Long  term ESC project in Denmark!

Location: Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Name of project: The Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Sending organization: “Common Sense” Youth Organization | www.csyo-az.org

Project period  – 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020

Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer between 18-30 years old (Only Azerbaijani citizenship)

Language: English

Deadline: 19 June 2019

No participation fee!

All costs are covered by ESC (European Solidarity Corps)

How to apply? 

In order to apply please fill out the APPLICATION FORM by following the link and send it along with your CV to evs-denmark@afs.org and evs@csyo-az.org as soon as possible and before the 19th June 2019. If you have been shortlisted for the project we will contact you for a Skype interview before the 15th July 2019. Please be aware that your application and supporting documents will be shared with people involved in the selection process within AFS Interkultur Denmark and within the hosting project. If you are selected for the position, your application will also be shared with AFS local chapter, your mentor and your host family. We look forward to receiving your application provided you can accept this.

Volunteer profile

The volunteer should have an interest in internationalization and event management with the purpose of strengthening the integration of international and Danish students. DTU does not discriminate based on religion, ethnicity or gender in any recruitment practices. Constant sparring will be apparent with AFS in recruitment to ensure absolute transparency in selection of participants.

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Hosting Organization)

DTU is an elite, international technical university located in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for our business-oriented approach, our focus on sustainability, and our amazing study environment.

At DTU, student services and administrative work are managed through the Department for Study Programmes and Student Affairs. This department administers everything from enrolment for both international and local students, to exams registration and execution, to the development of the learning environment for its students.

The department is divided into several Offices, one of which is the Office for International Affairs. This Office deals with sending local and international students on exchange, welcoming those coming to Denmark on exchange as well as full degree students, and arranges various orientation events for international and exchange students. The ESC Volunteer will be connected to this office, led by Head of Office Morten Overgaard. The Office for International Affairs is further divided into teams, one of which is termed International Student Services (ISS). Daily operations for the ESC Volunteer will be as a part of this team under the coordination of Sara Gollander; International Study Advisor and Daily Manager of the International Study Guidance Office (ISGO), and Trent C. Coelli; International Study Advisor and Orientation Coordinator.

Activity description

The ESC volunteers will be a part of The International Student Service Team, under the Office for International Affairs. Here the volunteer will assist in developing and implementing current student services for international students. The volunteers will also work closely with the Orientation Coordinator to develop initiatives to better socially integrate Danish and International students with the goal of creating a common, inclusive and international identity for all Masters Students studying at DTU. This will include but is not limited to, assisting in coordinating with the student union, PF MSc, responsible for organizing two international events per semester. The volunteers will also be expected to assist in conducting or evaluating research on how to integrate domestic and International Students, including what issues need to be overcome. Furthermore, after such research has been conducted an operational implementation of initiatives will need to be formulated and executed. The volunteer will be expected to assist in promoting student mobility amongst Danish and International Students as well as assist in intercultural awareness rising of current students (MSc, International and Exchange students).

The volunteers in unison, will also act as the Coordinators for our volunteer corps ‘Electrons’ who will be the main staffing power for events and activities that are to be created. As Coordinators, they will be the glue that holds the Electrons together, making sure they are well respected and regarded, and rewarded for their efforts. Leadership ambition is a great advantage.

Administration of the volunteer project

DTU has a partnership with AFS Interkultur Denmark (Coordinator organization), who will administer the ESC grant – including the volunteer allowance to be given to the volunteers during the program.

AFS Interkultur will make sure that the volunteer gets a mentor who will help the volunteer integrate into the Danish local community and support the volunteer with every matter related to the stay of the volunteer.  The volunteer will be invited to participate in various activities which are offered by the local AFS chapters and volunteer committees to all AFS participants in the area. In this way the volunteer will have face-to-face encounters with young people and youth workers from a variety of backgrounds and gain further intercultural competence.

Both AFS Interkultur and DTU will assist volunteers with the administative paperwork related to arriving in Denmark.


The ESC volunteer will stay with a local Danish host family and will be expected to become part of the family and as such take part in the activities and responsibilities in the family.

Within the project the following is covered:

  • Flight ticket (90% covered)
  • Health insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Allowance/pocket money: 220 euro in total: 180 euro (decided by the department of the EU) + 40 euro from the local AFS department.
  • Transportation covered: from home to project and from home to language school (if chosen)

NB: language school is no longer included in the project, but it is still possible to attend, if you pay it yourself. The cost is approx. 270 euro/module (with approx. 2-3 modules in total)

It is also possible to attend a free online language course.

Working hours: 30-38 hours/week