What does Silba do exactly?
Silba's focus is on democracy and dialogue. A core activity of our organization is the coordination of election observation missions on and partnership projects around the world. Silba also organizes different academic events at local and national level, such as seminars, talks, and social activities.
I am an international student. Can I apply for Silba's missions?
Yes, absolutely! Silba invites everyone who is a student or young professional and supports our goals to join us. With a sister organization, EDDA in Norway and a growing branch in the Netherlands, Silba is becoming evermore international. Our last EOM had participants from 10 different nationalities!
Do I need previous experience to apply for Silba's Election Observation Missions?
No, you don’t need previous experience. One of Silba’s goals is to make election observations accessible for young people. We welcome everyone who is curious and willing to learn more about culture, politics, elections, democracy and bridge building to participate in an EOM with us.
What do you do exactly if you join Silba on a short-term Election Observation Mission?
If you join Silba on one of our missions, it means you will be part of group of young and open-minded people, who would like to learn more about democracy and different aspects of the country during the EOM. On an academic level, you will visit local organizations and participate in seminars. On a social level, you get some free time to explore the country, meet the locals, try new food and get to know each other. You sign up for an informative and fun experience that is great for your CV!
What is the difference between coordinators and applicants?
Coordinators are the ones that organize the EOM for our participants. Normally the coordinators are 3-5 people, depending the country of the EOM. Participants are the ones who join our program, attend the lectures and information meetings, and observe during election day. Afterwards, participants share their EOM experiences in whatever way they see fit (for example, by writing an article about it in a student magazine or make a short video) to promote the work of Silba and what they have experienced during the EOM.
What does the application process contain?
If you apply for one of our missions (both as coordinator or participant), we ask you to write a short motivation letter and upload your CV. You can apply for multiple positions if you want and you will hear from us shortly after the application deadline. Keep in mind that you don’t receive a confirmation after applying. If you receive an e-mail of acceptance, we ask you to take the OSCE course for election observers.