European Volunteer Service Elena
Would you like to join an European Volunteer Project Paid?
Then this is the project for you!!!
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) gives young people the opportunity to express their personal commitment through full-time voluntary work in a foreign country within or outside the EU. EVS aims to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, while contributing to strengthening social cohesion and promoting active citizenship. 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 sports and leisure activities. An EVS project 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.
The volunteer’s international travel covers reasonable travel costs from the volunteer’s home to the host organisation, and the costs are paid to the sending organisation in full when the volunteer uses the cheapest available train or plane ticket (e.g. discount air ticket, or equivalent). Contribution to the sending activities (recruitment, preparation, contact, assessment, follow-up) is a lump sum payment depending on the length of the project and is determined for each country. Exceptional volunteer costs related to the special needs of the volunteer (medical attendance, additional preparation, etc.) are paid in full, provided they are reasonable and justifiable. The volunteer’s allowance is fixed per host country and is paid in full to the host organisation to be given to the volunteer weekly or monthly. All volunteers are insured for sickness, accidents, permanent invalidity, and repatriation in case of serious illness, accident, and death through AXA . The insurance also covers civil liability. All insurance costs are paid directly by the European Commission and they are not included in project budgets.
The first step of a prospective volunteer is to find and contact a sending organisation and together with them consult the database of approved hosts. All volunteers who have completed their EVS project are entitled to a certificate called Youthpass signed by the Head of the Youth Agency. This certificate validates their period of voluntary service and provides details of the activities in which they were involved. Volunteers from the countries involved also have the possibility to benefit from the Youth initiative action, and get involved in other Community programmes in general.