We are a group of ex EVS interns who are willing to share their experience and help those who are interested in volunteering. The group is a meeting point of hosting organisations and candidates.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. EVS seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people's active citizenship.
This group does not represent the official programme of the European Commission, thus we are not held responsible for the information promoted by the host organisations looking for volunteers at any time.
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out a period of full time voluntary service abroad from 2 to 12 months. The programme is open to all young people aged 18-30.
How does EVS work?
EVS is based on a partnership between a host project, the volunteer and a sending organisation. Volunteers carry out their volunteering placement in a host project outside their country. Volunteers choose from accredited EVS projects that interest them, on the European Commission official website:
Host projects select volunteers for the vacancies they have. Applications for funding are made on the volunteer’s behalf by either the host or sending organisation.
Benefits of EVS volunteering
- gain confidence and independence
- experience a different culture
- learn new skills and develop competencies
- contribute to the local host community
- enhance employability (Youthpass certificate on completion).
How much will it cost?
It’s free! There is no cost to the volunteer at any stage. Travel, accommodation, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant. You will even receive a small personal allowance each month.
Do I need any qualifications?
No. There are no qualification requirements. Basic language knowledge will help, but is not necessary
Young people with fewer opportunities
EVS is inclusive for all young people. Those volunteers with fewer opportunities who do not feel able to complete a longer term placement can take part in EVS for a short term project from 2 weeks to 2 months. Extra support is available if you feel that this would be needed for you to carry out your project.
Volunteers who complete a short term EVS project are eligible to apply again for a longer placement. The total duration of both projects cannot exceed 12 months.