Transeuropa Caravans: the roads to European democracy | CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

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European Alternatives and partners are looking for motivated people to join the team of the Transeuropa Caravans that together will be reaching 15 European countries in Spring and Autumn 2019. Each Caravan will be composed of a group of skilful people: Coordinator, Logistics officer, Communication officer, and Facilitator/performer who will be selected with this call.

Check out the project activities, the requested skills and mindset, and do not hesitate – apply here to join the team! Deadline for applications: Sunday, February 24.

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Activists of Transeuropa caravans travelling ahead of the European elections 2014

Why Transeuropa Caravans?

With “TRANSEUROPA CARAVANS: The roads to democracy” we aim to inspire EU and non-EU citizens throughout Europe to become more active in the democratic life of their place of residence. Ahead of the EU Parliament Elections, we believe that together with activists, engaged citizens and local authorities should connect and give visibility to our common struggles and solutions.

The idea of the Caravans is based on the concept of mobility, on hitting the road and settling down deeply in a new place, even if temporarily. Within the Caravans a group of activists will be travelling throughout fifteen European countries on board of five cars or caravans reaching out to European citizens at their sites of struggle, resistance and mobilization, meeting directly where they live, promoting citizens’ rights (eg. electoral), stimulating social engagement, and creating the new narratives of underrepresented citizens, such as EU mobile citizens, young people, women, minority groups. etc.

The aim of taking up this travel is to throw the light on initiatives from below that contribute to advancing fundamental rights in Europe (migrants, environmental, …), organise events in collaboration with them, and to highlight challenges and good practices in the field of EU mobile citizens political rights.

Are you with us? Do you want to become ambassadors of fundamental rights beyond borders? If YES, we invite you to join the team!  

What are the Transeuropa Caravans?

Five Caravans will be on the routes agreed by the teams, local hosts and the EA’s Project Manager. Each of them will be composed of 4-5 core team members who will travel through 3 countries during a period of 10-12 days. Each Caravan will have stops in a minimum of 15 locations on their way, small or big cities. Travelling with the caravans is a symbolic term – based on practical aspects, such as the availability of team members to drive caravans long distances, these vehicles may be replaced with cars.

Routes of the Caravans

In May 2019 (Spring routes):
1. Central Eastern route: Germany, Austria, Hungary 
2. Western route: France, Spain, Portugal
3. Visegrad route: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia (team of this Caravan will be selected separately)
4. Baltic route: Sweden, Finland and Estonia

In October/November 2019 (Autumn route):

5. Mediterranean route: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Please note that each of the Caravans is most probably going to define its own main theme of the route it is taking. There are suggested themes, such as: Central Eastern route (DE, AT, HU): shrinking civic space, antifascism; Western route (FR, ES, PT): municipalism and cities, Visegrad route (PL, CzR, SL): culture; Baltic route (SWE, FIN, EST): climate change and sustainability; Mediterranean route (IT, SI, CR): migration, borders – all themes will be confirmed with the Caravans’ teams.

The thematic scope will be worked out together by the Caravans’ team during the face-to-face trainings in March and April. The exact routes including the schedule of stops of each Caravan’s route will be confirmed by matching participants’ and local hosts’ availability but they should preferably start around May 1, and end around May 22.   

Activities

Becoming a part of the Caravans team means that you agree to take part in the following phases:

1. Caravan’s routes which are around 12 days long: 10 days of activities + 2 days for a break in-between. Each route should preferably take place between May 1 and May 22. During this period your full availability is crucial; there will be a freelance contract to perform a specific role in the Caravan.

2. Face-to-face training in Warsaw, 21-24 March (4 days): where you will meet the rest of your team, and start planning the route, defining activities to be run at the Caravans. You will acquire knowledge on EU mobile citizens’ rights, learn and share forms to stimulate democratic engagement. You were going to network and learn from almost 60 activists who will gather in this transnational mobilization workshop in Warsaw on behalf of Transeuropa Caravans, as well as European May and School of Transnational Activism – all being run by the European Alternatives.  

3. Face-to-face training in Berlin, 18-20 April (3 days): where you will further map interesting initiatives that may become stops on your routes, and where you will advance in developing innovative forms of formats if engagement of citizens to be used as part of the Caravans. You will also get acquainted with all necessary practicalities regarding the Caravans.

4. Online training in Autumn 2019, exact date to be confirmed (1 day): the training will deepen your knowledge of EU mobile citizens rights, including obstacles, avenues and best practices for citizens participation.

5. A gathering with all the activists and participants who travelled across Europe along the different routes, coming together at Transeuropa Festival in Palermo: exact date to be confirmed (2 days).  The Transeuropa Festival will present results of our common efforts taken throughout the whole project.

People we are looking for

In each Caravan, we are composing teams of 4-5 people who will take one of the following roles:

– Coordinator – this person will be the main point of contact for the Project Manager in European Alternatives, as well the lead spokesperson for the media. Their task will also be to lead and coordinate team of Caravan participants. This person should be able to communicate clearly and efficiently in order to address group dynamics, eg. misunderstandings.
– Logistics officer – this person will be responsible for confirming accommodation and the route (schedule of stops) of the Caravan. Their role will be to keep track of the Caravans expenses,  and receipts that have to be later handed over to the Project Manager. This person should be able to plan ahead and mitigate any risk related to logistics. The main driver of the Caravan.
– Communications officer – this person will be the main point of contact for the Communications Manager in the European Alternatives, providing content (texts, photos and short videos) for the Social Media on regular basis. This person should be able to manage social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in coordination with a the communication manager of Transeuropa Caravans; work with other communication officers on branding the Caravans and organise the production of the material needed; work with other communication officers on the online dissemination of communication campaigns. Important notice: this person will be asked to bring a good camera for photos, and a smartphone for social media coverage.
– Facilitator/ performer – this person will be the main responsible to recommend to the team methods of social engagement and facilitation techniques to be delivered on the way of the Caravan. This person should be able to come up with ideas adjusted to local needs, and deliver them together with with the whole team of the Caravan.

The whole team will be responsible for preparing meetings, debates and fieldwork visits in different locations, ensuring their participatory and European dimension.

Please note, your subsistence and accommodation will be covered during the Caravan’s route

Requirements

– Applicants are over 18 year old

– Applicants should have the right to work and travel within the European Union

– Are highly motivated to be part of an intense on-the-road experience across Europe

– Are committed to EA mission and values

– Can fill up one of the roles described above: Coordinator, Logistics officer, Communication officer,  or Facilitator/performer

– Are available to participate actively in the trainings and in the Caravans’ routes (individual cases when you will not be available for all the events can be discussed with the Project Manager)

– Are able to communicate in English at least at a basic level

– Can communicate in another language that will be used on the Caravan’s route

– Have a basic command of social media

– Are motivated to deepen your understanding of the political and social situation in the countries represented in the routes

– Have the readiness to share your own practical skills and knowledge with others

– Please note that having driver license is not necessary but it would be an asset

Please note, we’re looking also to represent the diversity of people living in Europe. We are particularly committed to enable the participation of people from ethnic minorities, people of colour, people from LGBTQI+ communities, people with disabilities and people who identify with disadvantaged economic classes. If you don’t identify as one of these groups, we still want you to apply – but if you know of an awesome person who does, encourage them to apply as well!

All the team members will be requested to sign an Ethics Document which will state on how to interact with each other and with the public based on non violent communication and social equality rules, as well as the caution needed if dealing with children.

What does the project offer to you?

– The project offers fees to cover the roles in the Caravans’ team on a freelance basis and against presentation of invoice/s. for services delivered
– Your subsistence, accommodation and insurance during the Caravan’s route covered
– Extensive learning opportunities thanks to the two face-to-face trainings, and an online training with your travel, accommodation and food expenses covered

– A freelance contract to perform a specific role in the Caravan
– An opportunity to obtain new ideas on how to address social and political challenges in Europe
– New facilitation methods, mobilizing techniques, fresh approach to social engagement

– Wide network of contacts across Europe and resources that will allow you to become more active transnationally, and operate in international environment.

– A unique and intense on-the-road experience
– Extensive learning opportunities thanks to the two face-to-face trainings, and an online training with your travel, accommodation and food expenses covered

How to apply?

If you would like to join the Transeuropa Caravans, make sure to fill in this form by midnight on Sunday, February 24 so we can learn about you, your motivation to join the project, experience and availability.

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This Call was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) / [Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)] – Under Grant Agreement no. 826662

The content of this Call represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

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