The European Voluntary Service Impact Study analyses the impact of Erasmus+'s volunteering initiative on individuals, organisations and local communities.
The report splits typical EVS volunteers into 5 groups and looks at how they benefit from the European Voluntary Service (EVS):
The study shows that volunteers generally learnt valuable skills for the work place and improved their language skills. EVS helps raise awareness regarding problems of social exclusion. It also encourages volunteers to develop a more international outlook and feel more European.
EVS brings clear benefits for participating organisations such as a higher focus on diversity and improved project management capacity. EVS projects are also positive for local communities where they take place. EVS projects motivate others to volunteer, and improve intercultural learning and attitudes towards Europe within local communities. The study highlights options to increase the impact of EVS for individuals and organisations, with a specific focus on the role of young people with fewer opportunities.