European Youth Portal

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Instructions for EVS databases

Volunteering, the experience of a life time! To start well, here is a brief introduction to the European Voluntary Service (EVS) databases displayed on the European Youth Portal.

This article is not an introduction to the European Voluntary Service, but to the databases you will need to use at some point if you wish to take part in a European volunteering.

 

There are 2 databases dedicated to EVS

This is the database you will have to use when you want to check EVS vacancies. It is useless to enter all boxes, nevertheless, it is compulsory to select “European Solidarity Corps projects” in the Project types box. You can also filter your search according to the field (EVS project topics) and/or the destination country (Project country). Then, all results appear on your screen and you only have to click on them to read the details of the mission, how to apply, the person you should contact... In a word, it is THE database you have to visit to search and apply for an EVS project!

This database lists all organisations which have received the Erasmus+ accreditation to participate in the EVS programme as a sending, receiving and/or coordinating organisation. Each EVS is a collaboration of 3 partners: a volunteer, a sending organisation based in his/her country of residence, a receiving organisation abroad. Coordinating organisations act as an intermediary between the sending and the receiving organisations and deal with the administrative part of the project when none of the organisations want nor can do it. If you have seen a receiving organisation which interests you on this database, of course you can contact and send it a speculative application. Nevertheless, keep in mind that an organisation can be accredited for receiving EVS volunteers but may not necessarily have an ongoing project.

 

2 databases, 1 language

Both databases are only available in English. This comes from the fact that EVS is after all a European programme, so it is important that most of young people can understand the organisations and projects details. Also, even though the programme doesn’t require any linguistic level, once you will arrive in your receiving country, you will probably have to speak (or try to) in English to communicate, at least at first. In order to avoid all linguistic block, always remind the spirit of EVS: the important thing is to not to win the bilingual prize, but to express yourself to communicate with people!

 

Do you need help?

Finally, even with the best will in the world, you cannot find the information you were looking for on the EVS databases? Don’t worry, The Eurodesk team will help you! Please tell us what is the problem encountered by using this form (please don’t forget to precise the organisations names or links of the concerned pages!) and we will answer you within the briefest delay possible.