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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: Tartu, Estonia
  • Duration: 9 Months
  • Number of Vacancies: 1
  • Candidates from Hungary
  • Age: 18-29 years old 
  • Application deadline: ongoing

Selection process 

Anyone interested may fill in the online application form: . Your CV, photo and a short motivation letter in English are also required. 

All the applicants will be considered, but those who show the most potential and motivation to volunteer will receive invitation for a skype interview during which we will 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 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 offers different learning experiences throughout the volunteering period. Overall the volunteer will get introduced to how the centre works on popularising science and which methods are being used to make it more fun and approachable. In daily tasks the volunteer will interact with the visitors, carry out different science based experiments and workshops. We also offer a possibility to contribute creatively to the tasks and welcome new ideas and initiatives. Additionally the volunteer will be involved in promoting AHHAA Centre in his/her unique way as well as European Voluntary Service and other Erasmus+ opportunities. During the time 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.

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

The volunteer will join our AHHAA team under the supervision of a mentor.

Overview of the volunteers’ activities 

  • Mainly, the volunteer would be involved in AHHAA Science Centre as an explainer and would be an important part of the 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 carrying them out by themselves.
  • 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, the Researchers’ 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 the dormitory of Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Allowance: In the volunteer will receive 85 euros per month as a pocket money.
  • Local transport: Tartu is a 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: In the beginning the volunteer will have Estonian language classes set up individually with the teacher.

Volunteer's profile 

We are seeking to host a friendly, open, easy-to-interact, patient person with a can-do attitude. Interest for science is significant, but more important is the capacity to learn and willingness to get better. Volunteer should be adaptable and be able to react accordingly in fast 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!

What is it like to volunteer at AHHAA?

Mariana from Portugal spent nine months at AHHAA (February to November 2017) and we're very glad that she was willing to share her impressions with the others! Here's what Mariana has to say about her time as a volunteer:

I came to Estonia to volunteer in Tartu AHHAA Science Centre for nine months and it's incredible how fast time passes by!

The beginning was easy because the integration to the work environment was not difficult, since my colleagues were very nice and supportive towards me, helping whenever I needed, the same can be said to my coordinating organization in Tartu.

At the science centre, I worked as a guide. My tasks include checking the different halls and help the visitors with some exhibits, make group introductions, do workshops (chocolate factory, eye surgery, lava lamp, etc).

I also took part in a cultural festival in Lithuania aiming to promote the centre; I was involved in the organization of an event related to the initiative "European Researchers' Night"; and also in a scholar night camp at the centre.

I loved living in Tartu. It's a cozy city and not too big despite being the second biggest city of the country. I was staying at an university dormitory, which allowed me to meet many people and make friends very easily.

Besides, I also had the chance to organize a Portuguese cultural evening and to give a lecture about Portugal to a class of international students (between 7 and 9 years old).

In my free time, I travelled within Estonia and to some neighbor countries with colleagues, friends or other volunteers I've met.

I only have good things to point out about this project and all the people involved on it! :)