Education@Internet (E@I) is an international youth organization, which supports international collaboration and communication throughout the entire world. Its projects focus on intercultural studies, languages, computer use, the creation websites, the publication of books, the production of learning resources and the organisation of events.
One of E@I’s most well-known projects is lernu!, a platform to learn Esperanto. The development of a similar internet tool for learning Slovak (slovake.eu) was financed by the program of Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) in 2009-2011 and was afterwards developed thanks to the financial support of Erasmus+. Its release followed that of other websites for learning German (deutsch.info), Russian, and Polish, a website about languages in Europe (lingvo.info), as well as several others. In addition, E@I works on various other projects related to education and Esperanto.
E@I organises several events, including the Polyglot Gathering – the biggest international event for polyglots and language lovers, Somera Esperanto-Studado (SES) – a summer Esperanto course for beginners as well as advanced learners, Konferenco pri Aplikoj de Esperanto en Scienco kaj Tekniko (KAEST) – a conference about the use of Esperanto in science and technology, and the language festival LingvaFest’. Because of the COVID-19 pandemics, several events went online, which is why E@I created its own multilingual platform for virtual events: Retevent.
Most of the organization’s activities happen thanks to the work of volunteers. Since 2013, E@I has been an accredited organization which can officially accept and send volunteers within the frameworks of the European Voluntary Service and the European Solidarity Corps, which are financially supported by the European Union.
- Country of origin: for the European Solidarity Corps, the accepted countries are:
- all the countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden);
- non-EU programme countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Turkey;
- partner countries: Norway, Russia, Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia), eastern partner countries of EU (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine), south Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia).
- Age: 18-30 (upper age limit: participants must not be older than the indicated maximum age on the first day of volunteering).
- Knowledge of Esperanto: A1 and must be willing to further pursue their Esperanto studies (one receives materials and lessons upon arrival).
- People who have already participated in a short-term EVS/ESC project of up to 2 months can apply.
During 9-12 months you can work with other Esperantists from diverse countries in the main office of Education@Internet in Nová Dubnica (Slovakia) and you will have the opportunity to take part, and even personally organise various Esperanto events, seminars and conferences. Your task will also be (with our help) to organize the language café for the inhabitants of our beautiful town, to present your country in the schools and educational centres of the town and region, and to take part in the online projects of E@I (e.g. lernu!, deutsch.info, slovake.eu) and actively organise events. In doing so, you shall get to know a new country, together with its culture, people and language, and you will experience long-term volunteering, which will later be useful to you in the job market.
- Reimbursement of the traveling expenses of one return trip to/from Nová Dubnica,
- help and reimbursement of costs related to receiving visa,
- full reimbursement for the costs of living (you will live in an apartment with other E@I volunteers, Esperantists),
- payment for the materials needed for your work,
- pocket money (≃150 euros monthly) and for food related expenses (≃150 euros monthly),
- full insurance for the entirety of the volunteering,
- two training sessions (the first soon after arrival in Slovakia, the second in the middle of the volunteering experience),
- a course of Slovak (and you also can use our internet course slovake.eu in Esperanto or perhaps also in your native tongue),
- YouthPass certificate, which you can receive by the end of your term and which shall list all that you have learned and tried,
- assistance of mentors from the hosting associations.
- Length: 9-12 months (according to agreement)
- Work: 35-38 hours a week
- Free time: 2 days every week + 2 days every month
Do not hesitate and send a message to the same address shall you have any questions.
- Solidarity for multilingualism
The project “Solidarity for multilingualism” started on 20.08.2019 and will finish on 19.08.2021.
- There’s another way – (not only) online education
The project “There’s another way – (not only) online education” covers, in addition to Slovakia, France and other programme or partner countries. It takes place in the
town of Partizánske and its surroundings for 12 months. The project took place in Partizánske from 06.08.2018 to 05.11.2020.
- Through e-learning we help the world
The realization of the project “Through e-learning we help the world” allowed E@I to accept four volunteers: two volunteers from Russia, one from Germany and one from Czechia. The project started on 01.05.2017 and will finish on 31.11.2018.
- Education and the Internet – a pair that changes the world
In the frame of the project “Education and the Internet – a pair that changes the world” E@I accepted three volunteers, one from Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. The project took part in the town of Partizánske and its surroundings from 01.05.2016 to 31.09.2017.
- Languages and cultures – live and online
The project “Languages and cultures – live and online” covers the programme countries Slovakia, Poland and Italy. It took place in the town Partizánske and surroundings from 01.03.2016 till 31.05.2017. During the time it lasted E@I hosted two volunteers from Poland and Italy. The goal of the project was to link internet language learning with real life communication through the student’s active personal involvement.
- By volunteering to international Slovakia
- Volunteers in the swirl of international Slovakia
The project gives young people an opportunity to take part in the biggest and the best recent projects of E@I. Those include international project regarding the Programme for Lifelong Learning and the currently being prepared 101st Universal Congress of Esperanto in Nitra.
- Wikipedia to volunteers, volunteers to Slovakia
The project gives volunteers a unique opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of the inner workings of Wikipedia and its associated projects (Wikimedia Community, Wiktionary, Wiki-citations, etc.) and learn how to take advantage of the possibilities offered by Wikipedia.
- Learning languages (not only) online
The second project of E@I in the scope of European voluntary service. In fact four volunteers from Sweden, Germany, Poland and Italy have the unique opportunity to collaborate on big international E@I projects, which join two main traits – multilingualism and usefulness of IKT. The goal of the project is to link online language learning with communication in real life.
- Online learning in practice
The first project of E@I in terms of European Voluntary Service. Two volunteers from Turkey and France help realize the language café in Partizánske, bring modern technologies closer to people and create bridges between online learning and our every day lives.
Several photos of the life of our volunteers in Slovakia.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.