ESC @ VILLA Music, technic and culture


Consolidating the commitment and the creative potential of the greatest possible number of individuals is one of the mainstays of "Die VILLA." Volunteer activities and services play a correspondingly important role in many areas like within cultural events, in the media laboratory, the school of social work or the bicycle service station. Many activities would be impossible without volunteer help. Thus, the social and cultural center "Die VILLA" has long occupied itself with different models of youth volunteer service. By their help, we want to motivate more young people with fewer opportunities from Leipzig to shape their own ideas and put them into practice.
Its intensive involvement in the European Voluntary Service program is part of this: since 2003 "Die VILLA" has been a host and sending organization in the program. The establishment of a flat-sharing community for young people doing voluntary service right in the rooftop of the house was a further innovation.
The social and cultural center "Die VILLA" offers volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in independent work as well as team work, conceptual thinking, communication, and other fields chosen by the volunteers themselves. They work together with full-time employees, but also with other German and European volunteers and trainees. The volunteers are on the one hand integrated into regular activities (according to their personal interests and abilities), on the other hand they are given the opportunity to independently carry out their own project ideas.

Leipzig is located in the northwest of the Free State of Saxony. The city and its 500,000 inhabitants became known throughout the world in the fall of 1989 as the center of the peaceful revolutionary movement in East Germany. It is home to the second-oldest university in Germany, as well as serving as an important trade fair center. Around 1 million people visit Leipzig every year, enjoying the city's lively atmosphere and diverse cultural offerings. The volunteer will stay in a living community with up to six other EVS-volunteers.


  • supporting the “VILLA Keller” with their weekly events for music, communication, theatre or band workshops (Open Stage, Youth Band Projects, language evenings, school band marathon, international band camps)
  • you will bring interest, knowledge and passion for music and instruments
  • you will support the team for the events as well as technic support for concerts and music events, therefore it is necessary that you’re interested in music and technical support
  • Are you playing instruments? Perfect!! You will be invited to play your music on the stage on the events (if you want)
  • supporting the holiday program for schoolkids and band workshops in schools

The volunteers help with public relations and office work in the VILLA information office and regarding the ESC programme (like asking reports from current volunteers and putting them on the website, bringing information material to certain places in town, supporting the ESC-coordinator or project mentor at information events. On top of it, all volunteers have the opportunity to independently organize a project of their choice as part of their voluntary service.

Selection criteria:

Volunteers should be interested in getting to know the work in a big socio-cultural centre and be open to get into contact with people from different ages, world views and religions. All should like to work with children and youth. Basic knowledge of German is required. For the EVS in media laboratory, the volunteer should be not younger than 22 years and interested in media pedagogic work. For the EVS in cultural youth work the volunteers should be interested in music/band youth projects, a plus would be if he/she plays a musical instrument.

Selection process:

Please complete the online questionnaire you find on our page. We collect all applications until the deadline, then all applications that are complete will be forwarded to the responsible for the media laboratory and VILLAKeller who decide about the candidate. The selection process takes 2–3 months. You will get an answer during or latest after 2 months.

Actually, we cannot consider applicants from countries that require Visa.

Apply here!


Hier findest du uns!

Soziokulturelles Zentrum

Lessingstr. 7, 04109 Leipzig
Makerspace Leipzig
Lindenthaler Straße 61-65
Haus der Begegnung
Zschochersche Straße 32
Selliner Straße 17