EVS Voluntary Work in Europe

Interested in voluntary work in Europe? Apply for the European Voluntary Service for 6–12 months!

The European Voluntary Service offers a great opportunity to get to know a new environment and gain new skills as a volunteer. Voluntary work is done for the local community.

Volunteers are received by different kinds of work communities. Voluntary tasks are available in, for instance, youth work, work among disabled people, cultural work and environmental work. The volunteers usually live at the dormitory of their voluntary workplace, in a shared apartment or in local host family.

“The year I spent abroad was one of my best experiences every. I got to travel, to get to know a different kind of a culture with the help of local people and to work with children.” – Heli Hongoisto, EVS volunteer in Slovenia in an organization called MDPM Ajdovscina

The European Voluntary Service is a part of the Youth in Action section of the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. The EVS is governed in Finland by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Where?

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Ireland, Island, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey. In addition, EVS projects can be arranged in the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Western Balkan and Southern Mediterranean countries.

“My almost a year in EVS voluntary work in Germany included countless great and exciting memories that I look back to constantly.” – Vilma-Riikka Tiittanen, an EVS volunteer in a folk high school in Germany

Through the international ICYE network we send volunteers to EVS positions in Austria, Denamark, Germany, Great-Britain, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia. Occasionally there are available in the ICYE network also EVS projects coordinated by the international ICYE in which here are volunteering possibilities available in, for instance, Africa and Asia.

Who can participate?

The European Voluntary Service is meant for the 18–30-year-olds. It is primarily targeted at those young people who have, due to unemployment, for instance, less opportunities to gain international experience than other young people.

No prior educational or work background is required. It is not obligatory to know the language of the destination country in advance.

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Costs of an EVS period?

EVS is funded by the European Union. The participant may have to  pay only a small part of the travelling costs.

The voluntary work period includes:

When and how to apply?

One can apply for the European Voluntary Service throughout the year. It is recommended to apply at least six months before the planned beginning date of the voluntary work period. See instructions for applying.