About us

Ängsbacka is a well-known meeting place and course-centre in Sweden for people who want to live a more conscious life and care for our planet. We are about twenty people who live here, with another fifty who live in the nearby village Molkom. We are located halfway between Stockholm and Oslo in a beautiful countryside area, where both summer and winter can delight you. We host courses and festivals all year around and have about 6000 visitors per year. The community has a dynamic international atmosphere as we host between 20 and 150 volunteers depending on the seasons. We are an alcohol and drug free community. You can read more about Ängsbacka here: http://en.angsbacka.se/about-angsbacka/

The EVS programme

Since 2017 Ängsbacka is hosting European Volunteer Programme.
The first 15 volunteers from 7 different countries started their service with us in spring 2017. The EVS programme covers the food, accommodation and travel costs of volunteers.  Moreover, there is a small pocket money for the volunteers in this programme.

What will you do in Ängsbacka?

You can be involved in many different areas and choose to work in several of them: event management, product development, graphic design, marketing and IT, carpentry and renovation, vegan and raw food cooking, sustainability management. All that you will be doing will have one goal: to create a life with more harmony and more care.

Ängsbacka can also be a place for you who want to contribute to specific projects. Every year we have different focus areas. For 2017/2018 we will have two important key words – event management and sustainability. We intend to develop our festivals and courses to a new professional level. Our strong wish is to come up with new, more sustainable ways to hold our public events. That would mean to come up with better and more earth-caring solutions for catering, hosting, waste and energy management etc. We are also developing Forest Dream – a new eco-village at Ängsbacka’s forest.

An experience of community

The dynamic volunteer team at Ängsbacka is a place where you can dive into a communal international experience rich in learning, rich in training, rich in personal development. Time at EVS at Ängsbacka will probably be valuable on your CV, and will certainly give you friends for life!

Open for new EVS applications!

We will receive a new group of European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers in early 2018 – arriving in February and April. This is an opportunity for you to help creating a world with more harmony, more wellbeing and more sustainability!

If you are a young European citizen (non-Swedish) aged between 18 and 30, come live and work with us for 6 or 11 months. Your travel and living costs will be entirely covered, and you will receive pocket money.

If you have an interest in vegetarian & vegan cooking and/or organic gardening, if you enjoy living in community, meeting new cultures and living from the heart then all of us at Ängsbacka would love to hear from you! In 2018 our main intention is to improve Ängsbacka’s food growing, preparation and preservation systems. We offer opportunity to contribute at our kitchen, cafe and garden teams together with our professional and enthusiastic chefs and gardeners. One can learn about vegan and vegetarian cooking, raw food, baking, fermentation and food preservation. Also there is an opportunity to practice organic vegetable growing. Although food will be the main focus of our 2018 projects we are also open to receive volunteers who are interested in carpentry, building, marketing, IT or event coordination. It is an opportunity for you to learn by doing and enjoy life at a community.

You will live in simple but cozy rooms with one other volunteer, sometimes more. The community kitchen serves delicious vegetarian food, almost all of it organic, often locally produced and always made with love. Our volunteer programme includes regular movie-nights, yoga and dance sessions, celebrations and sharing circles.

Questions and how to apply

If interested please send us at evs@angsbacka.se your CV and motivation letter no later than 10th of September 2017. For any question please contact Liina Järviste at evs@angsbacka.se. Please do not wait to contact us because our application period is short.

More on the EVS programme: http://europeanvoluntaryservice.org

‘Leaders of Transition’

We received a group of 15 people from 8 European countries to volunteer with us in 2017 from 6 to 12 months in the project called “Leaders of Transition”.

The summary of the project is the following:

The goal of Ängsbacka is that young people from Europe participate in the development of sustainable living in its various aspects and become leaders of transition. We see that in the world of continuos degradation of ecosystems, declining biodiversity, changing climate, peak of natural resources (especially oil), increase of population and instability of economical systems, there is a need for transition to stable, just and sustainable society. This can be achieved through focusing on four aspects of sustainability – social, environmental, ecological and cultural on community level.   Ängsbacka sees the project as one example of sustainable development for all of Europe. A part of the vision of Ängsbacka is to “demonstrate paths to sustainable development, wellbeing, and harmony”.

Together with 16 volunteers from 8 different countries from all over Europe we intend to develop community-scale practical examples of sustainability in 2017 and early 2018. We aim to  design and develop the tiny house ecovillage Forest Dream, conduct environmental and energy assessment of Ängsbacka community, host large international conference of community change-makers (GEN-Europe annual conference), enhance our sustainable food production and preparation systems and develop marketing tools to disseminate good practices through our Internet platform.

All in all – our aim is to provide young people opportunity to develop different practical skills related to sustainable living. Environmental and social responsibility is becoming more and more important at mainstream entrepreneurship and civil society. Thus, we foresee that our volunteers will develop skills with us that will later enhance heir job opportunities at their respective home countries.  Plus the volunteers take the knowledge from this learning experience to their home countries and can act as multipliers of the accumulated skills and practical, political as well as social understanding.