The European Voluntary Service gives young people the opportunity to volunteer abroad, contributing with their efforts to a cause they believe in – be it solidarity with refugees and migrants, work on environmental issues, activities for children or the elderly, support for non-governmental organisations, work for cultural events or a number of other topics. Anyone between 17 and 30 years old can join and every volunteer receives support to cover travel and living costs, as well as pocket money and insurance.
As an organisation you can get financial support to run a project involving an international volunteer in your activities. EVS volunteers can contribute with their enthusiasm, efforts and background to the work you are doing and add a truly inspiring international dimension to your organisation's environment.
Five organisations from the UK, Italy, Romania and Latvia share their experiences of hosting European Voluntary Service volunteers, and explain how organisations can start to host their own EVS volunteers.
Mina, a young refugee now living in Denmark, tells her story about volunteering in Brussels through European Voluntary Service, and using her experiences to support other refugees.
Many countries are holding events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of European Voluntary Service. To find the events closest to you, please select your country below and press "go".
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