About EVS

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans aged 18 – 30 years with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU for up to 12 months.

In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people's active citizenship.

EVS is a part of a program Youth In Action, supported by European Commision.

What is EVS?
Within the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme, young people can spend up to 12 represents Action 2 of Youth in Action Programme.
Volunteers in EVS projects participate in activities in different fields (like: environment, arts, and culture, activities with children, young people or elderly, heritage, sports, etc.) which comply with following general principles:

Activities Must:
- Take place in a country other than where the volunteer lives;
- Be non-profit-making and unpaid;
- Bring an added value to the host organization and the local community;
- Not involve job substitution, not be a substitute for military service or alternative service formulas;
- Last for a limited period, normally between 2 and 12 months.

Activities Should:
- Promote universal peace, dialogue, tolerance and solidarity;
- Contribute to building long-lasting and solid partnerships;
- Give participants a better understanding of their own situations and cultures and help them explore their identities;
- Contribute to developing the voluntary sector and civil society.

Evs is not…
- Evs is not occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering.
- Evs is not an internship in an enterprise.
- Evs is not a paid job and must not substitute paid jobs.
- Evs is not recreation or tourist activity.
- Evs is not a language course.
- Evs is not exploitation of cheap work force.
- Evs is not a period of study or vocational training abroad.
- Evs is not simply a funding scheme, but a quality model of transnational voluntary service.

Who can participate?
- Young people aged between 18 and 30

Which Countries?
EVS, as the Youth in Action Programme in general, is aimed mainly at the Programme countries, but young people from the Neighbouring Partner countries can also participate in EVS projects

What does it cost?
As volunteer, Evs does not cost you anything! (At least, no money!)

More technical information about this you can find here:

Izvedba tega projekta je financirana s strani Evropske komisije. Vsebina spletne strani je izključno odgovornost avtorja in v nobenem primeru ne predstavlja stališč Evropske komisije.

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