European Voluntary Service > How does EVS work?

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out a period of full time voluntary service abroad from 2 to 12 months.  The programme is open to all young people aged 18-30 legally resident in the UK.

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out a period of full time voluntary service abroad from 2 to 12 months. The programme is open to all young people aged 18-30 legally resident in the UK.

How does EVS work?

EVS is based on a partnership between a host project, the volunteer and a sending organisation. Volunteers carry out their volunteering placement in a host project outside the UK. Volunteers choose from accredited EVS projects that interest them. Host projects select volunteers for the vacancies they have. Applications for funding are made on the volunteer’s behalf by either the host or sending organisation.

Benefits of EVS volunteering

- gain confidence and independence

- experience a different culture

- learn new skills and develop competencies

- contribute to the local host community

- enhance employability (Youthpass certificate on completion).

How much will it cost?

It’s free! There is no cost to the volunteer at any stage. Travel, accommodation, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant. You will even receive a small personal allowance each month.

Do I need any qualifications?

No. There are no qualification requirements. Basic language knowledge will help, but is not necessary

Young people with fewer opportunities

EVS is inclusive for all young people. Those volunteers with fewer opportunities who do not feel able to complete a longer term placement can take part in EVS for a short term project from 2 weeks to 2 months. Extra support is available if you feel that this would be needed for you to carry out your project.

For definitions of fewer opportunities download the European Commission’s descriptors from their inclusion strategy here

Volunteers who complete a short term EVS project are eligible to apply again for a longer placement. The total duration of both projects cannot exceed 12 months.

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

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