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EVS at 20 - find out more!

European Voluntary Service celebrated 20 years in 2016!

Over the last 20 years, close to 100,000 young people have taken part in international volunteering through the European Voluntary Service (EVS).


EVS started in 1996 as a pilot action but given its successful start, the Commission launched the European Voluntary Service Community Action Programme that operated during 1998-1999. EVS then became part of the YOUTH programme( 2000-2006), and continued to be a flagship activity under the Youth in Action programme (2007-2013) and within the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020).


Through EVS young people get 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, to make this experience possible for everyone, every volunteer receives support to cover travel and living costs, as well as pocket money and insurance. Check out the database to find your lifetime volunteering opportunity!


Join in the celebration and find out how to become an EVS volunteer!


An organisation? You can coordinate an EVS project, send or host volunteers. Find out how to get an EVS accreditation and to advertise your volunteering project on the database.


Don't forget that EVS accredited organisations can advertise volunteering opportunities in the database to recruit volunteers.