Erasmus+ is the European program for education, training, youth and sports approved and in force until 2020. The Erasmus + program includes several activities related to the mobility of people, including the European Voluntary Service (EVS).
EVS is a learning opportunity in the field of non-formal education, in which young volunteers improve or acquire skill for their personal, educational and professional development, as well as their social integration. It is an attractive program whereby you can learn by doing and have fun at the same time.
You will undertake your volunteer activity in a country other than your country of residence. This unpaid activity must be carried out full time, for a certain period, for the benefit of the local community. Throughout the volunteer project all expenses will be covered and something more …
At the end of the EVS, all2help will make sure you receive the Youthpass. Through the Youthpass certificate, the European Commission ensures that the learning experience acquired through the program is recognized as an educational experience and a period of non-formal learning. The Youthpass certificate describes what the participants have done in their project and the skills they have acquired. This certificate will be signed by your host organization.
Volunteer projects provide the opportunity to perform a task for the benefit of the community. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of all kind organizations. There are many types of projects and you are to find one for you. First, you must choose the subject that interests you and where you would like to do it. all2help will help you find it and successfully participate.
- Social: caring for the elderly, workshops with children, workshops with immigrants, assisting disable people, personal and socio-educational development of youth, inclusion of the disadvantaged …
- Educational: support classes for children with special needs, library assistance, language training, music school support, sports activities, cultural activities, ICT support, media literacy …
- Environmental: environmental education, rural development, cleaning of forests and river channels, garbage collection, documentation of paths, tourist signage, nature learning center, renewable energy, recycling …
- Cultural heritage: recovery of historical artistic heritage, promotion of traditional holidays and local products …
All projects must be approved by the Erasmus+ program.
The duration of the projects typically vary between 2 and 12 months. Young people with fewer opportunities can carry out voluntary projects with a minimum duration of two weeks.
In the projects, you can participate individually, or in groups of up to 30 volunteers.
A European Voluntary service is not:
- Occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering.
- An internship in an enterprise.
- A paid job; it must not replace paid jobs.
- A recreation or tourist activity.
- A language course.
- Exploitation of a cheap workforce.
- A period of study or vocational training abroad.
If you have an open mind, a positive attitude and are between 17 and 30 years old, you can undertake a European Voluntary Service. The countries in which you can carry out a project are:
- The 28 member countries of the EU.
- Norway, Turkey, Iceland, Switzerland, Republic of Macedonia.
- Euro-Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia).
- Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia).
- Eastern and Caucasian countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia).
Participation does not depend on your academic background. You are also not required to know the host country language, although it always helps.
The European volunteer service can only be done once; Except if your previous project had a duration of less than two months, so it is important that you choose well. Previous participation in an Erasmus program is not a barrier. We highly recommend EVS for those who have already experience an Erasmus program.
What are you waiting for to become a European volunteer? We will help you to take all steps to participate successfully.
As a volunteer, you will have to play an active role in setting up your EVS project and perform the tasks included in the agreement for 30 – 35 hours per week. Take advantage of the time and enjoy. You will be entitled to two consecutive free days per week (unless you agree to another arrangement with the host organization) and two days of holidays per month.
You are expected to be respectful and sympathetic with the environment in which you volunteer and follow the rules and organizational structure of your host country.
During your volunteer activity, we recommend you attend all the training opportunities provided, they are not an obligation but an opportunity, do not miss them and take advantage of them, including: a) a welcome training for volunteers lasting 2 months or more, and b ) An intermediate evaluation, in the case of voluntary services lasting 6 months or more. You will also participate in the annual EVS event, in which you will have the opportunity to learn, have fun and meet other volunteers.
If you want to discover a new country, meet new people, learn another language, improve your professional skills, help others, discover yourself …. an EVS is waiting for you …
La realización de un Servicio de Voluntariado Europeo te ofrecerá numerosas oportunidades de aprendizaje:
- Volunteering financed, supported and supervised by a European program.
- More active participation in society.
- Personal development and increased autonomy.
- Language learning.
- Improvement of learning outcomes.
- Increasing employability and improving career prospects.
- Increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
- Improved self-training and self-esteem.
- Explore other cultures, values and behaviors.
- Greater awareness of European values.
- Participation in a project suited to the personality and interests of the participant.
- Improve teamwork.
- Knowledge of other volunteers.
- Discover the EVS program
You may start by understanding in depth the EVS program. Should develop a clear idea of what EVS is and why you want to volunteer. Our website is a good source of information, as well as the national agency for Erasmus+. If you want to know more, do not hesitate to contact us.
- Contact a sending agent
Once you are familiar with what EVS is, you may start preparing your application. To apply you need a sending agency accredited by the national agency for Erasmus+. all2help can be your sending organization (if you reside in Spain). We will make the whole process easier: take care of all the paperwork and manage the grant. We will clarify all your doubts, advise you and find the project that fits you best, as well as support you with all practical questions. We will take care of you, not only before departure, but for the duration of the volunteering.
- Find a project that interests youThere are several ways to find a project:
- Get in touch with all2help: let us know your preferences and availability. We will help you find the project that best suits you, your motivation and abilities. We have a lot of projects for you!
- Look for organizations that are accredited, that may interest you to volunteer (put the country you would like to go to, topic and choose as type of accreditation “Organization of reception”). If you find a project or a reception organization that interests you, get in touch with them, show your interest and ask them if they have available places. Indicates that you already have a sending organization, all2help.
- Have a look on social networks for projects with available places, projects carried out, experience of other volunteers …
- We also recommend that you join the European Solidarity Corps. Enrolling is very easy and you can be selected to join a project.
Once, you have found a project that you like, prepare your CV and your motivation letter in English for the host company. The CV must be different from the one you would use to look for a job, be creative !, include your skills, hobbies, experiences abroad and voluntary work done. Customize your motivation letter, include the reasons that push you to volunteer. If you don´t know how to start … we can help you !, here are our first five tips:
- Be concise and optimistic.
- Include the reasons why you want to volunteer.
- Show what you can contribute to the project and to the local community.
- Talk about how EVS will help you in your future.
In the letter be yourself, explain the reasons why YOU should be the person chosen. You must include who your sending organization is, all2help. . You can include the following image.
Send us your application using this form. We will review it and send it to the host organizations.
Do not forget, we’ll be with you! During your EVS, you will receive support from all2help all2help at all times; as well as having the assistance of a tutor designed by your host association. Participate in the training cycle of the National Agency of the project country.
You can find more information about the EVS program at:
From all2help, as an accredited entity of the European Voluntary Service, we can advise and support you with all the paperwork so that this opportunity becomes a reality.
Participating in the EVS is an engaging experience that I would recommend to everyone and I would do it again.
I recommend everyone to do an EVS I have spent the best 5 months of my life
This experience changes your life. It is a window into the world of dreams, where everything is possible. A year in which my life has completely changed, which has helped me to open myself to people, to overcome some fears, to grow as a person, to learn so many new things, to meet so many good people … in short, to be very happy!
I recommend to all young people to live this experience. It is a way of social change, since it improves you as a citizen and as a person, teaching you to live with others and to live in general.
In those months, I have changed a lot the way I see things and my future. I have met amazing people that I would like to se and collaborate in the future. I have developed my project and my learning.
It was a very satisfying experience, both personally and professionally. I encourage all youth to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn and share experiences with people from other cultures.
It changes your life to carry out this type of projects. It makes you realizes that there is always something to learn from others and others from you.
Taking into account my personal experience, I would advise all young people not to be afraid to leave their country and to take advantage of this unique and enriching opportunity.
For me, EVS is a personal challenge, a perfect adventure in which you are given the time, resources and space necessary to dedicate yourself a time to grow as a person in another country.