Erasmus+

European Voluntary Service

Overview

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) helps young people travel abroad to participate in volunteering projects.

As an EVS volunteer, you commit yourself to the work of an organisation abroad. Volunteering projects can involve many different kinds of activities in areas such as youth work, cultural activities, social care or environmental protection. You volunteer on an unpaid and full-time basis.

What you have achieved and learned through volunteering is certified Europe-wide via the Youthpass recognition tool.

Volunteers already involved in EVS should read an Info Kit explaining what to expect and with information on the Youthpass and the insurance cover provided.

Access to Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support will help you learn the language that you volunteer in.

Duration

Volunteering activities last a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 12 months.

EVS opportunities are available in both Erasmus+ Programme countries and Neighbouring Partner countries - meaning that you can volunteer outside of Europe too.

Conditions

You must be between the ages of 17 and 30 to volunteer.

Financial support

All essential costs related to your volunteering project are covered. You will be provided with accommodation, board and any local transport that you may need. You may also receive a small amount of 'pocket money'.

All volunteers are covered by insurance during their time abroad.

How to apply

You can apply to volunteer with the EVS directly through the organisation responsible for sending you abroad or receiving you in the host country and for arranging all practicalities.

The European Youth Portal, the EU's website for young people, hosts a database of volunteering opportunities containing:

  • Details of different projects
  • Descriptions of what kind of volunteers are needed
  • Contact details and application procedures

Application procedures vary between EVS projects, so always check the "How To Apply" section of projects that interest you.

If you can't find a suitable project, you can browse the list of EVS organisations and get in touch with them to check if theyare offering placements. Please bear in mind that some of those listed may not currently be looking for new volunteers.

Find out more

The Erasmus+ National Agency in your country can help you find a participating organisation and answer your questions.

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