ESC vacancy in Viver Telheiras, Lisbon, Portugal

ESC vacancy in Viver Telheiras, Lisbon, Portugal

esc-logo-enAssociação Spin, acting as the coordinating organization, is currently looking for 1 ESC volunteer for our partner organization, Associação Viver Telheiras.

Hosting Organisation: Viver Telheiras
Coordinating Organisation: Associação Spin
Activity start date: 1st November 2020
Activity end date: 31st October 2021
Activity duration: 12 months
Vacancies: 1 (for residents in EU or EFTA countries)
Application deadline: 9th August 2020
Application consists of: filling this Google form + CV and project ­specific motivation letter
Application sent to:

Associação Viver Telheiras – Centro de Convergência de Telheiras is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which facilitates community dynamics in the neighbourhood of Telheiras, in Lisbon, interconnecting local population, institutions and economic activities’ interests and needs. It works together with all these groups, in order to achieve a better overall quality of life in the neighbourhood of Telheiras.



  • Participating in projects of different organizations of our “neighbourhood organizations network” (Parceria Local de Telheiras), working with different publics (children, elderly, disabled), according to volunteer’s interests and local needs;
  • Be part of the team that organizes the Neighbourhood Festival where music, dance, sports, culture are all put together in a big “street social party”;
  • Support in the organization of social and cultural events for the local community;
  • Organize workshops on differnet themes;
  • Manage and promote the neighborhood’s Shared Resource Centre, including securing opening hours, managing inventory and customer service;
  • Collaborate on the creation and management of content for social media and the Association’s website, providing information to the population;
  • Support in daily management and simple administrative procedures, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Production of photography/short films about the neighbourhood, its residents, commerce and activities;
  • Development of a personal project, taking into account interests and skills of the volunteer and the needs and resources of the community working directly with institutions of the Parceria Local de Telheiras, implementing their own project with specific groups of the population, depending on their interest.

Volunteers are going to be considered and treated as members of the team and they will work in an intercultural environment, both formal and non-formal. They will be expected to spend 30-35 hours a week working. The timetable will include space for work, language lessons, days off, social activities and development of their own project ideas.



  • Travel cost – The two-way travel (from place of residence to Lisbon and back) will be reimbursed up to the limit of 275€ (180€ for volunteers coming from cities close to the Portuguese border); volunteers facing economic obstacles will be able to request a higher limit, depending on their country of residence.
  • Accommodation – Coordinating & hosting organization, Associação Spin, will provide the lodging in a flat as close to the office and the city centre as possible. If the apartment is located in the city centre, the volunteers will spend around 35 minutes to reach the working place. The volunteers will have to share the room with another volunteer/student/young person (room and connected expenses are paid by Associação Spin). They may also – if so, wished by the volunteer – receive a monthly accommodation allowance and be solely responsible for finding and paying for their own accommodation.
  • Food & transportation – A monthly allowance of 180€ will be provided by Associação Spin to cover food expenses and local public transportation.
  • Pocket money – Every month the volunteer will receive 150€ as pocket money.
  • Working hours – The volunteers are expected to spend 30-35 hours a week working. The daily timetable includes time for language learning, lunch, social activities and development of own project ideas, etc.
  • Days off – Volunteers are entitled to two days off per week (usually on Saturday and Sunday) as well as 2 extra days of vacation for every month of their voluntary work.


viver telheirasAssociação Viver Telheiras – Centro de Convergência de Telheiras would like to host pro-active volunteers, aged between 18-30 years, who bring their own ideas and opinions and that are able to jump into this journey that is a neighbourhood project – with energy to collaborate with ongoing projects but also to add their own point of view or to create new ones.

They are not required to have any particular degree of formal education, the project is open to all volunteers who show interest in social and environmental issues and are willing to be part of the process of change in the course of nowadays society, tackling the problems we are currently facing as a community.

It would be also good if you also enjoy and have skills in communication and media, like writing articles and working with video and photography, although this isn’t a must.
Having some previous knowledge of the Portuguese language would also be good, but not mandatory.


In order to be considered for the vacancies, each candidate has to fill this Google form and send (in only 1 single e-mail):

  1. up-to-date CV,
  2. project-specific Motivation Letter
  3. short presentation about an idea you would like to implement in the neighbourhood (the format is absolutely free for you to choose, be as creative as possible).

The complete applications (CV + project-specific Motivation Letter + presentation) should be sent to no later than 9th August 2020.

Final remarks (please read carefully):

  • this project is already approved by the ESC Program;
  • this is an open call with no assigned sending/supporting organization (we will partner up with the sending organization of the selected volunteer);
  • only candidates residing in EU or EFTA countries may apply;
  • please make sure you are registered with the European Solidarity Corps;
  • we only accept complete applications that contain all the required documents;
  • In this selection process priority will be given to candidates whose profile is well-suited to the proposed activities and who can be considered fewer opportunities candidates;
  • due to the high number of candidates, we are only able to contact the short-listed candidates (in order to invite them for a brief Skype interview);
  • all the other candidates will be informed about the selection results by September 10th through our website.