Posithiva Gruppen (PG) is Sweden’s biggest patient organization for people living with HIV. In 2019, we were granted a Quality Label (QL) under the European Commission, thus certifying as a host organisation within the EU European Solidarity Corps Programme. You can find Posithiva Gruppen’s QL information in this database. Posithiva Gruppen’s PIC number is 899579262.
In 2020, we were granted funds for our first ”Positive Solidarity Project”, and hosted our first volunteer (from Spain). You can read more about our first volunteer’s experience here. In 2021 we hosted a volunteer from Russia, and you can read more about his volunteering experience here. Between March and December 2022 we are hosting another volunteer.
Being accepted to a European Solidarity Corps (ESC) project is a significant achievement for any young person. It can be an asset when applying for future jobs and the experience can help young people when applying for higher education. The European Solidarity Corps is an opportunity for young people to engage in a meaningful activity while getting to know a new country both professionally, culturally and socially. After participating in a project, volunteers will also be entitled to receive a certificate that documents their participation and learning outcomes.
Volunteering with Posithiva Gruppen (PG)
ESC volunteers at PG will be involved in the organisation’s youth group “Young & HIV”, but also in weekly dinners, cultural events, seminars, conferences as well as in the organisation’s daily administrative and operative work. Volunteers will also be encouraged to hold presentations for staff, members and other stakeholders about their experience on HIV issues from their home country. Depending on the volunteer’s existing skills they will be invited to contribute to the organisation in a personalised manner, e.g. doing design work, writing, mentoring, holding workshops or similar. ESC volunteers at PG are expected to work 30 hours per week, including language training.
CURRENT PROJECTS AND OPENINGS:
Ongoing: Positive Solidarity Project 2023 (February 2023-December 2023)
Applications are now closed for volunteers wanting to participate in Positive Solidarity Project 2023.
Who can apply?
You can apply to become a European Solidarity Corps volunteer at PG if you are a person aged 18-30 living with HIV, residing in one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Iceland, North Macedonia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Palestine, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine.
You must be able to move to Sweden and participate in the volunteering activity for 10 months, starting on the 1st of February 2023 and ending on the 15th of December 2023. If you are selected to volunteer for PG through ESC, costs for your travels (to and from Sweden, as well as local travels), accommodation, food, pocket money and insurance during the 10 months, are all covered by the project.
Which skills/experiences will increase my chances of being selected?
- It is an advantage if you are active in an HIV organization in your home country. If you have experience from youth work, social work or community work this is also an advantage.
- You should be comfortable using English as your working language.
- You should be motivated, responsible and conscious of your role as a European Solidarity Corps Volunteer as well as a representative for Posithiva Gruppen while you are engaged in the organization.
- You should be eager to contribute to your personal as well as the organization’s development, while actively documenting your learning process through the tools that we will provide you.
- Your social background, gender identity and/or sexual orientation is not important, and we encourage anyone aged 18-30 who is living with HIV to apply.
How can I apply?
- E-mail your CV and application/motivational letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 15th of November 2022. We will handle applications as they come in, as well as conduct interviews with potential candidates.
- If possible, get in touch with a Quality Label-accredited organization in your home country for support. You can search for accredited organizations here.
- If you are a citizen of a non-EU country, please identify or contact the Swedish embassy or general consulate in your home country in order to prepare your residence permit application. Read more here.
- Please do not apply for this project if you are not HIV positive.
Questions about ESC volunteering at PG? Contact us!
Phone: (+46) (0)70 040 77 81
Posithiva Gruppen (PG) is a national patient led organization for people who are living with HIV in Sweden, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We strive to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, and a big part of our work is to work against stigmatization and prejudice. We are working with specific target groups such as MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) who are living with HIV, young people who are living with HIV, elderly people who are living with HIV, women who are living with HIV and transgender people who are living with HIV. We offer a range of activities including seminars, educational weekends, weekly dinners, excursions, celebrations, conferences, campaigns and social/peer-to-peer support. The board of the organization consists entirely of people living with HIV which means the organization is truly target group driven. We cooperate with other organizations as well as with public entities such as healthcare providers. Together we strive to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV in Sweden.
For more information, visit our English sub-website.