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SVE en Estonia - Bancos de Alimentos de Tallin

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Servicio Voluntario Europeo en la organización central de los Bancos de Alimentos de Tallin, Estonia.

duración: septiembre 2018 hasta septiembre 2019



International Youth Association EstYES is non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organisation established in 1991 with the purpose to promote youth and cultural exchanges for better understanding and just world. It is a pioneer organisation in the field of international youth voluntary service in Estonia.

The service will take place in the foodbanks of Tallinn, which is the capital and biggest city in Estonia. In Estonia there are 11 Food Banks. The Tallinn Food Bank operates as an umbrella organisation for all Food Banks. The Food Bank collects food, controls it and distributes it weekly to 1700 families living in poverty. The Tallinn Food Bank cooperates with 45 charity organisations in Harju and Rapla county.

The project increases young people's positive awareness of other cultures - the volunteers will learn about Estonia’s recent history, social problems, poverty and waste of food. The project supports dialogue and intercultural encounters with other young people from different backgrounds and cultures - the volunteer will meet other Estonian volunteers. Often also groups of foreigners visit the Food Bank to get information or to help with packing the food. The volunteer can also meet with the Food Bank’s partner NGOs in Harju and Rapla county (around 45 NGOs) and with the other 11 Food Banks all over Estonia. The project helps to prevent and combat prejudice, racism and all attitudes leading to exclusion – the Food Bank helps people living in poverty in Estonia. We fight poverty, hunger and exclusion. Our priority is always families living in poverty, especially families with many children and families with small children. All people who belong to these group can get help. Food is distributed for free. The project develops sense of tolerance and understanding of diversity - our aim is to fight exclusion and to get more attention for people living in poverty.


The volunteer should be flexible and willing and able to do different kind of things: help with transport of boxes of food, packing and selecting the food, distribution of food, cleaning of warehouse, do some simple administrative tasks, help with instructing new volunteers (often we have different types of groups of volunteers) and help with organizing food drives and special campaigns. If the volunteer wants and is able, he can drive our van, give English language courses to our every week volunteers, prepare lunch for the volunteers and give lectures in schools about poverty, waste of food and the foodbank. We also have 40 partner NGOs in Harju county (working with families, children, elderly, handicapped, homeless) were the volunteer could work half a day per week if wanted. If wanted, volunteer can sometimes also work a week in one of the other 10 Food Banks all over Estonia. The volunteer will learn about logistics, data collecting for warehouses, food safety, working with volunteers (every day we have 5-20 volunteers) and about charity, poverty and waste of food in Estonia. A few time per year the Food Bank organises courses, trainings, excursions and meetings for our volunteers who come weekly. For the volunteer who come through EVS programme, we can organize a monthly or quarterly meeting with the Food Bank’s general manager and warehouse manager to asses the volunteers learning experience. The working hours will be from Monday until Friday from 9.00 until 16.00. If volunteers exceptionally have to work during the weekend, they will have the same amount of days off during the working week. The Food Bank can offer a bicycle.

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