EVS

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?

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. 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.

Contact information:
evs.gye@gmail.com

STEP 2: Choosing a Host Project

What would you like to do? Where would you like to go?

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.

GYE works with international like-minded organisations experienced in hosting EVS volunteers. We will do our best to find you a project that can match your expectations.  You can also search for projects by country or theme by visiting the European Commission’s project database.
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10 Comments on “EVS
  1. Hello, I’m Marieta from Georgia. I’m interested with EVS project and membership if it’s possible. I’m 4th year student and all mast 4 years I spent in several NGOs such as “AIESEC” and “JCI Georgia”. From your information booklet I’ve read that voluntaries should contact sending organisation, but I;m not sure if I know one. So could you please provide me with some information about those organisations and membership criteria.
    Thank you in advance,
    Wish you happy Easter

    • Hello Marieta,

      Thanks for you interest. It is definitely possible for you to become a member of GYE. As the EVS coordinators are always looking for good candidates, I’m sure they’ll be glad to talk to you about future EVS opportunities. Please contact Salome sgvelesiani88@gmail.com or Achiko at achiko@gye.ge to arrange a time to meet with either or both of them.

      Thanks!

      Happy Easter :)

  2. Hi, I’ve sent you an email with CV and a tiny story about me wanting to come to Georgia for EVS, but I didn’t get any answer, so I’m not sure whether the message reached you or not. Do you need volunteers from Poland? I’m very eager to become one soon :)

    • Dear Ula,

      Did you send your message to Salome (her contact information is listed above your comment)? As she is the EVS coordinator you should contact her directly. I will txt her now to remind her to look for an email from you.

    • Hello!

      To whom did you send your CV? If nobody has contacted you, maybe the proper person did not receive it. Send it to Vaxo (vakhtanggye@gmail.com ) to be sure that somebody reads it. We’d love to have another motivated Polish volunteer!

      Thanks, talk to you soon!

  3. Dear Sir or Madam

    I am a last year student of bachelor degree from Georgia. Few minutes ago, I read about long-term EVS. I have a great desire to participate in. But the problem is that I don’t have any sending organisation. What can I do in this situation? And if there is anything you can help me with?

    I am looking forward to your answer soon.

    Best regards.

    • Hello Ia,

      Thanks for writing. Since you’ve already finished university, this would be the perfect time for you to gain some professional experience and develop personally through long-term EVS. GYE has the ability to both host and send EVS volunteers.

      Contact Vaxo at vakhtanggye@gmail.com and he will help you become a member and work with you to figure out the sending EVS opportunity!

      By the way, once you become a member, you are more than welcomed to come to our daily activities in Rustavi. Being an active participant in these clubs will show GYE what type of worker you are and will help them determine whether or not to send you on different short and long term projects. There are classes, clubs, and workshops going on everyday after 3:00 p.m. Our new activities will begin on October 13th, so you should sign up for these clubs soon!

      I hope this helps.

      Come visit us soon!|

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