Get to know our two new ESC volunteers!

Since the beginning of September, our team has two new members! Meet ESC volunteers Magdalena and Estefanía:

I´m Estefanía from Spain. In the next 12 months I’m going to work in the communication and campaign area of CATAPA. I have developed my studies in journalism and digital communication. About my career, it has been focused in the social sector: in recent years I had worked in a NGO to defend rights for migrant and refugees people, and also in the Cooperation and Volunteering area in Miguel Hernandez University.
The opportunity to be part of CATAPA is an incentive to develop my career close to my values. Being part of this project also gives me the opportunity to work with professionals from whom I can learn a lot.
About me, I like to practice CrossFit, hiking and relax watching The office. I also really like music and dancing, so count on me to party.

Hey everyone! I am Magdalena and I am the new movement and campaigning ESC volunteer! I am super excited to join Catapa and to get to know all of you!
A few things about me: I grew up in a valley in Austria, before moving to Vienna where I was active in the climate justice movement and studied environmental sciences and management of bioressources. The last few years I have been living in the Netherlands to do my MSc in Development and Rural Innovation there. I am interested in everything related to climate justice, intersectional environmentalism, just sustainability transitions,  community currencies, degrowth and – of course – mining! In my free time I like to hike, go bouldering, knit and read.
I am already looking forward to meeting you in the next Catapa meetings!

ESC stands for European Solidarity Corps, a European exchange programme offering young people a volunteer experience abroad.

VACANCY: Global Engagement CATAPA officer (GECO) Cajamarca, Peru


CATAPA is a social and environmental movement that uses a participatory and integrated approach to work towards a world without mining of metals and minerals and its negative impact on people and the environment.

In Latin America, CATAPA supports local communities that are (potentially) affected by mining in their region. Catapa’s focus is on stopping new big scale mining projects from executing. 

For the years to come, CATAPA is campaigning on ‘the Right to Say No’. Communities that oppose mining projects face severe repression and human rights violations, CATAPA defends their right to oppose and stop these projects. The Global Engagement Catapa Officer(GECO) will be an important link on the ground to make this campaign a reality. 

The GECO will follow up on the cooperation between CATAPA and the partner organization Grufides ( and support them through, among other things, the internationalization of the struggle against new mining projects. Grufides is based in the department of Cajamarca, in northern Peru. Grufides works on issues such as human rights violations, environmental protection and mining.

Grufides supports communities in a variety of ways. They provide legal guidance to communities that suffer from mining conflicts, work on combating climate change, perform water measurements in communities to verify pollution caused by mining, support communities in the field of citizen journalism, human rights education, environmental protection, etc. They also support women in their economic independence and focuses on economic alternatives to mining in the region. Grufides unites farming communities from different regions in the struggle for ecological justice and works to stop new mining projects in the region.

Currently Grufides has three ongoing projects with CATAPA: on climate change, water monitoring, and women’s rights. In addition, they have mostly large projects around legal support for human rights defenders/women. Currently, there are several emerging mining projects that threaten the Cajamarca region. Grufides is mainly active in the provinces of Cajamarca, Bambamarca, Celendín, and Cajabamba.

Tasks Description

  • Follow up on large-scale mining projects in Cajamarca (and by extension in Peru).
  • Provide external communication on local and national current affairs on mining, extractivism, and social movements. This can be done through blogs, news articles and photos on CATAPA’s website and social media. Inform CATAPA and its supporters about recent developments in these topics.
  • Deliver information and material to strengthen our campaigns in Belgium. Collect visual content and documentation on emblematic cases for the Right to Say No campaign.
  • Prepare new projects with the partner organization: Write funding applications in collaboration with our partners and help with the implementation, follow-up and evaluation of these projects. 
  • Contribute to strengthening the operations of partner organization GRUFIDES.
  • Consult and participate within the different partnerships, locally and internationally. 
  • Participate in online meetings with volunteers from CATAPA (Catapistas) and provide input on how we strengthen collaboration.
  • Share expertise within CATAPA with the partners. Give presentations and workshops. 


  • You are at least 21 years old.
  • You have a very good knowledge (spoken and written) of Spanish. You are fluent in Dutch or English. 
  • A link with CATAPA is a plus (e.g. you have been active with us in the past, you have collaborated in some way with us, you have written a thesis with us…)
  • You have social and communicative skills.
  • You function well both independently and in a team.
  • You are diplomatic and handle potentially conflictive situations with carefulness and discretion.
  • You show openness and respect for cultural differences and can adapt to different environments and organizational forms.
  • Knowledge of mining, social movements, gender, environmental protection or water pollution is an asset.
  • You are interested in an engagement within CATAPA upon return.
  • You are willing to familiarize yourself with the themes of CATAPA and the partner organization before your departure in Belgium and participate in various training moments, including the CATAPA movement weekend from September 30 – October 2, ’22.


Departure autumn 2022 (October/November). Will be for 1 year, with an intermittent evaluation after 6 months. You will be based in Cajamarca, Peru. 

We offer

  • Preparation before departure and supervision and follow-up during the stay.
  • Full travel insurance.
  • Visa refund.
  • A contribution to the living expenses (500 euros/month).
  • A contribution to the plane ticket to Cajamarca, Peru(€800 max). 


Send your CV and motivation letter to at the latest on September 11. We will invite the selected candidates within 14 days after the deadline for an exploratory meeting at the CATAPA office.  

CATAPA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

More information?

Contact or

Maria Hendrikaplein 5 bus 401   9000 Ghent

(E)WASTEFUL INSTALLATION: we have a <del>dream</del> plan!

What a fruitful first part of the (e)wasteful installation design trajectory! 

With a visionary team of volunteers we brainstormed, reflected and shared our thoughts. We placed ourselves into the minds of good and bad designers, economists, consumers and politicians. We invented fairy tales about planned obsolescence (almost as ridiculous as reality!). With the help of Gust, who is leading the project, we explored how vacuum cleaners and other electronics are designed to fail. Just one piece of plastic breaking is enough to make a vacuum cleaner entirely useless – who designed this?! We dreamt about machines that represent planned obsolescence. 

The crazy ideas kept on coming. It wasn’t always easy to make a decision, to choose the best of many wild ideas, or to turn our uncontainable imagination into more concrete plans. But we succeeded. We have a plan. This is the plan: 

We will create a machine that lays bare the (intentionally) short lifespan of electronics and the destructive impact of our take, make, waste economic system on our planet. Visually it will be clear that the machine is slowly depleting the earth, whilst the conveyor belt strains under a growing mountain of e-waste. The aim is for the installation to be interactive. For example, passers-by will be able to speed up or slow down how fast electronics are becoming obsolete.

Now it’s time for action! In the 2nd part of the trajectory we’re going to build the installation out of e-waste. Ready to get stuck in and get your hands dirty? 🔧 In August we’re gathering for two days in the headquarters of Nerdlab to create the installation. Weren’t involved before but excited to join? Fill in this doodle to pick the dates and send an email with your contact details to connor.cashell[a]

Let’s build this thing!

City of Ghent puts a stop to planned obsolescence!

After Mechelen, last week the city of Ghent was the second city to sign our CTRL-ALT-DEL charter. By doing so, the city supports our campaign for stronger regulation on circular electronics. For this special occasion, Catapistas came together with deputy minister for international solidarity and purchasing policy Hafsa El-Bazioui, deputy minister for environment and circular economy Tine Heyse and Conny Van Achte of District09, the ICT partner of the City of Ghent. 

By signing this agreement, the City of Ghent commits itself to setting a good example in the field of circular ICT. On the one hand by continuing to support the local repair and manufacturing economy. On the other hand, by purchasing sustainable electronics and using these devices in a circular manner. The city is already taking huge steps in this direction. Among other things, by joining Electronics Watch. It’s no coincidence that District 09 was the winner of CATAPA’s Fair ICT Awards in 2021. So signing our charter was a logical step! 

Stop #ExpresDefect

Catapistas in front of the city hall of Ghent.


Defending their lands and their bodies was never a choice, but a necessity. With hopes and dreams for a different reality they continue their fight against extractivism and patriarchal oppression.

On the 8th of March, international women’s day, we came together in Brussels. Defensoras: Tierras que resisten en manos de mujeres. Or ‘Earths that resist in the hands of women’ was the theme of the night. A panel of four feminist environmental defenders: Mirtha, Dayana, Chihiro and Sandra, took us on a journey about defending the earth, ourselves as women and what it means to care, for the land and for each other. Across two written reflections I want to pass on to you, the readers, the powerful messages and thoughts that the panelists brought up and exchanged that night. First, let us unravel the words Defensoras and Tierra. 


The violation of human rights by multinational companies in their regions is what made these women environmental defenders or Defensoras

Did we ever ask ourselves if defensoras want to be defensoras? 

The extractive multinationals that come to Latin America and invade it as if it is their home take away the privilege of the defensoras to decide who they want to be and the possibility to shape their life and dreams.The only option they have is to fight the presence of the multinationals and the threats to their survival, their surroundings and their communities. 

They shared their dreams of what their lives could look like without extractivism. Living in a cabin in nature, being a filmmaker, working with peasant women, being a musician, being a tour guide, a bird observer, having a little land to share with those around them and people from all over the world. Now, they are proud of being defensoras. They have taken on this role and made it their own. Nonetheless it is a role that came from the oppression against them and the lands that they call home. 


What are defensoras defending? What is the Earth? 

Enlightenment has corrupted the way we look at our surroundings. It brought us this dual and violent way of thinking, which is rooted in human supremacy, that dictates that all that is not human is less intelligent and passive and can thus be dominated and oppressed.

They made us conceptualize what the Earth is, what we are. We became philosophers and conceptualizers of the Earth instead of part of her. Somos necesariamente la tierra, we are essentially the Earth. And when they break her, they break us. When they extract her, they hurt us. We have to recognise how extractivism violates the Earth and how we suffer from it.

Then how can we see the Earth? It can be seen as la red de vida, the network of life, since all is connected. La pacha mama, Mother Earth, la madre. In the Andean world Earth is what gives us life. It is our common house. We have to thank water, the earth, and the mountains that take care of us. And we in turn take care of her. Defending our lands is caring. We do not subordinate and exploit, we receive and give back. 

The concept of the Earth evolves when one realizes they are also part of the Earth. With that realization defensoras decide to connect and stay connected to the territory, to the land and to be an activist.

Leidy, an environmental and feminist activist from Antioquia, Colombia, and also a dear friend, wrote a poem for the night. I like to close this reflection with the last words of her poem:

“A las que están reunidas les digo,
esta frontera remota entre ustedes y yo,
no existe.
Porque hoy, de sur a norte, de oriente a occidente,
somos una sola fibra; intrépida, briosa,
nunca más callada.

“To those women who are reunited tonight I’d like to say,
this distant border between you and me,
does not exist.
Because today, from south to north, from east to west,
we are one sole thread; fearless, lively,
never silent again.”

 – Leidy.

Thank you Sandra, Chihiro, Mirtha and Dayana for sharing your wisdom, struggle and stories. For connecting, to each other, to us, to the earth. 

Stop Planned Obsolescence – Take action!

In our previous blog article you could find out why mining can never be made ‘green’ or done ‘responsibly’. That’s why we should drastically reduce our need for new raw materials. We cannot continue to extract more and more metals and minerals. We should end practices like ‘planned obsolescence’ immediately. This practice, sadly commonly used in our “throwaway” system, means that electronic products are designed to make repair difficult or unfeasible, with a limited lifespan. It leads to enormous waste and increases the need for the extraction of raw materials.

Let us imagine an alternative future, one where non-renewable resources are kept in the soil where they belong. Let us convince our policy makers to Go Circular and stop planned obsolescence. 

Solutions and challenges on EU level

Elements of the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) proposal are promising, including the extension of minimum eco-design requirements to the ‘widest range of products’. Requirements will include product aspects such as repairability, durability, and carbon and environmental footprints. 

However, the EU must go further. Sustainability in the SPI is confined to environmental impacts, disregarding the social dimension. Products that pass proposed eco-design criteria, but are made in terrible human rights conditions, are by the European Commission’s own definition ‘sustainable’. The current proposal lacks ambition. The Commission plans to only introduce four product regulations per year, starting in 2024. Despite being responsible for around a quarter of the EU’s 2020 emissions reduction targets, eco-design and energy labelling rules have historically been beset by repeated delays and a lack of adequate resources. 

Flanders: Setting the example? 

Since Flanders presents itself as a leader in Europe in the field of circularity, we believe that the Flemish government should be at the head of the pack for a strong regulation at the European level for circular ICT. Repairability, consumer support, control and recyclability are strong mechanisms to achieve this. Check out our demands for the Flemish government. By implementing these, Flanders would be a frontrunner on circularity in Europe and can send clear signs to our European politicians. 

CTRL ALT DELETE, reset the system

Through our Ctrl Alt Delete: Stop Planned Obsolescence campaign we are advocating for strict regulations to ensure electronic products are eco-designed, repairable, and made to last. Eighty percent of the impact of a product’s life-cycle is locked in during the design phase. CATAPA demands a CTRL ALT DELETE, a reset of the system: 

CTRL – CONTROL & transparency of electronic product manufacturing
ALT – ALTERNATIVE legislation restricting planned obsolescence
DEL – DELETE the production of electronic products with too short a life span


Do you want to take action yourself? 

Call on your municipality to sign our CTRL ALT DEL charter. This will give our campaign more weight and you will fight together with us to counteract planned obsolescence and all its negative effects. By signing the charter, the city or municipality commits to setting a ‘good example’ by purchasing sustainable ICT and using ICT in a well-considered way. They also commit to boosting the recovery and manufacturing economy in their city or municipality. 

You can also file a complaint about your broken electronic devices on our website. The complaints will be gathered to raise awareness and put pressure on the Flemish government and the EU to implement strong regulations. 

Ready to take action? Join our movement or engage yourself in one of the mentioned actions. 

More information on how to take action, you find here

CATAPA takes over the Ghelamco Arena: GO CIRCULAR – STOP #EXPRESDEFECT.

From 30 May to 5 June, the Ghelamco Arena in Ghent will for once not be showing an advertisement by KAA Gent. However, it will be a slogan that fits in with CATAPA’s CTRL ALT DEL campaign. This takes place in the context of the ‘European Green Week’, an initiative of the European Commission that is held in Brussels on the same days. 

With our campaign, which we are conducting in Flanders and Brussels, we want to tackle ‘planned obsolescence’ and preferably make it disappear as soon as possible. Planned obsolescence is a method mainly used in the ICT sector, where products are deliberately designed with a limited lifespan. Who has not experienced that a mobile phone suddenly functions much slower after an update? Or another example: the printer that breaks down and the repair costs are higher than buying a new one. There are countless methods used by the industry to get you to buy as many new devices as possible. Hence our hashtag #expresdefect. In Dutch ‘expres’ refers to ‘deliberately’ and defect has the same meaning in English. 

The main thing to remember is that all those electronics cost you a lot of money and contain many rare (critical) metals. More on that later. But what does this have to do with Europe and European Green Week? The European Green Week will focus on three important aspects of the ‘Green Deal’, namely; circular economy, zero emissions and biodiversity. At first sight, this initiative can only be applauded, but there is something fishy about it (and it smells really bad).



The ‘Green Deal’: A solution that is not there

About the Green Deal, the European Commission says it is a path to a ‘sustainable and transformative growth strategy’. And that is where it goes wrong, we have learned from the past two hundred years that economical growth and sustainability do not go together. On the contrary, growth means plundering the earth in order to obtain the raw materials needed to sustain this endless growth. The extraction of these raw materials leads to ecological, climatic and social disasters.

So what exactly does the EU Commission mean by ‘transformative’ growth? Well, the Commission is making the right decision to leave the fossil fuel era behind. But only to exchange it for an era in which large-scale mining will become the driving force of the growth economy. As mentioned before, the mining of raw materials such as gold, copper, lithium, borate, coltan … (the list is endless) causes great harm to people and the environment. Witness the many accidents involving toxic substances used in the mining industry, which have rendered hundreds of hectares of land uninhabitable, polluted rivers and poisoned people.

Maria Nyuberg stated at the (Re)mining Symposium that “Even if we succeed in dramatically increasing the recycling of critical metals, it will still not be enough to meet the demand required to make the green transition possible“. So we trade one evil (fossil fuels) for another (extracting rare earths). Yet there are plenty of signs that the growth scenario has a dead end. For example, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) published a report stating that Europe must reduce its material consumption 65% by 2050 if we want to avoid a climate catastrophe. 

Dependence on critical metals and strategic autonomy

We now know that Europe will not abandon the ‘endless growth scenario’ and that we will need huge quantities of critical raw metals to make that work. The question is, of course: where are we going to get them? Europe has long realised that depending on other continents for raw materials is not a good idea. Look what has happened to our energy prices since the war between Russia and Ukraine started. That is why the European Commission has decided that we have to tap our own (read European) reserves of critical metals. Or in other words, more mining on the European continent. 

Sustainable and responsible mining, the fairy tale that just won’t go away

According to the mining industry and the European Commission, mining can be done in a sustainable way with respect for the environment and people. Studies and reports prove otherwise. Rio Tinto, a mining giant that has been in the news negatively several times (google ‘Mining Rio Tinto accident’) and owner of the Serbian ‘Jadar Lithium Mine’, has bought up 40% of all the land around the possible mining site. This was possible through collaboration with the Loznica city council, which expropriated land and changed its zoning from ‘agriculture or forestry’ to ‘industrial land’. Another tactic to chase away the inhabitants was to raise the land tax significantly. This happened even before the mining project was approved. In response, citizens protested and took to the streets for days until President Vučić was forced to revoke the mining project’s permit. 

The events surrounding mining in countries like Northern Ireland, Serbia (but also Spain and Greece) show that mining always results in damage. If not for the environment, then for the communities that are the victims of mining. Conclusion? Green mining or sustainable mining does not exist at all, it’s a dangerous fairy tale.

Want to know more about the alternatives and what you can do in Flanders or Brussels? Find it out in our next blog.

Coming soon: a Repair Index in Belgium!

The federal government, as part of the Federal Action Plan Circular Economy 2021-2024 will introduce a Repair Index in a few years. By means of a mandatory score or Repair Index that must be listed on electronic devices and that indicates the repairability of the product, the government hopes to promote the repairability of these products. And thus to take a step towards a more circular economy. For the concrete elaboration of this index, meetings are held with stakeholders and CATAPA is at the table.

In the Federal Action Plan, we can read the following: “Several criteria will be included in this index, such as the availability of spare parts necessary for the proper functioning of the product, its price, the availability of repair manuals, the ease of repair (disassembly, access to parts), etc.” The government plans to later evolve the Repair Index into a sustainability index, which also includes robustness and reliability criteria.

The government was inspired by France, which already introduced a Repair Index in early 2021. While this index is an important milestone for the Right to Repair in Europe, there are a number of limitations and challengesRepair & Share, the organization that made sure the Repair Index was put on our government’s agenda, prepared a document of “lessons learned” from the French system with a lot of great recommendations. You can find them here. Together with Repair & Share and other stakeholders, CATAPA will make sure that the Belgian Repair Index does not make the same mistakes.

A repair index or score is an important step towards eliminating the practice of planned obsolescence. This is the strategy used by manufacturers of electronics to deliberately design products so that the devices do not last as long. A practice that carries a lot of costs, both for people and for the planet. With a repair index, and soon a sustainability index that goes even wider, it will be more difficult for producers to bring poor quality products to people. We are therefore in favor.

The implementation of a Repair Index is one of the demands within our CTRL ALT DEL campaign, in which we emphasize, among other things, the importance of an independent control system with sufficient budget. With the transition to a sustainability index, we also hope that our other demands can be met. This includes, among others, the recyclability of electronic devices.

ESC Volunteer Vacancies 2022 – (Closed call)

ESC Volunteer Vacancies 2022

Campaigning & Movement

Communication & Social Media Campaigning


CATAPA is a movement which strives for a world in which the extraction of non-renewable resources is no longer necessary. The extraction of such materials always entails major social and environmental impacts and fuels conflict. In working towards global social and environmental justice, we focus on mining issues (ecological disasters, human rights violations, etc.). In Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia we work together with grassroots movements and support local communities who are threatened by large-scale mining projects. 

Our main activities are:

  • Campaigning on the impact of mining and sustainable production of electronics in Flanders.
  • Supporting partners and local communities in Latin America that are threatened by large-scale mining projects.
  • Creating a movement around sustainable production and consumption of metals.
  • Networking, research & stimulating alternatives.

CATAPA is dependent on the work of volunteers – the Catapistas. 


Two main campaigns

The Right to Say No – Mining activities cause devastating environmental impacts and human rights violations across the globe. CATAPA is campaigning on the Right to Say No. Communities opposing extractive projects face severe repression and human rights violations. A just transition requires local communities having the decisive say over extractive projects within their territories. 

CTRL ALT DEL – Stop Planned Obsolescence – Our current linear model of consumption and production is a driving cause of the climate crisis. In this “throwaway” model, electronic products are designed to make repair difficult or unfeasible with limited life spans. This is planned obsolescence. The infinite supply of electronics is at odds with planetary boundaries. We cannot continue extracting more and more metals and minerals. Through our Ctrl Alt Delete: Stop Planned Obsolescence campaign we are advocating for strict regulations to ensure electronic products are eco-designed, repairable, and made to last.

Our main campaigning activities are:

  • Raising awareness of the broader public: (social media) campaigns, educational activities, public actions, …;
  • Searching and supporting solutions & alternatives;
  • Collaboration & networking with other organisations that focus on mining issues, Degrowth and Circular Economy;
  • Advocating for an end to planned obsolescence via our Ctrl Alt Delete campaign
  • Collaboration with grassroots organisations in Latin America, defending the rights of affected communities via our campaign on the Right to Say No to mining.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an ESC (European Solidarity Corps) volunteer to support the CATAPA movement, and in particular the campaigns on the Right to Say No and Planned Obsolescence. The volunteer will be trained to think critically and spread knowledge of these issues and to encourage other young people to become active EU citizens. The tasks are flexible depending on your learning goals and the needs of the organisation.

You will be part of our office team (8 part-time staff + 2 ESC volunteers + variable number of interns) which supports the work of the movement. Since CATAPA is a volunteer movement, you will be working in close collaboration with motivated and enthusiastic volunteers. 

Possible tasks

Campaigning and Movement

  • Helping with the development and actions of the 2 central campaigns.
  • Help with setting up awareness raising and training activities for a variety of target groups (training or movement days/weekends, documentary screenings, workshops, info evenings, public actions, …).
  • Support volunteers and contribute with volunteer management tasks.
  • Participate actively in working groups and their projects and activities.
  • Help to develop and implement our central campaigns. 
  • Help out with organising our Speakers Tour, bringing environmental defenders from affected communities to Belgium to spread their story and build international solidarity.
  • Some administrative tasks related to the daily functioning of our office with the possibility to get an insight in the management of a non-profit organisation.
  • Write, revise and proofread articles, blogs, educational tools and reports.
  • Possibility to develop and implement your own projects.

Communication & Social Media Campaigning

  • Contribute in managing our social media channels and create input for those channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • Help with the communication and promotion for events. 
  • Assist with the social media aspects of our central campaigns. 
  • Help in keeping our website updated. 
  • Write, review and proofread articles. 
  • Create low-threshold graphic design (for example for a poster, a flyer or for a social media post). 
  • Build and support the Communication Working group of volunteers with the help of the Movement Worker. 
  • Help out with organising our Speakers Tour, bringing environmental defenders from affected communities to Belgium to spread their story and build international solidarity.
  • Some administrative tasks related to the daily functioning of our office with the possibility to get an insight in the management of a non-profit organisation
  • Possibility to develop and implement your own projects. 


Campaigning & Movement


  • Motivated to work with volunteers
  • Interest in learning about the social and environmental movement and mining issues
  • Good command of English 
  • Independent, proactive worker
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to contribute to positive change in the world we live in
  • Team player with a flexible attitude 
  • Age below 31 years, no residence in Belgium (this is a requirement of the ESC programme)

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge/experience on or interest to learn about: 
    • Implementation and coordination of campaigns 
    • Organising educational or training events
    • Volunteer management
    • Circular and degrowth economy, environmental movements and/or international development
  • Knowledge of Dutch and/or Spanish

Communication & Social Media Campaigning


  • Interest in learning about the social and environmental movement and mining issues
  • Good command of English
  • Independent, proactive worker
  • Motivated to work with volunteers
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to contribute to positive change in the world we live in
  • Team player with a flexible attitude 
  • Age below 31 years, no residence in Belgium (this is a requirement of the ESC programme)

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge/experience on or interest to learn about: 
    • Communication strategies and campaigns
    • Design and layouting 
    • Circular and degrowth economy, environmental movements and/or international development
    • Volunteer management
    • Managing social media and websites
  • Knowledge of Dutch and/or Spanish
  • Movie editing skills
  • Ability to work with a camera

What do we offer?

    • A warm welcome in our horizontally organized movement with plenty of learning opportunities and new connections
    • A dynamic & motivated team of employees and volunteers
    • Monthly fee: cohousing accommodation of your choice (with a max. rent contribution of €450) and a reimbursement to cover daily expenses of €550.
    • A personal learning trajectory coached by one of CATAPA’s employees, one language course (Dutch, English or Spanish) and options to follow trainings to develop your personal skills.
    • Work-related expenses are paid by CATAPA

Important: This call is part of the European Solidarity Corps, a European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer in projects abroad. This means people based in Belgium can’t apply for this vacancy. If your current residence is in one of the countries in this list, then you are able to apply.

The volunteer positions will start from the 1st of September, for a period of 12 months and 30 hours a week.


Interested or more information?

Please send your CV and motivation letter to before 22h00 on the 5th of June 2022. If you have any questions concerning this vacancy, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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