Do you want to be part of a friendly team? Are you willing to bring small changes with a big prospective? Do you want to discover Bulgaria? If the answer is yes, do not hesitate to apply for our one-year ESC project in the lovely city of Plovdiv, rich in history and full of sunny people.
BG Be Active is a small non-governmental organization promoting, from 2011, physical activity for health and responsible attitude towards the environment. We work in two specific domains – promoting physical activity and sport for all and encouraging environmental consciousness in Bulgarians. Our efforts are directed at young people who we often engage for the sport festivals and social events, as we believe our future does rest on creativity, entrepreneurship and commitment of the youth. The task of motivating communities is ambitious, and we will need your enthusiasm and energy!
We would like to invite a volunteer who believes in the importance of physical activity, environmentally conscious and who is up to the challenge of activating communities and promoting behavioral change in Bulgaria. We will need your assistance in our national campaigns – NowWeMOVE and Spot Bulgaria. For NowWeMOVE events we encourage people to be physically active in various spaces – buildings, parks, schools, streets etc. Together with us and with the help of local volunteers you will be planning and organizing active games, dance classes, workouts and education events to make kids, youngsters and adults active. You will be taking pictures at the events and coordinating our social media in order to show people what we do. You will also be preparing and spreading our branded communication materials (badges, bracelets etc.) to spark an interest in our campaign. With our Spot Bulgaria initiative, we inspire people to be socially active through clean-up events, placemaking interventions, environmental campaigns. For this project you need to be motivated to work on the field with various manual instruments and to assist different cultural events for them to be conducted in an environmentally sustainable way. As the initiative includes other partner cities, you may have the additional chance to travel around Bulgaria to support our partners. We may also ask you to present yourself and our activities to local students and to engage other groups, possibly also in your home country, in our campaigns.
Apart from the work, you will have a lot of options for leisure activities. We are located in Plovdiv, second biggest city in the center of Bulgaria, surrounded by mountains. As a former European Capital of Culture 2019, Plovdiv offers a wide range of social and cultural activities. The city is perfectly connected to Sofia and neighboring countries, and you won’t have trouble discovering the whole region. BG Be Active also has a partner sport gym where you will be able to attend free conditional trainings to keep fit!
You do not need to have special experience or knowledge in physical activity promotion or environment, but we need your motivation and willingness to learn! You will be a volunteer and help in various tasks, some on your laptop, some on the field, we will have busy days and non-busy ones, so it is important for you to manage your time well and to be proactive to make the most out of this experience! For more information, please check our website (https://www.bgbeactive.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bgbeactive/). We also have a dedicated website (https://thespot.bgbeactive.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/miastobulgaria/) for The Spot campaign which we launched in 2017. They are generally in Bulgarian, but you should be a master with Google translate! You can also contact our current volunteers Francesco ([email protected]) and Selim ([email protected]) for specific questions.