Volunteer for E@I

Edukado@Interreto (E@I) is an international non-governmental organization that supports international cooperation and communication throughout the world. Its projects are aimed at intercultural learning, languages and the use of computers, creating websites, publishing books, producing learning materials and organizing events.

One of the best-known projects of E@I was in the past lernu!, a portal to learn Esperanto. The development of a similar online tool to learn Slovak (slovake.eu) has been funded by the EU since 2009 and then further developed thanks to financial support from the Erasmus+ program. This was followed by a website for learning German (deutsch.info), Russian, Polish, a website about languages in Europe (lingvo.info) and others. In addition, E@I is involved in various other projects related to education and/or Esperanto.

E@I organizes several events, among them the Polyglot Gathering – the largest international event for polyglots and language lovers; Summer Esperanto Study (SES) – a week-long summer Esperanto meeting with Esperanto courses for both beginners and advanced students; the Conference on the Applications of Esperanto in Science and Technology (KAEST) – a series of seminars and conferences, practicing scientific and technical applications of Esperanto; the language festival LingvaFest’. Since 2022 E@I has also been an organizing partner for the Universal Congress of Esperanto, the largest gathering of Esperantists worldwide. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several events have gone virtual, and for that E@I has created its own multilingual platform for online events: Retevent. (UEA’s virtual congress, VK, happens through this platform, and E@I is responsible for the technical side.)

Most of the organization’s activities take place thanks to the work of volunteers. Since 2013, E@I has been an accredited organization that can officially host and send volunteers as part of the European Voluntary Service and now the European Solidarity Corps, which is financially supported by the European Union. It is worth taking advantage of this opportunity and coming to experience tasks related to E@I activities, in an international office, intercultural atmosphere, using an international language. 🙂


  • 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,  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.


For 8-12 months you will be able to work together with other Esperantists from different countries in the main headquarters of Edukado@Interreto in Nová Dubnica (Slovakia). You will also have the opportunity to participate and even co-organize various Esperanto events, seminars, conferences.

Your tasks can vary greatly and it will be possible to adapt them according to your preferences, abilities and skills. Here are some possible tasks (the range can be more varied and depends on the time period and concrete current projects):

  • Present your country and culture in schools of the city and region
  • Organize (with our help) a language café for residents of the city
  • Participate in E@I presentations (in exhibitions, events, presentation booths)
  • Actively co-organize events (Polyglot Gathering, Summer Esperanto Study, KAEST, Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, LingvaFest’…): their planning, advertisement, communication with participants, program preparation, on-site assistance, photography/filming, maintenance of social networks and YouTube channels
  • Co-organize online (virtual) events (Polyglot Gathering, Virtual Congress, Retoso…)
  • Participate in E@I’s online projects (e.g. deutsch.info, slovake.eu, testu.eu)
  • Help with our online Esperanto shop (mendu.ikso.net), to take care of orders, update the website, communicate with customers, send packages, etc.
  • Take care of the Esperanto archive and library, which is located in the same city, only 700 m from the E@I office: sorting documents and books, cataloguing them, scanning…
  • Write blog posts, articles about our projects, create graphics…
  • Help manage the social networks of our organization and our events and projects (yes, there are many of them 🙂


The European Commission, the organizer of European Solidarity Corps, compensates:

  • 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,
  • food allowance and pocket money (a total of ≃400 euros per month),
  • 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.


  • For 8-12 months
  • Work: 35-38 hours a week
  • Free time: 2 days every week + 2 days every month


Shall you decide to give it a try, please fill in this document in Esperanto or this document in English and send it to info@ikso.net.

Do not hesitate and send a message to the same address shall you have any questions.


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    The project “Solidarity for multilingualism” started on 20.08.2019 and will finish on 19.08.2021.
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    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
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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.