European Voluntary Service


European Voluntary Service

What is a European Voluntary Service project

An EVS project allows a young person to be a volunteer in another country for a specified period, normally between 2-12 months. The voluntary service activities can be, for example, in the field of environment, arts and culture, activities with children, young people or the elderly, heritage or sports and leisure activities. Each project has three partners, a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation.

The activities:

* Take place in a country other than where the volunteers lives;
* Are non-profit-making and unpaid;
* Last for a limited period (maximum 12 months).

Who are the partners in an EVS project

An EVS project involves a triangular partnership, a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation. One of the countries involved in a project must be an EU Member State or an accession country.

* The volunteer's international travel covers reasonable travel costs from the volunteer's home to the host organisation, and the costs are paid to the sending organisation in full when the volunteer uses the cheapest available train or plane ticket (e.g. discount air ticket, or equivalent). A copy of the ticket(s) must be attached to the final report.
* Contribution to the sending activities (recruitment, preparation, contact, assessment, follow-up) is a lump sum payment depending on the length of the project and is determined for each country.
* Exceptional volunteer costs are related to the special needs of the volunteer (medical attendance, additional preparation, etc.) and are paid in full, provided they are reasonable and justifiable.
* The volunteer's allowance is fixed per host country and is paid in full to the host organisation to be given to the volunteer weekly or monthly.


= 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. This insurance complements the protection provided by the national social security (if applicable) which is proven by the E111 (or similar) form of the volunteer. All insurance costs are paid directly by the European Commission and they are not included in project budgets. The National Agencies provide more information about the insurance cover.


= If you are a volunteer =

The first step is that you should find a sending organisation and together consult the database of approved host placements. You can also contact a sending organisation, which has already established contact with a host organisation.


= What happens after European voluntary service =

All volunteers who have completed their EVS project are entitled to a certificate signed by the Head of the Youth Agency. This certificate validates their period of voluntary service and provides details of the activities in which they were involved. Volunteers from the programme countries also have the possibility to benefit from the Youth initiative action, and get involved in other Community programmes in general.


= External links =
* [http://www.action2.eu What is EVS and rules and regulations of EVS]
* [http://www.evsguide.eu Webguide for young people interested in EVS]
* [http://www.sve.pt SVE.PT]
* [http://europa.eu.int/youth/volunteering_-_exchanges/european_voluntary_service/index_eu_en.html Official site]
* [http://dmoz.org/Society/Philanthropy/Volunteering/Opportunities/Europe/ Open directory]
* [http://ec.europa.eu/youth/program/guide/action2_en.html Frequently Asked Questions]
* http://eyfa.org/wiki/EVS Eyfa wiki on EVS
* http://www.myevs.net (blog with EVS stories)
* http://www.youthnetworks.eu (database with EVS vacancies)
* http://www.noborders.nl (Dutch)
* http://www.gajemee.nu/
* http://www.go4europe.de
* http://www.youthreporter.de/
* http://www.eco-jobs.info/


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • European Youth Forum — The European Youth Forum (YFJ, from (YFJ, from Youth Forum Jeunesse ) is an international NGO [http://ec.europa.eu/budget/reform/library/contributions/ng/20080612 NG 48.pdf Reforming the Budget, Changing Europe: A Public Consultation Paper in… …   Wikipedia

  • Service Civil International — (SCI) is an international non governmental voluntary service organisation and peace movement with 43 branches and groups worldwide. The organisation was founded in 1920 by Swiss Engineer Pierre Ceresole. AimsSCI states to base its work on the… …   Wikipedia

  • European Union acronyms, jargon and working practices — European Union (EU) acronyms and jargon is a terminology set that has developed as a form of shorthand, to quickly express a (formal) EU process, an (informal) institutional working practice, or an EU body, function or decision, and which is… …   Wikipedia

  • Voluntary compliance — is one of possible ways of practising corporate social responsibility.Voluntary compliance is seen as an alternative to the state imposed regulations on company s behaviour. Proponents of voluntary compliance argue that it is in company s own… …   Wikipedia

  • Voluntary sector — Economic sectors Three sector hypothesis Primary sector: raw materials Secondary sector: manuf …   Wikipedia

  • European emission standards — Simplified chart showing the progression of European emission standards for Diesel cars …   Wikipedia

  • European Aviation Safety Agency — Infobox European Union agency name=European Aviation Safety Agency image size=120px x = 91 y = 138 location=Cologne, Germany pillar=European Community signdate=15 July 2002 establish=28 September 2003 director=Patrick Goudou administrative… …   Wikipedia

  • European Convention on Nationality — The European Convention on Nationality (E.T.S. No. 166, signed in Strasbourg, 6 November, 1997) is a comprehensive convention of the Council of Europe dealing with the law of nationality.Common practice among states at the beginning of the 20th… …   Wikipedia

  • European Union Emission Trading Scheme — The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) also known as the European Union Emissions Trading System, was the first large emissions trading scheme in the world.[1] It was launched in 2005 to combat climate change and is a major pillar… …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of the European Union — Official language(s) Bulgarian Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Finnish French German …   Wikipedia