What EVS is
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is the European Commission’s project under Erasmus+ program that allows a young person (18–30 years) to become a volunteer in another country for a specified period, normally between 2–12 months. It is categorized as a Youth in Action activity and is also referred to as Key Action 2. The service activities can be, for example, environmental, arts and culture, activities with children, youth or the elderly, involving heritage, sports and leisure activities. Each project has three partners, a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation. The project has to take place in a country other than where the volunteer lives, must make profit, and should be for a limited period of time. And of course, all volunteers are unpaid.
WHAT EVS IS Not
occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering
an internship in an enterprise
a paid job; it must not replace paid jobs
a recreation or tourist activity
a language course
exploitation of a cheap workforce
a period of study or vocational training abroad.
How Much will it cost?
Travel, accommodation, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant. Travel costs are covered according to Erasmus+ distance calculator.
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. Motivation is the most important part of selection.
How do i become an evs volunteer through gye?
STEP 1: Contact a Sending Organization
GYE is an accredited Sending and Hosting Organisation for EVS. In order to apply for an EVS placement abroad, you will need to contact with us. GYE will help prepare you for your EVS experience and will support you while you are abroad.
STEP 2: Choosing a Host Project
There are a huge range of EVS voluntary placements across Europe. Project themes include: culture, social care, environment, youth, sport, and more. Think about what interests and motivates you before you contact host organisations. It will help if you are as open minded as possible.