“Earth and life” | EVS w Hiszpanii

4a117e6df1474-p“Earth and life” to wspólny projekt Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego i hiszpańskiej organizacji The Al Hamam Association. Poszukujemy wolontariuszy na projekt EVS w Hiszpanii.

Zgłoszenia zawierające CV oraz list motywacyjny w języku angielskim prosimy przesyłać na adres aleksandra.skrabel@frsp.eu. Tytuł wiadomości: “Earth and life”.

Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń: 09/09/2018

Miejsce: Cortijo los Baños, Hiszpania
Organizacja wysyłająca: Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego
Organizacja koordynująca i przyjmująca: The Al Hamam Association
Daty aktywności: 01/04/2019 – 30/09/2019

The desert of Tabernas (Almería) is one of the largest deserts in Europe in which the effects
of climate change, the rapid desertification in an area that is already very sensitive, the
depopulation of rural areas due to lack of opportunities for young people, lack of an
economic structure that supports life in the countryside and a large number of reasons is
demanding effective action by agents interested in maintaining life in this disadvantaged
The purpose of the EARTH AND LIFE project is that the youth participate in the challenges
that land and society are facing as well as in their solutions; and thus, continue with the
environmental and human development activities that have been carried out in this area.
The Al Hamam Association (Spain), along with other local and European entities, are
developing volunteer programs to prevent depopulation of rural areas and to reduce the
effects of anthropization on land and the environment, as well as to regenerate this area of
degraded land, while promoting economic, social and human development. By 2019 this
project will have the participation of organizations from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and

Volunteer’s profile

The project is open to the participation of all young people, without discrimination of origin,
color or gender, interested in collaborating in environmental actions, and against climate
change, but we are especially excited about the possibility of extending these opportunities
to young people disadvantaged, who have mobility difficulties, whether due to social,
economic and / or geographical obstacles. So this is one of our main criteria: we would like
to make the greatest possible positive impact in their lives, and select the young people who
can one day also expand that positive impact on the lives of others.

Project’s activities

The team of coordinators will make the proposals for tasks, and will provide the
necessary training for its development, trying to involve the volunteer, inviting them to
gradually assume more responsibility and commitments, as they increase their interest
and skills. And they will take into account their ideas based on their previous experience
and knowledge, as well as collect and give space for them to contribute their creativity,
being able to share their knowledge by organizing activities.
The dialogue will include suggestions of volunteer tasks day by day, and leadership will
be encouraged in those tasks where the volunteer has previously gained experience,
supporting him to guide his peers.
The tasks will be developed in five areas of action that will converge transversely to meet
the objectives of the project, and are:
a) Agroecological Area: Arboriculture will be the main area in which the tasks that will be
carried out in the project will be developed. Encompassing the management of the edible
forest or orchard, the reforestation in the mountain and in rambla. Specifically, they will
sow, transplant, fertilize, prune, and mulch trees; slurry will be prepared to prevent and
treat pests and diseases, and such fumigations of natural extracts will be applied.
b) Environmental Management Area: It will focus on landscaping tasks, soil and water
management, waste management (composting, recycling …), ecotechnologies. That is to
say, they will prepare alcorques, diversion channels, infiltration ditches, and ditches, the
irrigation system will be improved, and the channeling of wastewater from the treatment
plant of Lucainena de las Torres, as well as the sewage treatment plant will be improved.
of green filters that we own in Cortijo los Baños; fertilizers such as compost, bokashi,
phyto-fortifying purines and biofertilizers will also be created; branches will be crushed to
create quilting; biorollos and terraces will be made to stop erosion on slopes.
c) Sociological Area: It will be developed through daily meetings of organization, weekly
meetings of residents and coordinators, fortnightly meetings of the board of directors,
and monthly balances of volunteers with the tutors, and in case of need, mediation and /
or external facilitation. Connection with other local, national and international organizations.
d) Personal Development Area: In this area we will work on emotional management,
bodily activities and awareness (yoga, meditation…) and dynamics of cohesion and
celebration, as well as adaptation to food ovolactovegetaria, food manufacturing or
management of common spaces.
e) Non-formal and informal Learning Area: This area will be developed mainly in the
days programmed for training through study circles to focus the theory necessary to
develop activities, permaculture training, lectures and various workshops.

Organisation’s description

In 2000 Cortijo Los Baños was reborn to bring life back to a place full of history, and step by
step, it became a benchmark as an Environmental Education Center and Farm School in the
province of Almería, and in its headquarters for meetings and workshops hundreds of people
throughout the year, in the field of personal development at the state level.
In synergy, private companies and the Al Hamam Association, which develops the Aruna
Program, live together to disseminate techniques for the evolution of consciousness and
spirituality; the Seeds of Life Program, to support natural breeding, and alternative
pedagogical schools; and the Tribu del Sol Program, to explore personal growth tools in a
group, and harmoniously integrate the social, economic, and environmental elements in this
Here group life is a continuous learning, a place where we seek, experience and share new
ways of life and coexistence working together. Internal growth and commitment to the
environment means that we walk together to achieve our goals, each finding its true identity
Working hours – Volunteers commit themselves to 30 hours of work and another 6 hours
dedicated to training (including process documentation and language
improvement) on a weekly basis. A total of 36 hours a week dedicated to
the activity, spread over 6 days, and a rest day.

Food – The long-term volunteers will attend the community lunch, and they can cook their breakfasts and dinners alone in the community kitchen. Always maintaining the principle of order and cleanliness. The volunteers will participate on a rotating basis in the preparation of the meal. The diet is ovo-lacto-vegetarian, mainly local and seasonal. They will receive 35 euros each month to supplement their diet.

Accommodation – The accommodation for short-term volunteers (group of 12 volunteers) is a wooden cabin with three spaces, two rooms with six seats each, and a living room, on the outside there is a bathroom module, with toilets and showers (4 bathrooms, 4 bathrooms and 4 showers). For long-term volunteers, accommodation is a shared room with bathroom
and living room included, there is a common space for residents with butane kitchen, and dining room with fireplace, and a yurt makes of multiactivities room. Electricity will be covered by the host organization, while making rational use, provide personal electricity meters for such accounting. And the Internet connection, firewood, water and gas will be covered by the host organization in its entirety. A document will be provided with information on basic rules and agreements for coexistence.

Pocket Money – Participants will receive € 5 / day as individual support, which will be paid monthly.

Travel costs – Participants will anticipate the payment of travel costs, which will be reimbursed later. Total grant: 360,00 EUR

Holidays – The volunteer will have 2 days / month of vacations that will be organized
with the host organization. The free day will be Sunday, with the possibility,
subject to an agreement with the organization, to change it to another day.
Language Course The host organization will facilitate learning activities throughout the activity. The long-term participant will conduct an online assessment of language
skills Spanish ,before and at the end of the mobility period, with the
exception of native speakers Spanish.
In case of having native Spanish, we will proceed to offer linguistic support through the OLS language course, in other language.
The participant must follow the online language course, in order to prepare for the mobility activity abroad. The participant will immediately inform the organization if they can not carry
out the online course.

Others – The consumption of non-legal drugs (marijuana, hashish, etc.) is prohibited;
as well as the tobacco consumption is restricted, to areas for smokers, duly signaled and agreed previously; and the consumption of alcohol, restricted to festive group moments, prior agreement, and to alcoholic substances of low alcohol content (wine, beer, etc.).

The objectives pursued are:
A. To provide volunteers with the opportunity to acquire skills and learn basic skills to
reforest and be active participants in environmental care and combat climate change;
to learn to lead a conscious coexistence and a sustainable life, by including and
participating in spaces of emotional management and evolution of consciousness; as
well as acquiring knowledge of permaculture design, and agroecology, while living
and working in the community.
B. Regeneration of soils through reforestation and water management techniques to
curb desertification of the land.
C. To help rural and environmental development with the involvement of residents and
volunteers in the process.
D. To promote volunteering and cooperation at European and international level.
E. To experience sustainable life in the different dimensions of the human being,
through the design of a long lasting culture in a learning process.
F. To recover agricultural traditions and give value to the natural resources existing in
the area, increasing local biodiversity.
G. To educate and to sensitize through the relation with the nature like fundamental
elements in the development of freedom and personal self-development.
H. To raise awareness among young people in other countries of the reality of the
problem of desertification and climate change, of their globality and on the fact of
having to coexist with their consequences in the coming decades throughout Europe.
I. To disseminate efficient small-scale reforestation techniques that can be replicated
by participants in other communities.
The project involves 2 activities, one of short duration (about 1 month), in the autumn with
the attendance of 12 young people, and another long-term activity (6 months) for 2
participants. All activities will be carried out in the municipality of Lucainena de las Torres
Planned activities include the reforestation on different types of degraded soils, with trees
and shrubs, the soil adaptation for reforestation and the water resources management; with
the theoretical and practical training necessary for its development. All this will be
accompanied by cohesion group dynamics, celebration and reflective learning, as well as
adaptation to life in rural surroundings.
Opportunities will be offered to dissadventaged young people with mobility difficulties in the
European area, trying to reach the highest positive impact on their lives and selecting young
people who may one day also expand that positive impact on the lives of others.
The procedure will consist of different spaces to share with residents, and daily and weekly
organizational meetings with the coordinators, as well as monitoring and evaluation balances
both formal and informal. Likewise, weekend training workshops, hands-on learning on the
ground and study circles will be organized to acquire and integrate new knowledge, as well
as entertaining meetings with residents, other associations and people involved.

In the long term, we hope to contribute to a culture of caring for the Earth, the people and the future of all living beings, as well as contributing to the positive impact on the socio-
educational, environmental and youth systems of the participating countries, helping to push for more sustainable national and international policy reforms and attracting new resources
for mobility opportunities in Europe and beyond.