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WHAT IS EVS?

The European Voluntary Service (often shortened to EVS) allows young people aged 17-30* to be full-time volunteers in a range of countries. Projects can last from two to 12 months. EVS Volunteers work in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Culture
  • Youth
  • Sports
  • Animal welfare
  • Environment
  • Development cooperation
  • and more.

EVS is part of the Volunteering Projects (KA125) strand of Erasmus+.

Young people with fewer opportunities, and groups of ten or more volunteers, can also choose a shorter-term project. These can last between two weeks and two months.

EVS is a partnership between a Sending Organisation in the volunteer’s home country, a Receiving Organisation in the destination country, and the volunteer. Both organisations have to be approved (known as ‘accredited’) by the Erasmus+ National Agency in their country.

Check the EVS database and choose ‘Ireland’ under ‘organisation country’ to see if your organisation has valid accreditation. Click the organisation name and look for the expiry date on the left.

If your organisation is not EVS accredited, you must submit the KA110 Accreditation Form to start the process. This must be done at least one application round before you apply for funding. It is  not possible to receive accreditation and submit an application under the same deadline.

*17 year olds can take part only if their receiving organisation can show that child protection procedures are in place.

FUNDING

EVS volunteers are unpaid but receive funding from their sending organisation to cover accommodation, insurance, daily living costs and most travel costs. Volunteers have to contribute a small part of their travel costs themselves.

Sending organisations can apply for funding for volunteers’ costs, and costs directly linked to coordinating the project.

Extra funding for participants with special needs is available. This must be requested and justified in the application form.

Funding is determined by the number of people who take part, and the receiving country involved. See the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for details.

BENEFITS

EVS benefits both volunteers and organisations. Young people discover new cultures, people and places and at the same time contribute to the daily work of organisations active in the community. Taking part in EVS helps young people develop their skills in communication, organisation, intercultural learning, self-reliance and more.

Organisations can use the skills and competences of volunteers to work in more innovative ways, develop specific projects and bring new approaches to their organisation.

Read the stories of EVS volunteers and organisations on our blog or hear from volunteer Michael Ward in this video made for European Youth Week.

WHAT IS STRATEGIC EVS?

Strategic EVS is for organisations already experienced in EVS. It allows them to use volunteer experience to strengthen the impact of their work, and build capacity to create a strategic change in their organisation.

Strategic EVS is part of Erasmus+ Volunteering Projects, KA125.

Strategic EVS projects involve standard EVS activities, but happen over a period of three years. This allows organisations to be more flexible and pro-active in planning their work. Projects should involve several volunteers, working individually or as a group. There is no upper limit to the number of volunteers that can be involved.

Find out more on our blog, ‘Introducing Strategic EVS’ 

FUNDING

Sending organisations can apply for funding for volunteers’ costs, and costs directly linked to coordinating the project.

Extra funding for participants with special needs is available. These costs must be requested and justified in the application form. Funding is determined by the number of people who take part, and the receiving country involved. See  the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for details.

BENEFITS

Strategic EVS allows organisations with a long term plan and vision to work towards their goals, with certainty that the funding and volunteers will be there to complete the project. It gives organisations a chance to be innovative and dynamic in a way that traditional funding may not facilitate.

 

WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS?

The European Solidarity Corps is a new initiative from the European Union, launched in December 2016. It allows young people aged 18-30 to make a meaningful contribution to society by joining projects in their own country or abroad. Details of the initiative are still being worked out, and we’ll update this page as they are confirmed.

Young people can take part either as volunteers, or through an ‘Occupational’ placement – a fixed-term contract to complete a job, traineeship or apprenticeship. There is no particular level of education or experience need to join the Corps. However, all members must uphold the mission and principles of the initiative: the promotion of a fair and equal society where non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality prevail.

European Solidarity Corps projects should benefit communities and people around Europe, and be based on the European values of solidarity, respect for human dignity and human rights. Projects can last from two to twelve months, and are usually in EU Member States. Key project areas include:

  • disaster prevention
  • integration of refugees and migrants
  • environmental protection
  • entrepreneurship
  • civic participation
  • culture
  • sport.

Organisations interested in hosting volunteers or placements through the European Solidarity Corps can do so through the European Voluntary Service. Contact us for more details.

Young people interested in taking part in the Corps register their details in a secure online database.  They choose the kinds of projects they are interested in, and state their experience and knowledge. Authorised organisations then select suitable candidates for their projects from this database.

Find out more about the European Solidarity Corps.

FUNDING

The European Solidarity Corps is financed by other EU programmes, including Erasmus+. This may change in the future, as the European Parliament are debating whether a designated budget should be set aside for the Corps. See details here.

For the time being, funding is decided by the rules of the ‘financing’ EU programme. For example, an organisation that is accredited for EVS might choose to select and host volunteers through the European Solidarity Corps. The same funding rules as for EVS would be used: the organisation would receive funding to cover the volunteers’ costs and costs directly linked to running the project.

It’s intended that young people on occupational placements will have an employment contract with the organisation running the project. They will be paid for the job they do in line with the wage laws and workplace agreements of the country they work in.

BENEFITS

The European Solidarity Corps is designed for people who are ready for a challenge and willing to dedicate themselves to helping others. Young people can improve their practical, social and cultural skills, while they express their personal commitment to the community. The experience can also be a stepping stone to employment or to further learning.

Organisations can connect quickly to a dedicated and enthusiastic group of young people who share their aims. This allows organisations to be more creative and flexible when working towards their goals.

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