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European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fully funded ‘Erasmus+’ programme

Volunteering through EVS could provide you with a real-life international learning experience. You’d learn to get on with a mixed group and gain valuable work experience in a challenging environment, which could help you when you’re looking for a job. You’d have the great experience of working alongside young people from other countries, too – it’s an aim of EVS to encourage tolerance, active citizenship and mutual understanding.

It’s designed to encourage 18-30 year olds who might otherwise not be able to afford to volunteer to undertake long or short term volunteering in Europe by ensuring that your travel, food accommodation, medical insurance and pocket money is covered. Find out more about EVS funding.

The projects are unpaid and, importantly, volunteers do not replace paid workers or financially profit the hosting organisation. The Long Term EVS programme offers projects of between 6 and 12 months. There is also a Short Term EVS programme, with projects of between 2 weeks and six months, designed as an introduction to volunteering for those who don’t have the opportunities most of us do. If you work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who might benefit, we’d be happy to tell you more about how EVS can be an ideal stepping stone to longer term volunteering.

To apply for either long or short term EVS projects, you must be between 18 and 30 years old and a UK resident and an EU citizen, or have the right to live and work long term in Europe. Volunteering through EVS could provide you with a real-life international learning experience. You’d learn to get on with a mixed group and gain valuable work experience in a challenging environment, which could help you when you’re looking for a job. You’d have the great experience of working alongside young people from other countries, too – it’s an aim of EVS to encourage tolerance, active citizenship and mutual understanding. You could be working in…

  • Conservation (wildlife, environment, renovation, gardening, agriculture)
  • Health (drugs/alcohol, HIV education, care work)
  • The social field  (children, adults, older people, special needs, learning difficulties, physical difficulties, support for refugees, homeless people)
  • The arts (arts/crafts, theatre, media, festival)

Find here the EVS projects Concordia is looking volunteers for.

Not only is EVS a means of living in another country for an extended period of time, it’s a means of really knowing that country, really learning the language in a way never possible at home, and above all, it’s a means to do something useful, something important. I don’t think you can ever really know what you’re capable of until you do something that challenges you” Liam, EVS Volunteer in Spain

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