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Are you passionate about dance? What about film? This volunteering project combines these two topics! You can join the team at the German Dance Film Institute, the largest archive of dance films and thus an important educational institution in the arts sector!
Dates: 22.11.2021 – 30.09.2022
Location: Bremen, Germany
About the hosting organisation
The Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut (TAFI) was founded in 1988 by Heide-Marie Härtel as a non-profit organisation to gather and archive videos of dance performances from all around Germany. It is now the largest dance archive in all of Europe.
The institute frequently goes to film dance performances and award ceremonies in various parts of Germany, as well as most performances in Bremen.
The other main activity of the institute is to digitalise and update the archive which has over 40000 video cassettes.
The institute creates its own video productions, develops series of events and lectures, and cooperates with other cultural institutions on a project specific basis.
Your responsibilities include:
- Helping with the filming and production of dance films, recorded during events in Bremen and other places in Germany
- Supporting the organisation in the digitisation of video cassettes to create an online archive of their materials
- Helping with the organisation of the “Tanzsalon”, a monthly event for citizens of Bremen where people passionate about dance meet to exchange ideas
- Editing of publicity materials, if needed, like instagram, website, facebook and other materials
As you can see – there are a lot of technical things to learn here! Don’t worry, previous experience is not required, it is more important that you are patient, willing to learn and open to ask questions. You will receive training from the staff at the institute and learn as you go along.
To get a better idea of what this position entails, you can read Ernesto’s report about his voluntary service: https://www.naturkultur.eu/en/ernesto-1-en/
NaturKultur e.V will be the coordinating organisation in charge of all logistical matters.
You will be accommodated in your own room a flat in Bremen with two other ESC volunteers.
Bremen is a city in North-West Germany (around 500.000 inhabitants), not far from Hamburg and the North Sea coast. Bremen is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a lot of young people and both a historical centre and newer areas of towns.
As an ESC volunteer, you will receive health insurance, monthly pocket money for food and other expenses (246€ + 150€). Travel costs will be reimbursed depending on the travel distance (normally between 180-360€).
You will be supported by a Coordinator and a Mentor to help you get settled in your work place and the city of Bremen. You will also receive German language lessons of 1 hour per week.
But – how is it to volunteer in Bremen?
You can check out our Instagram Account @volunteersofbremen
And if you’d rather watch a video – here’s Nikola’s story, who volunteered in another organisation Bremen in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMKQLzeO2Fs
You can apply, if you…
- … are a resident of an EU Country (not Germany)
- … between 18-30 years old (on the day you start your ESC)
- … can communicate in English (A2 or more) or German (A2 or more) and/or are willing to improve your foreign language skills
- … are passionate about technology and dance
- … love to be creative and motivated about making a positive change in society
- … are an open-minded person, motivated to work in a team and with people from different religious, cultural and social backgrounds
In short, this project will give you the chance to become a part of a really special mission and organisation in the arts sector, learn what it’s like to organise the filming of performances and digitise video materials, help with the hosting of local events and find ways of how to work in a team – while living in a new city and culture together with other young Europeans!
If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Lina: [email protected]
Sounds like your dream project? Apply below!
Please note that you can only apply if you live in an EU country.
(Copyright logo and images: Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut)