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Open Call for Volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications has been extended to 15 January 2020.If you’re interested in cultural management, communities of different backgrounds and meaningfully engaging them, and you’ve thought about how culture and the arts can deal with issues of the environment, mental health and other vital topics relevant to Europe, then you are invited to join the Tartu 2024 team as a volunteer for the period of January-December 2020. We are expecting applications from people of 18-30 years old.

16. Dec Kalle Paas

The artistic
concept of Tartu 2024 is „Arts of Survival”. Our programme is built on more
environmentally conscious city and rural culture, education and inventiveness,
mental health and connection between generations, local character and
countercultural awareness – themes which are significant across Estonia as well
as Europe.

We wish that
as many locals as possible – including minorities, foreign students, the
disabled and those with fewer opportunities – could actively participate in our
programme and its various activities.

We are
inviting a volunteer who wants to contribute to engaging a local minority or
other group that doesn’t participate actively in the city’s cultural life, and
work on creating new possibilities for them to be more involved.


The volunteer
will choose a minority or social group whose uniqueness and cultural and social
needs are of interest to him/her. Members of that community and other
volunteers should then be engaged in our activities, including those of our
artistic programme. With the knowledge gathered about the group, the volunteer
will prepare a cultural event and promote and execute it together with members
of the community, with the Tartu 2024 team in a mentoring and supporting role.

volunteering opportunity is part of the European Solidarity Corps project
“European Solidarity for Partnerships”.

The major aim
of project ESP is to host several volunteers in partner organizations to facilitate
cooperation between them. Project ESP in managed by TYPA Centre and also includes
the Tartu Art School and Tartu Nature House. During the course of the project,
the volunteer at the Tartu 2024 team will both assist other volunteers as well
as be able to rely on their help.


January – February 2020

Compiling an
overview of best practices to engage minorities that have been used in other
big cultural projects, international events, festivals, etc. Together with
partnering organizations, mapping the communication channels and habits of
Tartu’s minorities and different communities.

February – April 2020

Selecting a
minority/group, meeting their members and getting to know them. Mapping their
interests and using pre-mapped channels to engage them. Familiarizing them with
the concept, importance and plans of the European Capital of Culture Tartu

May – August 2020

Working with
the community together with our artistic programme team. Creating activity
among the community and engaging them as organizers, participants, volunteers
and audience members at a small-scale event, e.g. a pilot event for our
artistic programme. The event also has to be attractive for the general public and
other defined target groups.

September – December 2020

Reflecting on
the work and experiences; proposing further actions. Creating an honest overview
of successes and failures, learning points and suggestions to the Tartu 2024
team, also in order for us to enhance our volunteer programme. Keeping in touch
with the social group and encouraging them to continue participating in culture
as organizers, volunteers or members of the audience, possibly in the Tartu
2024 team.


As a volunteer
of Tartu 2024, the person will learn both by doing and researching. The team
will provide any necessary help and instruction but the volunteer will be
responsible for the work. 

Cultural management experiences

This is an
opportunity to experience the process of planning cultural events, creating
project plans, compiling communication and marketing strategies/tactics and
executing all of the above. It is also a possibility to create cultural
actions/events with the community that are meaningful to the selected group and
the public and thus create positive changes in society. 

Experiences of simultaneously and
effectively engaging various target groups

The proposed
tasks require communication and coordination between many groups and teams
while also empowering them. Cooperation between the selected community, the
Tartu 2024 team, departments of Tartu City Government and other organizations
is essential. 

Opportunity to work with a major
international project

The European
Capital of Culture is one of the EU’s largest and most meaningful cultural
projects that presents opportunities for working with and learning from
international experts. It is a chance to develop one’s network in any desired
field connected to the project. Experiences gathered while working in a
European Capital of Culture team are unique and held in high esteem. 

NB! The volunteer’s travel, housing and living expenses will be paid for, in addition to any project related expenses. A monthly allowance of about 300€ will be paid to the volunteer.


Please send your CV and cover letter to Ms Triin
[email protected] by 15.01.2020. In your cover letter
please explain your motivation for applying for the volunteer position at Tartu