What is EVS?
The European Voluntary Service, or EVS, is an opportunity for young people to live and volunteer abroad for up to one year while receiving free accommodation, insurance coverage and a grant for the duration of the project, meaning your living and travel expenses are mostly, if not completely, covered as well. Typically, EVS is available for people between the ages of 18 and 30 for a period of two to twelve months. There are projects in many different fields, such as sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, youth and the environment. Depending on your interests, skills and the amount of time you want to spend on EVS, there is almost always an ongoing project that fits your desires.
There are typically three parties involved in an EVS-project; a hosting organization, a sending organization and a volunteer. A volunteer – you, in this case – wants to participate in an EVS project and contacts a sending organization – us, in this case – and together we find you a hosting organization where you can perform your EVS. The hosting organization will be responsible for your volunteering efforts and living conditions while we remain behind and stay in touch with you throughout your EVS, to make sure everything is going according to plan.
All sponsoring, quality control and legal business related to EVS are coordinated by a European Commission (EC) organ called ‘Erasmus+’. You can check out the European Commission’s website here and the Erasmus+ website here.
For more detailed information about EVS you can consult the Erasmus+ 2015 Programme guide here. If you have any questions about EVS, the EC, Erasmus+ or the Programme guide, please don’t hesitate to contact us.