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EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS

The ESC experience at Ängsbacka offers an international and communal way of living, rich in opportunities for learning and personal development. A variety of activities such as dance, music, men’s and women’s circles, tantric and shamanic practices, massage, open stage and many other creative outlets are on offer on a daily basis.

Since 2017 Ängsbacka has hosted European Voluntary Service volunteers from all over Europe. In 2019, EVS became ESC. The program takes in 14 volunteers at a time and covers food, accommodation and travel costs. All ESC volunteers receive monthly pocket money.

You need to be 18-30 years old and a permanent resident/citizen from an EU country. Every year we have a different selection of countries in our project and we usually include Sweden, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, France, Estonia, Netherlands, Bulgaria or Sweden. As an ESC volunteer you are asked to contribute 35 hours per week, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week work in your working group, plus attending all morning meetings, ESC meetings and twice a week sharing groups. You will be given pocket money of 150€ per month and your travel costs to and from Sweden will be covered.

The next ESC volunteers will join our volunteer circle in late-October 2020 for 5 months service.

ESC at Ängsbacka in 2020

The main focus of the 2020 service will be our organic garden and environmental awareness at Ängsbacka. We intend to support the regular vegetable growing at the organic garden but also contribute to developing our garden, park and future ecovillage area into a more bio-diverse environment. We test cooperation with local supermarkets to save food waste and we aim at reaching out to find partners to offer climate compensation scheme to our event participants. One of the activities will also be supporting the development of the environmental policy of Ängsbacka. We would also like to create some reach out events and connect to the local community.

Service

We invite you to explore the mindset of service, not as a thing, but rather as a way of living; service to your fellow staff/volunteers, to course and festival participants, and to yourself.

We believe that through selfless service we grow in compassion and joy, connecting back to our deep need to contribute to the world.

Working meditation

We encourage you to use your working hours as active explorations of the present moment. Everything that comes to our minds and bodies is welcomed into the moment. We support each other to remain light-hearted and connected.

Ideally, the time spent in work is happy and fulfilling, regardless of task. The realisation to be discovered is that the enjoyment of the task comes from within ourselves, not from the nature of the task.

 

Sharing

Sharing is considered a sacred space in which we come together to both see and be seen by our peers. We meet in smaller groups. Participants in sharing are encouraged to have an honest look at, and share about, what is happening for them in the present moment.

Each person is given a set time to share, and during that time no-one interacts with the person sharing. Everyone else simply receives the sharing, without giving advice or comments. Sharing is an essential and honored practice at Ängsbacka, and we welcome you to this special space with the sensitivity and open-heartedness that is at its core.