The European Voluntary Service (EVS) enables young people to go abroad to participate in volunteering projects.
EVS volunteers are committed to working for an organization abroad. These projects may include many different types of activities in areas such as youth work, cultural activities, social or environmental care. This voluntary work is unpaid and full-time.
The results obtained and the skills acquired during the stay abroad are certified by the Youth Pass which is a valid identification instrument throughout Europe.
Those who have not yet participated in EVS can consult an information pack outlining what to expect and providing information on Youthpass and the Insurance Coverage.
By accessing the Erasmus + online language support, you can learn the language used on the spot.
Voluntary activities last from a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 12 months.
The EVS is available in neighboring program countries and partner countries: which entails that you can do volunteer work also outside Europe.
To participate you must be aged between 17 and 30 years.
All essential costs for the project are covered. Transportation, food and lodging will be provided. You may also receive a small amount of money for personal expenses.
All volunteers are covered by insurance while abroad.
How to apply
To participate in EVS you can apply directly to the organization of departure or destination responsible, who organizes all the practical details.
The European youth portal EU offers a data bank with volunteer activities.
Details of the projects
A description of the necessary competences sought in volunteers.
Contact details and procedures to apply.
Application procedures vary from project to project, so always consult the section “How to Apply” of the projects that interest you.
If you cannot find a suitable project, you can consult the list of EVS organizations and contact them to see if they offer opportunities. It is crucial to remember that some of the organizations of the list may not be currently looking for new volunteers.
To know more
The H.R.Y.O. as an accredited institution can help you find a participating organization and provide further clarifications.