The European Voluntary Service programme offers young adults aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to carry out a community service abroad as a volunteer and to develop new skills while enjoying an intercultural experience. Host organisations receive support for their activities and benefit from the commitment and new ideas of young volunteers.
Young people who do an EVS participate individually in a community service project. Through this enriching experience abroad, they can improve their skills on many levels and actively help the host organisations. Both sides benefit from this intercultural exchange. The organisations participating in the programme have all been accredited to ensure the quality of the volunteering placements.
The fields of activity offered under EVS are very varied: social, cultural, health, child, youth and community work, environmental protection, etc. The tasks entrusted to young people should be varied and structured and, as far as possible, correspond to their interests and profile. The weekly working time is between 30 and 38 hours. A voluntary service commitment is not a substitute for a paid job, nor is it an internship. The programme serves the personal development of young adults and is open to all; it does not require professional knowledge or specific training.
During EVS, volunteers participate in training seminars which allow them to reflect on their experiences and support them in their learning process.
Any organisation wishing to participate in the programme and host volunteers must first be accredited. Information on the accreditation process and funding applications can be found on this page.
All the detailed information about the EVS programme can be found in the programme guide.
Here is an overview of the formal criteria of the programme:
These grants are valid for projects approved from 2023 onwards. Details of the amounts allocated and explanations can be found in the programme guide. Grants for projects approved in 2021 and 2022 can be found here.