The aim of the European Voluntary Service (ALL) is to develop solidarity and promote active citizenship and mutual understanding between young people.
What is an EVS project?
The European Voluntary Service enables young people to develop a term which may extend to twelve months of voluntary action in a country other than their country of residence. Fosters solidarity among young people and is a true service learning. Beyond the benefit to local communities, volunteers learn new skills and languages, and discover other cultures.
An EVS project has 3 phases:
- Planning and preparation
- Activity implementation
- Evaluation (including consideration of possible follow-up actions)
Principles and practices of non-formal learning should be present throughout the project.
An EVS project can focus on a wide range of topics and areas of intervention, how culture, youth, Sports, Social Aid, herança cultural, arts, civil protection, environment, cooperation and development, etc.. High-risk interventions in post-crisis situations (ex: humanitarian aid, support immediately after disasters and catastrophes, etc.) are excluded.
It is designed to implement one or more activities EVS.
An EVS activity has 3 essential components:
Volunteer(a) is welcomed(a) by a different promoter in their country and develops a voluntary service for the benefit of the local community. The service is not paid, non-profit and is full-time.
EVS Training and Evaluation Cycle
promoters involved in EVS activity must ensure that each volunteer participates in:
- Training "pre-start"
- Training "on arrival"
- Mid Review (activities for more than 4 months)
- Evaluation of Activity
All training must be in accordance with the directives and minimum quality standards set by the Commission. Details are available in European Commission website
Support for voluntary activity during
The promoters must support the activities undertaken by volunteers, provide linguistic support and administrative.
An EVS Activity involving young people with fewer opportunities includes specific elements to ensure that adequate support is given to volunteers.
Depending on the number of promoters and volunteers involved, one EVS activity can be defined with the individual or group:
- Individual EVS Activity: 1 volunteer sent by one Sending Organisation to one Host Organisation
- Group EVS Activity: between 2 and 30 volunteers sent by one or several Sending Organisations to one or more Host Organisations. What distinguishes a Group EVS project is the fact that many volunteers develop their service at the same time and develop activities that are linked by a common theme. A Group EVS activity can also be linked to a specific event; in this case the activity requires a strong partnership between the event organizers and volunteers' tasks must all be related to the event.
The EVS Charter
The EVS Charter is an integral part of the Youth in Action Programme Guide and highlights the roles of each promoter in an EVS project, well as the main principles quality standards of EVS. Each promoter must adhere to the principles expressed in the Charter.
Promoters decide together - in accordance with this Charter - how to share tasks and responsibilities and support within each activity of an EVS project. This division is formalized through EVS Activity Agreement between promoters.
What is not an EVS project?
- Occasional, unstructured and part-time
- An internship
- Paid work, should not replace paid jobs
- A tourist or recreational trip
- A language course
- Exploitation of cheap labor
- A period of study or vocational training abroad