European Voluntary Service (EVS)

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is one of the actions (Action 2) of theYouth in Action, funded by the European Commission and requires three parts: a sending organization, a volunteer and a host organization.


The international mobility program allows young people between 18 and 30 to perform a volunteer project from 6 to 12 months in an NGO in any country of the European Union, member countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) or Turkey. The areas of project development in NGOs are very diverse, from the social field with various groups, the arts, people at risk of exclusion, or European youth information, environment, culture and media, among others.

 

EVS is a program that aims to:

 

  • Provide an experience of formal education and intercultural learning in a project in different areas and with multiple activities.
  • Promote solidarity, youth participation in society and local community development.
  • Promote relations between NGOs and the exchange of good practices.

Further info send us an email to sve@aipc-pandora.org

See our volunteers experiences:

Two months of EVS: The experience has just started.

It seems like it was yesterday when I was packaging my luggage in Tenerife and preparing myself for one year abroad. The departure was easier than I thought, because as practically all of the volunteers, I was wishing to leave my confort zone in the search of new adventures. The worst part is the goodbye to the family, without knowing when will be the next time visiting them, and the weather, with a bag full of winter clothes that I have never used in Canarias.

About the arrival, It was like a little earthquake, new country with new language (Croatia), new working language (English) and new people everywhere. However, we were 6 volunteers who came at the same time (2 Italians, 2 Spanish, 1 French and 1 Portuguese), so adding the fact of being living and working together made us become a new family very soon.

The first weeks were for knowing each other in the house, and to discover the ongoing projects in the organization. We are working on INFORMO and ECOMUSEUM ISTRAN de DIGNAN, which are the biggest organizations in Croatia working with the Erasmus + Program, under the European Voluntary Service grants. This is the reason because of our firsts weeks also consisted of listening and learning, with a lot of presentations and In-put. After these learning weeks, we started looking for what could be our rol inside the organization, as well as working in the land (it was the olives season) giving a hand to the organization, and collaborating with the local school planning some competitions for the entertainment and learning of the kids. (Click here to read more)

In any country of the European Union, member countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) or Turkey.

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