Open call for volunteers:
Open call for volunteers:
available places – 1 (1 volunteer programme country)
next deadline: 14.01.2017
service starting date: July 2017- June 2018
We are looking forward for long term volunteer service – 12 months
Learn more about our activities here
This is our page in EVS database: Asociatia Tinerilor Artisti Oberliht (http://europa.eu/youth/vp/organisation/947718131_en)
If you are interested please send your Curriculum Vitae and a motivation letter to: evs-tineret(a)oberliht.org.md
Open call for mentors:
The mentor is the volunteer’s first friend. He/She is a young person, who is interested in communication with young people from Europe and who helps them to integrate into Moldovan community. A mentor will support and encourage the volunteer to maximise his/ her potential, develop his/ her skills. The mentor is responsible for providing personal support to volunteer and help with the integration in the local community.
The mentor will provide technical assistance, clarifying roles and responsibilities:
– email discussion before the arrival, meeting at the airport, help to go to the flat, Oberliht office and project, help with the doctor, etc
– assisting the volunteer in completing the YouthPass (Youthpass is a certificate to describe what the volunteers have done and to show what they have learnt during their EVS)
– signing the YouthPass
The mentor will help the volunteer to integrate into Moldovan community and help with social integration:
– Explaining about local traditions, rules and the specific of our country
– Introduction to local friends, cultural places,to different environments (discuss differences in behaviour, attitude, and style of dress)
– Maintain regular interaction and consistent support (establish mutual trust and respect, weekly meetings)
If you are interested please send your motivational letter and Curriculum Vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org
What do the three letters – EVS – stand for?
The European Voluntary Service is part of the Mobility for young people and youth workers of Erasmus + program, which is financed by the European Commission.
Primarily for young people the European Union has launched this mobility programme, which intends to develop a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans as well as granting certain mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders. Furthermore it aims at inclusion of all young people regardless of their background. Read more on the subject here: Mobility for young people and youth workers
The European Voluntary Service enables everyone from the age of 18 to 30 to participate in voluntary service within the EU and outside of it for a period of 6 – 12 months. It is truly a learning service as the volunteers learns a new language and acquires new skills and understanding for cultural differences. EVS covers all expenses (accommodation, travel costs, food, visa, small allowance, etc.), but as a volunteer you’re doing non-profit work and support a project with your skills and motivation. These projects cover a lot of diverse areas: civil protection, cultural heritage, arts, environment, culture, youth and so on. If you’re interested you can find more information here: European Voluntary Service
Why volunteering in Oberliht?
Oberliht Association was founded in 2000 and aims to mobilize young artists in order to improve their professional skills and to grant the needed support so that they can integrate themselves in the local and international contemporary art scene. Deemed unimportant by the Moldovan government, culture and the arts receive very little funding, which is limited to state institutions and doesn’t include independent art and culture organisations among which is Oberliht association. Therefore we heavily rely on the volunteers’ support and their energy to carry out our activities. By volunteering we wish to support the local community and we appreciate any help that is willingly given. Apart from that, by working with volunteers, we hope to gain new experiences as well as raise awareness of our activities on an international level. Since 2009 we have successfully hosted several volunteers from different countries.
Participation in the project would contribute to professional and personal development of the volunteer aiming at obtaining experience in art/culture project and events management. It will allow the volunteer to learn new languages and acquire new cultural experiences, to get to know the arts and culture scene from Moldova and from abroad, to establish new relations with artists, curators, cultural workers etc. as well as with the publics attending the organized events. By carrying out different tasks, the volunteer would also acquire new practical skills. Meeting new people and working in a team as well as individually are also an everyday reality. Although there are fixed tasks, there remains a lot of variety and space for new ideas.
The volunteer tasks will be dicussed upon volunteer arrival according to the current activities of the organization and motivation, abilities and interests of the volunteer.
What does a volunteer do in Oberliht?
In regard to volunteers we don’t expect specific experience, skills or education in any particular field, but we are looking for young people who are interested in art and culture, who embrace the values we share, are motivated to work as volunteers in order to support the local community and are not afraid to encounter difficulties, are ambitious but responsible, curious, open-minded and willing to learn, and are eager to cooperate with young people from other countries.
The following tasks take priority and need to be taken care of by volunteers:
– help running the FLAT SPACE, a small architectural unit that plays the role of a cultural info point and a public platform for participation (open 4 hours a day / 5 days a week). It is located on str. București 68/1, Chișinău;
– help running the Zpace, an exhibition place located on str. Al. Șciusev 2013, Chișinău. The tasks of the volunteers will be set according to each event;
– assisting the artists/curators in residency in Chisinau (helping them to realize their artistic projects);
– preparation and realization of public events, technical assistance (conferences, film screenings, presentations etc.) in Flat Space and Zpace, coordination of different activities and events;
– manage the Public Space Library at ARThotel (str. Gh. Asachi 53/1, lit. A, Chișinău);
– assist the project team with our activities in Zaikin park (located at the intersection of str. Sf. Andrei / Iv. Zaikin) and other new public spaces in Chisinau where Oberliht Association is developing its projects;
– working with computer & web based applications: sending out press releases, blog / website updates, mailing list management, database updates;
– developing the relations with the publics (distributing posters and flyers, contacting potential participants and partners);
– office management (maintaining order and cleanliness in the workplace at the end of the day);
– graphic design: creating posters / flyers;
– documentation of the events (taking photos, editing videos, writing texts);
– editing texts and other materials for POSTBOX, distribution of publications;
– and other tasks
Volunteers are, however, also welcome to:
– realize creative and artistic works / projects
– make a research and write texts about the city and transformations of the public space
– initiate workshops and other type of activities etc.
Asociația Oberliht – afișe în Chișinău / places for posters
Claire Besset (age 18/ France/ March 2016- May 2017)
Several reasons encouraged me to choose Oberliht. In a way, it was an orientation matter. In fact, after a mistake of course choice, I wanted to know more about art and culture, to be sure to orientate my studies in the architecture, urbanism fields. Moreover, volunteering is a great opportunity to travel, discover unexcepted countries. It also provides you to adapt yourself to new situations. It is a personal challenge too.
“We never go as far as when we don’t know where we are going.” – Christopher Colombus
Jaime San Juan Fernández (age 28/ Spain/ October 2016- October 2017)
After finishing my studies in philosophy, and especially interested in aesthetics and contemporary art, I decided to accept the challenge of collaborating with an association committed to citizen activism, the defense of public space as a foundation, as well as the construction of cultural networks and promotion of young artists. All this in a country of European orbit, whose customs are still unknown for the rest of Europe.
A different experience, uplifting and always enriching.
Jelka Kristiana Nierth (age 18/ Germany/ August 2016- iulie 2017)
After I have failed my exams in Germany, I had the opportunity to repeat these exams, or to complete a volunteer year. Actually it was my plan to study graphic design. But as the saying goes? “Every cloud has silver lining”. So I came up with the idea to work as a volunteer, but not in Germany. I always had in mind to leave Germany, in cause of some political, social and community reasons. And it really stimulated myself to learn more about other cultures, languages and traditions. My mother has found this organization at the Internet and quickly it becomes clear to me, that it is just right for me. Working with artists and to give up everything in art, has always been a dream of mine. So I learn, not only, more about my passion of art, or other political conditions in Eastern-Europe, but also (the really important) coordinating an organization. So I can give with great conviction the result ,that I learn here more, than in the last 12 given away years. I am thankful to be here in Moldova.
César Perales Morales (age 25 / Spain / October 2015 – July 2016)
During my last year studying Fine Arts I was worrying about the future. I didn’t want to stay in the same city looking for a boring job so I decided to find an EVS project that could help me to improve my knowledge. Then I found Oberliht, an association in Chisinau which cares about public spaces and helps emerging young artists.
Before I found the association I didn’t know anything about Chisinau. Then I realized that it could be a city full with new experiences. Now after spending two weeks here I’m so surprised at the cityscape and at Moldovan culture, which will help me to develop myself as a person and as an artist.
Liselotte van Vliet (age 27 / Netherlands / August 2015 – August 2016)
There are today many people moving from the east to the west, but as most evs volunteers, I decided to swim a bit against the stream and settle eastwards in Moldova. Oberliht has attracted me for its promotion of contemporary art. Art can be a powerful tool to set to provoke thought, discussion, silence or amazement– and I welcome them all.
Duszan Augustyn (age 26 / Poland / May 2015 – May 2016)
After I had finished my Master studies in field of Management I wanted to develop myself in areas that interested me the most. Oberliht is a social movement of people who cares about city and in longer attitude for shape and condition of society. In times when capital, developers and investors are more and more intensively entering in common public area without taking care about people living there – resist is need. And because Art is powerful form of resist – here I am.
Giuliana Califano (age 29 / Italy / January 2015 – January 2016)
I was spending a half-sleeping time in Italy during last years, so I have decided to take a break and travel where the wind would push me. Eastern Europe has always attracted me with her undefined chaos and with her bare architecture, so when I saw the opportunity to do a voluntary service in the artistic and cultural life of Chișinău, I have jumped at that opportunity.
It would be also a good occasion to put myself to the test and discover which kind of works I am able to create and if the art could be a way to sharing energy and ideas with people and removing prejudices and fears.
Kinga Lendeczki (age 26 / Hungary / January 2015 – September 2015)
After one year of volunteering in Chisinau I was glad to have the opportunity to come back and collaborate with Oberliht. I was fascinated by the peculiarity of Moldova and the cityscape of Chisinau. I would like to discover more from this special country and culture and to reveal more from its unexploited possibilities.
Palii Anastasia (age 21 / Moldova / March 2014 – March 2015)
I had started to do my studies at Fins arts faculty with a strong desire to improve my artistic skills before I came to oberliht discovering that art is more than drawing and painting. That excite me to search for new experience, to meet people and share with them feelings.
Valentin Hénault (age 20 / France / March-September 2014)
I wanted to come in Chisinau because I knew it would be completely different from the cities I already knew and I could see my life taking another colour here. Between the huge market, the crowded trolleybus and the unreal big shopping malls, I’m not disappointed. With Oberliht, I wanted to work inside Chisinau and about the capital, through reflection and imagination.
Gaëlle Mège (age 25 / France / July 2013 – June 2014)
To do a travel & live abroad.
To meet people & share with them experiences.
To get to know artistic field.
So, I’m here.
Antoine Fourmy (age 23 / France / May 2013 – April 2014)
I decided to take part in Oberliht’s project in order to broaden my horizon to a new culture, as I’d always been living in France so far. I hope this gap year will allow me to have a good assessment of the Moldovan art scene, learn romanian and improve my command over the Russian language, and experience the Moldovan way of life!
I believe that life gives us many opportunities and I took EVS as one of them. It opens you the different place of the world which is full of new findings – different language, people, culture, politics, life…and you can be part of it.
I wanted to gain experience in the field of Art and get an idea of what to do after this year. It also is a step into the direction of my dream to travel around the world and learn more about different cultures.
Laura Bohigas Vendrell (age 26 / Catalonia / July 2012 – March 2013)
I wanted to understand contemporary art and the artists that create it. I wanted to know how cultural organizations work from the inside, and not from the outside. I wanted to live in Eastern Europe, in a sovietic building and go by tram every day. I wanted to learn Romanian and improve my Russian. So here I am
Johanna Michiels (age 25 / Netherlands / June 2012 – March 2013)
Be attracted by the unknown and inspired by the undiscovered
Rosanna Wedel (Germany): August 2011 – June 2012
Likes: Fruits, kittens, sleep, romance novels, baking
Dislikes: Dogs, dishonesty, mushrooms, cigarettes
Wants to: gain experiences & broaden horizon
Berkhan Çağlar Karaduman (Turkey): January – April 2012
Isabel Sanchez Villena (Spain): August 2011 – May 2012
I didn’t know very well where it was nor how it was, but thanks to the few things I could find on the Internet I fell in love with Chisinau: its never-ending parks with lakes, its music, its culture, …
Furthermore I got the chance to work in Oberliht and improve my art and design skills.
Why Moldova? Why not!
Isabel’s thoughts on EVS:
Our present actions and experiences form our future.
Thanks to these experiences we can grow. For this reason it is very important that we get to know our world, its different cultures and its people.
We need to observe, to analyse and to reflect on all things around us to be able to choose our own way.
The goal of the EVS programme is to help young people to reach all these things, to increase their knowledge, to grow.
When young people gain experiences as volunteers, in the future they will be able to make their decisions with the necessary knowledge.
Would you like to have a pleasant experience working as a volunteer?
If you want to, you can. You don’t need to meet any requirements. You can choose among a lot of projects.
While working as a volunteer, you can discover other countries, other cultures and you can work in your favourite field.
But you mustn’t forget that the most important thing is the project not the country.
Ana Lucia Nobre (Portugal): August – November 2011
Ana Nobre is a Visual Artist and Communication Designer, graduate of the University of Lisbon’s Faculty for Fine Arts. With a Master’s Degree in Art and Multimedia – Instalation Art and Performance – her body of work centers these and other areas.
Jasna Zwimpfer (Switzerland): August 2011
Working at Oberliht in Chisinau, learning habits and languages, exploring personalities and vegetables, discovering facets of the former Soviet Union. Pure enrichment!
Hanna Sirge (Estonia): February – July 2011
Aya Maria Urhammer (Denmark): July – August 2010
Maud Revol (France): July 2010 – June 2011
Working for Oberliht and being a volunteer in Moldova made me even more curious about various things such as Art of course but also culture, social sciences and politics in Europe and in the world. It’s been so far, the most beautiful experience of my life.
Photo: Jakob Schmitt, Chisinau 2011
Diana Arosio (Italy): January 2010 – January 2011
I live in a white coloured flat with a green door. My friends say it looks like a museum inside, because it is full of paintings and furnitures made by my family.
Main task at Oberliht: artistic work
Like: a lot of things, painting, to create things with my hands, to feel free.
Dislike: to have a boss over me, to be bored and to stay to long time at one place.
One thing I can’t leave the house without?
I don’t have anything, because the most important things don’t travel with me. They stay at home.
If I were something conected to art, what would I be?
An artist, because that is what I am.
Felix Reisbeck (Germany): January 2010 – July 2010
Main task at Oberliht: Announcment and CHIOSC.
Like: music, soccer, traveling
Dislike: snow, winter, wintersports (pretty much anything which is connected to winter)
One thing I can’t leave home without?
My ipod, because in what ever situation I am in it can usually be improved with music.
If I were something conected to art, what would I be?
I think I would be “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, since it is a nice book and narcissism is fascinating and repellent at the same time.
Helen Brandt (Sweden): January 2010 – July 2010
I love to travel and meet new people, learn new things and share experiences. I like to discover the world with my camera and I always have a lot of ideas of new projects and try to put them to action.
Working at Oberliht and living in Moldova was a great experience and I learned a lot about culture, art, society and project managment and gained some really good friends.