Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

European Voluntary Service

European Voluntary Service


European Voluntary Service: what is it really?

Are you between 17 and 30 and willing to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer?


How does it work?

An EVS project is a partnership between two or more promoting organisations. These organisations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project.

Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organisation in the country where they live and a Receiving Organisation that receives and hosts them during their period of service.

Projects last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation. At the end of your EVS period, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and describing your project.

You will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part of your travel costs.


International Voluntary Service

The International Voluntary Service is the UK’s oldest international volunteering organisation, and are Eurodesk ambassadors for EU volunteering programmes, we highly recommend using IVS as your sending organisation.

IVS have a range of European Voluntary Service projects available on their website.