The European Voluntary Service (EVS) forms part of ERASMUS+, a European Union programme that promotes the mobility of young people through international activities with a non-formal education dimension such as youth exchanges, voluntary services, youth initiatives and training of youth workers. EVS offers young people the opportunity to volunteer up to twelve months in another country. A wide variety of placements can be found in the social, cultural, environmental, and sports sector. EVS provides the funding to cover the volunteer's costs.
Voluntary activities should:
- take place in another country, be non-profit making, unpaid and not involve job-substitution
- last for a specified period of time (between two and twelve months)
- be planned, implemented and followed up as a partnership between a volunteer, their sending and their host organisation
EVS projects can take place in both programme countries and partner countries. Programme countries include the member states of the European Union, the EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and pre-accession countries. Some EVS projects can take place in partner regions of the European Union, including Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. At least one of the countries involved in a project (either the sending country, where the volunteer is from, or the host country, where the volunteer is going) must be a programme country.
The Programme Countries are:
- The 28 EU Member States, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Turkey
The Neighboring Partner Countries are:
- South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina Former Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
- Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine
Mediterranean Partner Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia
What costs does EVS cover for you as a volunteer?
- Your international travel - EVS covers reasonable travel costs from your home to the host organization
- Exceptional volunteer costs - any reasonable and justifiable costs related to the special needs of the volunteer (medical attendance, additional preparation, etc)
- A volunteer's allowance, fixed per host country, and paid in full to the host organisation to be given to the volunteer weekly or monthly
- Your accommodation and food costs
Insurance - all volunteers are insured against sickness, accidents, permanent invalidity, and repatriation in case of serious illness, accident, and death. The insurance also covers civil liability.