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Call for Prep Team: Summercamp "It's Not Just A Transition: Youth in Rural Areas"

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for an international preparatory team for the “It’s not Just a Transition: Youth in Rural Areas” Summer Camp that will take place from 20 - 25 July 2020 in Ireland (location TBC).

The summer camp will gather 60 young people and will focus on our rural environment. It will incorporate a comparative approach, building on the first activity focused on cities to learn about the similarities and differences in struggles for young people in rural versus urban contexts. The summercamp facilitates a space for young people to gain knowledge about the social aspects of a transition to a carbon-neutral society in a rural context and to gain campaigning skills to engage others with their vision. It aims to:

(1) explore how access to hard (e.g transport system) and soft infrastructure (e.g institutions) in rural areas correlates with young people’s access to rights, community resilience, inclusion of minorities and gender equality,

(2) support young people’s involvement in reclaiming access to their fundamental rights - to food and water - by providing a platform to exchange with organised rural youth, young farmers, agricultural cooperatives and the right to water initiatives,

(3) explore and exchange good examples and use of legal and civic mechanisms in various European contexts that involve youth in rural decision-making processes in relation to access to their rights and

(4) equip young people with advocacy and dialogue skills for them to organize outreach activities at their local level that encourage young people’s active participation in local life.


The activity will consist of 6 full working days and of the following elements:

  1. Opening of the event: getting to know each other, creating a safe space; introduction of rural aspects related to a just transition.
  2. Identifying issues young people living in rural areas face in terms of access to their rights. Here we will showcase disproportionate impacts of current environmental challenges (e.g. extreme weather events, polluting energy systems) and unsustainable infrastructures (e.g. lack of public transportation; access to institutions; tourist/big companies-oriented vs local-oriented infrastructure; food systems, food production and policies on youth, women, and minorities in rural areas and their access to rights.
  3. A central part focusing on learning from case studies and exchanging good practices of organised rural youth to empower young people to have a say in local decision-making. Also, in this part we will exchange with and learn from young local farmers in relation to access to their social rights, as well as exchange with social movements focused on protection of water as a human right.
  4. Finally, a concrete part focusing on the skill-building of the participants, with learning by doing and providing an in-depth advocacy and dialogue training. This will be a content break from the past few days of brainstorming, exchanging and topical learning by practicing basic dialogue skills (active listening, fostering welcoming and safe spaces, etc.) and campaigning basics. This will enable them to identify how they and their organizations can best bring this joint vision forth in their local context by developing action plans.

In order to achieve these objectives, we are looking for four young activists to join forces with the rest of the preparatory team composed of FYEG’s Project Manager, a member of FYEG Executive Committee, and a team member nominated by the host organisations - Irish Young Greens: Óige Ghlas. Individuals born and raised in rural context are particularly encouraged to apply.

Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players, be committed to the aims of the project and FYEG’s values, and be familiar with non-formal education methods.

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior the event (May 2020 - July 2020 // 3-4h a week, including two online meetings in April, before the live Prep-Team meeting)
  • Participation in a live Prep-Team meeting in Ireland (1-3 May or 7-9 May // 2 full working days + travel, location TBC)
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the seminar; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts, trainers and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after (arrival 17th July, departure 26/27 July)
  • Supporting the finalisation of the seminar outputs.
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility (optional)
  • Helping with the reporting of the seminar (optional) 

Being a prep-team member at a FYEG event would offer you:

  • Working in a lively, supportive and safe international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow up and reporting;
  • Becoming familiar with the international Green family and FYEG’s work; The chance to learn about just transitions, human rights, campaigning and advocacy;
  • The chance to develop your facilitation skills in group work and non-formal education;
  • A lot of work and a lot of fun!


The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, trainings, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.


Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for preparatory team will be fully covered within reasonable limits and within Europe. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

The summer camp is the second activity of the year-long project on Just Transition supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe. The summercamp is organised by FYEG with the financial support of the Green European Foundation and the European Green Party.


DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 19 March 2020 at Midnight CET