"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless." - Sherry Anderson
EVS is the European Voluntary Service that enables young people to get involved in an organisation abroad offering information and support, although it does not offer a direct placement service.
Interested young people aged 17 and above should contact an accredited organisation.
Volunteers must be motivated, curious young adults between the ages of 17 and 30. They do not only need to want to know a different country and a different culture, but also want to get involved and to make a difference in their host country.
EVS is open to all of us, because no technical or professional knowledge, or any specific qualifications, are required.
Depending on the area in which the host organisation works, a voluntary placement may take many different forms. The tasks assigned to the volunteer should match their interests and profile as closely as possible. Working hours should be between 30 and 38 per week. On no account should a volunteer placement be a substitute for what would otherwise be a paid job. An EVS placement is not an internship, but rather is intended to support the personal development of the young adult concerned. Volunteers offer additional support and might even conduct their own projects.
In an EVS project, a distinction is drawn between three different functions which the participating institutions can perform.
Look for a project of your interest in the official European Commission database. Make sure that you meet the needs and review the fact sheet on the project and the organization, where your contact details are included.
Contact the organisation by writing an e-mail. Find out if they are looking for volunteers and, if so, when are they needed for.
When you receive an affirmative answer affirmatively from the hosting organisation, send them your Europass CV and your Letter of Presentation in the language of the country of origin or in English. How to write my CV Europass ?
The sending organisation will manage all the administrative process of your project. This includes documents such as the "Volunteering Agreement", which establishes the coordination outlines and rights and obligations of all parties.
Your coordinating organisation is in charge of applying for the voluntary service project, which will provide the funding for your stay. There are three calls per year, which will determine the starting date of your project. Therefore, we recommend that you start the search process at least 6 months before you would like your voluntary service to start.
Would you like to volunteer abroad, get to know young people from other countries, and have fun? You won't earn any money volunteering, but it is an extremely rewarding experience both personally and culturally, and might be very useful in your future career. You can volunteer to help with projects on human rights, the environment, or sustainability, or in social and cultural programmes.
Read on for a variety of opportunities to get involved