Published: 06/05/2013 15:02
The European Voluntary Service gives you the chance to go abroad for a few months and work in an NGO or a state funded organization for no salary. The costs will be covered by the grant program Youth in Action
Anybody in the age range 18 - 30 (exceptionally 16-30) can become a volunteer. The projects usually last from 2 to 12 months.
There are different kinds of volunteer work. You can take part in ecological projects, development programs or work with children and youth. It all depends on your interests and experiences.
As a volunteer, you will have accommodation, food, pocket money, language course and health insurance covered. You will also get 90 % of your travel costs reimbursed. The European Voluntary Service is financed from the EU grant program Youth in Action.
If you want to become a volunteer, you need to find a sending organization in your country which will prepare you for the project. To find a host organization, use the database of volunteer projects from the whole of Europe.
There are portals assembling current offers of free places for volunteers. The most famous one is YouthNetworks.
The publication Experience Europe! gives you the chance to read about the experiences from the European Voluntary Service.
You can find detailed information about European Voluntary Service on the web pages of the Youth in Action program.