and activities in an eco-farm community

Hästekasen Farm Association is in the process to found a self sustainable eco-community and learning centre. Finding new ways to re settle the countryside. We experiment with new and traditional ways of building and farming. We run a small scale community farm with many activities related to nature.

Our mission is to empower ourselves and our visitors in self sustainability. Solving challenges in small scale food production. Exploring simple solutions for food, shelter, warmth, water and sewer. Basically “ruralisation” with a simple sustainable lifestyle in the context of the challenges that a globalized civilization poses. Specifically energy issues, ecology issues, and an unsustainable economy based on fossil fuel and debt. In light of these challenging times ahead we would like to show young people how they can become more independent. “Don´t wait for someone to solve your needs or give you a job”. Find ways on how to contribute to society. Become a producer of value.

The intention with this short EVS is to give the volunteers an opportunity to try the place/host and maybe make the choice to return for a longer future EVS, at the host of in a similar organization. We intend to link this project to a future application with the same partners that is focused on a long term EVS.

We feel that our concept evolving around a farm where project participants “live, work and play” on the same location is quite unique and leads to positive impact on a personal level. Our day-to-day activities in the community benefits the individual as well as the host and their network. We aim at producing self-confidence and inspire our participants to take responsibility for their own learning and embrace the idea of life-long-learning. Theme is employability and entrepreneurship.

We hope they leave “the farm” inspired and having understood the basic challenges of self-sustainability.

The idea with this short EVS is:
– Give participants a change to “get a away” for some time and get a new perspective.
– To give participants a chance to try rural, community life and the special activities of Hästekasen.
– To try out a host and see if they want a longer EVS in a place like Hästekasen Farm. Thus a form of selection method for a longer EVS.
We also keep in mind what seem to be the basic ambitions of youth in all youth mobilities:

– Be in a group and feel confirmed, respected, seen – usually by having a meaningful role. Identity shaping.

– Learn something new and grow as a person.

– Create something visible or clear and feel pride.
– To have fun and hang out with people of the same age, including romantic aspirations.

Jelentkezés: címre, angol nyelvű önéletrajz és motivációs levél beküldésével, legkésőbb 2017. augusztus 31-ig.

Az önkéntes szolgálat várható ideje: 2017. október 1-31