European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
Come live and learn in Scandinavia, and make a difference in the world!
Ängsbacka is a course and festival centre in northern Europe, located in the beautiful deep forests of Värmland in Sweden, halfway between Stockholm and Oslo. We offer courses and festivals for creative and playful people who want to live a more conscious life, live from the heart and care for our planet.
Our vision is to become a leading meeting point for sustainable human development, and a source of inspiration for social, personal and global well being, bringing to the realization of whom and what we really are beyond thoughts and concepts.
Ängsbacka is run by a staff of approximately twenty people, and between 25 – 40 volunteers that live here all year around.
The ESC programme
The ESC experience 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 15 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 Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, France, UK, Estonia, Netherlands, Finland or Sweden. As an ESC volunteer you are asked to to contribute 7 hours a day, 5 days a week of volunteer service, in addition to attending all morning meetings and twice weekly sharing groups. You will be given pocket money of 108€ per month and your travel costs to and from Sweden will be covered.
The next ESC group joins our Ängsbacka volunteer circle February/March 2019 and the service time is 6 or 12 months.
ESC at Ängsbacka 2019
The main focus of the 2019 service will be at our cafe and organic garden. We intend to develop our cafe to serve our course and festival guests but also to reach out to local area and become even more vibrant community hub. We are looking for people who are interested in vegan and vegetarian cooking, organic growing, project and event management, reach-out activities. We are looking for people who are interested in self-development, community building and are service-minded.