Crossing Borders Guide to EVS
Do you want to volunteer abroad?
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a European Commission scheme which encourages 18-30 year olds to undertake long term volunteering in Europe. The scheme is funded in order to make volunteering as accessible as possible. The projects are unpaid and, importantly, volunteers do not replace paid workers.
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out a period of full time voluntary service abroad from 2 to 12 months. The programme is open to all young people aged 18-30.
How does the EVS work?
EVS is based on a partnership between a host project, the volunteer and a sending organisation. Volunteers carry out their volunteering placement in a host project outside the UK. Volunteers choose from accredited EVS projects that interest them. Host projects select volunteers for the vacancies they have. Applications for funding are made on the volunteer’s behalf by either the host or sending organisation.
Benefits of EVS volunteering
– Gain confidence and independence
– Experience a different culture
– Learn new skills and develop competencies
– Contribute to the local host community
– Enhance employability (Youthpass certificate on completion)
How much will it cost?
It’s free! There is no cost to the volunteer at any stage. Travel, accommodation, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant. You will even receive a small personal allowance each month.
Do I need any qualifications?
No. There are no qualification requirements. Basic language knowledge will help, but is not necessary
Volunteers who complete a short term EVS project are eligible to apply again for a longer placement. The total duration of both projects cannot exceed 12 months.
How to become an EVS Volunteer
through Crossing Borders
STEP 1 Registering with CB as Sending Organisation
CB is an accredited Sending, Host and Coordinating Organisation for EVS. In order to apply for an EVS placement abroad, you will need to register with an accredited EVS sending organisation within Denmark.
CB will help prepare you for your EVS experience and will support you while you are abroad.
STEP 2 Choosing a host project
What would you like to do? Where would you like to go?
There are a huge range of EVS voluntary placements across Europe. Project themes include: culture, social care, environment, youth, sport, and more. Think about what interests and motivates you before you contact host organisations. It will help if you are as open minded as possible.
CB works with a vast network of international like-minded organisations experienced in hosting EVS volunteers. We will do our best to find you a project that can match your expectations.
You can also search for projects by country or theme by visiting the European Commission’s project database (however, do note that some projects may not have EVS placements available).
We are in contact with organizations abroad who would like to host volunteers through Crossing Borders. Check out the list here!
You can find the database of all the EVS project here:http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database