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EVS – European Voluntary Service programs
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is the European Commission’s project that allows a young person (17–30 years) to become a volunteer in another country for a specified period (normally between 2–12 months). The service activities can be, for example, in the field of environment, arts and culture, activities with children, young people or the elderly, heritage or sportsand leisure activities. Each project usually has three partners, a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation. The project has to take place in a country other than where the volunteers’ lives, is non-profit-making and unpaid and lasts for a limited period (maximum 12 months).
An EVS project usually involves a triangular partnership: a volunteer, a sending organisation, and a host organisation. One of the countries involved in a project must be an EU Member State or an accession country.
Did you know?
EVS is now called “ESC” (European Solidarity Corps). The European Solidarity Corps is the European Union’s new initiative for young people aged between 18 and 30. It replaces the European Voluntary Service (EVS).
It offers volunteering opportunities for a period of up to 12 months on the territory of EU member states.
To be able to participate in a European voluntary project with the European Solidarity Corps it is good to contact a sending organisation in your country. Otherwise, offer yourself as a candidate volunteer. Feel free to browse the list of EVS/ESC opportunities on this page, or on the official pages of ERASMUS and ESC.