YPFP Brussels has just launched its autumn round of volunteer recruitment with staff openings across all teams of the YPFP Brussels branch.
The call for new volunteers covers roles in Communications & Marketing, Membership, and in both the Security and Defence Programming and Programming teams.
“2014 has already seen some fantastic moments for YPFP. Moving forward into 2015 we want to make sure we have the volunteer staff capacity to keep this momentum up, in ensuring added value for our members and partners – through our communications, our events and our membership benefits,” says Will Fox, Managing Director of YPFP Brussels.
During 2014 the branch has so far held over 50 events, continued to strengthen its membership community and is in the process of launching a new events series on Economic Diplomacy.
“This year has seen the branch secure over 100 seats at President Obama’s address in March, launch our Decision Points series, engage in an election information campaign with our Election Essentials videos, and continue our career development initiative with the Advisers Programme. We couldn’t have done any of it without the hours of dedication that the volunteer staff put in.”
“Volunteering with YPFP is an enriching experience. This isn't just an hour a week, it's demanding. But you'll learn so much along the way and pick up leadership skills early in life. You get far more out than you put in,” adds Fox. “I have volunteered for two years, and have really benefited from it; one of the best things that I have ever done.”
Staff training and development
The branch has regular staff-only skills building and trainings sessions to ensure that the volunteers have their own opportunities to develop and build their own knowledge.
The staff also have plenty of occasions to wind down and relax with their volunteer colleagues at staff socials and the annual YPFP weekend away. Being a close-knit team is what makes the branch so strong, and it is a great source of new friendships and networks.
“My one piece of advice for anyone thinking about volunteering: whether you want to do something different, be part of a great team of other young professionals, develop your own skills or even help to take YPFP forward, don’t hesitate in starting that application. Be bold, start writing your cover letter, don’t miss out on this great experience,” says Fox.
How to apply
Interested in volunteering with YPFP Brussels? See our job descriptions here and apply today!
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