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Call for EVS!

We're looking for a motivated EVS (European Voluntary Services) volunteer to join the team of Science Centre AHHAA. You could be the perfect applicant, so don't hesitate to apply!

Basic Info 

  • Venue: Science Centre AHHAA, Tartu, Estonia
  • Start: 1.02 2017
  • End: 31.10 2017 
  • Duration: 9 Months
  • Number of Vacancies: 1
  • Candidates from Portugal
  • Age: 18-29 years old
  • Application deadline: 16.12.2016

Selection process 

Anyone interested may fill in the online application form (see below!), attach their CV and a short motivation letter (in English) before 16th of December, 2016.  

All the applicants will be considered, but those who show the most potential, as well as motivation to volunteer, will receive an invitation for a Skype interview which will give us a chance to find out more about the candidates. After the interviews the final selection will be made. 

General information 

AHHAA is a Science Centre that aims to introduce science to everyone and encourages studying through the joy of discovery. We value education and our mission is to shape the knowledge-based mind set through aha-experiences which uniquely comes through by experimenting and discovering independently using „hands-on“ approach. The intention is to bring out the fun in science and inspire people to „Think playfully”.

AHHAA welcomes visitors of all ages and offers the most appropriate and best possible service to each one of them. The main target groups are students and kindergartners, teachers and instructors, families, science enthusiasts, tourism groups, schools and other educational institutions, scientists and other institutions. We also offer several special programs for schools as well.

AHHAA Centre was founded as a special project of the University of Tartu in 1997 and since then has been developing in different locations throughout the years. In 2000, AHHAA moved to the old observatory of Tartu and in 2004, the Science Centre AHHAA Foundation was officially established. Nowadays AHHAA in situated in a brand new building that was opened in 2011 in Tartu.

In addition to permanent exhibition visitors of AHHAA can take part in workshops, enjoy planetarium and science theatre shows. AHHAA offers a great opportunity to spend a fun day filled with science!

What we offer to the volunteer:

Our organisation can offer different learning elements to the volunteer, for example an introduction to how we work on popularising science and which methods we use to make it more fun and approachable. The volunteer will learn how to carry out different experiments and workshops. We also offer the opportunity to teach to the volunteer new culture and experience new cultural situations, as well as to have the possibility to contribute creatively to our work through the exposition of new ideas. 

Additionally, the volunteer will be involved in promoting AHHAA Centre as well as European Voluntary Service and other opportunities Erasmus+ program has for young people. During their stay in Estonia the volunteer will experience different culture and values. The volunteer will have a chance to interact with young people from various backgrounds and origins, providing a real insight into how young people live in Estonia.

Our working language in the centre is Estonian, so the volunteer will experience Estonian language as a tool for working. However the staff members have good knowledge of English and can always help the volunteer if the need be. The volunteer will develop his/her communication skills in English and hopefully will gain some proficiency in Estonian as well.

The volunteer will join our daily workday with the supervision of a mentor.

Overview of the volunteers’ activities 

  • Mainly, the volunteer would be involved in AHHAA Science Centre as a guide and would be an important part of the vibrant AHHAA team.
  • The volunteer would be helping the permanent staff carry out science based activities like the science theatre shows and workshops. That includes at first assisting with the experiments, but later carries out them by oneself.
  • The volunteer will also be involved in science camp for children which is important part in AHHAA agenda to promote science based education among children.
  • We want the volunteer to take a lot of initiative and create his/her own personal project with the help of the mentor. For example it could be new and fun workshops that can be presented to the public or carried out with the visitors. Devising a workshop includes searching and learning about the specific theme, practicing experiments and forming activities that the participants could do themselves.
  • Additionally, we want to get the volunteer involved in promotional activities of AHHAA Centre.
  • Be involved in preparing and helping out during the biggest event of the year- Scientists’ Night Festival!
  • Information and raising-awareness about Erasmus+ opportunities for young people through social media and through various other activities.

Further information about the volunteer's life 

  • Food: The volunteer will receive 180 euros for food per month.
  • Accommodation:  The volunteer will be housed in a local student dormitory witch has all the modern facilities and is from a walking distance from the city centre and the AHHAA Centre. Most probably the volunteer will share a room with a person of same gender. All the costs will be covered by the hosting organization. When living in the dormitory the volunteers will have to follow the rules set by Üliõpilasküla (
  • Allowance: In the volunteer will receive 85 euros per month as a pocket money.
  • Local transport: Tartu is relatively small city and basically everything is reachable on foot. We can help the volunteer get a bike for summer, if he or she would like to use one.
  • Language support: The volunteer will have Estonian language classes twice a week. 

Volunteer's profile 

We are seeking to host a friendly, talkative, open and patient person with a can-do attitude. Interest in science is a bonus, but more important is the capacity to learn and willingness to get better. Volunteer should be adaptable and be able to react accordingly in rapidly changing situations. Creative and enterprising spirit is favoured since we expect the volunteer’s initiative to carry out personal projects. Furthermore we wish that the volunteers are as enthusiastic to shear their culture with us as we are to discover it.


FIll in the online application form:, and attach your CV and motivation letter!