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European Voluntary Service
How does it work?
An EVS project is a partnership between two or more promoting organisations. These promoters are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project.
Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organisation in the country where they live and a Host Organisation that receives and hosts them during their period of service.
Projects last from 2 to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation. At the end of your EVS period, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and describing your project – the Youthpass.
You will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part (maximum 10%) of your travel costs.
How can you apply?
If you are between 18 and 30 (or at least 16 if you are from a disadvantaged background), you have two options:
1. Contact an organisation that is recruiting volunteers for a granted project OR
2. Contact an organisation to discuss starting a project
To contact an organisation, consult the database of accredited organisations.
You can check the list of eligible countries in the Programme Guide.