EVS is supported by the European YOUTH programme
and is described as Action 2.
is an opportunity open to all young people between the ages of 18
and 25, which allows them to volunteer to work in a variety of activities
in the social, environmental and cultural fields. Their voluntary
service takes place in another country, for a period of 6 to 12
months (long term). There are no preconditions in terms of qualifications
or social background for young people taking part in. One of the
most important priorities of the programme is to give access to
activities through short term (minimum period of 3 weeks to a maximum
of 6 months) EVS to young people with fewer opportunities, who can
choose to then go on a long-term EVS project.
main aims of EVS are to help young people become more integrated
into society, to develop a service that will benefit the community
in humanitarian, social and cultural ways, and to link and strengthen
organisations working for the public good throughout Europe.
There are three partners in the EVS action: the volunteer,
the Sending Organisation and the Host Organisation.
are aged between 18-25, and have to be legally resident in an eligible
country. They are voluntarily committed to an experience
of active citizenship and non-formal education with a view to acquiring
social, intercultural and personal skills. Volunteers should embark
on this experience with an open mind, a willingness to learn and
appreciate another culture, to integrate into a foreign community,
as well as actively take part in actions beneficial to the local
community. Volunteers will contribute by sharing their own culture,
their own personal skills and by giving their time, energy and enthusiasm.
can be any type of non-governmental organisation, an association,
a local authority or any non-profit-making local initiative. They
are responsible for publicising the programme, recruiting young
people and seeking suitable host placements. They also provide initial
training and preparation, arrange travel for the volunteer, maintain
contact during the voluntary service period and make arrangements
for the volunteer's re-entry to the UK when their assignment ends.
They are expected to help young people validate and use their experience
by providing suitable follow-up on their return.
the young person has decided that he/she wants to become an EVS
volunteer they should contact
the UK National Agency and will be sent a list of approved UK
Sending Organisations. They should then identify the organisation
nearest to their named place of residence, and contact them-a personal
visit may be requested. General procedures will be explained by
the Sending Organisation who will assist the potential volunteer
look for a Host Organisation of their choice.
Host Organisation is located in the place where the volunteer
undertakes his/her voluntary service. Host Organisations cover a
wide range of non-profit making activities in the social, environmental
and cultural fields, which are likely to have a direct impact on
the well being of the populations of the local hosting community.
Any type of non-governmental organisation, an association, a local
authority or any non-profit-making local initiative can apply to
be a Host Organisation.
Organisation's are responsible for arranging on-arrival training
with the approved EVS trainers. They will provide: personal support
to help volunteers integrate into the local community and facilitate
the opportunity to meet local young people and other EVS volunteers,
continuous supervision, a mentor who will advise on any difficulties,
language training and suitable board/lodging.
is unique about short-term projects?
The aim is to facilitate European volunteering to young people who
have individual difficulties, or have experienced or are in difficult
circumstances. Sending/Hosting Organisations taking part in short-term
EVS should have clearly defined pedagogical objectives and characteristics
which will enable young people a chance to integrate more actively
into society and act as a stepping stone to other opportunities
as well as long-term EVS.
offered to Organisations
The Youth programme fervently supports the participation of new
youth groups who may not have had previous international experience.
It supports the training of youth workers and leaders in project
management and in the learning of intercultural working methods
for all approved EVS Sending and Host Organisations.
partnerships between Sending and Host Organisations are encouraged
through participating in preparatory visits and co-funding is available
under Action 5: Support Measures.
opportunities (special criteria's are applicable to these
Multilateral projects: activities involving partner organisations
from several different eligible countries, which agree to exchange
volunteers amongst themselves.
event projects: consist of several volunteering places that
are linked to some specific high profile event.
with third countries: creating a sense of solidarity among young
people from the European Union, the European Economic Area and people
from other regions of the world.
is the cost?
There is no cost to the young person. The Sending/Hosting
Organisations and the European Union co-fund the volunteer's EVS
If you wish to become a volunteer under the European Voluntary Service
contact a UK Sending Organisation
closest to where you live.
you are interested in becoming an approved Sending/Host Organisation
under the European Voluntary Service Action contact
us for more details.
can also download the relevant application form below.
happens after European Voluntary Service?
All volunteers that complete their EVS project will receive a certificate
signed by the member of the European Commission responsible for
the Youth Programme. The certificate will state the period of voluntary
service and also activities done by the volunteer.
volunteer on successful completion of EVS will also have the opportunity
to apply under Action 3: Youth Initiatives for a Future
Capital grant to further expand on their EVS experience.
further information, contact:
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN
+44 (0) 20 7389 4030
Fax +44 (0) 20 7389 4033